Poems of the Week

By Permission

by Julia Griffin

“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”
(Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), February 2016)
—The Hill

“When elections are looming, to cram
The judiciary hurts Uncle Sam;
Should a POTUS incline
To re-stock the top Nine,
I’d condemn him at once as a sham;

“And I want you,” said Senator Graham,
“To deploy my own words like a ram
If I ever confirm
A last-year-of-first-term
Supreme Court nominee.” So I am.