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    Lindsey Graham’s “breakthrough” immigration victory math — 2/3 of Republicans vote against

    Lindsey Graham’s “breakthrough” immigration victory math — 2/3 of Republicans vote against

    This is a follow up to my post After passing immigration amnesty, Republicans should go on an overseas apology tour.

    There’s one sentence in Lindsey Graham’s prediction of a “breakthrough” passage of the Gang of 8 bill which is particularly troubling:

    “I think we are going to get plus 70 votes,” he said. “I’ve never been more  optimistic about it.”

    Think about that.

    There are 54 Senators who vote Democratic (including two nominal “independents”) and will vote for the bill.

    So the “breakthrough” passage requires just 16 Republicans — just over 1/3 of the Republicans in the Senate.

    Put another way, Lindsey Graham will declare a breakthrough victory if almost 2/3 of Republican Senators vote against the legislation.

    I don’t know how many more of these breakthrough victories we can take.

    Update 6-18-2013:  While Rubio is the face of the Gang of 8, maybe Graham is the driver:

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, is a jovial sort, but he was scowling like a man who’d just discovered that he might have boarded the wrong bus.

    “How do we put together a bill and then the guy who put it together says that he may not vote for it?” Graham asked me. “I just don’t get what we’re doing here.”

    His specific complaint: that GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a fellow member of the Senate “gang of eight” who had spent months drafting a bipartisan immigration reform bill, seemed to be backing away from the legislation.


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    brucet45410 | June 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    For having been a lawyer, and a military lawyer specifically, Lindsey Graham sure has a weird take on the idea that people need to follow the law.

    Bitterlyclinging | June 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    If Lindsay Graham is the driver, who’s got the stop sticks?

    Trey Gowdy for Graham’s Senate seat next time.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Bitterlyclinging. | June 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I’m a fan of those ID Channel crime procedural shows (Unusual Suspects, etc.), and distinctly remember a couple murder cases out of SC where Trey Gowdy was the local prosecutor, before he ran for congress. They held interviews with him on how the case progressed and showed some video of him in the courtroom doing his thing. I remember thinking, “that guy ought to run for office – I’d vote for him.” I keep waiting for some cable news host to tease him about his former days as a Hollywood star.

    If there was ever a person deserving of comparison to excrement, this is the guy.

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