Saturday, April 24, 2010

One Republican from South Carolina is right...

...and he's correct.

This from The New York Times:

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) threatened to abandon his effort to push a climate energy bill Saturday, arguing that Democrats' efforts to pass immigration legislation has undermined his faith in the process.

Graham, along with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), planned to unveil their climate proposal Monday.

Why do I think Graham is correct? It has nothing to do with me thinking that immigration is perfect and therefore needs no attention. The question needs to be carefully discussed, and the onerous new law that was signed into law in Arizona has led to immediate questions about its legality, not to mention its practicality. And speaking of legal minds, the American Immigration Lawyers Association has canceled its plans to hold its annual convention later this year in Arizona.

Nevertheless, the White House, in my opinion, is attempting to rush through a program fearing that no program -- or perhaps a tougher one -- will move forward if the GOP makes significant gains in the 2010 midterm elections. I'll set aside the potential that pushing for immigration now is being done in an effort to have a wedge issue in the midterm elections; certainly politics would not be a factor here.

Moreover, this White House has made climate change a bigger priority than immigration reform. (Unfortunately, it appears the Senate sees it the other way -- immigration is more important in its members' minds than the climate.) Right now, it has 1 (and that's it) Republican working with it in an effort to get some semblance of bipartisanship in climate change. That's about to go by the boards.

I cannot see any Republican -- especially one with the credentials Graham has (and like him or not, let's admit he is one of his party's heavy hitters) -- committing himself or herself to working with the Democrats.

So, as I see it, we have a bad law in Arizona and misplaced priorities in Washington. That's not a good combination.

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