Ben Sasse was one of the last surviving True Cons in Congress.
“Ben Sasse is likely to accept the presidency of the University of Florida and resign his Senate seat in the near future, according to two people familiar with the Nebraska Republican’s plans.
The Nebraska governor would then appoint a replacement for Sasse under state law. The second-term Sasse made a name for himself as a consistent Trump critic in Congress as well as a reliable conservative vote. …”
We’re witnessing the total collapse of the old establishment faction due to a combination of retirements and humiliating primary defeats. The day is coming soon when they will all be history. Mitt Romney is the last of his breed.
Sasse won’t be in the next Congress.
“During his first term, Sasse often expressed disillusionment with politics and sometimes his own party, leaving many to wonder why he was even pursuing a second term in 2020. Sasse told me in 2019 one reason he was seeking another term was that he had a “calling” as “a Tocquevillian or a principled pluralist or a constitutionalist” to fight on behalf of that faction within the conservative coalition, which he had come to realize was smaller than he once thought. Asked how he squares that 2019 comment with his early departure from the Senate, Sasse said on Thursday that “Tocquevillian society is about building things. The center of America really isn’t political power. . . . I think the University of Florida is better positioned to build than any university in America right now.”