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

Politico:

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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