30th House Republican Hits The Exit

CNN reports:

The head of the powerful House judiciary committee, Bob Goodlatte, is not running for re-election, the Virginia Republican announced Thursday.

“It’s been an honor to serve #VA06 – thank you for your support and trust. It’s time to step aside. I’ve decided I will not seek re-election,” Goodlatte tweeted.

Goodlatte is the latest high profile House Republican to announce he’s not seeking re-election. More than two dozen GOP representatives have announced they’ll leave Congress by resigning, retiring or seeking another office.

So far seven House Democrats have said they will not run for reelection.

  • Being an evil monster is exhausting. They all really need a break.

  • Robincho

    He can always get a jerb at Starbucks…

  • Nic Peterson

    Get out and vote, next year!

    • Todd20036

      NEVER!!!
      Well, seriously, I cannot vote for a Congressman, but that’s one of the downsides of living in DC.

      • Nic Peterson

        That, and the month of August.

        • Todd20036

          It was beautiful in DC this past August, though

          • stuckinthewoods

            after steamy July I really feared August, but it was cooler than normal.

  • There’s always some turnovers—retirements, etc—hence the Dem numbers, but the GOP’s rats are fleeing the ship. The evidence is in how many of these aren’t back-benchers, but committee chairs.

  • Tawreos

    No more Bob Goodlatte? I guess that will open the door for Howard Nicepenis.

    • KCMC

      Good night, Goodlatte.

      • Bambino

        A Goodlatte can’t stand in the way of a goodnight sleep.

      • HozillaSmallpox

        Good Riddance Goodlatte

    • Adam King

      It’s pronounced nee-SEP-uh-nis.

      • Tawreos

        That is not nearly as much fun =)

      • Bambino

        I prefer need-see-ur-penis.

    • FAEN

      Is Nicepenis connected to a nice beard 😉?

      • Tawreos

        In the winter it is.

        • FAEN

          I’ll have to convince Nicepenis with my penis to keep it on all year 😈.

  • Yowch!

  • bkmn

    He may as well just step down now since he wants to leave.

    • Steverino

      He has to finish going through the Heritage Foundation’s judicial short list, first.

  • FAEN

    WOW! Didn’t see this coming.

  • Boreal

    We need 24 seats to retake the house. Incumbents almost always win re-election, open seats are easier to pick up.

    • FAEN

      But we have 7 Dems who are not running either.

      • Boreal

        We need a wave bigger than Tuesday’s and hopefully people are energized to clean out the trumpanzees. It was suburban college educated voters and minority voters that helped Dems win.

      • Reality.Bites

        People from both parties can choose not to run for reasons that are entirely personal and not whether or not they feel they can win again.

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m reminded of the numbers 42 and 8…the number of House and Senate seats lost by Republicans because of Watergate. Imagine what the more odious Russiagate will bring once the trials begin during 2018 and the scores of indictments are handed out, as well as the infighting within their own party.

      • Boreal

        Speaking of that, hoping for some indictments before the weekend.

        • Lars Littlefield

          An indictment a day is for what we pray.

        • Uncle Mark

          Hell, I want an Advent/Christmas calendar with a new indictment revealed each day…leading eventually to the blessed day, when the Fucking Fruitcake gets his

      • David L. Caster

        It was a Democratically controlled House and Republican controlled Senate that brought down Nixon. That pattern may repeat itself, but it is a long shot. Times have certainly changed.

        • Dale Snyder

          Actually both houses of Congress were democratic at the time of his resignation.

          • David L. Caster

            I had forgotten that the Senate had flipped before he quit. The Republican minority leader in the Senate along with Goldwater and the Republican minority leader in the House went up to advise Nixon that he had lost sufficient support in the Senate that he would almost certainly be impeached by the House and convicted in the Senate.

          • shanrumsey

            The Republicans never had control of the Senate between 1955 and 1981.

          • David L. Caster

            I have to go back and see what I misread when I last researched the Watergate scandal.

          • David L. Caster

            Well, I don’t know what I was reading but I must have been half asleep. Each of the 3 congresses from 1/3/69-1/3/1973 (91st-93rd) were all (both houses) Democratically controlled.

            I must have interpreted something said about the shift in support among Republican Congress members away from supporting nixon as a change in majorities.

            I seem to be getting too old for this. Sigh.

          • Dale Snyder

            Yes, once Nixon started to lose support from his own party he realized the jig was up.

            He resigned with grace.

            It’s with absolute disgust that today’s republican scandal makes Watergate a laughable non-scandal.

            (just a side note to your comment)

          • David L. Caster

            Nixon knew he was toast and the Republicans were trying to save their image. These days Republicans are for the most part just shills for their donors. Our system has been thoroughly corrupted by moneyed interests.

            The US is broken and it won’t be repaired until the thinking politically aware people that live in the country start working on fixing it at the ballot box.

  • Friday

    What names we see. His family must come from an ancient line of baristas. 🙂

  • Todd20036

    And Fox reports on the hamburger emoji crisis.
    Seriously a lot of Fox viewers are going to be a shocked as when Obama beat Mittens, given how little they realize the elections this week mattered.
    FSM willing.

    • Tawreos

      Yesterday they were showing clips from and talking about last years election instead of talking about the extended middle finger America was giving to Trump.

    • TheManicMechanic

      This might have an upside. If the idiot Fox viewers keep getting spoon-fed “all is well” fakery, it might make them complacent and not bother to head to the polls.

      • Todd20036

        Indeed. And I’m ok with that. I really don’t care what Fox posts anymore.

  • Tread

    OT, but yaaaaaasssss:

    Man Denied Marriage License by Kim Davis Considering Running Against Her

    A gay man who was denied a marriage license by a Kentucky county clerk says he is seriously considering running against her for re-election in 2018.

    http://wkms.org/post/man-denied-marriage-license-kim-davis-considering-running-against-her

    • Boreal

      He needs to get started on his campaign to oust that bitch.

      • Lars Littlefield

        I’ve got my checkbook out.

    • kaydenpat

      That would be as sweet as Roem’s victory in Virginia.

    • William

      I bet Kim’s a real treat in a debate.

    • Todd Allis

      That is delicious, thanks.

    • kareemachan

      I’d donate to him!

    • Oh, Parker

      Trump won Rowan County by nearly 59% there, though it has swung in the past to blue. It’s possible, but I’d hate to see our resources drained in a losing grudge match that only serves to turn the deplorables out.

      • Tread

        I think people like to see people who have wronged others get their comeuppance. People from my hometown would see Kim Davis as a meddling bitch who tried to insert who views into other people’s affairs. They hate that kind of shit in small-town America.

        • Oh, Parker

          Not always. I had a police chief in the town where I went to school harass and threaten me once in front of his office staff and I filed a civil rights claim against him for intimidation. He instituted a gag order on everyone, the county prosecutor was a friend of his, and together they managed to run out the clock on the statute of limitations before I could get anything done legally due to lack of evidence. He was a big homophobe and alcoholic. Later I found that before the incident with me took place they had covered up the fact that they had already sent him to psychiatric counseling for holding his service revolver to the head of one of his deputies in a 45 minute standoff, and then let him resume his job. The town was scared shitless of a liability lawsuit payout.

          Redneck America, from my experience, will defend its own if their opponents are people they consider less than human.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b4ccee39881d607817e1baf2ebfb6ae9f0b3d767ce6692cf0034e03c43b854f.jpg lol, ha, ha, ha -another drab dry closet case bites the dust! Oh my!

    • Lars Littlefield

      Even though they are nonPC stereotypes, I still adore Men on Film. 🙂

  • RJ Tremor

    Toodles and scram, trashman.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Lol. RINO Cuck
    S/

  • AlternativeQuacks

    This is pretty big deal. As Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Goodlatte was probably the Republican who was doing the most to block investigations of Trump’s treason team.

    • Tawreos

      Or Bannon didn’t think he was doing enough to block and threatened to primary him.

  • Lars Littlefield

    There’s obviously no way the Democrats can win back at least the House in 2018. Gosh. Maybe Bannon is right. Oh, my, heck!

  • Pete Wascher

    looks like it’s all moderate republicans who are leaving, with the likelihood of extreme right/pro-trump candidates getting the republican nominations for their seats and setting up a good change for moderate democrats to win.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Goodlatte isn’t moderate.

      • Boreal

        They are about as moderate as repigs come nowadays.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Goodlatte isn’t: ACLU 7%, HRC 0%, NAACP 22%, NEA 9%, NARAL 0%, etc.

          • Boreal

            I think you missed my point: there are no moderates left. He is as moderate as the GOTP gets, which is not at all

          • stuckinthewoods

            No, in a bad group he’s extreme.`Read his voting record.

          • Boreal

            My point was all repigs are extreme.

  • Max_1
  • gaycuckhubby
    • MBear

      Male priviledge: first thought was, “what did his penis look like?”

      • Lars Littlefield

        Second thought: was it bigger than mine?

    • WNY

      “Isn’t that cute. It looks just like a penis, only much smaller.”

      • Lars Littlefield

        In my little Utah town we had our own Chester the Molester, basically an old guy who liked to expose himself to the women in town. He did it in front of my grandmother one day while she was at the drug store. She responded with a similar comment, “Jules, I’ve seen much bigger than that.” And he quickly skulked away.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Who knows, maybe he’s into sph?

    • Strepsi

      What kind of a supposed meritocracy is it when hilarious Portia De Rossi has to audition for vile Segal anyway?!

    • Tread

      There’s a reason that douche is living in Russia now.

    • Chicago joe

      It’s bad enough we have to see that greasy ponytail…..

    • WNY

      Are we to assume then that all of his female co-stars had to fuck him in order to get the part in one of his movies?

      • gaycuckhubby

        No.

  • Bambino
    • WNY

      His heart won’t be able to handle all that extra weight for very long.

      • Lars Littlefield

        I hope he’s not taking any antistatins or ACE inhibitors. Counting down . . . one . . . two . . . three . . . .

    • MBear

      He’s the healthiest precedent evah

    • Lars Littlefield

      Packing on extra fat so he fetches a good price at the stock yard auction. All that mottled meat will be juicy.

    • Bambino
    • boobert

      And with Chinese food , he’ll be hungry an hour later !

      • Boreal
        • boobert

          He’s been sending his bodyguard there because he doesn’t like the white house food ! lol

          • Boreal

            That is why I don’t think he is eating any actual Chinese food.

          • William

            White House meals don’t come with a toy surprise.

        • Todd20036

          Honestly, he has access to 5 star chefs and he eats that plastic shit.

          • Oh, Parker

            The first time I went to Mexico in the 80s I was a sheltered farm kid from Indiana and was looking forward to eating authentic Mexican food, which I did often and eagerly. But when passing through Monterrey I saw a KFC sign and have been disappointed in humanity to this day…

    • Nick in Pasadena

      All those late-night junk food binges while watching Faux News do take their toll, don’t they? Keep it up, Donnie!

    • JohnJay

      Hopefully he can gain another hundred by next summer. That should be enough for his heart to explode.

      • Bambino

        He survive without one this long. I doubt he needs it.

    • William

      Two scoops really add up.

      • canoebum

        …and he’ll take fries with that, too.

    • Robincho

      Who knew that Taft would be out-fatted by Daft?…

      • Todd20036

        Is that officially true yet?

    • DavidAZ

      Is he channeling William Howard Taft? I’m hearing that White House aides have been instructed to go up to the WH attic and move the old Taft bathtub back downstairs. El Trumpo Gordito won’t fit in the regular size one now.

      https://triviahappy.com/articles/the-truth-about-william-howard-tafts-bathtub

    • jerry

      I seriously doubt he weighed as little as 245 at election time. That weight thing was quite a bit of propaganda at the time. I think he was already at least in the 280s.

  • Boreal
  • stuckinthewoods
  • kelven

    Yeah, all the rats are starting to pack. Especially ones from Virginia after seeing the tide turn in their state.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    Other Republican fallout from Tuesday’s election: A group of Republicans is now pushing to try to get Dream Act approved by the end of the year.

    https://twitter.com/AsianTheatre/status/928660728638160896

    • David L. Caster

      He’s in trouble here in his district. He just barely held on last time. This is SoCal and most of his district is within 60 miles of the border with Mexico. The Hispanic influences here are unmistakable. The handwriting is on the wall and Issa can read it all the way from DC. The region is totally against building Trump’s wall among other things.

  • Paul

    I’m not sure we should be doing any victory laps just yet. His district is in the western part of VA and he’s never received less than 61% of the vote. In fact, in ’00, ’02’ and ’04 he ran unopposed, and in 2014 the Democrats didn’t even field a candidate (he ran against a Libertarian and a Green).

    This is going to be a difficult pickup, but hopefully we can force the GOP into spending money and resources here whereas they normally would’ve taken this seat for granted.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Guarantee you that after Tuesdays successes of first time candidates that we will see a Dem opponent

      • Paul

        Let’s hope so! I cannot fathom why Democrats haven’t been fielding candidates in 100% of the races. At the very least, in 2018 we need to be calling out Republicans for their votes on the ACA and the upcoming tax giveaway. I grew up in CA, which went for the Republican presidential candidate in ’52, ’56, ’60, ’68, ’72, ’76, ’80, ’84, and ’88, and had a string of Republican senators and governors, but the Democrats never rolled over and played dead, and look where that state is now.

        • gaycuckhubby

          As a “youngster” it’s hard for me to fathom a red California

          • Tor

            It wasn’t pretty.

          • Craig Howell

            Not so long ago I thought CA would be a solid Republican state for the rest of my life. Times change; be ready–or better yet, help make times change.

    • Tread

      That’s why we have Run For Something. It’s time to start fielding challengers in every election.

      https://www.runforsomething.net

  • Bad Tom

    Thirty House Republicans retiring is a large chunk of their forty-seven seat margin of majority.

    Also thirty House Republicans that might find a spine between now and fall 2018.

  • kelven

    Went looking for an appropriate image. This shows the beginning of the fleeing. We’re up to a couple dozen or so aren’t we?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3d52dafd93f4741c36dd1df29b39691c3537234d933739417f20b5de43cf7d7.jpg

    • Boreal

      30 so far I think.

  • JT

    It’s time for a really good latte, bub.

  • kaydenpat

    Rats jumping out of the sinking ship? Couldn’t happen to a nicer set of volk.

  • Ninja0980

    Translation, the writing is on the wall for House Control and I don’t want to be here when Democrats retake the house.

    • William

      He doesn’t want to face the Bannon freakshow.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    So, as I have learned more about these “exits” and, of course, watching Rachael Maddow helps too. Apparently they aren’t running because they don’t think they can raise the money to actually run an election.

    Is that right? Any of you smart people here know the details behind all the rats fleeing the sinking ship?

    • Karl Dubhe

      There have been stories about the donors threatening them that if they don’t pass tax cuts, don’t come asking for money.

      These resignations are either a sign that they know no deal is coming, or that one is; and it’ll make the donors even angrier than no deal would. Oh, and there’s also the chance that Mueller is telling them retire quietly, or be charged.

  • Ernest Endevor

    I’ve got my fingers crossed that my rep, Faso in NY, will make the same announcement.

  • Bob Conti
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Uh Oh, looks like we have another runner…the Trump Carousel has already begun….https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19b6147255fc0002a2c6609c5af4e8df47512e78f01e14d1ca2583ecee16d61a.gif

  • Kelly Lape

    Is it appropriate to speculate that Mueller’s investigation into Trump has tarnished his co-conspirators who have neglected their oaths of office? Perhaps all these Republicans are not seeking re-election as part of their deal to avoid prosecution themselves.

  • Thom

    Goodlatte is (unfortunately) my Rep in Congress and this is great news for those of us who live in the blue-dot-in-a-sea-of-red of Roanoke. He had a challenger already, an openly gay/,married Democrat by the name of Peter Volosin and after this Tuesday’s results, I feel like anything can be possible here. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/votevolosin/

  • kareemachan

    That Queen song keeps playing in my head…

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Is it just my imagination or are the rats deserting the sinking Republican ship before history notes, in perpetuity, their inaction in the face of resurgent fascism?

  • BobSF_94117

    It’s almost like the mainline GOP candidates are moving aside to allow their tea-party brethren and sistren (ahem) to take their places, all without a fight.

    Donations from Putin???

  • Reality.Bites

    Anyone know what the dropout rate was for Democrats during Obama or Clinton’s first term, or for Republicans in Bush’s?

    I’m thinking that when your party has the House, Senate and retakes the Presidency after eight years you don’t normally retire.

  • canoebum

    This guy has been a lead anchor around the neck of progress, equality and economic justice for far too long. Good riddance.

  • Kissmagrits

    Goodlatte….an interesting name….does it have to do with the “milk of
    human kindness”?
    Doesn’t matter…I think I may be lactose intolerant.

  • JCF

    OUTSTANDING! Goodlatte is no moderate—he’s a homophobic BIRTHER scumbag!!!!

    I don’t doubt the Rethugs will nominate someone as bad/worse, but if we can (PLEASE!!!) flip this seat…!!!

    dccc.org

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af65b4c4cf1907a0c9a8528dc906b8c5570917dbe38b03bbbd854d6fb8ac8f96.png

  • vstill

    GOODLATTE!

    The sound a door makes as it hits him in his ass as he exits the door!

  • Gregory In Seattle

    Rats, sinking ship.

  • leastyebejudged

    This is catastrophic because in this vacuum you can expect hoards of corporate toadies to rush-in to fill the void.

    All politics is local, if you’re not working hard on your local politics you should probably STFU here.

  • Talisman

    Democrats – stand up and vote for the progressive candidate! If everyone with a single progressive bone in their body actually votes, we can overcome the Repuglicant gerrymandering and retake the House at the very least.