They never fought so it would be inaccurate to say they surrendered. Besides the ONLY thing they hope for is to salvage reelection. Boner and Canker are vile, deadly diseases.
You can surrender without being in a fight. The Pubbies never put up a fight.
Studying history: During the War of 1812, American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit and his army to the British without a fight; In May 1782 the British commander at Nassau, John Maxwell decided to surrender the island without a fight when confronted by the superior force.
The Pubbies never had their heart into protecting the American Public ... as you said they only want to salvage their jobs, their positions.
They can’t even put up a fake front convincingly. Their heart isn’t in it. Many have no convictions to stand by ... just the spur of the party line they’ve bought into.