Electoral vulnerability makes a patriot out of one House Republican

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) certainly has her eye on the prize, i.e., reelection. She’s in tough to retain her seat in the 2018 midterms in a district that is trending blue. Surprise, surprise, she’s calling for an “independent investigation” into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election following President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“I can’t defend or explain tonight’s actions or timing of the firing of FBI Director James Comey,” said Comstock. “The FBI investigation into the Russian impact on the 2016 election must continue. There must be an independent investigation that the American people can trust.”

Hillary Clinton carried Comstock’s Virginia district by 10 points, which has made it a target for Democrats. Comstock also voted against the GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, so she’s covering as many bases as she can.

Other Republicans in the Senate and Justin Amash (Mich.) in the House have also called for an independent investigation. As events unfold, it will be interesting to see how many more vulnerable Republicans attemp to create distance between themselves and a scandal-ridden White House.

The potential death-spiral dynamic  will be worth watching. Trump won’t be able to keep Republicans in line if his approval numbers are tanking, and his approval numbers will react negatively to Republican House and Senate members throwing him under the bus.

This week doesn’t bode well or him.

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