Republican Party

Eric Greitens is Blackmailing His Own Party

Written by SK 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.