We’ve seen politicians ‘evolve’ in their positions over time before. And we’ve seen them fall from grace. But the complete transformation of Republican Rep. Justin Amash from Tea Party darling to staunch advocate for the Democrats has been stunning.
And a new poll suggests his fall from grace could be equally as dramatic.
The poll, conducted by Practical Political Consulting/MIRS poll, shows Amash trailing his primary challenger, Republican Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower, by solid double digits.
The results are almost assuredly and solely due to Amash’ radical stance demanding that President Trump be impeached – not for committing high crimes and misdemeanors but – because he had allegedly “violated the public trust.”
If that’s the standard then Amash should be recalled for pretending to be a supporter of conservative causes, but we digress.
2020 #MI03 Republican Primary:
Jim Lower 49% (+16)
Justin Amash 33%
Practical Political Consulting 6/5-9https://t.co/WCurOJYdDO
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) June 12, 2019
Lower announced his challenge based on Amash’ calls for impeachment.
“Congressman Justin Amash tweets … calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents,” Lower said. “He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”
This poll suggests the people in Michigan’s third district agree.
Amash Just Sided With Democrats … Again
Rather than conducting a self-analysis of what initially gave him a strong record with conservatives, Amash has continued his lone Republican wolf crusade against the President.
On Wednesday, he joined the resistance party in voting to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.
This latest battle stems from the pairs unwillingness to comply with frivolous subpoenas issued by the House Oversight Committee, seeking information on the Trump administration’s controversial decision to add a question on.
Here are two issues I tweeted about on Tuesday. In each case, I defend our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the orderly working of our American institutions—and, in each case, the partisan reactions were perfectly predictable. The two-party system is hurting America. https://t.co/os5ZrBYPE9 pic.twitter.com/EbnL9LHax6
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 12, 2019
Betrayal of Conservatism
The contempt vote may be a sign that Amash is siding with Democrats, but other recent actions have shown he is simply betraying his conservative values.
Earlier this year, he sided with Democrats by claiming President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure funding for the border wall was unconstitutional.
He then remarkably voted with the opposition party in support of allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote.
Which part of the Constitution were you ‘defending’ when you voted to allow illegals the right to vote, eh Sport?
You’re like the @Acosta of politics. You think you’re an incredible American hero when in reality you’re just tripping all over your own supposed righteousness.
— Rusty Weiss ?? (@rustyweiss74) June 13, 2019
Amash, earlier this week, walked away from the conservative House Freedom Caucus when it became clear their political goals were no longer aligned.
House Freedom Caucus member and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy questioned Amash and his conservative record.
“He’s been in Congress quite some time,” he began. “He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me. It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican conference as a whole.”
The polls indicate Republican voters don’t even view it as a question any longer. Lower appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show last night asking for the President himself to interject his presence in the race and support his challenge to Amash. The irony will be rich if it’s Trump’s calls to oust Amash that wins the day.
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