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November 11, 2009

CENSURING GRAHAM.... Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has one of the Senate's most conservative voting records. It's true in the 111th Congress, and the 110th, 109th, and 108th. Apparently, however, it's not quite conservative enough for some of his home-state allies.

Republican leaders in a South Carolina county have censured their own U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for working with Democrats on a climate bill and other legislation.

The Republican has often worked with Democrats in Congress, but Charleston County Chairwoman Lin Bennett says his work on climate legislation is the last straw.

The vote in Charleston was reportedly unanimous. And the effort isn't over -- apparently, a similar censure resolution will be pushed at the state GOP convention next year.

In light of the apoplexy, it's probably worth remembering that Graham hasn't moved to the center. Let's once again take a look at the always-helpful VoteView analysis, which ranks lawmakers from the most liberal to the most conservative. In the current Congress, #1 is Dick Durbin (furthest to the left), #100 is Tom Coburn (furthest to the right). Graham is tied for #82, meaning only 17 senators are to his right. Graham is not only more conservative than most of the Senate, he's more conservative than most Republicans. This year, based solely on his voting record, Graham is to the right of notable conservatives like Sam Brownback and Mitch McConnell.

In South Carolina, that's worth a censure resolution?

One of the other angles I find interesting is that, for the better part of the year, the small and discredited Republican minority has insisted that they'd like to see "bipartisan" lawmaking. And yet, when Lindsey Graham tries to work with Dems on one issue, and gets much of what he wants in concessions, he's immediately slammed -- formally -- by Republicans in his own state.

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One of the other angles I find interesting is that, for the better part of the year, the small and discredited Republican minority has insisted that they'd like to see "bipartisan" lawmaking.

Steve, their idea of "bipartisan" lawmaking is convincing Democrats to oppose the Democratic agenda and vote "no" along with the Republicans.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on November 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Dick Durbin is a fine person and I'm pleased that he is in the senate, but it is really depressing to hear that he is the farthest-left senator. It would be on par with (hypothetically) learning that Michelle Bachmann has the highest IQ among Republican senators (i.e., it might be possible, but one couldn't take any comfort from it).

Posted by: N.Wells on November 11, 2009 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

When mentioning "bipartisan" lawmaking, one must remember what these Republicans think this phrase means.
While Bush the Lesser was president, they got used to it meaning "Republicans get everything they want."
So if any concession at all is made to the majority party, it cannot mean "bipartisan," and those actions must be punished.

Posted by: BuzzMon on November 11, 2009 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

with all the right wing hate growth in this country, now explicitly linked to the Repugnant Party, those Palmetto bugs are hot to trot...bein' the historical primo revoltin' slave-state-or-die, south carolina wants to get in front of the coming coup...

be surprized if there were a lot of yankee immigrants in the South Carolina Repugnant party around Charleston...

Posted by: neill on November 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is up with SC?

Posted by: e on November 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is up with SC?

They adore Joe Wilson, Jim DeMint, they still have Sanford in office..why would you ask?

No kidding, they need to check what's going in the water down there.

Posted by: StartMakingSense on November 11, 2009 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

Since the other party is eating their own, I suggest we just hand them a fork.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on November 11, 2009 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is up with SC?
Posted by: e on November 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM

SC, home of Fort Sumter. . .

Posted by: DAY on November 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

What percentage of the SC population is black and Hispanec? Just asking, but if the SC republicans are driving so hard to shrink their tent we might as well think about the possiblity of taking advantage.

Posted by: Ron Byers on November 11, 2009 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

Logical analysis of Republican thinking will always fail, as this generation of Republicans doesn't think with their brains, they think with their glands.

Sure, they want "bipartisanship," but not with loathsome, disgusting, despicable Democrats. Fiends from hell like Nancy Pelosi are barely human to them. Just objects of hatred.

Posted by: Midland on November 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

...the small and discredited Republican minority has insisted that they'd like to see "bipartisan" lawmaking.

Or, they've made a big deal about bipartisanship because that way they can highlight Obama's failure at achieving it -- a failure Republicans are in a unique position to guarantee.

Posted by: Grumpy on November 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is up with SC?

South Carolina has been a problem since the days of Andy Jackson (see Nullification Crisis).

It would appear that General Sherman's work is not yet done.

Posted by: thalarctos on November 11, 2009 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is up with SC?

South Carolina was not only the first state to secede from the union, they threatened to secede from the Confederacy when the other confederate states refused to revive the international slave trade. Even today, they still display the confederate flag on the front lawn of the State House. Bob Jones University is located there.

The real question is, what *isn't* wrong with South Carolina?

Posted by: Master Mahan on November 11, 2009 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

WTF is up with SC?

Boeing is planning to move their 787 production there; it might be a good time to start riding Airbus.

Posted by: qwerty on November 11, 2009 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

The only guiding principles of modern conservatism are "I got mine, screw you!," "We hate liberals!," and "If you don't agree with us on absolutely everything, you're not a real conservative."

And to echo what others have said, the "bipartisanship" thing has been nothing but dishonest gamesmanship from the beginning. Through the Bush years, it meant "everyone should work together to do what we want" and nothing has changed for them.

Posted by: Redshift on November 11, 2009 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Conservative family value is sit on one's ass and do nothing. Today's conservatives are really really good at getting nothing good accomplished.

Posted by: Silver Owl on November 11, 2009 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

Hopefully, the Tea Partiers will decide to primary him....now wouldn't that be fun to watch!

Posted by: mfw13 on November 11, 2009 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

I know this is rude but it couldn't happen to a nicer fag. (From one to another, in my case) If you play in the viper pit eventually one or more will turn on you. How's that loyalty working out for you Lindsey?

Posted by: Trollopy Gayness on November 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

South Carolina alone is not the problem. You've got these wingnut yabbos in other states as well. You might notice it's a national problem.

When a solid conservative is getting rapped on the knuckles like he's some moderate hippie, there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with the GOP.

I've asked elsewhere, and I'm asking here: anyone got $300 million or so to help form a viable Third Party to take over when the Republicans consume themselves?

Posted by: PaulW on November 11, 2009 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

Wait a moment -- Durbin was rated as being to the left of Senator Bernie Sanders? Aroo?

Posted by: Algernon on November 11, 2009 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

Who are those slavering lunatics? My ancestors colonized South Carolina. Now I can see why they got the hell out—they were afraid of rabies.

Posted by: buddy66 on November 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

"...what's going on in the water down there." StartMakingSense @ 1:04 PM.

Possibly a lot of Charlestonians if what I hear about global warming is anywhere near accurate...

Posted by: Doug on November 11, 2009 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

well, I live here in SC, and what I read in today's paper was that the censure vote was unanimous among the people who were AT the meeting (not the whole state exec committee) - the kicker was when the head of the state Rep. party said he was hurting their 'brand' - oy!
I still have the article I kept from a number of years ago in which L.Graham, speaking about his war chest, said 'hey! I'm a businessman, and this is my business!' or words to that effect.
I have a hunch he, with his efforts to work across the aisle (for whatEVER that's worth)AND for his skill at self-promotion, will be our next Republican president.
This two-party system is pretty darn depressing, isn't it....

Posted by: thejoodster on November 11, 2009 at 10:53 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah! Tea-bag the SOB!

What would "Lonely Joe" LIEberman do without his wing-man?

Posted by: Impeach Jay Bybee on November 11, 2009 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

Growing up in the South in the 60's, it was common knowledge
even then that South Carolina was filled
with racist troglodytes.

Posted by: AlaninWA on November 12, 2009 at 12:21 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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