Graham doesn’t think he’s changed at all, and he has no regrets about campaigning against Donnelly, or anyone for that matter. He agrees they were friends, but says Donnelly made his own bed when he voted against Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“I told Joe that I thought that if he did this that was a break with what I thought Joe was all about,” said Graham in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
From Graham’s point of view, he was the one who was betrayed. After voting for Sotomayor and Kagan, he expected fair treatment from the other side. Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed by a historically tight vote of 50–48, with Joe Manchin of West Virginia being the only Democrat to vote in favor.
“I don’t think it would have been a heavy lift for [Donnelly] to have supported Kavanaugh. He made a political decision. It was clearly a political decision on his part,” said Graham. “I like Joe Donnelly but, you know, if they’re going to play the game one way I’ll play it that way.”