Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to do a little horse trading
with President Obama. On Sunday, he said he'd gather Republican votes
to close Guantanamo Bay if Obama sends the 9/11 co-conspirators to
military tribunals instead of civilian courts. Interestingly enough,
the deal has united liberal and conservative bloggers: they both reject it. Here's why:
- A Rotten Deal for the Left, writes Charles Lemos
at Direct Democracy: "If the Obama Administration aims to court Senator
Graham's support on the closing of the detention facility at Guantánamo
Bay via a political quid quo pro, the Administration should be
aware of the price it will pay for putting politics before
principle...The imperative of upholding the rule of law trumps all
other considerations. It is our commitment to the rule of law, even if
it benefits our mortal enemies, that separates the civilized from
- A Stupid Deal for Republicans, writes Andy McCarthy
at National Review: "If a deal to grant military commissions in
exchange for closing Gitmo happens, it is a major win for the Obama
Left and an enormous loss for public safety. We were headed inexorably
toward military commissions for the 9/11 plotters. We don't need to cut
a bad deal to get it."
- Graham Doesn't Have the Votes Anyway, writes Spencer Ackerman
at The Washington Independent: "Graham is asking the administration to
compromise its principles in exchange for delivering votes that he
shows no sign of being able to deliver. Why would any administration
take this deal? ...The White House can surely cave in on its plan to
try KSM in civilian court, but it's doubtful Graham can actually
deliver on his end of the deal. Greg Sargent asked around GOP circles
and found that Graham has practically no levers of GOP authority
supporting the deal, whether inside government or outside."
- Speaking of Graham, He's a Turncoat, writes conservative blogger Vince Bianco:
"Once again our RINO-in-Standing is about to snatch defeat from the
Jaws of Victory. Eric Holder and the Obami are pinned in with no place
go to hold the military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters except for
Gitmo. The American People DO NOT want these trials (NOT IN MY
BACKYARD) on our soil and Gitmo is a first class facility designed and
built for this express purpose. But there is always a fallback position
for the Democrats and that is to call 1-800- RINO-RESCUE-LINE."
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