"Why Justin Amash stands alone
So we return to the question that vexes NeverTrumpers and Democrats: Why are Republicans such quivering sycophants, willing to lie and debase themselves in support of an unpopular president who is repudiating many of the principles they have spent their lives advancing?
I'd suggest there are three distinct groups of Republican grovelers. Some may fall into multiple categories:"
First are the cynics who know Trump is unfit, if not dangerous; however, they'll get what they can (e.g., judges, tax cuts) and bolster their resumes (e.g., working for the administration, getting fawning Fox News coverage). When Trump bottoms out, they'll move on, probably insisting they were secretly against Trump all along. (more on each group at the link)
In the second category are Republicans convinced that they'll never find work if they speak out against Trump. They'll lose their offices and/or offend Republican officialdom, including think tanks, right-wing media, donors, party activists and elected officials. (They are part of a right-wing ecosystem; some might call it a racket.)
And finally, there are the cranks, the zealots, the racists and the haters -- a group, it turns out, much larger than many ex-Republicans could ever fathom. This includes not just the overt white nationalists and the tea party crowd but also those who have been simmering with personal resentment against "liberal elites."
Vice President Pence insists he and his fellow evangelical Christians are hapless victims; the children and grandchildren of Dixiecrats fume that everything went downhill in the 1960s.
Some of these people will insist they are not racists nor misogynists -- but yet they sure seem to have an extraordinarily high tolerance for those who are." more