Dan Crenshaw continues to impress as a new House member
...He has a way of taking on critics that others in the GOP should emulate. His response to a Saturday Night Live skit critical of his looks impressed people on the right and the left. He has also been willing to take on other colleagues who are critical of GOP supporters.
When the shutdown was depriving many government workers of their paychecks, Crenshaw very publicly had his Congressional pay withheld in fairness. When others unwilling to make that sacrifice, like his colleague Representative Ilhan Omar (yes, the one fending off her past anti-Semitic remarks), criticized the move as a virtue-signaling publicity stunt, Crenshaw answered perfectly:
“To my Democrat colleagues who are also (rightfully) withholding your pay during the shutdown—your colleague @IlhanMN would prefer you stop virtue signaling and end the shutdown,” Crenshaw wrote. “Can we have a serious discussion about border security now? That’d be great.”
It wasn’t rude, but it was direct and dignified: other Democrats are doing exactly the same thing (withholding their pay) and it’s the right thing to do. It also provides an incentive to discuss and negotiate rather than posture for power. Impressive.
Equally impressive was his direct handling of the man the media was desperately trying to make into the second coming of Barack Obama, Bob (“Beto”) O’Rourke. When asked about the relevance of the U.S. Constitution in contemporary society, O’Rourke embarrassingly mused,
“I think that’s the question of the moment: Does this still work? Can an empire like ours … still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?”
While that ambiguous, non-committal equivocating finds a home in liberal academia, and perhaps plays as nuanced thinking to the voters of a Democratic presidential primary, the ex-Navy SEAL Crenshaw didn’t have time for it:
“Anybody who questions the validity of the Constitution — whether it works in the modern era — should never be president.”
Bingo. Nothing cheap about it; just honest, direct, and accurate.