I'm sure many people saw that, over the weekend, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) penned an op-ed with John Kerry in The New York Times laying out a pathway for a bipartisan deal on climate legislation. That's big news. Maybe not a "game-changer," as some greens have been crowning it, but big news all the same. A cap-and-trade bill likely can't survive the Senate without some Republican support, and while Graham isn't exactly co-sponsoring the Kerry-Boxer proposal just yet, he's at least naming his price (namely: more support for nukes, offshore drilling, carbon tariffs).
This is interesting. A small band of Senate Republicans are now suggesting they could, potentially, endorse the Kerry-Boxer climate bill—but only if it includes sufficient support for nuclear power and offshore oil drilling. Here's Lindsey Graham: "A guy like Senator Kerry is looking for coalitions," Graham said.
Over the course of the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings, Senator Lindsey Graham underwent a baffling, Jekyll-and-Hyde-like transformation. His own words may reveal why. --Ben Eisler Check out the latest on TNRtv: Johnson: Will Geithner Burn Small Businesses? Chait/Foer: Why Republicans Are More Corrupt Than Democrats Darby: Why Palin Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon
For the past few weeks, we've heard a lot of debate about whether constitutional law can possibly survive close contact with the concept of empathy. But after spending the afternoon at the Sotomayor hearings, listening to senators left and right prattle about empathy and its relationship to justice, I have another question: Can the concept of empathy survive close contact with constitutional law?
Friends and sources who know Capitol Hill better than I do tell me that Senator Lindsey Graham is smart, responsible, and reasonable--in other words, the sort of Republican with whom Democrats could work on health care. Among other things, they note, Graham recently signed on as a co-sponsor of the Wyden-Bennett health reform bill--which, whatever its flaws, would give all Americans insurance in a fiscally responsible way. I'd like to believe these friends and sources are right. But Graham's performance on ABC's "This Week" yesterday makes me think they're wrong.
You may recall that Lindsey Graham has been strongly intimating we should nationalize our banks. Not only that, but he says several other Republican senators are open to it. So why won't Democrats, many of whom feel the same way, at least discuss it with him? Obviously one issue is the enormous complexity, which everyone would like to avoid. But the bigger hold-up is that Democrats just don't trust Graham. The same senior Senate aide I spoke with yesterday told me, "I think they’re betting on failure. I don’t know what his angle is.
Eve Fairbanks examines the "bromantic" relationship between John McCain and side-kick Senator Lindsey Graham, one that includes bird-watching, a yen for Indiana Jones films, and stays (for Graham) in the "mermaid-themed bedroom" of McCain's youngest daughter: Not every U.S. senator who advises the GOP's presidential nominee on Iraq policy gets to see the side of McCain that likes to run after animals. But the 53-year-old Graham has a special place in McCain's campaign: top surrogate, but also inseparable foil.
Beyond Schmidt, Davis, Salter, etc, which rising star staked absolutely everything he had on John McCain? Senator Lindsey Graham, whose partnership with the Arizonan was so intense it superceded his identity as a South Carolina legislator and approached the level of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid-esque bromance. Graham let his other party connections lapse in favor of his brotherhood with McCain, and a Mac loss leaves him out in the cold.
All those attacks on John McCain sure stung Lindsey Graham, the campaign's court jester. He’s pissed. I hope you check out Eve’s splendid profile of him. It’s a hoot and strangely endearing. --Franklin Foer
I don't think either Obama or Hillary has a trusty sidekick of the kind John McCain has in Senator Lindsey Graham. In the past, Graham's overwhelming devotion has seemed rather sweet to me. But it -- and McCain's public reaction to it -- is just getting bizarre of late. There was this Politico story last week: If anyone else called him “little jerk,” Sen. Lindsey Graham might be offended. But the jab comes from Sen.