By Bill Moore

Senator Tillis has made several points over the past few years as to his career progression.  At one point he was testing the waters in relation to a 2020 run for Governor of North Carolina.  At another time he was hinting about running for reelection as a Senator in 2020.  I am not sure who he believes will vote for him again.

The Senator seems to be unaware of the feelings of many voters in North Carolina.  The Republican base in North Carolina supports President Trump and is critical to his reelection as Senator.  Civitas, in a recent poll, found Trump support in North Carolina was at 50% while he was in the low to mid 40’s in many other states.  These are the same people that Tillis is expecting to support him in his reelection. Granted some of Trump’s support is from independents as well as Republicans; however, if he is to be reelected it will take those independents and Republicans who support Trump to vote for him.

With that said I do not understand his desire or need to alienate these voters by his co- sponsoring a bill to protect Special Counsel Mueller from being fired by President Trump.  He joined 3 Republican Senators who voted with the entire Democratic membership of the Judicial Committee in passing this bill out of Committee.  7 other Republicans voted against it.  His Republican Senate friends include Senator Flake, a loud anti-Trump Republican, Senator Graham, an often Trump Critic and Senator Grassley who often calls for documentation that could appear to be “Anti Trump”.  You really start to suspect something may not survive the smell test when Tillis aligned himself with Liberal Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Chris Coons.

Tillis argues that passing the law now would offer protections against future liberal presidents under investigation, specifically “a President Warren or a President Sanders or a President Booker.”  In addition, he argues that it will eliminate major talking point from Democrats who have been attacking the GOP for not doing more to safeguard Mueller and to protect the rule of law.

In a Politico article he argued:  “Courage is when you know you’re going to do something that’s going to anger your base”.  In an interview in his Senate office he continued by saying: “The same people who would criticize me for filing this bill would be absolutely angry if I wasn’t pounding the table for this bill if we were dealing with Hillary Clinton.” He continued his argument by stating:  “So spare me your righteous indignation.”

What makes this even stranger is the fact that he and his co- sponsors knew in advance that the bill would go nowhere.  Leader McConnell has indicated in advance that he will not allow it to go to the floor. He has that power.  In addition, assuming it passed it would require President Trump’s signature for it to become a law.  I do not see that happening.  The obvious question is why risk alienating your voters for a bill that is doomed before it is passed?

Sounds to me like someone who has swallowed the Establishment Logic in Washington and no longer cares what the people who elected him want him to do.  Instead he has become a Washington Establishment politician that knows what is best for the people and has no desire to confirm his beliefs or hear from the people who put him there.

He is betting we will forget his anti- Trump decisions.  We must not forget and we must let Tillis know that he might want to rethink his political ambitions.  However, he could always run as a Democrat.