Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RINOs Getting Religion

Remember when Lindsey Graham was John McCain’s RINO protégé, nursing a sprained wrist from reaching so insistently across the aisle on immigration, judicial appointments and climate change? Well, listen to him now calling out his Republican colleagues for their ideological capitulations over the last week:
“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a ‘capitulation ... of dramatic proportions’ to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.

“Graham said Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for allowing ratification of the New START Treaty and other legislation in the period before new lawmakers are sworn in in January.

"‘When it's all going to be said and done, Harry Reid has eaten our lunch,’ Graham said on Fox News radio. ‘This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new Congress.’ . . .

"’I can understand the Democrats being afraid of the new Republicans; I can't understand Republicans being afraid of the new Republicans,’" Graham lamented on WTMA radio. ‘They're not opportunities to take everything you couldn't do for two years and jam it. It's literally what they're doing, across the board. And after a while, I stop blaming them, and I blame us.’"
Jim DeMint couldn't have said it any better.  There’s no mystery to any of this. Graham isn’t about to pass up a relatively costless opportunity to position himself for the primary challenge he’s expecting in 2012. But if you’re expecting to see more of the new Obama, a guy ready to play ball with Senate Republicans to “get things done for the American people” you have to ask yourself: who is he going to be playing ball with if not with Republicans like Lindsey Graham?

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