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Why The GOP Remains A Minority

About a week ago, amidst all the hoopla about the health care bill and then missed when the atrocity of Ft. Hood occurred, was this:

Even as a Senate global-warming bill remained in limbo with Democrats refusing to delay a committee vote until an economic analysis was completed, hopes rose for a potential bipartisan compromise.

The Senate, meanwhile, appears to be moving away from the bill, authored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., which would require a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 and would have the government sell the right to emit carbon dioxide.

Even as Boxer conducted an unusual one-sided hearing on her bill in the Environment and Public Works Committee, Kerry, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., held a news conference to announce they are working on a compromise that might attract GOP votes and has earned a tentative endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

So, here we have a Republican, sort of, lending a hand to the Democrats and buying into the premise that a) this cap-and-trade economy killer of a tax is valid and b) needed. He just wants to modify it a bit:

Kerry, Lieberman and Graham released few details about the new bill, but said it would include a cap and trade proposal. They said it would also address increasing nuclear energy, more drilling and clean coal technology, all initiatives that are high on the wish list of Republicans willing to work on a climate change compromise.

Of course this is the sort of legislative formula which is killing our country. This is exactly how the lousy legislation gets through the system. Republicans like Graham buy into the premise of cap-and-trade, try to get it reduced just a little bit to make it more palatable, and then  attempts to sell it by including things that Republicans want – more drilling, nukes and clean coal.

The problem, of course, is with Democrats in charge, you can count on cap-and-trade being implemented, but for some reason, you can bet that more drilling, nuclear power and clean coal just won’t see the same urgency to implement found among majority Democrats. So in essence, what Graham is proposing is tantamount to selling out the GOP’s principled position for the 30 pieces of silver offered in promises for things Republicans want.

You’d think by now, having watched the Democratic shenanigans with drilling (are we doing so yet or are they still “slow-walking” the process) they’d know better.

The Graham capitulation has been noticed by his home state party.

The Charleston County Republican Party’s executive committee took the unusual step Monday night of censuring U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for stepping across the GOP party line.

County Chairwoman Lin Bennett said the unanimous vote “is an effort to get his attention. They (party leaders) are just fed up, and they want him to know they’re fed up.”

The resolution mentions Graham’s cooperation with U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., on a bipartisan energy bill, and his support for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program and the time he called some opponents of immigration reform “bigots.”

Sure it’s only one county doing so, but it is an unusual step. And frankly, I think it is a long overdue one. Graham’s actions, as far as I’m concerned, are one of the main reasons the GOP is in the shape it is in. There is a time to work in a bi-partisan manner and there is a time to stand on principle. The GOP supposedly believes we’re over taxed, a position I happen to support as well. So why is a member of that party stepping across party lines and lending support to what everyone, even Democrats, acknowledge is a new huge and burdensome tax?

Why should anyone ever believe Lindsey Graham again when he says he’s against new taxes when he’s involved with Democrats proposing one? Why should anyone ever believe Lindsey Graham when he says he’s against excessive spending when he voted for TARP?

The answers to those two questions tell you precisely why even the GOP’s base doesn’t trust Republican legislators and why their collective poll numbers remain dismal. Calling Graham to account for his position is both healthy and necessary if, in fact, the GOP is serious about its principles. And, if the Tea Parties are any indication, it is clear the base is. And apparently the GOP’s grass-roots are willing to stand up as well as indicated by this county organization’s censure of Graham.

I wonder if Graham will get the message or arrogantly dismiss it as he’s been known to do in the past? The reason the GOP is in the minority right now isn’t because it is a conservative organization that appeals only to old white men in the South. It’s a minority organization because its own base doesn’t trust it to live up to its own principles. How do you generate the enthusiasm necessary to turn out the vote if what the base is left to vote for is a version of Lindsey Graham’s Democrat lite?

~McQ

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7 Responses to Why The GOP Remains A Minority

  • Graham must be insane.  What good would it be to put language in the bill promoting traditional energy sources, if the primary thrust of the bill is to tax those energy sources into oblivion?  Awesome, dude– let’s invest more money in technologies that we’re going to try to cripple through “rationing by taxation.”  Maybe we can re-invest the money from carbon taxes back into more drilling and nuke plants so that we’ll have more energy sources to tax!  We’ll be rich, right?

  • TonusGraham must be insane.

    No.  Graham has fallen into the same trap as John McCain, Chuck Hagel, and a few other prominent RINO’s: he has been in DC for a long, long time, hob-nobs with the dems in the Senate and considers them to be good friends who would NEVER knife him in the back, and loves to be invited to all the Sunday morning news shows to bloviate and have his ego stroked.  Further, trapped in the DC bubble, he essentially only hears one side of the story, i.e. what the dems and MiniTru (BIRM) want him to hear.  So, it’s no wonder that he believes this garbage.

    I hope that the So. Carolina GOP throws him out on his ear.  I’ve been tired of looking at and listening to him for years.

  • Honestly, what is wrong with Graham?
    Here’s a fun little video giving Sen. Kerry a ribbing because of his problem sticking to the facts on climate change. Sen. Graham puts in an appearance at the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7xWjVTticY

  • Lindsey Graham is running a lot of radio ads in SC about “energy independence”, and opposing the “greedy oil companies”. What a jerk.

  • Devil”s Advocate hat on:
    GOP still needs to formulate alternative policies or risk being the Party of No.
    Graham and Lieberman does not = Dem approval.
    ‘Hat off’
    Its much better to be harder line in opposition, especially in the early years of Obama. Bring out these proposals later, like when you are back in power in one of the houses, etc.
    Oh, and please, drop cap and trade, make it a carbon consumption tax, not a production tax so it applies to imports, and make it revenue neutral by lowering payroll taxes. (if I could trust them to do that.)
     

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