Cory Gardner: From Trump Critic To Trump Toady

What a difference an unexpected win makes, as the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Joey Bunch reports:

Cory Gardner once called Donald Trump a “buffoon” and even called for him to drop out of the presidential race a month before the election, but the U.S. senator from Yuma is now busy handing out olive branches to the administration.

Thursday Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Trump’s likely nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations…

This week Gardner also has had facetime with billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, the proposed commerce secretary, and former George W. Bush administration labor secretary Elaine Chao, Trump’s proposed nominee to head transportation—a key contact for Colorado, which needs billions of dollars in highway aid.

It’s not like anyone should have expected Sen. Cory Gardner to stand by the alleged principles that led him to call for President-elect Donald Trump to pull out of the race in early October, but Gardner’s whiplash-inducing turnabout on Trump since the election is one of the only public signs of a very difficult problem the upwardly-mobile Gardner’s rejection of Trump created in the wake of Trump’s victory.

It’s true that basically every Republican who abandoned Trump during the campaign (or never supported him at all) has had to “kiss the ring” since Election Day, but Gardner’s very public calls for Trump to pull out of the race puts him in a position where he needs to work overtime to ingratiate himself with the new regime. Which isn’t a problem for Gardner, who has built his political career on switching sides when expedient–from a Democrat to a hard-right Republican Congressman to America’s fakest champion of birth control.

If anything, it would be nice to not have Gardner’s acrobatics so breezily glossed over by the local political press. Perhaps the only thing more unprecedented than the speed with which Gardner switches his loyalties is how no one seems to question it.

3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ajb says:

    Oh c'mon, it's his job. I imagine that if HRC had won, Cory would be meeting with her appointees, particularly if their confirmation was a given, as it is here. What's he supposed to do? Put his fingers in his ears and hum for the next 4 years?

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    More importantly, there's nary a peep from Cory about Mr. Trump's initiatives in Asian diplomacy.  As the chairman of the "Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy," you'd think there would be SOME mention of the US One China policy; of his budding relationship with Mr. Duterte in the Philippines, or the growing number of indications of Russian hacking, to pick 3 issues from the past week. 

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Some interesting chatter this morning on a Facebook page about the laws re: recall of federal officials in Colorado. We are one of nine states that accommodate recall; these laws have yet to be tested at the Supreme Court level. The discussion appears to be focused on our junior senator.  Any legal experts here have an opinion? I'm sure our astute Librarian will be here shortly to lecture on the process. 

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