Hail, hail, the Gang’s all … not here

posted at 10:55 am on March 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

In 2005, Republicans like Lindsey Graham joined hands with Democrats across the aisle of the Senate to form the “Gang of 14,” which aimed to keep Bill Frist from changing the rules on filibustering judicial confirmations.  The fourteen Senators helped get some of George Bush’s appointments confirmed while undermining the rest, all while supposedly preserving minority rights in the upper chamber.  Now when Democrats are targeting those minority rights, Graham wants to get the gang together again … and is learning a lesson about bipartisanship (via Instapundit):

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants to revive the bipartisan Gang of 14 — this time for health care reform, not judicial nominees.

But most of his moderate Democratic colleagues aren’t rushing to R.S.V.P.

Graham said Tuesday that a coalition of Republican and Democratic senators could rescue the Senate from an institutional disaster brought on by the use of the parliamentary maneuver known as reconciliation to finish the health care bill.

“Many Republicans who were ready to pull the trigger on the nuclear option on judges are now glad they didn’t,” Graham said. “This place would have ceased to function as we know it. If they do health care through reconciliation, it will be the same consequence. So if you are a moderate Democrat out there looking for a way to deliver health care reforms and not pull the nuclear trigger, there is a model to look at.”

But some of the moderates who would usually be the first to join such a push scoffed at the idea.

Actually, one moderate does think it would be a good idea, but just not now.  Joe Lieberman said he would join a new Gang if the House fails to pass the Senate bill on ObamaCare.  At that point, Congress would have to start over from scratch on health-care reform, but Congress would be likely to forget it entirely.

And at that point, what motivation would Republicans have to rescue the Democrats after having been locked out for over a year?  Better to wait until they have more seats in Congress to gain better leverage over the negotiations.

Most of us who criticized the Gang of 14 at the time noted that Democrats would be very unlikely to reciprocate if the power was reversed. If Lindsey Graham thought otherwise, then he deserves the Captain Louis Renault Award for his shock, shock to find his Democratic colleagues less than enthusiastic about throwing gang signs now:


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The Republicans are Charlie Brown and the Democrats are Lucy.

“This time I’m gonna kick that football to the moon . . . uuuuuuuuugh!”

Flat on their back with the Democrats shrieking in laughter at them.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I lived in South Carolina for 5 years. There are better people than Lindsey there. Please, just one of them, run in the primary. Graham is clueless.

rbj on March 10, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I think the Louis Renault award is getting played out a bit…not HA’s fault, its deserved, but its lost its impact…

joepub on March 10, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I think the Louis Renault award is getting played out a bit…not HA’s fault, its deserved,
joepub on March 10, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I blame public education.

WashJeff on March 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Are RINOs stupid, gullible or both?

angryed on March 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM

The Republicans are Charlie Brown and the Democrats are Lucy.

“This time I’m gonna kick that football to the moon . . . uuuuuuuuugh!”

Flat on their back with the Democrats shrieking in laughter at them.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM

You left out this last bit – then the dems spike the ball in the republicans’ faces.

AubieJon on March 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Let Graham be a contract arbiter or a marriage counselor or something.

US Senate is no place to lose your soul to broker a deal, any deal.

/And McCain, I am looking at you (sternly).

Sir Napsalot on March 10, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Please, please South Carolina, Lindsey Graham needs to hear from you. What is he thinking? (on second thought, he is not thinking)

mobydutch on March 10, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Lindsey is the kid the bully picks on.

SouthernGent on March 10, 2010 at 11:08 AM

So after all the hard work of Boehner DeMint Ryan McConnell et al, we’re going to get ObamaCare because of Graham and his best girlfriends the Maine sister? Un-believable.

Marcus on March 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Anyone want to bet that this time next year the Liberals will be standing in line to be part of the gang?

rich801 on March 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The spirit of bipatisanship is dead.

OmahaConservative on March 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Most of us who criticized the Gang of 14 at the time noted that Democrats would be very unlikely to reciprocate if the power was reversed. If Lindsey Graham thought otherwise, then he deserves the Captain Louis Renault Award for his shock, shock to find his Democratic colleagues less than enthusiastic about throwing gang signs now.

…you mean Lindsey Graham, the man most likely to be sweet-talked by the big media into running as an independent candidate for president in 2012 (as part of the media’s effort to save Barack Obama’s bacon) by convincing him that whomever the Republicans nominate is too conservative for America and that he has to step in and provide a sane, moderate alternative for the country? That Lindsey Graham? The man who is going to have retired both the Louis Renault and the Inspector Jacques Clouseau awards 30 months from now?

jon1979 on March 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Is this idiot going to vote for healthcare?

Knucklehead on March 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Graham said Tuesday that a coalition of Republican and Democratic senators could rescue the Senate from an institutional disaster

This is EXACTLY why Graham MUST GO!!

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

If Graham put as much energy into fighting the disaster as he does trying to rescue it, he might actually amount to something as a human being!

katy on March 10, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Dems are no good.

tommer74 on March 10, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Lindsey Graham seems to be hell bent for leather determined to end his own political career by not just making himself look like the King Of The RINOs, but to also make himself look like the Ultimate Idiot In Desperate Need Of A Village!

When is this clown going to learn?!!!!!

pilamaye on March 10, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Graham and McCain seem to be in charge of deflating any enthusiasm bubble that develops on the right. Ann Coulter was on target the other day with her plea that the tea partiers get rid of these two RINOs.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 10, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Michelle and Beck are on his radio program right now…. hummm

katy on March 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Which OGs took a pass?

OGs…..

Old Guys?

UltimateBob on March 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Any chance the Republican party will learn it’s lesson this time? Could the democrats be any more clear?

Bipartisanship means doing it the liberal’s way.

Reciprocation isn’t evil, it’s justified.

Mord on March 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Graham.

*spits in disgust*

I see he’s continuing to bark up the amnesty tree as well.

When is this thing up for re-election?

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

This is the best example of why we just can’t compromise with liberals! They will not cross the aisle for us! All we get is “I won”…that is why Graham and the other damn RINOs need to go. Our side caves in the name of bipartisanship, but the action is NEVER reciprocated. Then we get to choke on wonderful programs like No Child Left Behind. We can do better and we MUST demand better of the pols we elect!

search4truth on March 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I didn’t know where to post this but had to share. Quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve seen in days.

From @markos’ (of the Daily KOS) twitter feed:

Kucinich supporters should take a look at Alan Grayson — a real progressive, a real fighter, and still connected to reality.

teffertoes on March 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM

OGs…..

Old Guys?

UltimateBob on March 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Original Ganstas…it’s a rap term.

angryed on March 10, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Graham said. “This place would have ceased to function as we know it.

It’s called reform. And the “nuclear option” was always about denying the Senate from adopting its own extraconstitutional rules to cripple a separate branch of government, the judiciary, by requiring a supermajority to even consider the constitutional procedure of approving a Presidential nomination. Filibustering nominees is unconstitutional. Filibustering spending bills is not; and the supporters of the “nuclear option” said so and were not going to destroy the filibuster entirely. Graham is not just a waffler, but a liar.

Chris_Balsz on March 10, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Graham needs to GO!

GarandFan on March 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

That milquetoast-aholic Lindsey is drunk on bipartisanism. If there’s a knife in the back of a Republican, Grahamnesty probably plunged it in. What a disgrace.

Western_Civ on March 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Graham knows exactly what he is doing. He is not a representative of the conservative movement.

mobydutch on March 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM

The spirit of bipatisanship is dead.

OmahaConservative on March 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

“I WON” attitude pretty much killed any chance of it

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Me thinks Graham wants to vote yes in his heart but needs cover to do so. He’s a disgrace.

Denverslim on March 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM

South Carolina voters — would you please put Graham out of our misery already? How much more proof of his utter cluelessness do you need?

AZCoyote on March 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I didn’t know where to post this but had to share. Quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve seen in days.

From @markos’ (of the Daily KOS) twitter feed:

Kucinich supporters should take a look at Alan Grayson — a real progressive, a real fighter, and still connected to reality.
teffertoes on March 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM

ROFL!

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

which I think was a gift to the conservatives – when will we realize we can’t be the only ones to play nice- then get sucker punced every time…

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Just watch, Graham will be like his buddy McCain. When enough people get a gut full of his crap, he will contemplate a switch to the Democrat party. He sounds just like the Libs (he knows what is best for us).

mobydutch on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Not the right use of
the Captain Renault Award…
Graham really is shocked!

Haiku Guy on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Anyone want to bet that this time next year the Liberals will be standing in line to be part of the gang?

rich801 on March 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Anyone want to double down and bet that Graham and McCain will be ready and willing to be part of the gang again?

Kafir on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants to revive the bipartisan Gang of 14 — this time for health care reform, not judicial nominees.

Goober is meeting with the president tomorrow with Chuck U Schumer tomorrow to discuss their next assault on this country….aka AMNESTY.
Now this?
Somebody please put goober back on maverick’s lap.
SC~flipping idiots~thanks for nothing…2014 we can get rid of this wetend.

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

AubieJon on March 10, 2010 at 11:05 AM

And they did an endzone dance – for 10 minutes.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Lindsey Graham should start counting down the days he has left as a Senator. Has he not realized yet, that bipartisanship only comes, when Republicans side with Democrats. Democrats don’t side with Republicans. DUH!

capejasmine on March 10, 2010 at 11:32 AM

C’mon Charley Brown!
Run up and kick the football!
I’ll hold it for you!

Haiku Guy on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM

God, I hope DeMint gets on the Senate floor and tells the Dems: “If you pass this via reconciliation, remember, there will be a day that you do not have a majority in this body. When that day comes, the shoe will be on the other foot and I and my colleagues on this side of the aisle will happily pass legislation without regard for the minority.”

Kafir on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Sometimes I fantasize about Congress ceasing to function.

myrenovations on March 10, 2010 at 11:35 AM

During the past six months (just before the election) McCain has become a rock solid conservative. Graham will pull the same stunt.

mobydutch on March 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

rich801 on March 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM
Anyone want to double down and bet that Graham and McCain will be ready and willing to be part of the gang again?

Kafir on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Heh…Goober and maverick are always up for a good old gang bang on the US citizens.

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Graham’s just going for the Massa Lifetime Centrist Award. Comes with a french tickler.

TXUS on March 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Hey, lets offer Bernie Madoff a plea deal.

Liberals are destroying the country, lets negotiate.

Speakup on March 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Goober is meeting with the president tomorrow with Chuck U Schumer tomorrow to discuss their next assault on this country….aka AMNESTY.
Now this?
Somebody please put goober back on maverick’s lap.
SC~flipping idiots~thanks for nothing…2014 we can get rid of this wetend.

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

They’re probably scheming a way to just put it all in one bill for the “reconciliation” proces

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM

AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Make it stop!

Jvette on March 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I will tell Senator “Reach Across The Isle” Graham the same thing I expressed to Senator McAmnesty. The ONLY reason to reach across the isle, is to slap the crap out of a Liberal! Period!

GFW on March 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM

If Grahamnesty, McJuan and Leverman are the real 3 stooges, would Grahamnesty be Curly?

volsense on March 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM

God, I hope DeMint gets on the Senate floor and tells the Dems: “If you pass this via reconciliation, remember, there will be a day that you do not have a majority in this body. When that day comes, the shoe will be on the other foot and I and my colleagues on this side of the aisle will happily pass legislation without regard for the minority.”

Kafir on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM

MUST HAPPEN!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Graham needs to get the Pete Puma award. I’d also suggest that Lindsay Lohan sue him as well.

Mr. D on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

isle should be Aisle of course!

GFW on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

(202) 224-5972 Senator Graham

Give Goober a call and let him know we don’t want a gang bang OR amnesty…..flood his phones, his email…whatever it takes for this idiot to get the message!

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Ed: Thanks for the shrewd and excellent clip.

Cybergeezer on March 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM

This is EXACTLY why Graham MUST GO!!

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

If Graham put as much energy into fighting the disaster as he does trying to rescue it, he might actually amount to something as a human being!

katy on March 10, 2010 at 11:14 AM

+ Million
Well, Goober is an expert on THAT…AND bending over for his ‘friends’ across the aisle. maverick lube, anyone?

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:45 AM

God, I hope DeMint gets on the Senate floor and tells the Dems: “If you pass this via reconciliation, remember, there will be a day that you do not have a majority in this body. When that day comes, the shoe will be on the other foot and I and my colleagues on this side of the aisle will happily pass legislation without regard for the minority.”

Kafir on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM
MUST HAPPEN!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It never will, however. The Republicans will for the most part always play by the rules, expecting similar behavior from the Democrats, and continually suprised when they don’t get it.

It’s an endless Lucy / football / Charlie Brown gag reel.

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM

lines all busy but will keep tryin!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Lindsey Graham bought the Brooklyn Bridge on swampland because the Democrats threw in magic beans along with beads and trinkets.

In short, Graham is a dope.

I keep asking this, but how do people this stupid get elected?

I’m not sure I’m going to like the answer.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM

It never will, however. The Republicans will for the most part always play by the rules, expecting similar behavior from the Democrats, and continually suprised when they don’t get it.

It’s an endless Lucy / football / Charlie Brown gag reel.

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM

I know- pass the barf bag am gagging again!!!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I keep asking this, but how do people this stupid get elected?

I’m not sure I’m going to like the answer.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I’m beyond believing any of these people are simply stupid.

There’s serious intent, understanding and goals at work, and I’m not going to give them the benefit of the doubt by hoping that they’re merely stupid anymore.

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

When will Republicans learn that reaching across the aisle only gets you bit? This isn’t your grandfather’s Democratic party. The 60′s radicals are in charge now and have no intention of working with conservatives OR moderates. The sooner Goober Graham leans this, the better.

Redneck Woman on March 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM

What’s Graham’s game? He’s flitting around with Chuckie Schumer pushing a biometric national identification card to start down the road for amnesty. Instead of trying to kill Obamacare legislation, he’s puckering up and trying to give it CPR!

You people in SC were idiots to elect mini-McCain.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

So the best we can hope for from our elected representatives is oafish incompetence, rather than actual malice?

How did we get here?

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I came out of retirement to go back to work to put $$$ in a designated account for the sole purpose of supporting conservatives in 2010 & 2012. gotta get ready for work – am soo motivated – we will oust these goobers!!!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Lindsey Graham might as well switch parties for all his behind the scenes manuevers. With friends like that, who needs enemies.He’s such a transparent fool I can’t see how he was re-elected in ’06???

tomshup on March 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM
lines all busy but will keep tryin!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Yep…I left a message…I think I need to TALK to someone this time!

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The Republicans are Charlie Brown and the Democrats are Lucy. “This time I’m gonna kick that football to the moon . . . uuuuuuuuugh!” Flat on their back with the Democrats shrieking in laughter at them.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Nailed it.

doufree on March 10, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The word here in S.C. is that Little Lindsey is playing nice with the dems and Obama because he want the Sec. of defence job so bad he can taste it.People in the know say Sec. Gates will leave that office by years end.For us here in S.C. this is a two edge sword. On the one hand we would be rid of him 4 years sooner but on the other hand it would hurt our military.

thmcbb on March 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

RUSH!

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Lindsey Graham might as well switch parties for all his behind the scenes manuevers. With friends like that, who needs enemies.He’s such a transparent fool I can’t see how he was re-elected in ‘06???

tomshup on March 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Yeah, 2008.
Thanks, SC.
*Gives the finger*

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM

My recollection is that the GOP was going to eliminate the 60 vote requirement in the Senate for federal judges. The health care bill already was approved by 60 votes in the Senate, so the situation is not the same.

Jimbo3 on March 10, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Is there anyone who really thought the Dems would play ball when they were in power?

The GOP Gang of 7 were all turncoats and, of course, led by John McCain.

molonlabe28 on March 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM

This nation needs more Republicans like Lindsey Graham who can independently choose to reach a consensus working with both partys to achieve the greater goal of solving this country’s problems instead of serving the greedy capitalist.

Rovin on March 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Is there anyone who really thought the Dems would play ball when they were in power?

The GOP Gang of 7 were all turncoats and, of course, led by John McCain.

molonlabe28 on March 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Goober….maverick told him that these jackyls were his friends…..
Call his office and tell him to pack sand on THIS and AMNESTY!

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 12:15 PM

On the one hand we would be rid of him 4 years sooner but on the other hand it would hurt our military.

thmcbb on March 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Lord help the DOD if there is any truth to this. Besides being an opportunistic weasel, Graham isn’t a real Army Reservist he is a JAG officer. We do not need a f**king lawyer making defense policy when it comes to things like the closure of GITMO, military tribunals for terrorists, and all the rest of the very important stuff that is part of the SECDEF job.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Jimbo3 on March 10, 2010 at 12:09 PM

The Health Care “Reform” Bill was approved by the Senate, but to get the House to agree to pass the Bill for the president’s signature, they want to pass a seperate Bill to fix the first bill. That’s the one that would be passed via reconciliation.

Which isn’t going to happen anyway, if the House is stupid enough to pass the Senate’s pile of crap, that’s the end of it. So this is a non-issue.

The question is, can Democrats suckered like Republicans usually get conned? We’ll see.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM
lines all busy but will keep tryin!

huskerdiva on March 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Got the number handy?

lovingmyUSA on March 10, 2010 at 12:21 PM

This nation needs more Republicans like Lindsey Graham who can independently choose to reach a consensus working with both partys to achieve the greater goal of solving this country’s problems instead of serving the greedy capitalist.

Rovin on March 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM

So where is the call for independent minded Democrats willing to work in a bipartisan way? I guess you don’t call them out because you know it is pointless to think that any Democrat is working on behalf of the nation instead of the special interests and the radical socialist agenda of the filthy lying coward in the White House.

Put another way….. All Democrats are enemies of the state and there is no disputing that fact.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Should be bounties on them. Like Nutria.

$4 a donkey ear.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM

My recollection is that the GOP was going to eliminate the 60 vote requirement in the Senate for federal judges. The health care bill already was approved by 60 votes in the Senate, so the situation is not the same.

Jimbo3 on March 10, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Do people like you have any shame? A bill with massive societal implications passes in a purely partisan fashion and is poised to be Rahmed through, again by pure partisansip? Do you bastards really feel good about forcing legislation on America that is not supported by anybody but your corrupt party? Do you feel good with your constant lies about this legislation?

I hope you find yourself among the first victims of the healthcare you bastards are using to destroy America.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Like a seagull who made the mistake of swallowing a stone too big for his gullet, I am getting the sinking feeling that Lindsey Graham is positioning himself as a 2010 Presidential Candidate.

Suddenly all these bi-partisan meet-ups with Kerry on Cap & Tax, Graham’s continued championing of AGW including his plaintive cry that the GOP “will lose the youth of its party” if members don’t embrace the global warming/climate change hoax, his backroom dealing with Obama & Co. to trade Gitmo closing funds for KSM military tribunals, now his leading the charge for a National Worker ID . . . It all starts to coalesce and I want to projectile vomit.

There is no way that our party or our nation could survive a Lindsey Graham presidency. Even worse, he actually might appeal to centrists and democrats as another “make Washington work” huckster.

Please tell me I am on a visit to the dark side of the moon?

Greyledge Gal on March 10, 2010 at 12:44 PM

$4 a donkey ear.

NoDonkey on March 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Just the right ears.

Seriously though, I’m sick of bipartisanship being defined as the GOP caving and doing whatever the filthy lying coward in the White House and his corrupt party are demanding. Throw in useless idiots like Jimbo who see nothing wrong in a bill like healthcare reform turn into a pure power grab by the left and I become angry. It is time to defend this nation from its enemies starting with those as 1600 Penn. Ave.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Like a seagull who made the mistake of swallowing a stone too big for his gullet, I am getting the sinking feeling that Lindsey Graham is positioning himself as a 2010 Presidential Candidate.

Greyledge Gal on March 10, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Graham is more like a seagull with explosive diarrhea. Call his office and let him know THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. NOT NOW. NOT EVER!
He is going against the will of the people and he’s going to see the wrong side of a pitchfork if he doesn’t straighten up.

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Maybe it is just “politics as usual” for the party in power to shaft the minority party but why can’t the GOP remember that? For the Left bi-partisanship when they run things means the GOP is supposed to suck it up and agree with them. When the GOP is in charge somehow we’re supposed to “take the high road” for the good of the country and not do the same thing.

katiejane on March 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM

When the GOP is in charge somehow we’re supposed to “take the high road” for the good of the country and not do the same thing.

katiejane on March 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM

With Democrats like Reid, Pelosi, and Obama- traitors all- the good of the country demands that they be kept out of any process that affects the lives of Americans, deals with fiduciary matters, or concerns national security. That pretty much leaves bipartisanship to the naming of US Post Offices.

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 1:04 PM

highhopes on March 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM

My apologies HH. Perhaps it was unfair of me to not sign my comment as Bishop who famously started “hooking” the unsuspecting. It may have been a poor example of imulating a liberal talking point. Your passion is recognized for describing the enemy with no doubts.

Rov

Rovin on March 10, 2010 at 1:07 PM

He is going against the will of the people and he’s going to see the wrong side of a pitchfork if he doesn’t straighten up.

HornetSting on March 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM

If I do anything, it will be to write an actual letter sent through the US Mail. I honestly think Graham is too far gone to care whether a pitchfork is coming after him.

One thing that Obama’s tenure has done is to uncover many of what I formerly deemed RINOs for what they really are . . . Progressive Republicans.

Doesn’t matter what side of the aisle a Progressive is from, the end result is the same . . . bigger government, more spending, and a continued move toward UN domination. In other words, the end of the Great American Experiment started by our Founders.

Greyledge Gal on March 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Most of us who criticized the Gang of 14 at the time noted that Democrats would be very unlikely to reciprocate if the power was reversed.

You play with weasels, you play weasel, you end up dancing with weasels. Nothing new.

Reality is indignant.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

God, I hope DeMint gets on the Senate floor and tells the Dems: “If you pass this via reconciliation, remember, there will be a day that you do not have a majority in this body. When that day comes, the shoe will be on the other foot and I and my colleagues on this side of the aisle will happily pass legislation without regard for the minority.”

Kafir on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 AM

And at that point the Dems will be very interested in joining John McCain and his Mistress Lindsay Grahamnasty for a gang of however many they can round up to stab republicans in the back!

Get rid of McCain and Grahamnasty!

Money bomb JD money bomb please!

dhunter on March 10, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Some one really needs to get a final message to Lindsey Graham that if he continues to pursue this National I.D. crap with Chucky Schumer, (I hear they are both meeting with Obama tomorrow at the WH), that his days are over as a representative. This is an invasion of privacy issue, and another form of the government intruding into individual lives of American citizens. Graham has yet to see the backlash coming his way on this BS.

Rovin on March 10, 2010 at 1:29 PM

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Lucy could use a little “rebooting” to cure her football holding tricks. Like a wise man said, “Fool me once–shame on you. Fool me twice–shame on me!” Charlie Brown should do it a little differently on pass 2. Large pointy Texas sized cowboy boot kick way up her rear end–and boot her 20 yards or more. She will hold the football a lot better after an “attitude adjustment”–after her butt stops hurting.
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Ditto for Lindsey Graham, John McCain, et. al. No “compromise” when you are right. Fight and win–or get ready for a little “rebooting” in the 2010 and 2012 elections.
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John Bibb
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rocketman on March 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Like a seagull who made the mistake of swallowing a stone too big for his gullet, I am getting the sinking feeling that Lindsey Graham is positioning himself as a 2010 Presidential Candidate.
Greyledge Gal on March 10, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Silly me I thought Grahamnasty was just an idiot by your post I see hes’ insane since the Presidential election isn’t until 2012 let the fool run for president in 2010 he’ll be the only one.

In all fairness I suppose he is trying to round up dems to block reconciliation.

Either way hes’ a fool dems only get Bipartisan when they are getting what they want!

And he and his pal McCain need to go this push of his for Amnesty needs to be the end of him. How cool is it hes’ doing this before the primary anyone ask his pal Juan McCain where he stands?

dhunter on March 10, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Lindsey Graham, what part of the Massachusetts Senate election did you not understand? Scott Brown was elected to STOP ObamaCare, why do you want to re-enable it?

Steve Z on March 10, 2010 at 1:45 PM

If the Dems use reconciliation on healthcare, the Repubs will use it on every bill under the sun when they regain power in November.

John the Libertarian on March 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Graham has been censured twice already by the SC RNC for being a dick. He doesn’t give a hoot what others say or think.

Please Arizonian’s, do not forget that McCain is this guys BFF.

Mr. Arrogant on March 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM

If the Dems use reconciliation on healthcare, the Repubs will use it on every bill under the sun when they regain power in November.

John the Libertarian on March 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM

That won’t matter Pinnochio holds the veto pen.

What you really need to worry about is that if they get away with it on HealthScare the DEMS will then be emboldened and use it on Amnesty next, cap and tax and at that point the socialization iof America will be complete.

With the legalalizing of illegals and passage of health Scare there will be more voters wanting the government to give them stuff than there will be the workers who will be made to provide it.

dhunter on March 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM

The only people in America that didn’t see this coming were the rino idiots in Congress.

A true super majority is 66%. When faced with a determined Republican minority in the mid 1970s the Democrats changed the rules for a super majority to 60%, just the number they needed to reign over the Republicans.

Today the Democrats are again breaking or changing the rules so they win. Will the Charlie Brown Republicans ever learn?

RJL on March 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM

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