Surprise: Graham voting for “bold, edgy” Sotomayor

posted at 3:30 pm on July 22, 2009 by Allahpundit

Conventional wisdom turned on its head: Graham, the guy from deep-red South Carolina, votes yes while Jon Kyl, the guy from a state with a huge Latino population, votes no. Neither one’s up for reelection next year or else that might have (would have?) broken differently. We’ve been over and over the pros and cons of voting no so I won’t belabor the point, but I have to say, I think Grahamnesty played this one exactly right. The GOP potentially had only two things to gain from the hearing: Making the Democrats squirm over identity politics and seizing the high ground of “reasonableness” so that they could point back to this as a precedent the next time a nominee — whether Democrat or Republican — comes up. Graham was more successful in both respects than anyone else on his side.

Could have done without the tribute to our wise Latina’s “edginess,” though, even if it was designed to provide cover for future “controversial” conservative appointees. Click the image to watch.


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Geministorm on July 22, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Hear, hear!

progressoverpeace on July 22, 2009 at 4:11 PM

RINO

bill30097 on July 22, 2009 at 4:15 PM

It’s Grahamnesty – what do you expect?

The thing is – he thinks he’s doing a good thing for the GOP.

He’s not – but you won’t change him. Grahamnesty is like this – his Dad taught him over and over, when he was growing up, that a real man always stands up for what he believes in – even when everyone else is against him.

So in Grahamnesty’s mind – that’s the measure of a man – to stand up alone. So Grahamnesty “creates” situations where it’s him against the rank and file of his party – and when they crucify him for taking the stupid position – he looks in the mirror and sees that he’s a man – because he’s taking the crucifixion – and standing tall.

Graham spent a brief time serving REAL military service. He’s been in the reserves – might still be. He is intricately tied to the military through the Senate Armed Services Committee and he has seen the sacrifices our military folks have made and he’s in awe. However – Grahamnesty has never made those same sacrifices even though he has military service.

So in order to feel equal to those military folk – he allows the Conservative Base to evicerate him from time to time – and this makes him feel like a man.

He will not change.

HondaV65 on July 22, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Pompus and unprincipled. A boy named Lindsay.

clorensen on July 22, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Almost sounds liek he’s describing a potatoe chip…”bold, edgy”

CynicalOptimist on July 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

This is exactly why I hate the whole “control of congress” head count. the lincoln chafee experience, and our two RINOS in maine should make this clear, that a “majority” that counts on people who never actually vote with you on anything is useless…by continually supporting people like specter and graham, the RNC uselessly wastes its capital (literal and figurative ) and alienates the base. How many times are we going to get sold down the river by liberals with little R’s next to their name ?

johngalt on July 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Instead of Bold and Edgey,I’d prefer someone who is competent,and not racist.
What are the Republicans thinking mulling over their votes?Vote yes ,you get another liberal activist justice and the Dems may work across party lines. How well did that strategy work out with Ginsberg?Boy,the Dems sure got behind Roberts and Alito. Vote no,the Dems will retaliate at some later time.Of course any time the Dems vote against Rep proposals,it is only for retaliation for some imagined offense. The Dems ever cooperate with Republicans on anything.
There is no doubt the only vote on Sotomayor is NO.

DDT on July 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

So what’s the difference between “edgy” and “empathetic”?

We need to nominate judges who apply the law, period. Judge Sotomayor’s statements at the hearings required a willing suspension of disbelief to be sure.

While I believe the constitution prohibits filibustering judicial nominees, there’s nothing wrong with a “no” vote on a judge any more than on legislation. The Senate cannot be a rubber stamp in this area, or else the constitutional provision requiring its approval is rendered moot (much like the Tenth Amendment, et al.).

cackcon on July 22, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Did anyone think that this DICC was going to go any other way.

thomasaur on July 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Lindsey Graham either thinks she’s a good pick, or he is a man of no honor.It’s as simple as that.There was nothing gained by voting for a person you didn’t back for the job.

Jeff from WI on July 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Surprise: Graham voting for “bold, edgy” Sotomayor

Wimp. Go away, Graham.

UltimateBob on July 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Lindsey Graham either thinks she’s a good pick, or he is a man of no honor.It’s as simple as that.There was nothing gained by voting for a person you didn’t back for the job.

Jeff from WI on July 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Why can’t it be both?

thomasaur on July 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

No, no my friends – we want a wise Latina who dissembles transparently when not out-and-out perjuring herself!

mojo on July 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

He is trying to ingratiate himself to the opposition, and to the drive-bys, so he can be liked by them. Then they will all figuratively stab him in the back and laugh at him.

“But, but, I voted for sonia!”

rightside on July 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Gov. Crist said he would vote against Judge Sotomayor. Trying to make people think he’s a conservative.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Galactic Tool.

Jaibones on July 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Gov. Crist said he would vote against Judge Sotomayor. Trying to make people think he’s a conservative.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Another Galactic Tool.

Jaibones on July 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Gov. Crist said he would vote against Judge Sotomayor. Trying to make people think he’s a conservative.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Always easy to vote… when you don’t actually have to vote.

If Graham was running in a tight primary, he’d say he’d have voted against her too.

Fingers to the wind…

mankai on July 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Graham is truly Southern. He thinks if you treat people (or the enemy…in this case democrats) with respect they’ll respect you back. The problem is that we all know they don’t and won’t. They, like their muslims friends, exploit weaknesses like this.

SouthernGent on July 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

This doesn’t surprise me. “Sissy” Graham never did have a spine.

What I find so amazing about this nomination is that besides the fact she’s a racist, she’s a lousy judge! I’m not surprised the MSM didn’t dwell on this, but it was a “no-show” argument during the hearings. Most of her cases that were brought up to the Supreme Court were overturned and one at least by 100% agreement!

Well, I guess it’s just like what has happened to education in this country, we are now “dumbing down” the Supreme Court also.

Hobbes on July 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Senior Graham know’s where his pan es montiquado.

TheSitRep on July 22, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Lindsey Graham is ANOTHER proof that the GOP is dead and we better start thinking about a new party.

Jeff from WI on July 22, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Still should have voted no. I think it is way past time to show Grahamnesty the door. See ya – RINO’s. Don’t let the door hit ya’!

Sporty1946 on July 22, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I saw that coming!

FloatingRock on July 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

HornetSting on July 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Duh.

Abby Adams on July 22, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I bet that sweet little Harriet Miers is just in a snit over this!

benny shakar on July 22, 2009 at 5:03 PM

We’ll wait til Sotomayor makes her first ruling, then Graham’s opponent will hang it around his neck like a boat anchor. Going doooooown…….

gordo on July 22, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I am so tired of these RINOs trying to look like they are so smart and inclusive of all opinions just so they will not be criticized by the dinosaur media. It is time to get rid of them. There is already a party that is against all principles and the rule of law – the Dems. We have to start holding these people accountable and require that they adhere to the core principles of the Party or give them the boot!

Sporty1946 on July 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM

“Bold and edgy?”????

Is he recruiting actors or someone for a seat on SCOTUS?

He makes me edgy, yup, ‘specially if he had a sharp object in his hands and was less than 21 feet away. Downright edgy.

Buffoonery. What are these people using for brains?

Harry Schell on July 22, 2009 at 5:22 PM

And this is one of the “conservative” leaders of the Republican party??? God help the conservatives. I was going to say conservative moment, but I’m afraid that’s over. The caption of the picture should read: Graham Punks Out

fatharry1 on July 22, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Lindsay Grahamnesty is the perfect picture of what’s wrong with the Republican Party. No spine, no cojones, no leadership, no set of solid principles, just a Mr. Nice Guy WUSS! Makes me wanna hurl.

infidel4life on July 22, 2009 at 5:54 PM

If I pay Rahm, will he send Lady Lindsey a dead-fish-o-gram for me? I know he’s Chief-of-Staff, now, but Dems are always looking to make a few bucks on the side. And I’ll do it in bulk – one each for Snowe, Collins, Martinez, and the other traitorous bastards.

progressoverpeace on July 22, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Gov. Crist said he would vote against Judge Sotomayor. Trying to make people think he’s a conservative.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Crist is more conservative than many give him credit for.

“Blind conservatism” is not a good thing tho. Not saying you, but so many of the “RINO” label throwers.

JetBoy on July 22, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Graham…you suck.

You started acting like you were bold yourself and now you wimped out. Hope the GOP voters from my illustrious state of birth remember this.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 22, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Makes no sense to draw the line at Sotomayor. She’s the best we could have hoped for from Obama. Mutter some concerns about the honesty of her testimony and pass her through.

Fingers crossed that Obama gets a bad case of political BO, 2010 yields a swing in the Congress, and he doesn’t get to put up another one until then.

JEM on July 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM

This is just great. If the traitorous dems can get GOP votes with SOtomayor, they’re goig to move even further left for the next nominee, since they don’t need any GOP votes, anyway.

I’m ticked that the GOP even let this POS out of committee. That is really the most disgusting part of this whole repulsive situation.

progressoverpeace on July 22, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Makes no sense to draw the line at Sotomayor. She’s the best we could have hoped for from Obama.

JEM on July 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Unfortunately, you have it backwards. When anyone in the GOP votes for a nominee, that makes the dems think that they should have gone further left, which they will do ont he next one.

Doesn’t anyone understand how the dems think? It isn’t that hard, as they are exceedingly simple-minded folks.

progressoverpeace on July 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Crist is more conservative than many give him credit for.

JetBoy on July 22, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I’ve lived under Crist for several years now. He’s a liar and a weasel. He said publicly that he would “hold education harmless” when the state coffers started to empty out. What we got was massive cutbacks and layoffs not only in education but in all public services…I’m not talking about We Are The World Libtard programs left over from the Great Society days. Just plain old basic government functions.

He and these knucklehead Republicans in Florida have really managed to screw things up in favor of land developers and Disney (who have laid off hundreds despite a big property tax break anyway) and to appease the retirees who think they shouldn’t have to pay for anything anymore.

Mel Martinez is another GOP weasel. Many of us emailed him about the Obama birth certificate matter months ago and his office had the gall to send back a form letter saying that The One had indeed been “vetted”…by virtue of having been elected! Oh, yeah…that’s “vetting” all right…suuure.

So in the national and Congressional elections I went with my party, Republican, but as for as Florida Republicans I think they just plain suck. Not only have they kicked in their own exorbitant tobacco tax on top of the Fed’s, they’ve drastically raised the drivers license and tag renewal fees.

These kinds of taxes/fee increases hurt many Floridians who are barely making it as it is. Sure, you can quit smoking, but people gotta drive (assuming they still have jobs that is).

They also keep pushing the stupid voucher programs. Right, like I really want to pay taxes so somebody can send their kid to a Muslim, Hari Krishna school or an “alternative” school where the kids can lounge on couches until they decide they’re ready to attend class-and then tell the teachers what to teach them. You want that freedom, fine, you pay for it yourself.

They’re acting like a bunch of Dems and RINOs who screw things up in favor of their pals, and then turn around and try to tax themselves out of trouble.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 22, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Making the Democrats squirm over identity politics and seizing the high ground of “reasonableness” so that they could point back to this as a precedent the next time a nominee — whether Democrat or Republican — comes up.

Allah, you cannot be that naive!

Did you forget what the Democrats did with Bork, or Estrada, or any number of good qualified conservative judges?

“Reasonableness” HA, that’s rich! When have these leftist Democrats been “reasonable”? Enough with the “seizing the moral high ground” drivel, we need real men (and women) to stand up and fight! The Marxists in the Democratic Party are taking no prisoners – being “nice and cooperative” with the devil won’t make him like you more. I could care less if she still got the votes, just make sure she doesn’t get your vote! That’s fighting!

Lindsay Graham is what is wrong with politics, and specifically, what is wrong with the Republican Party. Michael Steele, Lindsay Graham, Newt Gingrich, etc. all make me sick! If there was even a remote chance that another party could compete against these two wastes of time, then I would gladly get out of the Republican Party. I’m about ready to leave now anyway.

Joe Pyne on July 22, 2009 at 6:51 PM

I think Grahamnesty played this one exactly right.

You have to say that. Otherwise spawn of mccain won’t put out for you.

Blake on July 22, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Light in the brain as well as the loafers – RINO

bill30097 on July 22, 2009 at 9:07 PM

“Do we want milquetoast nominees who are afraid to speak their mind?”

We ran one against Obama. Why stop now?

Pablo on July 22, 2009 at 10:24 PM

I have enough animosity toward our geriatric RINO Lugar here in Indiana, but it would be nice to have the opportunity to vote against that putz, Grahamnesty. Next election, watch how conservative he talks. Scum.

SKYFOX on July 23, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Big freakin’ surprise. Still excited about the way he “grilled” her in the hearings? He had nothing to lose by doing the right thing, & he still didn’t have the cajones to do it.

kg598301 on July 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM

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