I’ve met him and interviewed him a couple of times, so I can say this from experience: Senator Mike Lee is a good guy. He’s also likely to be in the Senate for as long as he cares to be, and he plans to do things while he’s there. Listening to Senator Lee get good and steamed in this Mark Levin interview should make a careful man thoughtful. Because this issue ain’t going away any time soon, election or no election.
“The Senate has enough people running for president, and I’m not,” he said. Asked why he would not run, Lee rejected the premise of the question. “The question of running for president isn’t really a ‘why not?’ thing; it’s more of a ‘why?’ thing.”
Why, indeed. To quote one of Harry Turtledove’s characters (a Byzantine-analogue Emperor in full exasperation mode towards a Gallic Wars-era actual Roman tribune*): “I begin to see why your people have no kings. Who would WANT the job?” Inexplicably and unfortunately, we have a lot of people who do seem to want the job, these days – but they’re still kind of crazy, them.
We had originally hoped to talk with Senator Lee about Obamacare Obama’s health tax yesterday, but the unique – and, in some quarters, ever-so-slightly controversial – nature of the US Supreme Court decision made scheduling a touch complex. Translation: BOOM went the (metaphorical) dynamite over at the Supreme Court, thus bringing us Chaos and Old Night f0r a while.
Fortunately, things were a bit calmer this morning, so I talked with the Senator for a bit about some aspects of the Obama health tax decision.
In other news: Mitt Romney raised $4.3 million dollars – whoops, make that $4.6 million – over the last day from the Supreme Court decision. I’m given to understand that this represents something like thirty times their usual daily online take – and it’s small donor-driven, too: the average donation was $25. A very nice haul, in other words – and the Romney campaign didn’t particularly have to do anything to get it, either*. Well, besides pointing out the exceptionally obvious point that Obamacare is a half trillion tax on the middle class.
Senator Lee is, of course, an old friend of RedState, and happy to check in with us.
Annoyingly, the interview was almost interrupted by the presence of the Rent is Too D*mn High guy. What said RiTDH guy was doing at CPAC remains a mystery: as I recall, the fellow is not precisely conservative.