A longtime adviser to retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) went on a profane rant about Fox News while talking about how miserable it is to be a pragmatic Republican lawmaker right now.
In talking with National Journal's Josh Kraushaar, Portman adviser and GOP strategist Corry Bliss bluntly laid out the dilemma facing Republican lawmakers.
"If you want to spend all your time going on Fox and be an assh*le, there's never been a better time to serve," he explained. "But if you want to spend all your time being thoughtful and getting sh*t done, there's never been a worse time to serve."
Portman's retirement sent shockwaves through Washington D.C. this week, and Kraushaar writes that the race to replace him will say a lot about the direction of the GOP.
"The Republican primary, in a state that Trump comfortably carried the previous two elections, will be a test of whether there's still a market for pragmatism within the party," he writes, while also warning that "nominating hard-line conservative candidates would carry greater risk in states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina, four battleground states where Republicans are also facing wide-open primaries."