Reid caves to Graham, will introduce cap-and-trade before immigration

posted at 5:34 pm on April 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

Remember, Graham walked away from the cap-and-trade “coalition” or whatever a few days ago when it looked like Reid was going to fast-track immigration instead. Major Garrett gets the scoop:

Also, Sen ML Reid says energy/climate bill to go before immigration; this keeps Sen. Lindsey Graham at table, preserves some momentum

The word from Politico as recently as this morning was that Reid was still planning to push immigration first, possibly bringing a bill directly to the floor and calling a vote by the recess on May 28. What’s suddenly changed? Well, my hunch is that Arizona’s new law has succeeded spectacularly in doing what it was aimed to do all along — namely, drive up pressure on the feds to enforce the border by showing how desperate the states are for some action. The latest polls suggest it’s working like a charm. Which means if they do take up a bill now, even the Democrats will have to focus on border security first, which is the last thing The One and Reid were hoping for in their shameless bid to use this issue as an electoral wedge. Graham, being no dummy, surely knows it too, which is why you’ll find him below (via Breitbart) warning Napolitano at today’s hearings that you can forget doing anything about this until 2012. “But AP,” you say, “won’t Congress be much more Republican then than it is now?” Answer: Yep, but waiting two years gives this issue time to cool off, and Graham’s no doubt hoping that electoral pressures in the campaign that year will force congressional Republicans towards the center. Direct quote from today’s hearing: “If immigration comes up this year, it’s absolutely devastating to the future of this issue.” Well, to his position on it, yeah.

The only mystery now is whether Reid will abandon immigration altogether or whether he’ll half-heartedly force a vote later this term. I think he has to try something — he all but promised Latino voters in Nevada that they’d act — but everyone knows for sure the bill will fail now, especially coming after a contentious cap-and-trade battle. Better to secure Graham’s vote on that in a possibly winning effort than lose him on both.

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Agreed, Graham is a tool. Thanks for the number.

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:22 PM

perfect, It’s JUST ME it doesn’t like!


docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Do you possibly have a keyboard problem? Is it wireless?

OldEnglish on April 27, 2010 at 8:26 PM

nope, wired, and call to COX, perfect connection. It actually doesn’t like my text packet!!!?

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Unreal!, I’d call Michelle but she’d just laugh.
You know, keyboard might have embedded something in the text?

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:30 PM

This is an important thread, you guys go I’m done for now.

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Interesting that Graham says: “Me and any other serious Democrat.”

Is Graham admitting that he considers himself a Democrat?

RJL on April 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM

It actually doesn’t like my text packet!!!?

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:28 PM

After your test post went through, it made me think that your own text input is screwy (keyboard). Browser – accepting cut/paste but not too many characters?

OldEnglish on April 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM

But I don’t want Cap & Trade either. Come on guys, don’t you want to argue longer about it?

Cindy Munford on April 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I’m with you, Cindy. I don’t want them to do anything else this year. I want filibuster after filibuster and complete legislative paralysis. Let’s have the next big conversation on November 5th.

PatMac on April 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM

me too, I just don’t want to waste more time to nail it down to the actual letter failing. :-) maybe noise. maybe throw away my laptop. Meh!

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 8:43 PM

RJL on April 27, 2010 at 8:33 PM

I can accept (barely) a conservative being fooled by this AGW scam, but leading the way!?

OldEnglish on April 27, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Hey the gist of my post was, we want cap&trade now I think.
McCain is disingenuous wanting a fence, but we take it and say goodbye in November anyway.
we need to figure out what to do with nuke waste.

1. Store it – not here not anywhere
2. Shoot it into the sun
3. reprocess it, apparently expensive, but France has been doing it for Europe for years.

Am I wrong?

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 9:08 PM

When they go C&T, we need to have ducks in a row, and just inundate this jerk with phone calls and posts, news media, pounding on climate-gate, etc, till it goes away.

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 9:12 PM

We want nuclear, right?
good for them and us, we just need to ramp up. When we finish oil we’re self sufficient, and we can resell reprocessing to Europe. Trillions to us, not Arabs… for oil.

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 9:17 PM

docjohn52 on April 27, 2010 at 9:08 PM

No:2 is my favourite – especially since it would give the greenies a collective heart attack.

OldEnglish on April 27, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Good idea braindead senators!

Waste all of your tme working on legislation that can only cripple an economy that’s already in the toilet.

Can we please vote all of these shmucks out of office?

fogw on April 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

For the last year, the GOP has been telling disgusted conservatives and Tea Partiers to “reform the GOP from within” rather than setting up an alternative anti-socialist opposition.

Hows that reform the GOP from within fraud working out for you all? The GOP of 2010 is indistinguishable from the GOP of 2006-07.

james23 on April 27, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Massive Congressional majorities and they’re letting Grahamnesty dictate their agenda? These idiots don’t know if they’re afoot or horseback.
As long as they go with the liberal agenda cram-down instead of posturing on jobs/economy they are in for a bloodbath on 11/02.

2ipa on April 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM

This IS Beautiful…. I hope they go full steam ahead. And let us give Nelson Pizza Treatment to Grahmnesty. And keep hammering Mavericky McCain on Crap and Trade.

Get Out Of Your Couch and Get Involved In Local Politics.

antisocial on April 27, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Can we please vote all of these shmucks out of office?

fogw on April 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Yes, please, in the next 3 cycles. Nov. will shock some on the right too. The left will be numbed, for good reasons. The right will get a wake up call.

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Eh. That might not be under our control. If more and more people along the boarder endure violence, kidnapping, and even murder, then realities might not allow the issue to be cooled off.

Weight of Glory on April 27, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Exactly! I think the fuse is lit on this thing, even though neither side wants this fight right now.

DFCtomm on April 28, 2010 at 12:47 AM

But they really really want crap n’ tax. They really do.

Dhuka on April 28, 2010 at 1:10 AM

With ‘friends’ like Graham attempting to ‘run the show’ underneath the ‘Big Tent’ who needs ‘enemies’? I truly despise little Napoleon’s like this. He’s a despicable human being. Work with your own ilk instead of hijacking the opposing side. Pfft….

Sultry Beauty on April 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM