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In an event entirely without precedent, a Republican senator has negotiated with Democrats for months on a contentious, highly charged political issue only to back out at the last second out of obscure, bad-faith process concerns.

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  1. I am shocked, shocked to discover that there is politicking going on here!”

    daveawayfromhome

    April 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

  2. If Graham actually cares about climate/energy legislation, he should push forward regardless of his annoyance, but per the earlier thread, I can’t say his annoyance isn’t justified. Here’s Jon Chait, agreeing with me on both scores:

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/or-maybe-the-dems-will-abandon-climate-change

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/lindsey-graham-right

    Shankar D

    April 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm

  3. This from Steve Benen cured me of any lingering Graham sympathy I might have had. Whatever the supposed merits of this latest grievance, it’s yet another tantrum from the GOP. I’m all out of equanimity.

    gerrycanavan

    April 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  4. Yeah, but his gripe seems to be that they’re basically back-burnering the climate/energy legislation to make some political hay out of immigration, which isn’t really what he asked for in March or ever. That said, he’s certainly being annoyingly petulant by taking his toys and going home rather than trying to work constructively to further the legislation that he’s spent the last year or so working on.

    Graham aside, I find this to be a pretty annoying gambit by Democratic leadership, a good way to ensure that neither bill passes.

    Shankar D

    April 26, 2010 at 4:19 am

  5. […] hope all the people who’ve been so eager to defend Lindsey Graham’s reasonableness these last few days take the time to weigh in on this. Can’t we all agree this is obviously a […]


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