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Senate Republicans could at least rediscover their tongues, if not their spines

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09.01.2019

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), one of two increasingly lonely libertarians in the House of Representatives, had a crazy idea Wednesday morning in the wake of President Trump’s unpersuasive prime-time speech about border wall funding and the government shutdown: Have the House and Senate hash out a spending bill, send that bill to the president, and if he vetoes it, they can override, or not.

“This is our system,” Amash tweeted, with the slightest hint of desperation. “We should follow it.”

What an intriguing concept: Congress could do its job and ask the president to do his.

Not that it will happen anytime soon. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made that clear in an interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, ceding the Senate’s legislative function to the erratic executive-brancher he once described as “the world’s biggest jackass.”

“If we undercut the president,” the senator warned, “that's the end of his presidency and the end of our party, and we deserve to be punished."

What an intriguing concept: Congress could do its job and ask the president to do his.

The combination of an aggressive president and a supine Congress has rendered pathetic many a legislator who were once afforded at least some respect. Graham arguably leads the pack.

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