Enjoy your freedom.
You can give a well-received speech criticizing the president, as Mr. Flake did, without worrying about re-election or raising money. But you will also have to explain why you didn’t fight harder when you actually had some power and a vote.
Devise a schedule.
Just because you no longer have committee hearings, legislation to rubber-stamp or investigations to impede doesn’t mean you should let routine elude you.
Make a budget.
If you’ve been a member of Congress, this one might come as a shock. You won’t be able to run up huge debts and then tell the credit card company that it’s O.K. because you are counting on economic growth.
Reconnect with culture.
This would include binge-watching shows like “Stranger Things” or “House of Cards,” but I’d start with “Game of Thrones,” especially the episodes that feature the mad, thoroughly awful King Joffrey, a petulant narcissist, who may remind you of someone you know.
Make time to read.
I’ve already advised Mr. Flake to get a good dog, because he’ll need one if he wants any friends, but I’d recommend that Senator Hatch spend some time with a book. Shortly before he announced his retirement, Mr. Hatch gushed about Mr. Trump that “we’re going to make this the greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever.” I’m going to suggest that Mr. Hatch’s loved ones give the soon-to-be ex-senator a biography of Abraham Lincoln. Or George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan, or even a short pamphlet on William Henry Harrison. He’ll find it eye-opening.
On the subject of reading, Mr. Corker might want to spend time reading Goethe’s “Faust” — which I believe has a section on Mr. Corker’s recent vote to approve the tax bill.
Learn something new.
Mr. Bannon also might want to expand his cultural horizons, perhaps by learning a language of one of the few nationalities that he doesn’t want barred from the country. I’d suggest Italian, which would give him the ability to read Dante’s “Inferno” in the original. That should give him an idea of his future travel plans.
Stay off Twitter.
You are better off joining a bowling league, where you will definitely encounter a better quality of people than the ones you’ve been hanging around with. True, they won’t kiss your ring, but they also won’t hit you up for favors or ask you to cut rich folks’ taxes.
You still have work to do.
Your best accomplishments may actually lie ahead, especially if you continue to hold your party’s leader accountable. Now that you don’t have to curry favor with donors or run for re-election, you can continue to make a difference. If you get far enough away from Washington, you might realize what is most important: whether you stood firm in the truth when it mattered the most. And that it’s not too late to do just that.