Lindsey Graham: My vote for Kagan was inspired by Jesus

posted at 5:25 pm on August 6, 2010 by Allahpundit

A few days old but rescued from obscurity by CNS News. Come on now: As much as you may hate him, surely a little respect is owed here for having the sheer balls to invoke Christian teachings to justify a vote that many grassroots righties are bristling at. It’s bad enough that he’d cross the aisle to support Kagan — but then to bring JC onstage for a celebratory high-five? Audaciously audacious!

Speaking of audacious, NRO poses a question to the man known as Grahamnesty: Aren’t you pushing this birthright citizenship amendment simply to help broker an amnesty deal? To which Graham says, yep:

FOSTER: Isn’t a bit of this, frankly, strategic? Aren’t you looking for ways to bring conservatives on board with the more comprehensive immigration reform that you favor? Is that fair to say?

GRAHAM: Yeah, I think it’s fair to say that I need to go home to South Carolina and say: listen, I know we’re all upset that we have 12-14 million people illegally. I’m going to have to be practical. We’re not going to deport or jail 12-14 million people. A practical solution is not awarding this citizenship on day one, but to allow them to stay here on our terms, learn our language, pay a fine, hold a job, and apply for citizenship through the legal process by getting in the back of the legal line.

That to me is a practical solution. But, I have to be able to say, as part of doing that, we looked at all the incentives that led to the 12-13 million coming, and we changed them. That we did secure our border, unlike any other time in the past, that we now have laws that make it possible to verify employment; we now have a temporary worker program that will allow people to come here and work on our terms temporarily, and help our employers with labor when they can’t find American labor. I have to be able to say that, because I think most Americans are willing to clean this mess up. They’re not willing to perpetuate it.

Does that mean he won’t support an amnesty bill unless and until a birthright citizenship amendment passes? No, of course not. What this really is, I’m sure, is a way for him to prove his enforcement bona fides to conservatives at the eleventh hour, in hopes that they’ll back a deal negotiated by a guy who really wanted a birthright amendment even though he couldn’t actually get one. Think it’ll work? Ahem.

For what it’s worth, his approval rating among Republican likely voters in South Carolina stands at a pretty shiny 54 percent. That primary challenge ain’t gonna be as easy as you think. Exit question via the Right Scoop: When do Democrats start applying the Golden Rule to Republican judicial nominations? Because Obama sure didn’t do it for Sam Alito.


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Hey Lindsey! Arlen’s lonely, and could really use some company.

listens2glenn on August 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM

When do Democrats start applying the Golden Rule to Republican judicial nominations?

he’s living in a dream world…should not have voted for her in the first place, the dems had more than 51 votes to confirm her….he needs to go and go soon!!!

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birthright citizenship amendment

the folks here at HA were not fooled by this tool….

cmsinaz on August 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM

This is one sick man. Jesus told him to vote for a person who believes in the wholesale murder of babies and same sex marriage. If Archie Bunker was a real person- Graham meets all the requirements for Archie to call him “Meat Head”
He ought to be bounced out of the Republican Party along with Snowe & Collins.

flintstone on August 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Must have been that line about “blessed are the poor in spirit”, and Lindsay must have thought that meant “blessed are the intellectually challenged” for Kagan. Lindsay might even consider himself equally blessed.

Lindsay, call up Jim DeMint–he’s waitin’ for ya b’hin’ de woodshed.

Steve Z on August 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I’m starting to get very very sick of Lindsay Graham. Is he even worth having on the GOP side or would we be better off if Lindsay became a democrat?

Anyone out there to beat Lindsay in his next election?

I hope there are people like this guy out there to get into the senate.

dnlchisholm on August 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM

I sense a lot of divinely-inspired votes coming in the next time Graham is up for re-election.

manofaiki on August 6, 2010 at 7:31 PM

The deportation argument is a straw man. Take away the incentives for the illegals and for those that would hire them. They will “deport” themselves. Hell the crappy Obama economy has already helped a bit.

CWforFreedom on August 6, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I sure hope Jesus inspires the people of South Carolina to vote him out next time.

lonestar1 on August 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Jesus told me that Lindsey Graham is a despicable douche bag!

MCGIRV on August 6, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Obviously he’s talking about some illegal alien, not the Son of God.

Tommy_G on August 6, 2010 at 8:35 PM

South Carolinians who voted for this moron have shown their true level of intelligence. Fools and a disgrace. Probably also waiting for Odumbo to pay their rent and gas their cars…..And I didn’t need Jesus to help me on that one.

ultracon on August 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Jesus loves you, Lindsey. Everybody else thinks you’re an asshole.

mojo on August 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Graham is a lower form of life.

But his stated proposal is a fair one, with one needed change, just as McCain’s McShamnesty was one change short of a good idea: you have to secure the border first, and then you can talk about how to deal with the illegal residents.

Because we know that they are both dishonest and incompetent. We know that they are lying, and even if we trap them into a commitment to secure the border in exchange for the amnesty that he wants — we know that they are too incompetent to do it right.

The answer is simple and obvious: secure the border now if you think you can do it, you effing liar. What’s stopping you? You have an administration that claims it is their first priority and an opposition party that is (other than this little fem) largely opposed to illegal immigration, so just do it. And if Graham thinks that the “root cause” of illegal immigration and the real long-term threat is the anchor baby interpretation of the constitution (it’s crap) then he’ll never find a better time to change it…so do it.

Nope. He’s a liar.

Jaibones on August 6, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Goober’s been breathing in a lot of fumes down at the fillin’ station.

RadClown on August 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Tertiary STD.

He’s lost it. Gone. Bye-bye!

heldmyw on August 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM

The Jesus that inspired his vote is the illegal from Juarez he hired to mow his grass.

jimmy2shoes on August 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Insufferable fool.

jawkneemusic on August 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM

The Jesus that inspired his vote is the illegal from Juarez he hired to mow his grass.

jimmy2shoes on August 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

LOL!

jawkneemusic on August 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM

A practical solution is not awarding this citizenship on day one, but to allow them to stay here on our terms, learn our language, pay a fine, hold a job, and apply for citizenship through the legal process by getting in the back of the legal line.

And that will never happen. We’ll still be pressing 1 for English. Or maybe move further down the keypad.

abcurtis on August 6, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Hey Lindsay go back to S.C. some village is missing its’ IDIOT!

dhunter on August 6, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Sure that was GOD dude? I think the voices in your head are not quite heavenly after this stunt.

johnnyU on August 6, 2010 at 11:11 PM

The HELL it was.

Maquis on August 6, 2010 at 11:33 PM

So now he’s taking his cues from Nancy Pelosi, huh? Natch.

Cylor on August 6, 2010 at 11:38 PM

UhNO!…Don’t be using Jesus as an excuse for selling out AMERICA!!..Jesus had nothing to do w/it,…now that other hot head maybe,..but NOT Jesus!

Maybe Graham missed the part in the Bible about “not letting evil in your house”.

christene on August 7, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Grahamensty & McVain gotta go.

Whoever runs against Graham in 2012 will get my support & donation. Even if its Alvin Greene switching parties.

Norwegian on August 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

A bunch of my fellow A-holes in AZ are going to be voting McCain back into the Senate. Thanks! I’m starting to get sick of this state…

Tim Burton on August 7, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Tertiary STD.

He’s lost it. Gone. Bye-bye!

heldmyw on August 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Well, homosexual men do tend to have higher STD rates…

Tim Burton on August 7, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Hey, some of us are trying.
AUINSC on August 6, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Well that is not good enough. We need a nationwide “Fire Grahmnesty” Project.

antisocial on August 7, 2010 at 12:43 AM

A practical solution is not awarding this citizenship on day one, but to allow them to stay here on our terms, learn our language, pay a fine, hold a job, and apply for citizenship through the legal process by getting in the back of the legal line.

And what if they don’t? According to you, we can’t round them up if they refuse, so what then? And it’s not quite the back of the line if you get to enjoy the benefits of living here while those ahead of you in line are still waiting to get here.

So much for practical….

xblade on August 7, 2010 at 1:23 AM

I figure Graham’s primary inspiration to consistently turncoat is that FBI file Janet Reno has about Lindsey, the cub scout and the panel van.

viking01 on August 7, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Hey South Carolina, will you guys give us a hand and remove that turd from the punch bowl?

gunter on August 7, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Sorry Lindsey, not even Jesus would have voted to confirm Kagen. I hope Jesus tells the good people of SC not to vote you back in. You are part of the problem, along with John McCain, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collens.

Wills on August 7, 2010 at 8:56 AM

He is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. Elitist, progressive, big-government POS member of the ruling class.

Extrafishy on August 7, 2010 at 1:43 PM

He is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. Elitist, progressive, big-government POS member of the ruling class.

Extrafishy on August 7, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Amen. He even looks squishy!

Maquis on August 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM

This is why I left the Republican Party … if anyone thinks our problems will be fixed by these sell outs well you’ve got a nasty wake up call coming.

Hey, “Lindsey” not too ghey, eh?

flameofjudah on August 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM

If the roles were reversed and conservatives were nominating a Supreme Court judge as extreamly right as Kagan is left, would Kagan herself be talking about “the golden rule”? Would any leftist ever say “I certainly wouldn’t nominate such a person but I’m giving her my vote anyway because I would expect them to do the same for my side”? I can’t think of this ever happening. We send them to vote for our interests, not to wink and nod over some kind of unspoken, one sided sell out over “golden” rules. Respect must be earned not just given away! Its hard to believe either side would vote for this guy.

Dollayo on August 9, 2010 at 4:22 AM

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