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Lindsey Graham…..Can he be doing the right thing?…..Can he survive doing it?

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In the last few weeks the Dog keeps seeing Lindsey Graham…..the Republican senator from South Carolina’s name popping up all over the place (talking to Chuck Schumer…no less )……

Immigration and Climate have been the area’s of interest….

But the question that comes to mind is this…..

Is he deal maker….. or is he working with the enemy?

How can a GOP senator work with Chuck Schumer all the time and survive?

I mean ……most of the high-profile moderate Republican’s have been shown the door by the GOP…..

Can Graham’s method of doing things last?

“The growth potential in America lies with demographic changes and independents. Independents are the fastest-growing group in terms of political identification.

“Demographically, we are becoming a more diverse country . . .  Conservatism will appeal to the public at large because the public is right of center

“But ideology that is extreme never sells 50 percent. You have to be relevant to people’s lives. You have to solve problems that people deal with every day and you’ve got to get to 50 percent . . .

“If you want to purify the party, then the cost is the ability to grow because purification is not a gave of addition. It’s a game of subtraction. Coalition building is a game of addition.”

Political scientist Alan Abramowitz of Emory University has numbers to bolster Graham’s main thesis.

In 2008, he noted in a recent Internet article, Republican presidential candidateJohn McCain carried the white vote by 11.6 million, but Obama won by carrying “non-whites” by 21.1 million.

With non-whites — especially Latinos — representing an ever-growing portion of the electorate, he showed, if Democrats sustain their advantage with those groups, Republicans will need to carry more than 60 percent of the white vote to win national elections, as only Ronald Reagan was able to do in 1984.

As Abramowitz wrote, “2010 is likely to be a very good year for Republicans. Yet there is a real danger that Republican leaders and strategists will interpret (that) strong showing as vindication for a strategy based largely on energizing the party’s conservative white base.

“That base is indeed energized. But it is also shrinking due to the steady growth of the non-white electorate . . .  Unless Republicans can expand their support among non-white voters, they will have to win a much larger share of the white vote than they have in any recent presidential election in order to remain competitive.

Did you just read that?

Is the GOP faithfull gonna swallow that?

I don’t think so……..

Graham …and for that manner Crist both understand that the move to the right by the mainstream GOP is cutting them off from the growth demographics of the country…..We discuse this all the time at the Dog with CD….

Texas is gonna turn democratic pretty soon simply because it’s getting browner..mind you not all Latinos vote Democratic….but even the Bush family (Jeb is against the Arizona Bill ) know that  the party is working awfully hard to disfranchise itself from its future….

Having a black RNC leader hasn’t been too comfortable for a lot of Republican’s either…..

Lindsey Graham may be right….

But he’s got a long road in front of him…..

and he may not be successful……

More…….. on the CQPolitics piece by Morton M. Kondracke, Roll Call Contributing Writer

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 10 Comments

Reid sticks to Immigration causing upset stomachs for both parties……

Senate Majority Leader is intent on moving the Immigration Bill up to next on the schedule to the chagrin of Republican’s and Democrats alike….

The subject is toxic for both parties and the right now th votes aren’t there for passage…

This Bill will probably rival the Healthcare Bill

Democrats are afraid that any chance they have of keeping both Houses of Congress could down in flames…..

Republicans are happy feeling that if they hold tight against Immigration that they will be able to make dramatic gains in the South and MidWest along with states with high unemployment still…..

The whole thing is gonna make the Current Wall Street Financial Bill’s passage look like picnic….

Everyone can thank the State of Arizona for helping to put the Bill in the spot light…..

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected a proposal from supporters of a stalled Senate energy bill that would move immigration reform through the regular committee process on a priority basis and allow the energy bill to move forward on the Senate floor.

The proposal would tentatively set action on immigration for November, after the midterm elections — a delay that even some Democrats would welcome.

“Such an idea might have been floated by someone, but as far as I can tell, it’s a nonstarter,” said Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman. “For what it’s worth, I have never heard of fast-tracking something through the regular committee process, especially the Judiciary Committee, where the debates are usually long, sharp and fierce.”

Sens. Kerry, Graham and Lieberman had planned to unveil their package on Monday.

The swift rejection of the potential compromise came a day after the energy reform package was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency for analysis — a sign that the measure’s co-sponsors, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have not given up on it.

In a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill, Kerry said the trio were still “working very hard and constructively to pull pieces back together.”

Kerry acknowledged that they “don’t have an agreement yet with respect to immigration, but people are really working constructively to get there. Harry Reid is doing everything he can, and Sen. Graham is doing everything responsible, and we’re hoping to move in the right direction.”

Asked if he might move forward without Graham, Kerry didn’t rule out the idea but said, “I don’t want to even consider that at this point in time.”

The proposed schedule was presented to Reid as a way of settling a dispute that erupted over the weekend on which measure should be taken up first in the Senate.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), whose home state touched off the controversy, said: “I think a lot of people, including some Democrats, understand that until we have a more sincere effort to control borders and enforce the law, the conditions to pass comprehensive immigration reform don’t exist.”

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) concurred. “Clearly, it’s time to get the borders secured. Then I think you can talk about immigration reform,” Nelson said.

Asked if she believed the Senate should next move to immigration, centrist Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said flatly: “I do not.”

“I think it’s time to move to an energy and climate change bill, and there’s been a tremendous amount of work that’s gone into that,” Landrieu said. “I know immigration reform is important … in terms of jobs and economic stability. I said this a year and a half ago — it should be health care first and energy second.”

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, downplayed the political impact an immigration debate would have on red state Democrats, including Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Graham and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to expedite the issue to galvanize Hispanic supporters who could tip the scales in races this fall — including Reid’s tightly contested reelection campaign in Nevada.

But Menendez, who is just the third Hispanic to serve in the Senate, said Graham “overreacted” to Reid’s push to get the bill done this year. “With all due respect to Lindsey, I don’t think any single senator can dictate what the agenda of the Senate is,” he added.

Still, he nodded to the complex politics of such a debate and urged the White House to have a bipartisan summit to determine whether any other Republicans would be open to a bill.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC-R)…….

Over the last few week’s the Dog has seen one name pop up in the most unlikely places….

Senator Lindsey Graham……

With Democratic Senator Schumer……With the Gitmo and Immigration stories…..

What gives?

“I’m in the center of a lot of important debates — I like that,” Mr. Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has carved out a role for himself as this city’s resident maverick, said in an interview on Monday. “I want to be a conservative who can put conservative principles in play on hard issues.”

So Mr. Graham, a cherubic-looking 54-year-old, has been busy this year, reaching out to Democrats in an effort to broker deals on hot-button issues like energy andimmigration and closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay. As the rare member of his party who is consistently willing to cross the aisle, he has filled a niche once occupied by his close friend and mentor, Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican.

Now, though, Mr. Graham’s position as the go-to Republican for the Obama White House is in doubt. Over the weekend, he abruptly reversed course, backing out of plans to unveil a long-awaited bipartisan energy bill — a high priority for President Obama. He has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to urge the Senate Democratic leadership to put off debate on another of his priorities, an immigration overhaul.

Mr. Graham says he had received assurances from the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, that energy would come first and accuses him of making a sudden push for immigration — an effort Mr. Graham says will only divide the country — to appease Hispanic voters in an election year.

“I was mad, because they brought immigration up in the 11th hour,” the senator said, adding, “If you’re going to do business with people, they’ve got to understand that you can push back.”

His reversal has thrown official Washington into a tizzy, raising questions about his motives. Some Democrats whisper that he must be trying to spare Mr. McCain, who is facing a tough primary challenge from the right, an uncomfortable vote on immigration. Others openly surmise that Mr. Graham must have caved in to his Republican critics.

“There has been enormous back pressure against the kind of bipartisan cooperation that Senator Graham has engaged in,”Lawrence H. Summers, Mr. Obama’s top economics adviser, said Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “And that perhaps has made this a more complex situation and more difficult for him than it would otherwise be.”

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April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | | 2 Comments

The White House and Senate are close to deal on the Gitmo detainees….doing military trials not civilian ones…..

The deal is being done by the White House….. just as the Dog predicted it would be…..

AG Eric Holder will be told the results……

The Dog mentioned in a past before that Obama won’t make the rookie mistake of letting a cabinet member make a policy decision that will put him a jam anymore….this isn’t unexpected …..all president’s go thru this transformation…learning that in the confrontational world of national politics you cannot afford to let people make decisions just on their merits (imagine that! ) …..politics rears its head in everything…..

Here’s some of the piece from the Wall Street Journal…….

The White House is nearing a deal with a bipartisan group of senators to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and pave the way for more detainees to be tried before military commissions, a move that would reverse a signature Obama administration security policy.

The deal would put the alleged mastermind of the attacks of September 2001, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, his fellow plotters and other top terror suspects before revamped military commissions, rather than in civilian trials as the Obama administration had sought. These courts would offer defendants more rights than they had under the Bush administration, but fewer than they would be afforded in civilian court.

The effort, led by White House counsel Robert Bauer and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, further sidelines Attorney General Eric Holder, who at a hearing Tuesday continued to argue that the planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and other terrorists should be given civilian federal trials.

Any such deal would represent the final repudiation of Mr. Holder’s November decision to bring the 9/11 plotters to civilian trial in New York City, and a switch for the White House, which suspended the Bush-era military commissions as one of its first acts in office. The White House and the Justice Department appear to be at loggerheads on the matter, and Justice Department officials say they are not a party to the negotiations.

The framework of the deal is being led in Congress by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Mr. Graham wants civilian courts to be reserved for low-level Al Qaeda operatives and terrorist financiers, a far smaller group than previously considered.

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March 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Senator's Schumer and Graham approach the White House on Immigration Reform…..

As a follow-up on the piece the Dog did a day or two ago….we now find that two Senator’s mentioned above have already spoken to the White House about attaching some form of Immigration reform to the Healthcare Bill…..

[ Schumer and Graham ]

To the Dog…. this a back channel admittance by Graham that 1) Immigration will be nearly impossible to go it alone…..and 2) That he expects the Healthcare Bill to pass…….

One other thought…though Graham is in trouble with hard righter’s in South Carolina…..he is well aware that the Latino/Hispanic voter numbers are increasing in his state…..

Oh, yea….You all know Schumer is a Democrat and Graham is a Republican….right?

Here’s the MyDD piece by Charles Lemos…….

An Inkling of Bipartisanship on Immigration Reform

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, travelled to the White House to present the President with a three-page blueprint for a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Details of the proposal were not released but Senator Graham noted that some of the elements included tougher border security, a program to admit temporary immigrant workers and a biometric Social Security card that would prevent people here illegally from getting jobs.

Some more background from the Los Angeles Times:

Graham also said the proposal included “a rational plan to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.” He did not elaborate on what the plan would be. But in a recent interview, he suggested that onerous measures were unrealistic.

“We’re not going to mass-deport people and put them in jail, nor should we,” Graham said. “But we need a system so they don’t get an advantage over others for citizenship.”

So far, so good, but Senator Graham also linked progress on immigration to the healthcare bill now winding its tortuous path through the Congress.

In a statement after the Obama meeting, Graham predicted that their effort would collapse if Senate Democrats proceeded with a strategy to pass a healthcare bill through a simple majority vote — a process known as “reconciliation.” Senate leaders say they are committed to doing just that.

“I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if healthcare reconciliation goes forward,” said Graham, who portrayed the document handed to Obama as “a work in progress.”

Graham added: “For more than a year, healthcare has sucked most of the energy out of the room. Using reconciliation to push healthcare through will make it much harder for Congress to come together on a topic as important as immigration.”

The President had earlier met with a group of 14 immigration advocates that stressed to the President the urgency of moving forward with a plan that rationalizes the nation’s dysfunctional immigration policies. There are an estimated 12 million people believed to have entered the US illegally. In the fiscal year that ended in September 2009, the U.S. deported 388,000 illegal immigrants, according to the Department of Homeland Security — up from 369,000 the year before.

After meeting for more than an hour with Obama, immigration advocates that included leaders from the National Immigration Forum, La Raza and the SEIU told reporters they want Schumer-Graham blueprint released before a planned March 21 demonstration at the Capitol, with a bill introduced in the Senate soon thereafter.

Immigration advocates seemed most pleased. Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said the President agreed to help get a legislative framework out before the public in advance of the rally.

Hispanics supported President Obama in the general election by a two to one margin. The most recent polling shows that while the President’s approval rating among has slipped since its peak at 73 percent last Spring, it still remains above 60 percent.

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Senator’s Schumer and Graham approach the White House on Immigration Reform…..

As a follow-up on the piece the Dog did a day or two ago….we now find that two Senator’s mentioned above have already spoken to the White House about attaching some form of Immigration reform to the Healthcare Bill…..

[ Schumer and Graham ]

To the Dog…. this a back channel admittance by Graham that 1) Immigration will be nearly impossible to go it alone…..and 2) That he expects the Healthcare Bill to pass…….

One other thought…though Graham is in trouble with hard righter’s in South Carolina…..he is well aware that the Latino/Hispanic voter numbers are increasing in his state…..

Oh, yea….You all know Schumer is a Democrat and Graham is a Republican….right?

Here’s the MyDD piece by Charles Lemos…….

An Inkling of Bipartisanship on Immigration Reform

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, travelled to the White House to present the President with a three-page blueprint for a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Details of the proposal were not released but Senator Graham noted that some of the elements included tougher border security, a program to admit temporary immigrant workers and a biometric Social Security card that would prevent people here illegally from getting jobs.

Some more background from the Los Angeles Times:

Graham also said the proposal included “a rational plan to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.” He did not elaborate on what the plan would be. But in a recent interview, he suggested that onerous measures were unrealistic.

“We’re not going to mass-deport people and put them in jail, nor should we,” Graham said. “But we need a system so they don’t get an advantage over others for citizenship.”

So far, so good, but Senator Graham also linked progress on immigration to the healthcare bill now winding its tortuous path through the Congress.

In a statement after the Obama meeting, Graham predicted that their effort would collapse if Senate Democrats proceeded with a strategy to pass a healthcare bill through a simple majority vote — a process known as “reconciliation.” Senate leaders say they are committed to doing just that.

“I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if healthcare reconciliation goes forward,” said Graham, who portrayed the document handed to Obama as “a work in progress.”

Graham added: “For more than a year, healthcare has sucked most of the energy out of the room. Using reconciliation to push healthcare through will make it much harder for Congress to come together on a topic as important as immigration.”

The President had earlier met with a group of 14 immigration advocates that stressed to the President the urgency of moving forward with a plan that rationalizes the nation’s dysfunctional immigration policies. There are an estimated 12 million people believed to have entered the US illegally. In the fiscal year that ended in September 2009, the U.S. deported 388,000 illegal immigrants, according to the Department of Homeland Security — up from 369,000 the year before.

After meeting for more than an hour with Obama, immigration advocates that included leaders from the National Immigration Forum, La Raza and the SEIU told reporters they want Schumer-Graham blueprint released before a planned March 21 demonstration at the Capitol, with a bill introduced in the Senate soon thereafter.

Immigration advocates seemed most pleased. Angelica Salas, director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said the President agreed to help get a legislative framework out before the public in advance of the rally.

Hispanics supported President Obama in the general election by a two to one margin. The most recent polling shows that while the President’s approval rating among has slipped since its peak at 73 percent last Spring, it still remains above 60 percent.

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

The White House is quietly (until now) dividing the GOP on closing down Gitmo…..

It appears that the White House is holding negotiations with Se. Linsey Graham of South Carolina…about what to do with the Guantanamo Bay faclitiy….and possibly opening a Federal Prison in Illinois…..and some other Republicans have been shut out and don’t like it…….

From The Hill…..

Talks between Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and the White House on closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba are angering House Republicans who oppose any transfer of detainees to U.S. soil.

Graham, who supports closing the prison as long as doing so does not compromise national security, earlier this week acknowledged that he has held a series of meetings and had phone calls with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel over the last several weeks over the issue.

Graham wants to establish a new national security court where most of the remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees could be tried. In the talks with Emanuel, he also has expressed a willingness to extend some habeas corpus rights to prisoners detained on terrorism charges.

He’s also discussed the need to rewrite a “rule of law” statute that would ensure some logical process for detaining terrorism suspects that would also provide oversight and judicial recourse.

The Graham-Emanuel talks have unnerved Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), the senior Republican on the House intelligence committee.

“I think it’s crazy to be negotiating with the White House on this,” said Hoekstra, a vocal critic of transferring detainees to U.S. soil.

He and other House Republicans are worried that Graham will agree to throw his political support behind Obama’s plans to move detainees to a prison facility in Thomson, Ill., in return for forging a deal with the White House on a new national security court system.

“Lindsey didn’t want the detainees in South Carolina when it was under consideration,” Hoekstra noted. “This is a state and local decision, and a decision about whether they should go to Illinois ought to be left to the people of Illinois.”

Rep. Don Manzullo (R), who represents the district where the Thomson facility is located, was equally adamant.

“If Lindsey Graham is involved in talks about moving detainees to Illinois, I hope he would talk to me first,” he said.

As the chief architect of 2006 and 2009 legislation creating military commissions, Graham’s views could carry significant political weight.

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February 25, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, September 11, Updates | , , | Leave a comment