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EDITORIAL

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. sells out South Carolina

Editorial
web posted May 24, 2005

As the bitter battle over President Bush’s judicial nominations grew closer to a showdown of the constitutional ability of the Senate to stop the obstruction of the Democratic Minority Leadership, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. was one for 14 senators (7 from both Republican and Democrat sides of the isle) who reached a deal to stop the vote going forward.

Under the new deal some of the presidents hotly contested nominations will be allowed a full vote of the senate, however will leave the minority party control over determining when a nominee is worthy of a filibuster.

In the 229 year history of the US Senate a judicial nomination has never been filibustered to stop a vote from coming to the floor for confirmation. What the so-called “centrists”, including Sen. Graham, did was set the stage for even bigger problems with certain Supreme Court nominations which could come as soon as this summer.

The only thing Graham and his band of 14 did was increase the partisan politics will only get more deeply entrenched and set the stage for even more division of the people of this country. The only way to stop the obstructionist politics of Senate Democrats was to force the issue and resolve it, not preserve it for another day. You do not solve problems by ignoring them or shirking responsibility and claiming to be some sort of a hero to the Beltway Boys Club in DC.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. should be ashamed. A majority of his supporters are ashamed of him for caving to those who have been voted out of power in our Senate and making sure the President’s Supreme Court nominees will see bitter political and ideological division likened to nothing this country has never been in our history. Graham owes this state an apology.



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