Chat With The Eye: Lindsey Graham; Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill; Charlie Crist; immigration reform
Highlights of Tuesday's Post Politics Hour, which included queries about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and whether Ronald Reagan will ever end up on our money:
Florissant Valley, Mo.: Hey, Ed; What is your take on Lindsey Graham? For a conservative and ambitious Republican, I (a liberal but fair-minded Democrat) have always found him charming and straight-forward. Is he playing some Byzantine game, trying to back the administration into a corner with his threatened suspension of communication? He seems to be the one R willing to cross the aisle, at least on some matters. Is this current explosion "contrived"? Thanks
Ed O'Keefe: I think he's like any other Senator -- he's flexing his political muscle, trying to bank on his influence and involvement on two hot issues -- climate change and immigration reform. It's evident he wants to move first on climate change, so he's making it known. If it were any other senator, they'd probably do something similar, regardless of party.
Knoxville, Tenn.: Here is my two cents about putting Ronald Reagan's likeness on the $50 bill.
They can't have it both ways and skip over the two George Bushes to Ronald Reagan. So until if they won't us to forget or get over the past decade, then we need to also forget about the 1980s too, right?
I've thought that it's pretty telling how the Republican Party would rather publicly defend the wackiness and racial hatred shown with "Tea Parties" then defend the Bush 43 administration.
Ed O'Keefe: Hmm, I don't quite follow your logic, but this gives me a good excuse to point people in the direction of my blog post from last week about polling that finds most Americans do not support putting Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill.
Washington, DC: Charlie Crist announced to his cabinet that he would let everyone know his decision on Thursday. Any doubt that he is going Independent?
Ed O'Keefe: Allow me to cite from the work of my esteemed colleague, Dan Balz, who wrote about Crist on Sunday:
"Many Republicans believe that Crist has made up his mind to run as an independent. Old friends and advisers, many of whom think Crist would be making a fatal mistake by going the independent route, have been shut out by a politician who likes to hear what he wants to hear. A Crist friend says be careful to leap to conclusions before the governor announces his intentions."
When in doubt, believe what Dan writes.
McLean, Va.: Ed, My understanding of the new Arizona immigration law is that law enforcement is allowed to demand proof of citizenship if they have "reasonable suspicion" that someone is in the country illegally. My question is: is there any sort of way that a LEO could determine "reasonable suspicion" of being in the country illegally that passes Constitutional muster? I literally can't think of anything.
Ed O'Keefe: And that's the tricky thing about this law. Remember: It's still a few weeks away from taking effect. You better believe there will be some kind of court case filed between now and then that could tie it up and maybe eventually rule it unconstitutional. We'll see.
Columnist Richard Cohen has an ironic twist on what the Arizona law might mean for some non-Hispanics.
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