If Kevin Cramer had any shame, he'd watch a replay of his interview with CNN's Jake Tapper last weekend and wonder if looking like a partisan buffoon in the sack for Donald Trump is the legacy he wants to leave his heirs.
But he doesn't and besides, Cramer likely doesn't want to screw up his retirement gig as Trump's pool boy at Mar-a-Lago whenever he decides this cushy U.S. Senate gig has run its course.
Cramer's appearance on Tapper's "State of the Union" program was remarkable, in the sense the Hindenburg landing in New Jersey was remarkable. That Cramer agreed to appear on CNN, a network he despises as "fake news," was a surprise in itself.
Perhaps the president's people asked the senator to go on, list of White House talking points in hand because they know Cramer is willing to make a 100% fool of himself.
What Tapper was able to reveal through persistent questioning is that Cramer believes Trump and his administration are fine in asking foreign countries to investigate the president's political rivals — a clear violation of the Constitution — because Trump is doing it out in the open.
Hey, Cramer said, the president isn't trying to hide what he's doing, so that makes it OK.
(Watch CNN's Jake Tapper interview N.D. U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer here:)
"I appreciate we have a president who is very transparent about his opinions," Cramer told Tapper, who through most of the interview had facial expressions toggling between bewilderment and repellence. "He's very clear about them. He doesn't try to do it covertly."
This is the equivalent, as others have pointed out, of believing that giving a heads-up to a bank and then robbing it in broad daylight makes it legal. Thou shalt not steal unless thou announces thy intentions to do so.
It was the capper to an interview filled with Cramer obfuscating, deflecting, changing the subject and offering debunked conspiracy theories — all in unwavering and unquestioning defense of Trump. It was a sight to behold. Trump is less faithful to his wives than Cramer is to Trump.
At one point, an exasperated Tapper asked, "Are you really not capable of answering a question of whether or not it's appropriate for a president to ask a foreign nation to investigate his political rival?"
That's a firm "no."
It was only slightly more exasperated than Tapper was while questioning Cramer about Trump's decision to abandon the U.S.'s Kurdish allies in Syria, allowing Turkey to commence a slaughter. It was a decision roundly criticized by Republicans, Democrats, U.S. intelligence and the military as dangerous and disloyal because it ditched the Kurds, key allies in the fight against terrorism. Reports of rape, beheadings, and other atrocities — plus the escape of ISIS prisoners — quickly followed once U.S. troops stepped aside on Trump's orders.
Cramer didn't waver from Trump, offering full support for the president's decision. The senator supports the slaughter because saying anything else would be disloyal to Trump.
It's shameful — if the senator was capable of such an emotion.