Hence, we expect our U.S. senators to look upon any presidential policy and pronouncement with an analytical eye — and to depart from the president’s path when it’s poorly plotted.
Donnelly, to his discredit, has worked hard to align himself with Trump during his campaign. He’s intensely aware of the president’s popularity in these parts, and he’s pandering to get votes.
It’s a mistake, because Donnelly has a moderate record and has had the courage to oppose the president on tax reform, health care and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.
But now, Donnelly goes so far as to support the preposterous proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border.
Donnelly’s strategy will convince few Trumpsters to vote for him, but it might cause some voters to turn away and instead look toward Libertarian Lucy Brenton, the third candidate for the Senate seat.
During two debates, she positioned herself nicely as a foil to the misbehaving major party candidates. Brenton won’t win the office, but she could play the spoiler. Despite Donnelly’s missteps, she’ll certainly steal more votes from Braun.