I’m surprised and curious about his stance on the great reopening debate. Normally Graham is careful not to get crossways from Trump on an issue the president and his base are exercised about, and this is one of those issues. But Graham has been skeptical of easing social distancing restrictions since Trump first started talking about it in late March. Remember?
There is no functioning economy unless we control the virus.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 23, 2020
That was back when the president was eyeing Easter as a target date for reopening. Fauci and Birx convinced him to ride it out until the end of April at least, which led to last week’s federal guidelines. Yesterday three southern governors announced they’d begin relaxing some of their lockdown orders, including Graham’s colleague in South Carolina, Henry McMaster. Graham’s fine with McMaster’s order, which is cautious in keeping many businesses closed and insisting that ones permitted to reopen maintain only 20 percent capacity to start. He’s less fine with what’s happening across the border in Georgia: