Senator Mike Lee joins the “Jawboners”

Senator Mike Lee’s libertarian phase is officially over. It didn’t even last a full term in Washington. Twice in the last month Lee has joined regulatory hard-liner Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota (lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 6%) in jaw-boning American companies over mergers. “Jawboning” is the use of veiled threats by government officials to get their way without the messiness of legislation or official regulatory action. These threats usually come in the form of letters to private companies or press releases parading horribles, or (usually) both. On Tuesday the 24th…