WaEx: This really has been the week for Republican senators sticking their thumbs in the eyes of President Trump but hurting the cause of good conservative governance far more than they hurt the obstreperous billionaire.
Four senators in particular have been obnoxiously obstructionist: two on judicial nominees and two on foreign policy.
I’ve written several times this week about how South Carolina’s Sen. Tim Scott and outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona have been blocking Trump’s judicial nominees. (I think that practical politics dictate that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should bow to Flake’s demands, but that doesn’t make Flake right: He is directly contradicting his own expressed conservative beliefs by blocking dozens of conservative would-be judges.)
What Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and retiring Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee are doing on other matters is almost as counterproductive.
Paul has been exercising a legislative “hold” that blocks passage of legislation codifying a long-term military aid program for Israel. The aid package was negotiated by former liberal President Barack Obama and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and it enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.
Corker, like Flake an bitter critic of Trump who in effect was pushed out of office by the president, is working with disgraced Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to curtail the power of Trump’s incoming director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The USAGM oversees the crucial Voice of America service that broadcasts American news abroad to counter foreign propaganda, along with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio y Television Marti, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcast Networks. more here