I suppose someone has to come to the defense of Republicans in Congress after a series of confused complaints over the past week. As one headline put it: “21 British Conservatives put country over party. Why can’t 21 Republicans do the same?”
Comparing politicians with very different jobs, in two very different systems, is a losing game already. But if we have to, the easy answer is: Republicans have in fact stood up to President Donald Trump on policy – repeatedly. I listed seven different revolts in one column this summer. That’s not counting the time earlier this year when Senate Republicans undermined the president during the government shutdown. Nor is it counting all the things that Trump has tried to do by executive action because he couldn’t get a Republican Congress to pass what he wanted.