Republican Party

Eric Greitens is Blackmailing His Own Party

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In a more sane world we could say Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R) is simply allowing democracy to take its course, but that's not what's happening here.

Greitens is reportedly refusing to block several ballot initiates that could boost Democratic turnout in November to punish his own party for moving against him.

The measures would raise the minimum wage and legalize medical marijuana. Most worrisome for Republicans in majority-GOP Missouri, the third proposal would hand the decennial redistricting process over to a nonpartisan demographer charged with drawing politically competitive seats.

Republicans fret that the initiatives will supercharge Democratic turnout in the midterm, providing a lift to Sen. Claire McCaskill.

I'm a Democrat so I was greatly amused by this for a few moments, but it's slightly less amusing when I consider what this says about Eric Greitens.

I don't know if you could call him a sociopath, but if he's willing to do this it suggests he doesn't actually care about the outcome of each initiative; he doesn't really care about the policies he supposedly represents as the Republican governor of the state.

It also occurs to me that Trump will behave the same way when shit inevitably hits the fan, but he will take his anger out on the entire country.

I don't necessarily expect they will take the hint, but the Republican party should consider the possibility that electing vengeful whacko-birds is not a good idea.

  • muselet


    Eric Greitens is a real piece of work, isn’t he?

    And yes, Donald Trump would do exactly the same thing to the nation if he felt his back was against the wall.


  • David Greenberg

    People who try to make the argument that both parties are the same need to be called out immediately using any one of the available discussions proving that to be untrue. The republican party is home to a disproportionate number of sociopaths from the bloviating lard belly on down.

    • Scopedog

      Agreed, David–but sadly, those people will still make the argument, even though it is complete and utter bullshit–and has been for years. The “both parties are the same” argument is a drug that some find very hard to quit.

    • Draxiar

      I find it (the both sides stance) to be an argument of convenience to feed laziness. Getting into a shovel fight and defending a position can be hard work so if that process is skipped then that is avoided that altogether.