This would be like winning the lottery, if Senator Angus King (I-ME) is right about ten or more Republican senators ready to break ranks and allow witness testimony. We only need four, but hey, if we can get two and a half times that, fine, no argument here. Strength in numbers, the more the merrier, all that. PoliticusUSA:
Sen. King (I-ME) said on MSNBC:
I don’t have a feel for it based upon any conversations. Okay? A reporter came up to me saying who are the people you think? I don’t have names. I don’t even — I couldn’t look at the list and say yes, no, yes, no. I think it’s very hard for anybody to say that they’re not interested. I think there will be ten or more that will say, we at least have to look at calling witnesses an then we go and talk about each one individually.
So I’ll be surprised if the motion fails, you know, the Republicans ought to build a statue of Mitch McConnell on the mall because that’s party unity the likes of which is never seen. I don’t think that will happen. I think you will see a number of perhaps double digits of Republicans are going to say, look, we can’t defend this.
Who’s got the most to lose sticking with McConnell and Trump? Cory Gardner, Martha McSally, Susan Collins. Add to that Mitt Romney, who had to have gotten the okay from the powers that be on some level, or he wouldn’t be talking about what a great idea hearing witnesses is — again. Lisa Murkowski is probably on this bandwagon — despite her protestations of rabid offense taken from Adam Schiff’s repeating the “head on a pike” line from a news story.
Maybe Thom Tillis in North Carolina. Tillis was booed at Trump’s most recent rally, and he’s being primaried by a successful businessman. Joni Ernest of Iowa is not exactly riding high these days, but I don’t think she’ll betray Trump. I think she’s stupid enough to go down in flames. Then there’s David Purdue in Georgia. He’s got his work cut out for him but the race is still considered to likely go Republican.
John Cornyn in Texas is looking at a battle, but I think he’s like Ernst. Another surprise flipper, flippee, whatever term is proper, might be Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Always the staunch Trump supporter, he did go on record Monday saying that Bolton’s information was probably correct. That was a surprise, considering Johnson was part of a group of Republicans who spent 4th of July 2018 in Moscow and Johnson always whitewashes Trump’s Russian connections.
Those are ten possibilities, admittedly off the top of my head. If anybody has any ideas and rationale for who else might flip, please share in the comments.