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So far 5 GOP Senators are skipping the Convention:

  • Mitt Romney
  • Susan Collins
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Lamar Alexander
  • Chuck Grassley

The first three are NeverTrumpers or Trump critics. Alexander is a less vocal Trump critic, but also supportive of him at times. Grassley skipping the convention is probably something other than ideological, possibly for Alexander as well. 

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1 minute ago, vcczar said:

So far 5 GOP Senators are skipping the Convention:

  • Mitt Romney
  • Susan Collins
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Lamar Alexander
  • Chuck Grassley

The first three are NeverTrumpers or Trump critics. Alexander is a less vocal Trump critic, but also supportive of him at times. Grassley skipping the convention is probably something other than ideological, possibly for Alexander as well. 

Presumably the fact that Grassley is literally 86 years old and he actually knows that Coronavirus will kill him even though saying that would reveal that it’s not a “Democrat hoax.”

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14 minutes ago, vcczar said:

Grassley skipping the convention is probably something other than ideological

Grassley isn't against Trump, just old and doesn't want to catch the 'Rona. In his age bracket, makes lots of sense. Perhaps he'll drop in remotely.

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Romney and Murkowski are no surprise. Romney has been known for being anti-Trump and Murkowski is a full on RINO who likely despises Trump.

Collins apparently never goes to the convention when she's up for election, and she probably wants to keep her election local.

Grassley is old, so he is probably choosing to not attend for health reasons.

Lamar Alexander is 80, so health could very well be a factor for him as well. Plus he's retiring, so he can afford to just coast from here on out.

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3 minutes ago, jvikings1 said:

Romney and Murkowski are no surprise. Romney has been known for being anti-Trump and Murkowski is a full on RINO who likely despises Trump.

Collins apparently never goes to the convention when she's up for election, and she probably wants to keep her election local.

Grassley is old, so he is probably choosing to not attend for health reasons.

Lamar Alexander is 80, so health could very well be a factor for him as well. Plus he's retiring, so he can afford to just coast from here on out.

Collins also vowed today that she won't campaign against Biden. 

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9 minutes ago, jvikings1 said:

Lamar Alexander is 80, so health could very well be a factor for him as well. Plus he's retiring, so he can afford to just coast from here on out

Good points. Didn't realize how old Alexander is.

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Just now, admin_270 said:

Good points. Didn't realize how old Alexander is.

Yeah, Alexander has a really storied career. He's been a Gov, Senator, presidential candidate, cabinet member, and a few other things. If there was a book of the top 1,000 US Statemen of all time, he'd probably be in the top 250, which isn't immortality, but it is significant. 

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16 minutes ago, vcczar said:

Collins also vowed today that she won't campaign against Biden. 

It's smart of her to try and keep the race local. If she does, her chances of re-election are a lot better than it the race is federalized. Her appeal as an independent voice for Maine has gotten her this far in her political career, so there's no reason to abandon that. The Trump card does make keeping it within those bounds very difficult though.

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I would not attend as well. Safety first.

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