The prospects for a Senate climate bill look dimmer than ever. The first
bad sign came with reports that the White House and Harry Reid planned
to prioritize immigration before climate change. That move triggered
unexpected display of brinkmanship by Senator Lindsey Graham, a key
Republican supporting a climate bill. Graham issued a letter Saturday
saying he could no longer support a climate bill if Democrats were going
to put immigration first. “Moving forward on immigration — in this
hurried, panicked manner — is nothing more than a cynical political
ploy,” Graham said. Should Graham be applauded for trying to prioritize a
climate bill or is he bowing to pressures from his own party? Does the
Democratic leadership deserve blame? Here's what buzzing around the web:
Is Harry Reid Thinking? asks Jonathan Chait at The New
Republic: "The cost of shelving climate for immigration is probably to
kill both... If this is Reid's decision, the White House needs to come
down hard on him. It's outrageous to sacrifice a chance to make progress
on the biggest single policy challenge merely to increase the
reelection chances of one Senator. This episode also shows, again, why
it's a bad idea to have your Senate leader hail from a state that leans
toward the opposing party."
- Graham's Decision Is Stupid But
Understandable, reasons Steve Benen at The Washington
Monthly: "I'm not entirely unsympathetic to Graham's concerns --
all things considered, it makes more sense to me to tackle climate
before immigration -- but his tactical demands are a little over the
top. In effect, Graham is saying, 'Do things in the order I prefer or
I'll kill both major legislative initiatives.'"
- You Can Do
Both, Graham! scolds Charles Lemos at Direct Democracy: "Apparently, Republican
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina can't walk and chew gum at the
same time legislatively speaking... While I share Senator Graham's view
that this bill is priority one that shouldn't preclude the Senate from
moving forward on multiple legislative priorities. If we can only tackle
one issue at a time, our government is indeed dysfunctional."
to Lindsey Graham: Defer, Deflect and Delay Energy Tax, cheers Doug Ross at Director Blue: "I've given
Lindsey Graham plenty of grief over the years, but he deserves our
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