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Sen. Lindsey Graham's bipartisan efforts bog down (UNDER HEAVY FIRE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE)
Tribune / The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2010-04-28 | Jim Tankersley

Posted on 04/27/2010 9:27:53 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

The Republican lawmaker, under attack from both parties, backs off from efforts to work with Democrats on immigration, energy and Guantanamo Bay.

BY JIM TANKERSLEY

For months, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was one of the few Republicans willing to cross the aisle to work with the Obama administration on controversial issues. Now, he may be the showcase example of why bipartisanship is all but dead in Washington.

In the beginning, Graham's attempts to find compromises with Obama and Senate Democrats on immigration, energy and closing Guantanamo Bay looked like the best chance for a thaw in Washington's icy partisan environment. But now, under attack from colleagues and activists in both parties, Graham is threatening to chuck the whole effort.

That potentially dooms prospects for congressional action this year on energy and immigration, as well as the likelihood of widespread cooperation across party lines on most other issues.

From the right, Republican activists in Graham's home state have heaped scorn and censure on him. Fellow Senate Republicans, including party leaders, have left him to deal with Democrats on his own.

Meanwhile, from the other side, White House officials have criticized Graham's push to include what would have amounted to a new gasoline tax in the energy bill. Liberals have griped that Graham packed the bill with giveaways to industry; moderates say he hasn't delivered Republican support for the bill anyway.

Perhaps most important, Graham suddenly finds himself wrestling with the Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid of Nevada, over a plan to fast-track the immigration bill. Graham says that by pushing immigration when it isn't ready and can't pass, Reid has jeopardized good-faith negotiations on immigration and energy in hopes of scoring cheap political points against Republicans.

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: capandtrade; democrats; grahamnesty; guantanamobay; immigration; lindseygraham; mccain; mclameslapdog; obama; reid; rino; senate; ussenate
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1 posted on 04/27/2010 9:27:53 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: upchuck; bcsco; HiJinx; gubamyster; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; AuntB; pissant; ...

fyi


2 posted on 04/27/2010 9:29:06 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385
He comes off to me as "I'm so desperate to pass something major with my name on it that I will try anything"

I just get the feeling he is trying for a legacy play.

3 posted on 04/27/2010 9:31:43 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: rabscuttle385

When is he up for re-election?


4 posted on 04/27/2010 9:33:29 PM PDT by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: rabscuttle385

When is he up for re-election?


5 posted on 04/27/2010 9:33:31 PM PDT by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: lacrew

2014.


6 posted on 04/27/2010 9:34:19 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Good catch. Ms. Graham is a loser like his best boyfriend in Arizona.


7 posted on 04/27/2010 9:34:37 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson
Ms. Graham is a loser like his best boyfriend in Arizona.


8 posted on 04/27/2010 9:35:37 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

Ive said many times on here if the pols and SRM think the people were pissed over healthcare, just wait until immigration. Lindsey still doesnt get it.


9 posted on 04/27/2010 9:37:51 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: lacrew

Why was he re elected 2 years ago. He’s been a Rino longer than that.


10 posted on 04/27/2010 9:38:10 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

I agree. This issue is even more volatile than healthcare, especially following healthcare. The Dems are about to light the fuse.


11 posted on 04/27/2010 9:43:09 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: rabscuttle385

Graham’s biggest problem is the invention of the hidden camera.


12 posted on 04/27/2010 9:45:22 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: rabscuttle385
That potentially dooms prospects for congressional action this year on energy and immigration, as well as the likelihood of widespread cooperation across party lines on most other issues.

Well, ain't that a friggin' shame?

13 posted on 04/27/2010 9:48:43 PM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: rabscuttle385

Poor wittle Windsey! All he wants to do is betray his constituents and those mean wascally Wepubwicans won’t let him!


14 posted on 04/27/2010 9:49:37 PM PDT by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Would the good folks in SC please put this pathetic RINO out of our misery?


15 posted on 04/27/2010 10:11:01 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: CaptainK

Republicans closed ranks and no one would run against him that had the state wide recognition, funding and support.

Similiar to the bahavior of Republicans in Arizona (and some Tea party groups sadly). The difference is J.D. hates McCain with cause. Party pleas are ineffective with him. He has enough good will with conservatives (on immigration particularly), name recognition and of course nationally the financial support of conservatives that hate McCain to run a credibe challenge.

If Lindsey were up for re-election this year it may have been a different story.


16 posted on 04/27/2010 10:11:12 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: rabscuttle385

I remember driving through South Carolina when he was up for election last, his campaign ads stressed how conservative he was (it wasn’t hidden, the ads were something blatantly targeted to conservatives like “Lindsay Graham is a conservative, he supports conservative values.”) If he dances with the left, he should be noted as such and judged appropriately by the electorate. If he holds to the right, he should similarly be noted as such (and also judged appropriately by the electorate). With as much information as is available today, there is no way a sitting legislator at any level should ever be able to run from his or her record.


17 posted on 04/27/2010 10:13:43 PM PDT by jz638
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To: rabscuttle385

Lindsey must now be grilled by the electorate on his “gang of 14”. Obama is running rough-shod over America and could care less about his bi-whatever past.


18 posted on 04/27/2010 10:16:10 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

>>> Lindsey must now be grilled by the electorate on his “gang of 14”

You mean the “gang of 14” that preserved the filibuster when dimwits were eager to throw it away ? That kept the only weapon a minority Republican senate had for the last year to prevent total dem rule by decree? You want him to apologize for THAT “gang of 14”? Somehow I don’t think that will make much trouble for Graham.


19 posted on 04/27/2010 10:36:21 PM PDT by tlb
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To: rabscuttle385
"That potentially dooms prospects for congressional action this year on energy and immigration,"

Oh please. For the sake of our country. Please let this be true!!!

20 posted on 04/27/2010 10:38:34 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: rabscuttle385

If Grahmnesty’s ineptitude causes cap and tax and amnesty to be derailed, he will have been a very useful idiot.


21 posted on 04/27/2010 10:41:49 PM PDT by Lou Budvis
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To: rabscuttle385
That potentially dooms prospects for congressional action this year on energy and immigration.....

GOOD!

22 posted on 04/27/2010 10:43:11 PM PDT by Just Lori (To take our country back, we need to take our party back. NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: tlb
Somehow I don’t think that will make much trouble for Graham.

It will if South Carolina Conservatives gave him a chance on it. I don't live there so I don't know the mood. All I know is he capitulated and learned about being bi the hard way.

23 posted on 04/27/2010 10:43:49 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

Smokemeister! How the heck ARE ya??


24 posted on 04/27/2010 10:44:47 PM PDT by Just Lori (To take our country back, we need to take our party back. NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

This is already out of date. Now they’re talking about fast tracking Cap & Trade.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/27/reid-caves-to-graham-will-introduce-cap-and-trade-before-immigration/


25 posted on 04/27/2010 11:00:43 PM PDT by Nipfan (The desire to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it - H L Mencken)
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To: Redcloak
“All he wants to do is betray his constituents and those mean wascally Wepubwicans won’t let him!”

His constituents is why he is still in office at all. They WANT him and his type in the office or could have put him out a couple of years back.

His stance on everything is NO surprise to any of the voters. They put him in office and have kept him there.

26 posted on 04/27/2010 11:40:15 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was one of the few Republicans willing to cross the aisle to work with the Obama administration on controversial issues.

It's saying something that Graham was the only GOP senator to think that he could work with the Dems and not get his hands dirty. That makes him dumber or more naive or more opportunistic than Snowe or Collins.

27 posted on 04/28/2010 12:08:26 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: vbmoneyspender
Graham’s biggest problem is the invention of the hidden camera.

No doubt.

28 posted on 04/28/2010 12:15:30 AM PDT by riri
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To: rabscuttle385

Willing to cross the aisle and bend over backwards to stab Conservatives in the back.


29 posted on 04/28/2010 12:44:02 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: wastedyears

Don’t you mean bend over forwards?


30 posted on 04/28/2010 2:11:14 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: rabscuttle385; Defendingliberty; 4horses+amule; Nervous Tick; Amagi; Beowulf; Tunehead54; Clive; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

31 posted on 04/28/2010 2:43:57 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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To: wastedyears

Later, he added: “I enjoy my job. The only reason I enjoy it — the lifestyle of a senator sucks — is the wonderful opportunity for a conservative, right now, to have a say on big issues.… As long as you’re willing to let the other side get something, you can have a real say.”

He’s delusional.


32 posted on 04/28/2010 3:02:15 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: rabscuttle385

“Later, he added: “I enjoy my job. The only reason I enjoy it — the lifestyle of a senator sucks — is the wonderful opportunity for a conservative, right now, to have a say on big issues.…”
You are no conservative, you frigging rino cockroach.


33 posted on 04/28/2010 3:22:21 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: vbmoneyspender
Graham’s biggest problem is the invention of the hidden camera.

I don't think so. I think his addled brain believes the crap he spews.

34 posted on 04/28/2010 3:55:11 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Middle of the road: Sometimes you're a centrist; other times, roadkill.

Apologize, small version
35 posted on 04/28/2010 4:13:17 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: rabscuttle385

as God is my witness, I'll never be bipartisan again....(I'll be a Dhimmicrat)

36 posted on 04/28/2010 4:38:03 AM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: rabscuttle385

Aw, the little poofter is having twuble....


37 posted on 04/28/2010 5:18:59 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: rabscuttle385; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; Clintonfatigued; ...
For months, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was one of the few Republicans RINOS willing to cross the aisle to work with the Obama administration on controversial issues. Now, he may be the showcase example of why bipartisanship is all but dead in Washington.

We all need to chip in and buy Lady Lindsey a hankie so she can daintily dab at her eyes. Poor baby.

Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me.


38 posted on 04/28/2010 5:46:59 AM PDT by upchuck (Get the Moslem rookie, and his Wookie, out of the White House!)
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To: lacrew

2014 as rabs said. And, unfortunately, SC does not have a recall law. We are stuck with this POS until 2014. But it will be such a joy to toss his ass out on the sidewalk.


39 posted on 04/28/2010 5:49:23 AM PDT by upchuck (Get the Moslem rookie, and his Wookie, out of the White House!)
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To: rabscuttle385
Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill is no-man's land now.

Go over the top and you'll get machine gunned.

40 posted on 04/28/2010 6:17:36 AM PDT by AU72
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To: stephenjohnbanker

http://www.alipac.us/article5191.html

headline:
Senator Lindsey Graham’s Miraculous 180 on Amnesty On Display


41 posted on 04/28/2010 6:52:00 AM PDT by hyperconservative (Gridlock is good.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Graham is nothing more than a bloackmailed closet queer tool of the left.

They yell jump, and he must. Lindsey has had one too many leftist queers in his hopper.He is part of the extended Obaka homo/queer network now lacing through Washington.

He will not be re-elected.


42 posted on 04/28/2010 6:56:37 AM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: rabscuttle385

I think Lindsgay would enjoy getting it from both sides.


43 posted on 04/28/2010 7:13:06 AM PDT by maggief (Not everything is what it seems.)
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To: rabscuttle385
From the right, Republican activists in Graham's home state have heaped scorn and censure on him. Fellow Senate Republicans, including party leaders, have left him to deal with Democrats on his own.

BRAVO! Proving that most Republicans are 'getting it' and that Graham, as a true RINO, is an anomale.

Get RID of him, SC! We don't need no RINOS!

44 posted on 04/28/2010 7:48:49 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: rabscuttle385
Gramnasty is wholly owned by the big oil and gas lobbyists .
a real train-wreck.
45 posted on 04/28/2010 7:58:09 AM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: rabscuttle385

If he should disappear under a rock...I would not care ...


47 posted on 04/28/2010 8:40:25 AM PDT by eleni121 (For Jesus did not give us a timid spirit , but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: rabscuttle385
(UNDER HEAVY FIRE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE)

Everyone despises a Judas Goat.

48 posted on 04/28/2010 8:49:53 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Paine)
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To: rabscuttle385

When you try to please everybody, you only wind up pissing everybody off.


49 posted on 04/28/2010 8:51:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rabscuttle385
Now, he may be the showcase example of why bipartisanship is all but dead in Washington.

Hope he and a few others from both sides of the aisle do the right thing by tossing all of these crazy bills that only harm the US. Bipartisanship my ass.

50 posted on 04/28/2010 9:13:18 AM PDT by b4its2late (Bawney Fwank's mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.)
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