Lindsey Graham Steps Up on Climate Change
It looks like Lindsey Graham is really trying to fashion a compromise on climate change legislation. There are a couple other Republican senators who have made encouraging noises, but none of them -- think Alaska's Lisa Murkowski -- have much of a record of standing up to pressure from the base. And I remember full well how many more Republicans there were on health-care reform before the base turned its attention to the issue.
But Graham does have a history of taking heterodox stands and sticking to them, so his willingness to take point is encouraging. It's interesting, incidentally, that each issue seems to have its own Republican defector. Susan Collins brokered the compromise on stimulus. Olympia Snowe is health-care reform. Richard Lugar tends to make deals on foreign policy. And Lindsey Graham is stepping up to the plate on global warming. You almost wonder if it's planned, as it means no single Republican moderate has to take the heat on everything.
Unfortunately, you're not going to be able to get by on climate change with a sole Republican supporter. Too many Democrats hail from coal states. This coalition will have to be more like the coalition that passed the Civil Rights Act, when Northern Republicans provided the majority with the votes that the Southern Democrats attempted to withhold.
Photo credit: By Jonathan Ernst -- Reuters
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