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  • South Carolina's Lindsey Graham more open to Kagan than DeMint

    05/10/2010 7:54:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 52 replies · 661+ views
    McCaltchy ^ | 5/10/10 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a guardedly positive reaction Monday to President Barack Obama’s choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court while stopping short of a full endorsement. Sen. Jim DeMint said he's troubled that Kagan hasn't been a judge, but the Greenville, S.C., Republican withheld final judgment until he learns more about her during confirmation hearings. Graham, a Seneca, S.C., Republican, and DeMint split on Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Graham was one of nine Republican senators who voted last August to confirm Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice. DeMint joined...
  • Robert Menendez: Lindsey Graham shielding John McCain

    04/28/2010 2:05:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 782+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-04-28 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is questioning whether Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had other motivations for attempting to push off final action on an immigration bill until after the November elections. Menendez, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told POLITICO that Graham may be worried about his close pal Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican faces a tough primary challenge from conservative former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who has pilloried McCain's previous stance supporting a comprehensive immigration bill that included a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Now, Menendez said, Graham may be attempting to shield McCain from political blowback...
  • Sen. Graham says immigration dead until borders are secured

    04/28/2010 4:41:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 908+ views
    The Hill ^ | 04/27/10 | Susan Crabtree
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared a comprehensive immigration bill dead on arrival if the government does not first do more to secure its borders. Graham tangled with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano during a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday about the administration’s desire to pass an immigration measure this year. “I would bet you everything I own that the 2007 [immigration] bill wouldn’t pass this year,” Graham told Napolitano, predicting that the administration will “crash and burn” if it moves forward with a plan to push immigration legislation through Congress before the November elections. “If immigration comes up this year, it...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham's bipartisan efforts bog down (UNDER HEAVY FIRE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE)

    04/27/2010 9:27:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 2,066+ views
    Tribune / The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2010-04-28 | Jim Tankersley
    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...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: Arizona immigration bill may be unconstitutional (BARF ALERT)

    04/27/2010 10:47:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 125 replies · 3,217+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-04-26 | Manu Raju
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that the tough new Arizona immigration law will probably be struck down by the courts on constitutional grounds. "In my view it's all uphill under the law," Graham told reporters. "I think they'll have a hard time upholding this law, that's my view." Graham, who quipped that he was "not the brightest lawyer in town," said he had a "reasonable suspicion if it comes down to the color of your skin or the ethnic background as the dominant reason, it shouldn't hold up." His position creates some daylight with his close friend Sen....
  • Intolerance of the American Left over 'Outing of Gay Republican'

    04/24/2010 6:49:07 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 73 replies · 3,330+ views ^ | 24 Apr 2010 | Staff
    On the face of it, Elena Kagan, the United States Solicitor General, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would not seem to have much in common. Kagan is a Democrat and former dean of Harvard who is currently in the frame to be chosen by President Barack Obama as a Supreme Court Justice. Graham happens to be a lawyer too but he is a Republican, a faithful sidekick of Senator John McCain and a Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. Last week, however, both were "outed" as being gay - actions that prompted outrage on the Left in...
  • Immigration Decision Endangers Climate Change Bill (Lindsey Grahamnesty might do the right thing!)

    04/24/2010 5:56:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 847+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 04/24/10 | Patricia Murphy
    The decision by Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer to sign a tough immigration bill for her state may have endangered the fate of an unrelated, but highly anticipated, climate change legislation scheduled to be introduced in the Senate in Washington on Monday. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the lead Republican sponsor of the climate bill, sent a letter Saturday to supporters of the measure threatening to abandon the effort without assurances from President Obama that climate change, and not immigration reform, will be his highest legislative priority. Graham pointed to recent press accounts that top Democrats may choose to bring up immigration reform...
  • Sen. Graham threatens to halt work on climate and energy bill (Grahamnesty tries to save McCain)

    04/24/2010 12:38:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies · 1,719+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-04-24 | Juliet Eilperin
    Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) threatened to abandon his effort to push a climate and energy bill Saturday, saying he will only continue if Democratic leaders promise to relinquish plans to bring up immigration legislation first. Graham's departure, if he follows through on his ultimatum, would likely doom any chance of passing a climate bill this year. He is the sole Republican working with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) on a compromise proposal which they had planned to unveil Monday. In a letter to leaders of the effort to enact climate and energy legislation, Graham wrote,...
  • Retract the Graham Gay Smear

    04/21/2010 12:52:32 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 84 replies · 2,372+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 21 | Rick Moran
    While there has been speculation for years, no one has ever come forward to say they have proof that Graham is a homosexual. Graham denies it. And unlike other gay Republicans who are still in the closet who have been exposed by the professional “outers” in the Democratic Party, Graham has not been fingered....
  • Immigration Group Demands Lindsey Graham Admit He’s Gay (LOL)

    04/20/2010 3:52:16 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 940+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 04/20/10 | Glynnis MacNicol
    Want a sense of how a national immigration debate may sound to Republicans unwilling to tow the hard right line? Get a load of this. Over the weekend hard right immigration “reform” group ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee) responded to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s measured call for immigration reform by calling for Graham to “come out of that log cabin closet.” William Sheen, head of ALIPAC, referenced a three year old speech Graham made to the National Council of La Raza during which he noted that to many immigrants America is an idea and “no group owns being...
  • Senators prepare compromise climate change bill (RINOs working with Rats again)

    04/11/2010 5:33:46 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 1,009+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/11/2010 | Richard Cowan/Reuters
    Six months after introducing a sweeping climate change bill that flopped in the Senate, Democrat John Kerry is preparing to offer a compromise measure that seeks to reel in reluctant senators. Kerry, collaborating with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, might introduce a new bill promoting clean energy early next week, just days before the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, environmental sources said. Despite Kerry's consistently upbeat assessment of legislative prospects this year, the new bill also faces plenty of hurdles. On Friday, a new problem potentially arose when U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced...
  • The Mark of McCain (why judges are releasing terrorists, ask McCain & Graham)

    03/26/2010 9:59:32 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 22 replies · 439+ views
    National Review ^ | March 26, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If we captured bin Laden tomorrow, would he be entitled to Miranda warnings at the moment of capture?” Sen. Lindsey Graham got a lot of mileage out of that question, which stumped Attorney General Eric Holder during a Senate hearing last November.
  • Sen. Graham Peeved on Health Care but Will Stick With Climate Bill

    03/23/2010 5:52:45 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 146 replies · 3,368+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-03-23 | Darren Samuelsohn
    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 Cap-And-Trade Pronouncement Reframes Hill Debate

    03/22/2010 10:36:03 AM PDT · by RC one · 7 replies · 435+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 3, 2010 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Is cap and trade really "dead"? After all, didn't Sen. Lindsey Graham say so? The South Carolina Republican's recent remarks -- or snippets of them -- have ricocheted around Capitol Hill and beyond in recent weeks, lending momentum to the notion that the congressional effort he is helping lead no longer plans to implement a system that requires companies to buy and sell emission credits. But Graham's remarks appear to be more political than substantive. Indeed, cap and trade remains very much a part of the debate on what legislation will look like when the closed-door negotiations are finished. Graham...
  • GOP senator: Healthcare bill may cost immigration overhaul

    03/19/2010 5:00:16 PM PDT · by freespirited · 18 replies · 714+ views
    LA Times ^ | 03/19/10 | Pater Nichols
    The lone Republican senator inclined to support the Obama administration's bid to pass a major immigration overhaul said Friday that if a healthcare bill passes this weekend, the immigration effort is dead for the year. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is considered a crucial player in the immigration debate -- a Republican prepared to cross party lines and vote for a bill that would provide a path to legal status for the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Graham has spent months working with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to draft an immigration bill. The two met...
  • Schumer, Graham Unveil Immigration Reform Blueprint (INCLUDES "PATH TO CITIZENSHIP")

    03/18/2010 11:15:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 2,034+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 2010-03-19 | Jennifer Bendery & Jessica Brady
    Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unveiled their bipartisan blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday, a move hailed by President Barack Obama as progress on an issue for which he has been criticized for ignoring. “The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation. We urge the public and our colleagues to join our bipartisan efforts in enacting these reforms,” the Senators said in a Washington Post editorial posted online Thursday. The Schumer-Graham outline entails four key components: a biometric Social Security identification card for employment verification; strengthened border security and interior law...
  • Arizona Senator John McCain talks immigration with LA Area Chamber of Commerce (MCAMNESTY ALERT)

    03/16/2010 1:42:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 1,402+ views
    This weekend, dozens of Southern Californians plan to march in Washington for immigration reform, joining thousands of activists from around the country. Today, a different group of Southern Californians – members of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce – heard from a U.S. senator who took a lot of political heat for his efforts at immigration reform. The question arose at lunch during the Chamber’s annual lobbying trip to Washington. What did Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona think the U.S. should do about the “flood of immigrants” “running over” California? McCain cosponsored the last major immigration reform bill with...
  • Hold the Champagne on Military Commissions – It’s a Head Fake

    03/05/2010 6:32:36 AM PST · by opentalk · 21 replies · 490+ views
    NRO ^ | March 05, 2010 | andy McCarthy
    The Washington Post article that Dan posted about last night is a head fake. President Obama is not caving on military commissions. He has already caved on them: He failed (thankfully) to abolish them, Congress enacted legislation endorsing them again in 2009, and the administration has already directed a commission trial for the Cole bombers. The real agenda here is to close Gitmo. That’s the ball to keep your eye on. The Post is trying to soften the opposition to shuttering the detention camp by portraying beleaguered, reasonable Obama as making a great compromise that will exasperate the Left. The...
  • Lindsey Graham runs afoul of GOP purity police with Guantanamo stance (MCLAME'S LAPDOG)

    03/13/2010 3:19:03 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 777+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-03-14 | Dana Milbank
    (snip) But Graham has heard it all before. "What drives my train," he told me when I reached him late in the week, "is not their approval; it's getting it right." The fact that such a sentiment makes Graham an oddball in the Republican Party, and to some extent Congress generally, says less about him than about his colleagues. For all his supposed heresies -- on climate change, judicial nominees, immigration and now his offer to help close the Guantanamo Bay prison -- Graham had a 2009 rating of 88 percent from the American Conservative Union and a lifetime rating...
  • South Carolina's Graham taking on immigration again (amnesty queen alert)

    03/11/2010 8:43:57 PM PST · by pissant · 15 replies · 561+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 3/11/10 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON -- Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Chuck Schumer of New York discussed major immigration reforms Thursday with President Barack Obama at a White House meeting. Graham, a Republican, waded back into a political minefield on a controversial issue that has prompted conservative activists across the nation to vilify him since he helped lead a failed Senate bid to overhaul the immigration system in 2007. Obama has faced more recent criticism from Latino lawmakers and advocacy groups accusing him of failing to deliver on a 2008 campaign promise to help the 12 million undocumented workers in the United...