Periodically, a Republican senator is seized with desire to be the front man for the Democrats’ latest regulatory monstrosity in Washington. Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina is now in the throes of this pathological urge, which usually appears just when defeat seems imminent for a big-government scheme like the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade energy bill. Democrats and their liberal buddies in the mainstream media need only whisper the magic word “bipartisanship” and soon enough along comes a gullible GOPer to take the bait…

Forcing the private economy to use less conventional energy while waiting for the government-subsidized alternative energy sources to come online will cost millions of jobs and send energy prices skyrocketing as corporations pass along to consumers the $700 billion of for those permits. As a result, according to the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation, gas prices at the pump will increase 58 percent, or $1.38 per gallon. Residential electricity costs will zoom up by 90 percent. Nearly 1.9 million jobs will be lost by 2012 overall, and the economy will lose nearly $10 trillion in gross domestic product by 2035. But no worry, Lindsay Graham will still be hailed as a bipartisan kind of guy.