John Podesta’s liberal Center for American Progress
on Utah freshman Mike Lee joining the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“There’s three things Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) likes in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and ‘unconstitutional.’ Indeed, Lee has recently claimed that [various federal welfare and nanny state laws] violate the Constitution. Yet Senate Republicans have inexplicably chosen to put Lee on the very Senate committee that has jurisdiction over constitutional questions and the judiciary … [T]he Senate GOP was so eager to put this radical tenther on the Judiciary Committee that it waived a rule prohibiting both of a state’s senators from serving on Judiciary.” (emphasis added)
Imagine that, a senator who considers it his duty to evaluate the constitutionality of federal laws and to uphold the Tenth Amendment. How radical! And the Republicans put him on the Judiciary Committee to boot. That’s really reckless!