Their Lines Are Softening

This is just a gut feel. But I have the sense that the White House is losing control of this story.

The explanations are transparently ridiculous. Everyone sees that. But that’s far from a sufficient condition for Republicans to break ranks. To be clear, I don’t think Republicans are breaking ranks. But over the course of the afternoon, the support feels to me like it’s softening.

You’re hearing a small but growing number of Republican senators putting out statements not so much criticizing the President as┬ásaying that there needs to be an explanation of why this happened.

Basically, this current story is not enough. This isn’t working.

Just a short time ago, Sen. Boozman (R) of Arkansas, not at all a fan of the spotlight, not someone who makes waves, said:”Americans deserve a full explanation as to the circumstances of the decision to immediately remove Mr. Comey.”

There are a substantial number of Republicans who are almost total in their fealty, as expressed in statements today: Grassley, McConnell, Collins, Cornyn and a number of others. But that doesn’t feel to me like the direction this is going. This feels like the way things go when a White House starts losing ground on something very, very big.