Lee is all in favor of limiting congressional terms until it affects him.
In this Nov. 10, 2020, photo, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Sen. Mike Lee was one of the nation’s most vocal advocates for term limits — until it came time for him to leave office.
In a hearing on the issue, Lee compared senators who support term limits generally but not while they’re in office to Saint Augustine during his conversion to Christianity, who stated “Lord, grant me chastity and virtue, but not yet.” (sic)
Lee observed, “It’s always easier to wait to do the right thing, especially in Washington.”
Lee will likely argue that his work on term limits is not done and that he needs more time. But the very act of running for a third term renders him a disingenuous and ineffective advocate for the cause. In fact, given his unwillingness to follow his own standard, any future support for term limits by Lee will likely do more harm than good.
It leaves Utahns to wonder what Mike Lee really believes in. At the moment, it’s unclear. Lee’s only discernible guiding principle is self-interest — a dangerous attribute for a senator in the age of insurrection, misinformation and Trump.
If Lee wins in 2022, he will undoubtedly run again in 2028, and again in 2034, and so on. It will lay the foundation for Lee to be Utah’s senator-for-life, a position he is unfit to hold.