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Sen. Graham Peeved on Health Care but Will Stick With Climate Bill
The New York Times ^ | 2010-03-23 | Darren Samuelsohn

Posted on 03/23/2010 5:52:45 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he is not abandoning negotiations on a comprehensive energy and climate bill even as he warns of partisan gridlock following the Democrats' push this week to pass health care reform.

"It's going to make it very difficult to do anything complicated and controversial," Graham told reporters yesterday.

"I'm still committed to trying to roll out a vision of how you can price carbon and make it business-friendly. We're still going to do that. ... But the truth of the matter is, I think you're going to find most of our colleagues around here risk adverse."

Graham's continued role in the climate talks with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is critical for lawmakers trying to maintain momentum on an issue that has largely been kept on the sidelines while President Obama and Democrats focused on health care.

In recent days, Graham warned that immigration reform would be the "first casualty" following the Senate Democrats' efforts to complete the health care bill via a fast-track reconciliation vote. And he is also predicted GOP gains this November. "Republicans will pick up a lot of votes from people who think this is bad for their business, their family, and the process used to pass it was sleazy," Graham said over the weekend.

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"If Lindsey Graham flies the coup, this thing is dead," said Kevin Book, managing director with ClearView Energy Partners.

While Graham said he is staying put, his predictions about the Senate mood appear to be spot on -- at least among some moderate Republicans.

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Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said she would "continue to work" with Democrats on energy and climate change legislation.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
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1 posted on 03/23/2010 5:52:45 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: upchuck

Grahamnesty alert!


2 posted on 03/23/2010 5:55:18 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

I can see why the democrats are pushing cap & tax; it’s the same reason they pushed health care: Control. But I honestly have absolutely no idea why any Republican would back cap & tax. Graham is clearly nuts.


3 posted on 03/23/2010 5:56:06 AM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: rabscuttle385

So now that his sister, Juanita McLame, has to pretend to be a conservative for a few months in order to get re elected it’s Lindas turn to be the liberal in charge?


4 posted on 03/23/2010 5:56:41 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: rabscuttle385
"I'm still committed to trying to roll out a vision of how you can price carbon and make it business-friendly. We're still going to do that."

After you get done with that Lindsey, start working on pricing air, then stream water and we'll continue to work on pricing things that are freakin' free!!!!!! You don't own carbon or air or water Lindsey so how can you charge for it??????
5 posted on 03/23/2010 5:58:04 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: rabscuttle385

You can kill any hopes of a Republican resurgence and a return to power as long as Lindsey Graham and his ilk are polluting the cause and giving the democrats cover.

It’s time for the Republican leadership to “be rid of this troublesome priest” or face a complete desertion of the ranks to a Tea Party siren. As of now, with Graham in the driver’s seat, the Republicans are in the same spot as the Whigs of 1855.


6 posted on 03/23/2010 5:59:13 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: rabscuttle385
-- "If Lindsey Graham flies the coup, this thing is dead," said Kevin Book, managing director with ClearView Energy Partners. --

Flies the coup? What is this, the NYT? COOP, as in "Chicken coop."

7 posted on 03/23/2010 5:59:20 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: rabscuttle385
I used to think that Graham was a fool.
Now I believe him to be a manipulative and venal traitor to the republic.
8 posted on 03/23/2010 5:59:24 AM PDT by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: rabscuttle385

Graham must be REMOVED!


9 posted on 03/23/2010 5:59:29 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: rabscuttle385

price carbon? still? After global warming has been debunked! Has the whole world gone insane?


10 posted on 03/23/2010 6:00:17 AM PDT by ILS21R
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To: rabscuttle385
risk adverse

That would be "risk averse", Poodle.

11 posted on 03/23/2010 6:00:20 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Get him out of office. And McCain. We need to nail down Palin on exactly why she is all about McCain, no flames, I like her just want to understand where she is coming from with this.


12 posted on 03/23/2010 6:01:36 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: rabscuttle385

Not grahamnesty but grahamcaptrade. What. A. Dolt.


13 posted on 03/23/2010 6:04:29 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: rabscuttle385

So after the huge unConstitutional takeover of health care against the will of the people, it’s back to “business as usual” for Linseed and some others. “Hey, Obama and the rats just enforced their will upon an unwilling populace, but we can still work with them in a bi-partisan fashion to pass another scam against wealth producers”. They make me sick.


14 posted on 03/23/2010 6:05:01 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: GoCards

On the Sarah issue we’ll have to wait and see what plays out in Arizona. She might owe him a campaign favor but I sure hope this is it.


15 posted on 03/23/2010 6:06:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: mrsmel

They deserve to be hounded, hounded, hounded for this.


16 posted on 03/23/2010 6:07:00 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: henkster

Follow the money or personal relationships.


17 posted on 03/23/2010 6:08:22 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: rabscuttle385

I saw Lindsay Graham yesterday morning in the lobby of my building in midtown. He was going in the Hess elevator.


18 posted on 03/23/2010 6:09:10 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: rabscuttle385

He was giving a speech last night at AIPEC. While I know that is a foreign policy matter, you should have heard Graham gushing over how in love he is with Charles Schumer. And Corker is making me sick too; apparently he is ready to move on after the destruction of the best health care system in the world. Let me tell you what; if the Republicans cooperate in any way with these fascists, don’t make any case to me about not considering a third party.


19 posted on 03/23/2010 6:09:38 AM PDT by rushmom
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To: rabscuttle385

Who is holding “WHAT” over Graham’s head?


20 posted on 03/23/2010 6:10:20 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: rabscuttle385

This guy is a rat.


21 posted on 03/23/2010 6:10:57 AM PDT by TJC
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Yes they do, and they don't deserve to be treated as "my esteemed colleagues", which is what will happen. I can't believe the Republican senators are going to act as if this was just another political event which is now behind them. Why don't they understand?
22 posted on 03/23/2010 6:11:17 AM PDT by mrsmel
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To: rabscuttle385
"I think it makes it a very difficult environment with which to deal with complex and big issues, most certainly incorporating Republican ideas in building that camaraderie," Snowe said.

Since you obviously wouldn't know, Olympia, here's a Republican idea: don't participate in any of this AGW Kabuki theater.

23 posted on 03/23/2010 6:11:18 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: GoCards

I think the answer is simple...She is LOYAL!


24 posted on 03/23/2010 6:11:44 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: rabscuttle385

To all the “it’s the conservative purists’ fault for 0bama and 0bamacare” crowd:

Lindsey Graham is the poster boy for why all RINOs must be defeated. They are a dying breed, but they must be completely annihilated. This year we can get rid of Pansy’s running boy McLame. With Arlene Sphincter gone, Pansy will be the last of the big mouthed RINOs in the Senate.

If SC finally gets rid of Pansy in 2014, maybe all the other RINOs will fall in line, or decide not to run for office again.


25 posted on 03/23/2010 6:11:47 AM PDT by Waryone (So tired of blog pimps)
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To: rabscuttle385

“I’m still committed to trying to roll out a vision of how you can price carbon”

That, on its face is sheer lunacy. Anyone who says such a thing should be committed.


26 posted on 03/23/2010 6:12:05 AM PDT by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
Graham: I'm still committed to trying to roll out a vision of how you can price carbon and make it business-friendly

He's also working on a way to make amnesty decrease unemployment for US citizens.

27 posted on 03/23/2010 6:12:33 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: WellyP

Well thats nice but?????? What has he done for us lately, hmmm


28 posted on 03/23/2010 6:12:52 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: rabscuttle385

as God is my witness, I’ll never go MANBEARPIG again

29 posted on 03/23/2010 6:14:32 AM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I am aware that there are conflicting opinions as to the legality of recalls for members of congress / senate...however, I WISH that the people of Graham’s state would start a recall effort TODAY...like the one that Arizona had for McCain before 9/11.

Even if fruitless, it would put the sissy on notice.


30 posted on 03/23/2010 6:15:39 AM PDT by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy...name change necessary after the Marxist won)
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To: henkster

I think I am beginning to see through this.

Graham thinks the health care bill is a done deal so he can rant about it and look good (he thinks) to his people back home.

He can shaft them on the carbon tax thing and still say that he is conservative because he fought the health bill.

After all, you can’t expect him to agree with you on everything...

Repeal the 17Th Amendment.

Return the selection of senators to the state legislatures as our founding fathers intended. This is the only sure way to return to the states their lawful rights under the Constitution. Senators will then, as actual representatives of the states rather than the people, protect states rights and prevent the federal government from destroying the states with unfunded mandates


31 posted on 03/23/2010 6:15:44 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: WellyP

She’s loyal to a snake.


32 posted on 03/23/2010 6:16:41 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
Graham: I'm still committed to trying to roll out a vision of how you can price carbon and make it business-friendly

The underwater hairdryer if there ever was one.

33 posted on 03/23/2010 6:16:55 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Barack Obama is Osama bin Laden's relief pitcher.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Don’t these imbeciles think about the money?

Where’s the jobs, tax cuts, or here’s an idea:

SPENDING FREEZE


34 posted on 03/23/2010 6:18:34 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: shelterguy
So now that his sister, Juanita McLame, has to pretend to be a conservative for a few months in order to get re elected it’s Lindas turn to be the liberal in charge?

exactamondo, and Juan just hates having to let his butt boy be in charge.

35 posted on 03/23/2010 6:19:02 AM PDT by webschooner (Lincoln Freed the Slaves ... Obama Enslaves the Free)
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To: rabscuttle385

Lindsey Graham is a slow learner.


36 posted on 03/23/2010 6:20:40 AM PDT by chipper dave
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To: rabscuttle385

fire all 535 and their staff

if they stay in this country, cut off their pensions


37 posted on 03/23/2010 6:21:30 AM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: SF_Redux

bah, cut their pensions anyway


38 posted on 03/23/2010 6:21:59 AM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: rabscuttle385

No, Graham, not risk averse. Idiot averse.


39 posted on 03/23/2010 6:30:30 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09! WTFU!)
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To: rabscuttle385
What is you held a coup and no one noticed?

My lord, what is it going to take to make people notice what is going on around them???

40 posted on 03/23/2010 6:31:19 AM PDT by riri (Resistance-It's the New Black)
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To: rabscuttle385

The pathetic putz is peeved?


41 posted on 03/23/2010 6:32:23 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: jersey117
He was going in the Hess elevator.

What is the "Hess elevator" and what makes it unique?

42 posted on 03/23/2010 6:32:28 AM PDT by meyer (It's time...)
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To: rabscuttle385
You know, when you're down in the weeds of day to day political combat, sometimes it's useful to take a step back to look at the big picture.

I mean, how ABSURD is it to think that legislation in the Congress has, or can have, anything to do with the climate of the entire planet?

43 posted on 03/23/2010 6:33:40 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Let tyrants shake their iron rod, and slavery clank her galling chains)
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To: rabscuttle385

Whatever dirt President Obama has on Senator Graham, it must be good.


44 posted on 03/23/2010 6:35:27 AM PDT by FourPeas (servantscenter.org -- Jesus' hands and feet on the streets serving those in need)
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To: meyer

There are 4 elevator banks in the lobby. Each elevator bank has 6 elevators. One elevator is designated for Hess employees only and just stops on the Hess floors.


45 posted on 03/23/2010 6:35:43 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: rabscuttle385

How to take a strong stand Grahamesty! I’m sure that will teach BO/BS!


46 posted on 03/23/2010 6:36:02 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: rabscuttle385

He’s an ahole.


47 posted on 03/23/2010 6:36:32 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Man50D
I’m sure that will teach BO/BS!

After what the rats just did to the Republicans, they should be going ruthless back at them -- on every issue.

48 posted on 03/23/2010 6:37:41 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: oldbill

The leadership, hey McConnell, you need to get as tough as Pelosi and rein in this little pansy putz. Do it soon.


49 posted on 03/23/2010 6:39:37 AM PDT by dforest
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To: rabscuttle385
[GRAHAM: “But the truth of the matter is, I think you're going to find most of our colleagues around here risk adverse.”]

When Obama goes to prison he can take Lindsey with him so he'll have something to f*ck.

50 posted on 03/23/2010 6:40:37 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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