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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...
  • Immigration Reform Effort Re-Emerges With New Senate Bill (McCain hiding as his lap dog surrenders)

    03/10/2010 6:52:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 1,005+ views
    Fox ^ | 2010-03-10
    Three years after efforts by Congress to reform the immigration system went down in flames, the issue is slowly re-emerging onto the national stage as two senators from the opposite sides of the political aisle work on crafting another bill. BY TRISH TURNER Three years after efforts by Congress to reform the immigration system went down in flames, the issue is slowly re-emerging on the national stage, as two senators from the opposite sides of the political aisle work on crafting another bill. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham,...
  • Lindsey Graham to President Obama: Time to ‘step it up’ [ immigration reform........]

    03/10/2010 7:43:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies · 1,514+ views
    Lindsey Graham to President Obama: Time to ‘step it up’ By: Glenn Thrush March 10, 2010 04:31 AM EST President Barack Obama is summoning two key senators to the Oval Office on Thursday for an update on immigration reform efforts — but one of them, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), thinks Obama should be the one giving the update. Graham, less than thrilled at the notion of providing the equivalent of a book report to the headmaster in chief, said Obama’s lack of direction on immigration reform is hampering Graham’s efforts to recruit additional Republicans to the cause. “At the end...
  • Lindsey Graham denounces Liz Cheney advertisement (McLame's lap dog defends Obama) (BARF)

    03/09/2010 2:28:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 310+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-03-09 | Lisa Lerer
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham denounced a recent ad questioning the loyalty of Obama administration lawyers who had previously represented suspected terrorists. The ad — run by Liz Cheney's group Keep American Safe — derided the unidentified appointees as the "Al Qaeda 7” asking "Whose values do they share?" “A defense attorney who is making the government do their job regardless of the nature of the case is making this whole country a better place,” said Graham, a military lawyer who’s currently a senior instructor at the Air Force JAG School. “I represented people as a defense attorney in...
  • ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan

    03/09/2010 2:53:08 AM PST · by raybbr · 72 replies · 427+ views ^ | 3-9-2010 | Laura Meckler
    Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain. Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker. The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past....
  • Obama looking to give new life to immigration reform (Amnesty to illegal aliens)

    03/05/2010 7:03:21 AM PST · by BP2 · 149 replies · 3,775+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 4, 2010 | 6:18 p.m. | Peter Nicholas
    Despite steep odds, the White House has discussed prospects for reviving a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, a commitment that President Obama has postponed once already. Obama took up the issue privately with his staff Monday in a bid to advance a bill through Congress before lawmakers become too distracted by approaching midterm elections. In the session, Obama and members of his Domestic Policy Council outlined ways to resuscitate the effort in a White House meeting with two senators -- Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- who have...
  • How the G.O.P. Goes Green (McLame's lap dog touts amnesty, carbon taxes, compromise with Rats)

    02/28/2010 12:57:37 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 888+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-02-28 | Thomas L. Friedman
    It is early evening on Capitol Hill, and I am sitting with Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, who, along with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, is trying to craft a new energy bill — one that could actually win 60 votes. What is interesting about Graham is that he has been willing — courageously in my view — to depart from the prevailing G.O.P. consensus that the only energy policy we need is “drill, baby, drill.” What brought you around, I ask? Graham’s short answer: politics, jobs and legacy. We start with politics. The Republican Party today has...
  • Defying Feds, Arpaio Says He'll Step Up Immigration Enforcement

    02/10/2010 1:06:47 PM PST · by pissant · 59 replies · 1,535+ views
    TPM ^ | 2/10/10 | Zach Roth
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doubling down on his defiance of the Feds. In November, the Department of Homeland Security stripped 100 Maricopa County deputies of their ability to make immigration arrests, amid a slew of complaints that the controversial sheriff was using racial profiling techniques to round up suspected illegal immigrants. But now, in what can only be described as a giant F.U. to the U.S. government, Sheriff Joe has announced that he'll train all 881 of his deputies to enforce federal immigration law, reports the AP. Arpaio said that, per federal law, his office doesn't need sign-off from Washington...
  • Border fence plagued by glitches, long delays

    02/03/2010 10:58:21 AM PST · by Kartographer · 32 replies · 502+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 3/2/10 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    An ambitious, $6.7 billion government project to secure nearly the entire Mexican border with a "virtual fence" of cameras, ground sensors and radar is in jeopardy after a string of technical glitches and delays.
  • Graham: Congress Needs A Win On Climate Policy

    01/29/2010 9:37:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 164 replies · 4,598+ views
    National Journal ^ | 2010-01-27
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said today that skeptical Republicans and Democrats should throw their support behind climate change legislation not only because it's good for the economy and the environment, but because Congress desperately needs a win under its belt. "We tried immigration. It's hard. And we failed. We tried Social Security. It's hard. And we failed. We tried health care. It's really hard. And it looks like we're going to have to start over again," Graham somberly told a luncheon audience of energy and climate advocates on the Hill. "On the energy, climate change front, I don't want to...
  • SC Latinos regroup for immigration reform (illegals want amnesty, freebies) (Grahamnesty alert)

    01/25/2010 12:02:32 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,060+ views
    Advocacy groups step up efforts to rally support. BY NOELLE PHILLIPS In recent weeks, Latinos in South Carolina have gathered for food and conversation to discuss a strategy for immigration reform. Energized by the election of President Barack Obama, they are trying to push the explosive issue back into the national conversation. "It's going to come up," said the Rev. Sandy Jones, pastor of Spring of Life Lutheran Church, which has a predominantly Hispanic congregation. "I'm afraid this debate is going to be more vitriolic than health care was." People attending these events want the federal government to create a...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Migrant issue could haunt McCain in race (AMNESTY RETURNS TO HAUNT MCCAIN)

    01/06/2010 5:48:52 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,363+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2010-01-06 | Dan Nowicki
    Link only, per FR copyright rules
  • (RINO) Graham censured again by county party in S.C. ("contempt and belligerence")

    01/04/2010 9:45:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,703+ views
    (CNN) - The Lexington County Republican Party in South Carolina voted late Monday to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham for his positions on several controversial issues, including his recent support for a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation. The Lexington GOP is now the second county party organization in a matter of months to censure Graham after Charleston County leaders approved a similar resolution in November. But unlike Charleston County, Lexington is one of the most conservative counties in South Carolina and is considered a bellwether of Republican sentiment in the state. The measure passed by a 13-7 vote after more than an...
  • High-skilled immigration to be addressed in Schumer-Graham bill (RINO alert)

    12/10/2009 6:01:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    A report released this week by the Center for American Progress (CAP) includes recommendations that could serve as a blue-print of sorts for a broad immigration reform bill being crafted by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration subcommittee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). An overhaul of the U.S. immigration laws has for years been a high priority for technology companies that say they need more H-1B visas and green-cards to hire high-skilled workers and keep the industry competitive on a global scale. Microsoft founder Bill Gates and others make yearly pilgrimages to Washington to make...
  • DU Panel: Legalization Of Immigrants Beneficial

    12/09/2009 10:33:51 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,616+ views
    Associated Press - ^ | December 9, 2009 | IVAN MORENO
    Millions of undocumented people in the U.S. should be given a path to legal status after the country finds a way to stop illegal immigration, business and government leaders said in a report Wednesday. The University of Denver report argues that legalizing as many of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants as possible could strengthen the economy and national security. But it should come with conditions, such as requiring new immigrants to learn English, pass criminal and medical background checks, and pay any taxes that they owe, the document states. The report is the product of a year of discussions...
  • Graham: 'I want my time to count' (will "work...across the aisle" to accomplish Obama agenda)

    12/03/2009 3:22:25 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 2,480+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-12-03 | Jim Snyder
    (snip) “Why did I do this? I want my time to count. I want to be seen as someone who can solve a hard problem by working with my colleagues across the aisle. I want to do something that matters. I can’t think of a better use of my time than to work with Democrats and Republicans to break our dependency on foreign oil, to create jobs for our next generation of Americans that will never go to China. And yes, leave behind a cleaner planet.” (snip)
  • South Carolina Rift Highlights Debate Over G.O.P. (NYT barf alert)

    11/28/2009 1:18:04 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 677+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-11-28 | Shaila Dawan
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — When Senator Lindsey Graham joined forces last month with Senator John Kerry on a compromise to the climate change legislation known as cap and trade, it was the last straw for the Charleston County Republican Party. The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join the discussion. The county party, which has traditionally been considered moderate, voted by a wide margin to censure Mr. Graham in harsh terms. Their grievance list was long: it cited the senator for calling opponents of immigration law change “bigots,” holding the Republican Party...
  • Free Republic does not and will not support RINOS!! Not now!! Not ever!!

    11/26/2009 9:55:25 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 2,501 replies · 41,088+ views
    My day after Thanksgiving message | 11/26/200 | Jim Robinson
    Apparently there are still some posters on FR who are fast asleep. Wake up! Dammit! We are in the middle of a conservative rebellion! While you were sleeping we, along with millions of other freedom loving grassroots Americans have participated in hundreds of tea parties all across this great land and fully intend to keep it up until all of America is awake. We are fed up and mad as hell! We grassroots Americans are delivering a message to the ruling class: NO MORE!! No more big government! No more high taxes! No more government bailouts! No more government takeovers!...
  • Letter: Graham a ‘turncoat’ to S.C. Republicans

    11/25/2009 8:17:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 1,363+ views
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a media celebrity. On constitutional issues, aside from the right to life, gun rights and national security, he takes a center-left position. Graham opposed the Republican option on judicial nominees and also voted yes on Sotomayor, knowing she supports abortion and gun control and is not for a strong national defense. Graham is determined to again attempt to pass an immigration reform bill with amnesty for illegals, never mind his 2007 resounding defeat on this issue. Graham is said to be working with far left Sen. John Kerry on cap and trade and seeking...
  • Is John McCain the odd man out on climate change bill? (RINO vs RINO)

    11/20/2009 7:40:47 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 390+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/20/2009 | Lisa Lerer
    Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman have been working overtime to craft a climate bill that can attract significant GOP support. But they aren’t exactly scoring points with their mutual best friend in the Senate, John McCain. “Their start has been horrendous,” McCain said Thursday. “Obviously, they’re going nowhere.” McCain has emerged as a vocal opponent of the climate bill — a major reversal for the self-proclaimed maverick who once made defying his party on global warming a signature issue of his career. Now the Arizona Republican is more likely to repeat GOP talking points on cap and trade than...
  • Two New Polls Show Graham Tanking (Goodbye Lindsey!)

    11/16/2009 5:04:18 AM PST · by AKSurprise · 92 replies · 3,432+ views
    Fitsnews ^ | 11/14/09 | Fitsnews
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s public support is collapsing in South Carolina – driven by a wholesale revolt among the GOP electorate and a steady erosion of his support amongst independents. Already consistently loathed by a solid third of GOP voters, Graham’s recent leftward bent – including his co-authoring of a controversia"Cap & Tax" proposal supported by President Barack Obama and liberal Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) – has him locked in a "terminal free fall," according one prominent Republican consultant. "A chunk of the GOP has always detested him but in the last month a dam has broken," said the consultant,...
  • Senator Graham's Climate Leadership Is True Conservatism in Action ( BARF )

    11/14/2009 5:32:45 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 35 replies · 647+ views
    Senator Lindsey Graham’s leadership on climate change is a bold example of true conservatism that his fellow Republicans in Congress should follow, Republicans for Environmental Protection, a national grassroots organization, said today. "We are very pleased with the New York Times op-ed that Senator Graham co-authored with Senator Kerry. The most important thing that Congress must do to address climate change is to put a price on carbon emissions. That can only happen if there is conservative Republican input and buy-in. Thanks to Senator Graham’s leadership, the odds for passing an effective, balanced bill have improved greatly," David Jenkins, REP...
  • County Republican Party Leaders Censure Sen. Graham [RINO season opener]

    11/11/2009 5:50:09 AM PST · by RetSignman · 113 replies · 7,030+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | Nov. 11, 2009 | Robert Behre
    FINALLY, the people in South Carolina are awakening to the fact our values are not being represented by Lindsay Graham.
  • 3 senators join forces to rescue climate bill (Who? You don't want to know.)

    11/04/2009 4:32:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,006+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/4/09 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    WASHINGTON – A trio of senators with differing political views is working behind-the-scenes to rescue troubled climate legislation. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., together with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Wednesday they would work in conjunction with the White House to patch together a bill that could pass the U.S. Senate. The three senators met individually with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Carol Browner, the president's assistant for energy and climate change. "Our effort is to try to reach out to broaden the base of support ... ," Kerry said at an...
  • Graham steps from McCain’s shadow right into his shoes [giddy Democrats laud "the new McCain"]

    10/16/2009 5:10:55 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 2,187+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-10-16 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime friend and ally of Sen. John McCain, is now going a step further, Democrats say, and actually becoming the new McCain. Senior members of the majority party say the South Carolina Republican has displaced his Arizona mentor as the dealmaker on two big agenda items of the Obama administration: climate change and immigration. As McCain, on the heels of his presidential election defeat, has distanced himself from Democrats, Graham has moved in to fill the vacuum.
  • Lindsay Graham tagged as a 'traitor' for backing climate change legislation [wants to help Obama]

    10/14/2009 10:23:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,449+ views
    Those angry town hall meetings are back. Last night, at a forum at Furman University, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was pilloried by protesters for his decision to back Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and for his support for climate change legislation. During the 75-minute event, one man told Graham he had “betrayed” conservatism and made a “pact with the devil” by working with Democrats, and asked when the senator planned to change parties. . . . . . Maybe what really ticked off the conservatives was when Graham argued that the problem should be addressed as soon as...
  • What did I tell ya? Lindsey Graham signs on to cap-and-tax

    10/11/2009 4:26:21 AM PDT · by upchuck · 86 replies · 3,375+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Oct 11, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    I hate to say “I told you so.” But, well, I told you so. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham has signed on to the Democrats’ massive green redistribution scheme masquerading as a planet-saving, national security-enhancing “energy independence” scheme. Can John McCain and the rest of the Climate Change Republicans be far behind? Now, the announcement of Graham’s alliance with Big Government Democrats. In the NYTimes, natch. Kerry and Graham go on to argue that we must buy into their plan because the EPA regulatory power grab will be worse. It’s greenmail: Sign on or else the out-of-control bureaucrats (and the unaccountable...
  • Offshore Drilling Could Add, Subtract Support for Senate Climate Bill [Grahamnesty alert]

    10/09/2009 3:41:20 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 800+ views
    Climate Wire / The New York Times ^ | 2009-10-09 | Ben Geman
    Can Congress drill its way to legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Perhaps, says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who believes there is public support for both reducing reliance on energy imports and curbing carbon dioxide emissions. "If you married these two ideas up, I think you could get 60 votes, but that means give and take," Graham said yesterday."My hope is that if you marry these two ideas up you would get the votes for a reasonable climate change proposal, that's blocked now, and you would be able to become energy independent, that's blocked now," Graham added. "Both ideas run...
  • Lindsey Graham Pledges to Work with Dems on Immigration Reform [McLame poodle "ready and willing"]

    08/10/2009 9:29:52 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 2,235+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 2009-08-10 | David Knowles
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is working behind the scenes to help Democrats craft a new version of former President Bush's immigration reform bill. Graham also supported the Bush/Kennedy/McCain bill back in 2007. As The Wall Street Journal reports: Wes Hickman, a spokesman for Mr. Graham, said in a statement that "Senator Graham is ready and willing to play a key role in immigration reform. He intends to work with many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle." The new bill will most likely be introduced in September by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Graham has been working with...
  • Caption Lindsey Graham and Mel Martinez [Graham wants to help Obama pass amnesty for illegals]

    08/09/2009 1:20:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,485+ views
    Wes Hickman, a spokesman for Mr. Graham, said in a statement that "Senator Graham is ready and willing to play a key role in immigration reform. He intends to work with many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle."
  • Skinned Cats and Tyrants

    07/30/2009 10:18:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 519+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2009 | Joseph Ashby
    As the old saying goes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. By the same token, there is more than one way to lose liberty. Specifically, liberty can be taken away or given away. Perhaps history's most famous example of giving away freedom is the 1938 Munich Agreement. Brittan's Neville Chamberlain and other European leaders believed they could stop the advance of Nazi Germany with a policy known as Appeasement. The Munich Agreement allowed Germany to vastly expand its borders without military opposition. In the days following the summit Chamberlain fatefully declared that they had achieved "peace in...