In a brutally blunt column for the Washington Post, conservative renegade Jennifer Rubin didn’t have an ounce of sympathy for Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who recently whined that the whole government shutdown/Trump wall imbroglio has left him feeling “depressed.”
According to Rubin, it’s time for Graham and his GOP brethren to step up and do their jobs and go around President Trump.
Earlier this week Graham tried to broker a deal to end the government shutdown and wall funding by making a pitch for protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, only to see it shot down.
Following his failure, Graham lamented, “I think we’re stuck. I just don’t see a pathway forward. I don’t see a way forward. I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now. I just don’t see a pathway forward.”
“Graham and the other 52 members of the Republican majority in the Senate need a job description,” she sarcastically wrote. “Fortunately, there is one: Article I of the Constitution. Congress is the legislative branch, the only body with the power to levy taxes and appropriate money.”
“The Constitution does not say ‘but ask the president first’ or ‘only do such things that the president definitely won’t veto.’ (To the contrary, there’s a provision to override vetoes in there — honest!)” she added.
Getting back to Republicans — and the ineffectual Graham — doing their jobs, Rubin wrote: “What Graham and the rest of his colleagues cannot do is simultaneously enable an unhinged, authoritarian president and uphold their oaths of office. And what they surely should not do is facilitate or encourage Trump to usurp the power of the purse.”
The conservative — who is a regular anti-Trumper on MSNBC — then took a shot at Republicans who seemed confused where their loyalties should be focused. — and it does not include not sucking up to the hosts on Fox News.
“There is no shortage of things Republicans can do to move ‘forward,’ as Graham put it.” Rubin wrote. “What is missing is any sense of obligation beyond defending an unhinged president and staying in the good graces of crackpot Fox News personalities. In throwing up their hands, they induce Trump to attack Congress’s power, the Constitution and the rule of law.”
You can read the whole piece here, including a suggestion to voters in South Carolina on how to deal with Graham.