GOP Sen. Alexander quits leadership, desire to get something done incompatible with being GOP leader. Ouch.


Sen. Lamar Alexander will resign from his influential Republican leadership post in January, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO – a stunning decision by the former two-time presidential candidate who has played a central role shaping GOP strategy during President Barack Obama’s time in office.

But his affable nature and calls for bipartisanship also could prove to be a liability at a time when Republican politics has shifted markedly to the right, with tea party activists demanding that their party adhere to strict conservative orthodoxy that has inspired a new breed of fire-breathing lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Yes, being a nice guy and wanting to get things done for the good of the country is inimical with being a Republican nowadays.

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