McCain crony Lindsey Graham throws a tantrum over Obama’s amendment; Update: Graham hissy fit video added

posted at 10:08 am on June 7, 2007 by Allahpundit

The most annoying thing about this is the strain of self-congratulation to it. He’s trying so hard to make it work, you see. He’s doing what’s right, the opinions of his benighted constituents to the contrary notwithstanding. And yet some people, oblivious to his sacrifice and great good deeds on behalf of Democrats and Mexicans, insist on more. He’s only got eight pints of blood to give, you know.

Must be hard to read the bill with your hands nailed to the cross like that.

The Obama tantrum wasn’t his only golden moment yesterday. Immigration demagoguery is SOP for this guy, most famously when he got up in front of La Raza and vowed to “tell the bigots to shut up” by cramming a fat amnesty pill down their cakehole. Now he’s taken to hinting, in vintage leftist fashion, that it’s not hard choices between competing values that lead conservatives to vote as they do, it’s just their basic, old-fashioned inhumanity to man:

Supporters of the legislation have also accused their foes of being callous in their push to deny residency to illegal immigrants. “If you want to be the person who keeps families apart, bring this bill down,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and another of its architects, said Wednesday on the floor.

Opponents of the measure say that while such criticism, particularly coming from fellow Republicans, can sting, it will not deter them.

“It is not helpful, and I don’t think it reflects where a lot of people are,” said Mr. Thune, who noted his grandfather came to the United States from Scandinavia. “We have an appreciation that we are a welcoming country, but coupled with the fact that we are a nation of laws and have to respect those laws.”

Exit question: He’s up for reelection next year. If the bill passes, will there be enough bitterness in South Carolina 18 months from now to knock him out or will he be safely far enough removed from it that it won’t be an issue?

Update (bp): Here’s video of Graham’s hissy fit, followed by Obama’s reaction. Try not to laugh out loud when Graham pumps his arms like a six-year-old demanding to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese.


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South Carolina . . . please do something about that pandering fool.

rplat on June 7, 2007 at 10:16 AM

A dog with a sign over its head, if decently organized, could probably take Graham in a primary.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 7, 2007 at 10:17 AM

“If you want to be the person who keeps families apart, bring this bill down,”

Well, what’s an easier way to keep them together? Send the one “undocumented American” back home to be with his family, or bring his 37 member extended family to the US?

reaganaut on June 7, 2007 at 10:22 AM

My biggest question in all this is motive.

I ask myself how strong the lobby is on Republicans from businesses wanting that dirt cheap labor – labor that doesn’t require employer SS taxes, health insurance and all the other costs associated with running a business – and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s huge.

That’s the only thing that makes sense. The business lobby has photos of Republican congressmen doing lines of blow off of Thai hookers. That’s the only thing that explains Republican politicians essentially telling their constituents to EFF OFF.

Hoodlumman on June 7, 2007 at 10:22 AM

Kid from Brooklyn on June 7, 2007 at 10:17 AM

And, I might add, it would serve him right for insisting on riding McVain’s jock and undermining the very people that elected him in the first place.

Gang of 14, Torture ban, NSA Wiretaps, and now Shamnesty.

Stick a fork in this clown. May he sink along with St. John’s presidential aspirations.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 7, 2007 at 10:23 AM

I have sent a letter to the local GOP offices that I will work to defeat any of the Repubs that backed this bill.No response at all, of course.

bbz123 on June 7, 2007 at 10:23 AM

For God’s sake, think of the children!

…he’ll get re-elected.

SilverStar830 on June 7, 2007 at 10:28 AM

I’m hoping there’s enough disgust with Martinez in 2010 to remove him too…

bj1126 on June 7, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Graham apparently realizes that he has risked his career on a compromise bill that everyone genuinely hates.

Boy what a fool. With judgement like this its downright scary this fool has any power what so ever.

Exit question:

Better be. Any Republican who has ever expressed any sort of support for this bill has got to go.

Zetterson on June 7, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Laura Ingraham taking old Lindsey apart right now. She has a new motto: Loud and Proud! Bumber stickers to follow.

TheBigOldDog on June 7, 2007 at 10:30 AM

POOL SHARK (for real!) LINDSEY IS GOOOOOOOOOOONE after this term.

Nobody in South Cackalackey is planning on sending his happy @$$ back to the Senate on their vote.

The Gang of Fourteen was bad enough >>> now selling us down the river with SHAMNESTY. He is going to get his bags packed (!) backed to the pool hall where he came from for sure.

seejanemom on June 7, 2007 at 10:31 AM

In certain juxtapositions, Obama doesn’t seem so bad.

frankj on June 7, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Great vid.

Squirm under the weight of your own stupidity, RINO. You love it.

Good Lt on June 7, 2007 at 10:32 AM

And, I might add, it would serve him right for insisting on riding McVain’s jock and undermining the very people that elected him in the first place.

Hey KID>>>>

You are waaaay to close to reality with THAT little analogy. Geeeez.

seejanemom on June 7, 2007 at 10:33 AM

seejanemom on June 7, 2007 at 10:33 AM

I could’ve come a LOT closer to reality, Jane, but this is a family blog, and I am a gentleman. ;)

Kid from Brooklyn on June 7, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Try not to laugh out loud when Graham pumps his arms like a six-year-old demanding to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese.

Unsuccessful. The analogy fits all too well.

Slublog on June 7, 2007 at 10:38 AM

does Graham not realize he’s from one of the most conservative states? the Dem’s have to realize they can run a conservative sounding Dem and have a good shot at his seat.

jp on June 7, 2007 at 10:39 AM

OT: I heard a conspiracy theory today at work, that Bush got Paris Hilton out of jail to distract the media from him trying to push a Racist Judge through nomination. I think the guy is talking about Charles Pickering? been trying to figure out what looney tune website has this on it…

jp on June 7, 2007 at 10:40 AM

McCain, Graham…the shroud has been lifted…

WisCon on June 7, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Wait, isn’t he trying to stop Obama from removing one of the few good parts of this bill, the merits system?

Vincenzo on June 7, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Exit question: He’s up for reelection next year. If the bill passes, will there be enough bitterness in South Carolina 18 months from now to knock him out or will he be safely far enough removed from it that it won’t be an issue?

I hope they realize that they don’t have to keep Graham because he is a supporter of winning the war in Iraq. There has to be a conservative out there that will stand up and challenge this fool. As a matter of fact, that candidate should stand up TODAY and announce he will take Grahams seat if he continues pushing this bill. Someone with a conservative record and he doesn’t even need to be that experienced. HEY! WAIT A DAMN MINUTE!!! THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT JOB FOR FREDDIE BOY!!! fred? can load all his stuff up in his red pickup truck and move to SC.

FRED! for senate in South Carolina!! RUN FRED! RUN!!!

har dee har har har. :-)

csdeven on June 7, 2007 at 10:53 AM

You know things are seriously off-kilter when a left-wing Democrat like Obama sounds orders of magnitude more reasonable than Graham.

This awful bill needs to go down and Graham needs a quick return to the private sector.

Jeffersonian on June 7, 2007 at 10:53 AM

I have already told Lindsey’s staff that he will NEVER get my support again. I thank God that we still have Jim DeMint.

KelliD on June 7, 2007 at 10:55 AM

Wait, isn’t he trying to stop Obama from removing one of the few good parts of this bill, the merits system?
Vincenzo on June 7, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Yes, but the problem is that Graham took the opportunity to climb up on the cross and treat all of us like ignorant recalcitrant children. It goes to his character, and he has been found seriously wanting.

csdeven on June 7, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Coming to a country Illegally is a good way to tear your family apart. We still have 15,000 unresolved cases on the books from the 86 amnesty bill.

tomas on June 7, 2007 at 11:05 AM

csdeven on June 7, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Trolling at the mouth about Fred in a thread that isnt even about Fred, man you are one sick puppy……..

doriangrey on June 7, 2007 at 11:10 AM

South Carolina . . . please do something about that pandering fool.

rplat on June 7, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Yeah, yeah…I know. Nothing we can do until 2008. Look for him to go down hard in the primary.

sunny on June 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM

sunny on June 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Let us know who his opponent is. I’d be willing to send a donation.

Slublog on June 7, 2007 at 11:17 AM

sunny on June 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Well consider this here in California we decided that we had had more than enough of then sitting governor Gray Davis, so we had a recall election and sent his punk a$$ on down the road. Is there some reason you guys in South Carolina cant do the same?

doriangrey on June 7, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Sam Brownback just voted against the Coburn Amendment. The amendment would’ve required that existing immigration laws be enforced, before amnesty is granted.

amerpundit on June 7, 2007 at 11:26 AM

So did Arlen Specter and Hagel.

amerpundit on June 7, 2007 at 11:28 AM

Must be hard to read the bill with your hands nailed to the cross like that.

Allah, you naughty, naughty deity. Heh.

wadikitty on June 7, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Well consider this here in California we decided that we had had more than enough of then sitting governor Gray Davis, so we had a recall election and sent his punk a$$ on down the road. Is there some reason you guys in South Carolina cant do the same?

doriangrey on June 7, 2007 at 11:19 AM

The only immediate remedy is if the Senate by a 2/3 vote removes him. Or threatens to remove him like Bob Packwood. Other than that he has to resign…and seeing no coming indictment, that would be unlikely.

I don’t think there are any other options for removal before the term is up.

sunny on June 7, 2007 at 11:30 AM

From Michelle’s site, liveblogging the vote:

GOP Sens voting NAY- that is, voting against full enforcement of existing immigration laws: LUGAR, KYL, CRAIG, VOINOVICH, COLLINS, MURKOWSKI, BROWNBACK, HAGEL, STEVENS, DOMENICI, WARNER, SPECTER

What kind of deal have these guys made that they’re willing to sell out their constituency for?

As a Virginian, this is the last straw for Warner. If he’s going to vote like a Democrat, I might as well vote for a real one in the next election.

BacaDog on June 7, 2007 at 11:35 AM

Coburn amendment fails, 42-52.

BacaDog on June 7, 2007 at 11:38 AM

South Carolians, you should be proud of yourselves, just like Pennsylvanians.

paulsur on June 7, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Reid just referred to the Attorney General as “Antonio Gonzalez”.

amerpundit on June 7, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Ernest Hollings and Lindsey Graham – two fools who came from the Palemetto State.

Hilts on June 7, 2007 at 11:44 AM

Reid just voted against his own cloture.

amerpundit on June 7, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Try not to laugh out loud when Graham pumps his arms like a six-year-old demanding to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese.

What can one expect from A Boy Named Sue?

Misha I on June 7, 2007 at 12:08 PM

Yeah, yeah…I know. Nothing we can do until 2008. Look for him to go down hard in the primary.

sunny on June 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM

I am a part time South Caroliner and wish I was a democrat so I could vote here in Rhode Island AND in South Carolina. That way I could vote for Patrick Kennedy and his twin fool Lindsay Cracker Graham.

Wade on June 7, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Try not to laugh out loud when Graham pumps his arms like a six-year-old demanding to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese.

I didn’t even watch and I’m laughing at this mental image.

James on June 7, 2007 at 12:13 PM

-Try not to laugh out loud when Graham pumps his arms like a six-year-old demanding to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese.

Unsuccessful. The analogy fits all too well.

Slublog on June 7, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Heh, yeah, that is a little too good. Laughed just reading that. Of course, that description is pretty much applicable to everyone in the Capitol.

Bad Candy on June 7, 2007 at 12:40 PM

Must be hard to read the bill with your hands nailed to the cross like that

Allah, that’s probably the best line I’ll read all week…

Bad Candy on June 7, 2007 at 12:42 PM

AP, when you add “… or will he be safely far enough removed from it that it won’t be an issue?” are you thinking ‘white jacket’ kind of removal? If so, I’ll go with the latter.

And yeah, I loved that, too, Bad Candy.

Dusty on June 7, 2007 at 12:49 PM

frankj on June 7, 2007 at 10:32 AM

This sickening little pansy Lindsay is doing his level best to make Barack Osama look like a reasoned, statesmanlike Senator, who in this event is taking the more conservative position.

Does South Carolina have a recall provision? Why wait 18 months?

Jaibones on June 7, 2007 at 12:50 PM

This is ample evidence of why I refer to this little twit as “Lindsay”.

MCPO Airdale on June 7, 2007 at 1:00 PM

ha ha ha ha ha ha
Rush just dubbed him “Vice President Lindsay GRAMNESTY.” Best nickname evuh!

Brat on June 7, 2007 at 1:14 PM

That wasn’t a tantrum. Fatazz Kennedy losing it over Alito is a tantrum.

Teddy Meltdown

JinxMcHue on June 7, 2007 at 1:19 PM

What you guys can’t see is that Mr. Graham Eunuch is is wearing a skirt, it is just covered up by the CNN logo.

Tim Burton on June 7, 2007 at 1:57 PM

I remember when Graham went to bat for Alito during the confirmation hearings. I thought that was pretty good. He’s dead to me now, though.

jaleach on June 7, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Exit question: He’s up for reelection next year. If the bill passes, will there be enough bitterness in South Carolina 18 months from now to knock him out or will he be safely far enough removed from it that it won’t be an issue?

$50 says he doesn’t make it out of the primary. Ask Tom Osborne

Theworldisnotenough on June 7, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Gramnesty has a chance in SC if GOP voters do what they are famous for-

kow-towing to the wishes of the idealogically-corrupt GOP party structure.

Valiant on June 7, 2007 at 2:34 PM

I’m sorry, but here comes heresy.

I don’t think Lindsey was over the top. I think he was motivated and forceful.

I think the bad actor in this is Obama. He pretty much called Lindsey a liar. And, I don’t believe for a minute that Obama’s amendment would have “reviewed” the deal after 5 years. It would have cratered it.

If I had been Lindsey, and even though wrong-headed about this (and, he is wrong) had I been willing to put my re-election nuts on the line for this, I would have followed Obama out into the hallway and put a beer cup on his head.

You folks don’t like Lindsey, fine. I don’t either. You don’t like his position on many things, fine. I don’t either. You think he’s a feather in the wind who suffers from the illusion that he’s at a fork point in history and he’s the gatekeeper, fine. I don’t think he is either.

But don’t call the guy an 8 year old because he makes his argument forcefully in the Senate chambers. If you do that, you’re just being disingenuous, hypocritical dick heads.

pabarge on June 7, 2007 at 3:19 PM

I saw poll results that said 80% of Americans are against the passage of this bill. Assuming that accurately reflects national opinion, has there ever been a situation like this before (where politicians knew before casting their vote that they were voting against 80% of their constituents? If so, when?

Too bad the Republicans know that millions of Americans will never cast another vote for a Democrat in the foreseeable future, no matter what the outcome of this bill is. No matter who the Republican is, they are bound to be better than a Dhimmicrat. So they have nothing to lose.

Maybe they’d take notice if those 80% decided to hold back any contributions they were going to make to both Democrat and Republican campaigns? Just stop the money flow to both parties.

If that doesn’t work maybe we should refuse to pay taxes (no taxation without representation) to a government that is not representing what an overwhelmingly large majority of its citizens want.

It feels like we’re watching what will amount to the start of a bloodless coup of our government. If this bill passes, and the expected 12 to upwards of 30-50 million illegals swamp this country, they will be choosing our “leaders” in the very near future. Since the word “illegal” means nothing to them: illegal entry, illegal workers, illegal voting won’t matter either.

Asi es la vida en los estados unitos.

NightmareOnKStreet on June 7, 2007 at 3:33 PM

But don’t call the guy an 8 year old because he makes his argument forcefully in the Senate chambers. If you do that, you’re just being disingenuous, hypocritical dick heads.

pabarge on June 7, 2007 at 3:19 PM

We aren’t…we’re calling the guy a 6 year old because he’s acting like a spoiled, bratty 6 year old. If he had fallen over on his back and kicked his feet or started holding his breath, well, then we’d be sorry. (But contrary to popular belief, his face won’t get stuck that way.)

James on June 7, 2007 at 3:41 PM

Wow. I have seen more mature 6 year olds.

Lady Jane on June 7, 2007 at 5:19 PM

Wow. I have seen more mature 6 year olds.

Ditto. More masculine too. And most of them were girls.

Misha I on June 7, 2007 at 6:04 PM

OT.

Watching CSPAN what the hell is Ed Nelson doing talking about Darfur. What a CHOAD.
Trent Lotte is not a minority whip he is a P WHIP or I guess it is a D WHIP

400lb Gorilla on June 7, 2007 at 7:20 PM

Thanks a lot, Lindsay Graham. I just had to agree with Senator Obama about your histrionics. Get a backbone, you shrivelled old mare.

haakondahl on June 9, 2007 at 11:49 AM