Lindsey Graham: I’m voting for Kagan

posted at 2:58 pm on July 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Lindsey Graham demands to be primaried by conservative base.”

“I’m going to vote for her because I believe the last election had consequences,” he said. “This president chose someone who is qualified, who has the experience and knowledge to serve on this court … and understands the difference between being a liberal judge and a politican.”…

Graham also addressed one of the main GOP arguments against her nomination: Kagan’s decision as Harvard Law School dean to prohibit military recruiters from using a campus career center on the basis that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring openly gay men and women from serving in the military violated the school’s anti-discrimination rules.

“If I believed that she had animosity in her heart about those who wear the uniform, I could easily vote no,” Graham said. “I don’t believe that.”

He was the only member of the Judiciary Committee to cross the aisle; they confirmed her, 13-6. The Graham standard for judicial appointments — i.e. “is the nominee qualified?” — is of course verrrrry different from the Obama standard, but good news: Apparently Graham’s stand on principle has led Dick Durbin to have a change of heart about Miguel Estrada. Or something.

At least one Democrat, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat in the Senate, said Mr. Graham’s remarks had made him rethink is own approach to judicial nominations — including the decision by Democrats several years ago to prevent Miguel Estrada, a prominent conservative lawyer, from getting a hearing before the committee when President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Estrada to the federal appeals court.

Mr. Estrada, a close friend of Ms. Kagan, has spoken strongly in support of her, and she has in turn spoken in support of him. Senator Durbin said Tuesday he now believes “Miguel Estrada deserves a day in court or a day before the commitee.”

Of Senator Graham, Senator Durbin said, “I reflected on some of the things that I have said and how I have voted in the past, and thought that perhaps his statement suggested a better course.”

Thanks for sharing now, Dick, seven years after Estrada was railroaded. In any case, it’s Democrats, not Republicans, who have obstructed judicial nominees most relentlessly over the years, so if Durbin’s serious about shifting to a more deferential standard of scrutiny, it’s big news. Anyone out there, left or right, think he’s serious?

WaPo’s already gaming out how many primary challengers Graham will face in 2014; among the possibilities is … Mark Sanford. A quote from one of Graham’s consultants: “He’s a thinking person’s conservative. I expect him to do well among voters with IQ’s in triple digits.” Thinking strategically, his vote here is potentially useful to Republicans down the line if/when another vacancy opens on the Court and The One decides to go for broke by appointing a lefty bomb-thrower. Because Graham’s now positioned himself as the principled moderate, willing to vote for both Kagan and Sotomayor in the name of deference to the president, a no vote on some future nominee would be a devastating judgment that he/she really is way out of the mainstream. Kagan’s not going to be filibustered — but the next one might be, especially if Grahamnesty signals to other moderates that it’s okay to do so by opposing him/her, so maybe he’s just keeping his powder dry. And, er, maybe Dick Durbin’s really had a change of heart. Exit question via Pat Leahy: Why does the GOP hate women? Click the image to watch.


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I hate that man….I really do.

Tim Burton on July 21, 2010 at 1:10 AM

Tim Burton on July 21, 2010 at 1:10 AM

Concur!
This sellout SOB,
has earned nothing but hate!
Retire the liar in 2012 along with
any remaining “progressive” anti-Constitution clowns!

On Watch on July 21, 2010 at 1:21 AM

Why does the RNC even bother giving this guy any money? He is not a conservative or even a Republican. He is a useless liberal democrat with an (R) after his name. This is why I never get the RNC a dime.

Dollayo on July 21, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Of course you’re gonna vote for her, you dumb FN hillbilly gaylord!

TheSitRep on July 21, 2010 at 2:52 AM

“She will serve this nation honorably.”

Coming from somebody that hasn’t, nor even has any concept of the meaning of the word, I seriously doubt it. Flimsy Sham is a punk and a RINO that needs to be recalled by the very people that he contemptuously dismisses, saying they’ll fade away in a few years.

Virus-X on July 21, 2010 at 3:06 AM

“She will serve this nation honorably as a progressive liberal, redefining the Bill of Rights into the vision that the evil FDR had in mind.”

Of course, A Right to Earn Wealth and Keep It, is not among those listed.

I doubt that Kagan is a Constitutionalists, but rather a Constitutional Revisionist.

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

Utopian Derams!

Yeah, Derams. That’s not a typo.

All these Rights, already exist in the original BOR text.
Grahamnesty, obviously believes in Change and Hopelessness.

Kini on July 21, 2010 at 4:35 AM

And One Last Point….

All of FRD’s Revisions to the Bill Of Rights, are Regulated By The State.

The ebb and flow of a Free Market System, which the BOR promotes, will get Government Restrictions as Obama wants and is now being put in place. FDR’s Deram.

Kagan is the wrong anchor to place in the waters of freedom.

Kini on July 21, 2010 at 4:51 AM

Lindsey Graham needs a cold water enema and gerbil.

Ricohoc on July 21, 2010 at 5:24 AM

RINO payday on page A-2.

Hey, Dana Milbank wrote a nice column on Sen. Graham For the Wednesday WaPo.

Sen. Graham was treated well. He did, after all, rise above politics here.

The article never mentioned how The One (or the Dems, generally) treat nominees but he only had so much space and was probable tired after his efforts to discredit the Arizona immigration law.

Way to go, Senator Graham, all five foot five or seven of you! You work cheap.

IlikedAUH2O on July 21, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Ashley Wilkes – lives and breaths.

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Lindsey Graham to take Secretary of State job after Hilary leaves to ramp up her presidential campaign …

Just sayin’.

Then he could work with the folks he likes best under the guise of bipartisanship.

At least he’d resign from his REPUBLICAN gig.

shades_of_gasden on July 21, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Lindsey Graham to take Secretary of State job after Hilary leaves to ramp up her presidential campaign …

shades_of_gasden on July 21, 2010 at 8:18 AM

I suspect her clothes will fit him – which is important to a man like Lindsey.

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2010 at 8:20 AM

No surprise here. We all knew Graham was . . . crackers.

*Ba-dum TSSH*

Ryan Anthony on July 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM

this closet queen is going to be kicked out of his state as a traitor to those he is to represent. He and his big buddy McCain both need to hit the trail.

workingforpigs on July 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Graham is one of the reasons why the GOP is going down the tubes. Like McCain he really doesn’t know what side he belongs on. I think the RNC should stop funding him. I’ve gven up donating to the RNC just because of this type of activity.

Wills on July 21, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Bastard. Can’t wait until this POS is retired or otherwise no longer a thorn in the side.

Midas on July 21, 2010 at 9:25 AM

South Carolina, YOU got us into this. YOU get us out.

Mr. Grump on July 21, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Scum like Grahamnesty is a good reason the Republican Party has little reason to exist. The lies McCain is telling to get elected and then stab those that supported him in the back is comparable to the groveling this whining dog did as he approved of Kagan. These two are perfect examples of no morals halfwits who will do anything for power. Throw Crist into the mix and you have the reincarnation of the Three Stooges.

volsense on July 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

OH NOEZ!!!!!!!!!!! Another qualified woman on the Supreme Court!!!!!!!!!

Constant Parrhesia on July 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

“I’m going to vote for her because I believe the last election had consequences,”

That’s right, and the next one will too.

Bye Lindsey.

labrat on July 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Lindsey must go. Republican VOTERS must seize the day and eliminate these RINO’s. When November comes either Show Up or Shut Up.

teacherman on July 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I wish he was running against Al Green.

borntoraisehogs on July 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM

How refreshing to finally see an elected GOP official finally tell the truth and to enter the real world.

Lindsey Graham will stay in the Senate as long as he wants to … you crybabies and unrealistic scum bags will just have to endure.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Graham does this intentionally.

“Elections have consequences………..”

What Graham is saying is, “The next time the Republican Party puts up a moderate, lame, reach-across-the-aisle” Republican candidate for President, you bigoted, intolerant conservatives better get behind him instead of sitting out like you did with my friend John McCain in 2008.”

Sorry Lindsay. We’re going in a different direction. You’ll find that out soon enough.

David2.0 on July 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

This is what happens when someone has skeletons in their closet … they will do a lot to keep things hidden.

Labamigo on July 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

What Graham is saying is, “The next time the Republican Party puts up a moderate, lame, reach-across-the-aisle” Republican candidate for President, you bigoted, intolerant conservatives better get behind him instead of sitting out like you did with my friend John McCain in 2008.”

McCain could have been elected by just eliminating two costly mistakes …

1. Saying the economy was in great shape right before the meltdown.
2. Picking an idiot as his VP choice.

He was a perfect candidate other than those two idiotic moments.

Monkei on July 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Is there any way to recall Lindsay? Who is surprised by this? Business as usual for him. I loathe the man. South Carolina, please get rid of this nitwit!

silvernana on July 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

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