From The Reporter's Notebook
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) has an ultimatum for those who plan to protest his upcoming town hall Wednesday: behave or I'll scrap the whole thing, TPM's Kristin Salaky wrote. In a statement to the Pioneer Press newspaper, Emmer's office cautioned that if protesters turn the town hall event into a "disruptive display," it will be cancelled.
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From a TPM Prime member: "If we're talking about GOP members of Congress, it's possible that they might become convinced that he's a grave enough threat to our safety that they decide to turn on him, but I doubt that will happen. It was clear enough in the primaries how dangerous he was, and they still supported him. If they do decide to try and get rid of him, it would probably start with intentional leaks, so that the story can move the public, so then they can safely respond, rather than getting ahead of the Tea Party crowd. If we're talking about regular Republican voters, last poll I saw said 84% of Republicans approved of the job he was doing. I think there's only a few ways they change their views of him. Most likely is that the economy crashes, and so he and Republicans will get the blame, whether or not they actually deserve it (which they would). I think the second most likely scenario, is that Democrats take the House in 2018, maybe even the Senate too (though that seems hard to imagine right now), and they start investigating the Trump administration. They publicize his tax record, they hold hearings on all the corruption issues throughout the executive branch, and it all starts crumbling from there."
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