Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate from Alabama, speaks with reporters as he visits the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 31. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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Fleeing a sinking ship. “House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that he will not seek reelection, becoming the latest in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements.”

We hope she doesn’t flee the administration but stays and combats its inhumanity. “On Monday, as the Department of Homeland Security prepared to extend the residency permits of tens of thousands of Hondurans living in the United States, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called acting secretary Elaine Duke to pressure her to expel them, according to current and former administration officials. Duke refused to reverse her decision and was angered by what she felt was a politically driven intrusion by Kelly and Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security adviser, who also called her about the matter, according to officials with knowledge of Monday’s events. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.” More proof Kelly is an enabler, not a container.

No wonder Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) chose to flee. “It’s possible [Senate Republicans are] hoping to find eight Democratic Senators to support this bill, which would allow them to pass it through regular rules rather than budget reconciliation. (It seems wildly unlikely that Dems would go for it.) It’s also possible they’re planning to blow up the Senate’s budget-reconciliation rules . . . . Or they just have no idea what to do and are punting the problem they had months and months to solve until later.”

Voters will flee the GOP as they realize it doesn’t even stand for the dignity of work. “Republicans have highlighted [the Child Tax Credit] proposal as their plan’s signature benefit for working families, but it would completely exclude 10 million children whose parents work for low pay — about 1 in 7 of all U.S. children in working families, including thousands of children in every state.  Another 13 million children in working families would receive less than the full $600-per-child increase in the credit (in most cases, much less).  Altogether, 1 in 3 children in working families would either be excluded entirely or only partially benefit from the CTC increase.” They have to pay for repealing Ivanka’s estate tax somehow, right?

Any decent American would flee a party that cannot part company with an alleged pedophile whose multiple accusers have gone on the record. “The newest allegations against [Roy] Moore present Republicans with a choice—not only individual officeholders, but the party as a whole, both nationally and in Alabama. Withdrawing support for Moore, and calling for voters not to support him, would be a bitter pill. It’s too late to replace him on the ticket, and although there’s talk of a Luther Strange write-in campaign, a Moore defeat would probably mean the seat goes to Democrat Doug Jones. And yet if the party’s members can’t bring themselves to set aside narrow partisan interest and condemn a man whom they despise, with a track record of bigotry, and with multiple on-the-record accusations of improper sexual misconduct with underage women, what behavior and which candidate can they possibly rule out in the future?”

Here’s a phony billionaire who should flee the scene — or be canned. “Navigator Holdings Ltd., the shipping firm part-owned by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, doubled the number of contracts it had with Sibur Holding PJSC just months after the U.S. imposed sanctions on a major shareholder of the Russian petrochemical company in 2014. Sibur itself wasn’t subject to the restrictions, which the U.S. imposed over the Ukraine crisis, but they led to a broad chill in business ties between the two countries.”

Fight or flee? Definitely flee! “A number of senior House Republicans have chosen to retire rather than run for reelection, creating a growing number of open seats — several of them competitive for Democrats. Many Republicans expect more retirements are coming soon, as Republicans grow frustrated with a toxic political environment and congressional inertia. And even with tax reform, some Republicans fear Tuesday’s results — specifically the beatings Republicans took in suburban areas in Virginia and elsewhere — are a prelude to disaster.”