By FITSNews || U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham broke ranks with his Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, becoming the lone GOP member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.
By a vote of 13-6, Kagan’s nomination cleared the committee and will now head to the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Obama nominated Kagan – his Solicitor General – to fill the post of retiring liberal Justice John Paul Stevens back in May. The former dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan has never served as a judge – and is hoping to become the first person in four decades to be confirmed with no judicial experience.
As we said at the time of Kagan’s nomination, we see very little in confirmation debates to get overly-exercised about. Obama is merely replacing one liberal on the court with another (as is his constitutional prerogative). That’s one reason why we’ve wasted precisely zero energy on Kagan-related stories over the last two months.
Like Sotomayor before her, Kagan is a foregone conclusion. Which means there are bigger battles to fight …
Of course, that doesn’t mean that true conservative Senators (or even moderate ones) should vote for her nomination – particularly given the hyper-partisan climate that our post-racial President has created in Washington, D.C. over the last eighteen months. Nor does it mean that Palmetto state voters should give Graham a pass for (once again) voting in a manner entirely inconsistent with their beliefs.
Already in hot water among South Carolina Republicans (and independents) for his support of higher energy taxes and amnesty for illegal aliens, Graham was one of nine Republicans to support Obama’s first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.
“He’s a thinking person’s conservative,” Graham’s political advisor, Richard Quinn, told Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post.
Quinn also dismissed the idea that Graham is in trouble with GOP primary voters over his increasingly leftward bent.
“I expect him to do well among voters with IQ’s in triple digits.”
Ouch. So that means anybody who opposes Grahamon the issues is a low-grade moron?
Hmmmm … so that’s why his advisors thought they could so easily get away with pulling the wool over our eyes.
Anyway, aside from the ridiculousness of someone referring to Graham as a “conservative” in any sense of the word, as we’ve said on many occasions in the past we disagree vehemently with his governing philosophy.
Frankly, we’ve never bought into the whole notion that “reaching across the aisle” to “get things done” was a good thing. Washington needs to “do” less, people. And “reaching across the aisle” is almost always code language for selling out the taxpayers – which Washington politicians are doing these days with reckless abandon.
And Graham is no different from any of them – having out-earmarked U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn a year ago, for crying out loud.
Anyway, “finding consensus” may sound good on the nightly newscasts, but its underlying cost continues to wreak havoc on millions of American families.
Stay tuned for a report on the growing list of possible challengers to Graham in 2014 …
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