The Republican Party of Charleston, South Carolina has voted to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for working with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on cap-and-trade emissions legislation. This is getting a fair amount of play, as the whole notion of purging moderates and bipartisan sympathizers from the GOP is a big deal these days.
But it's a whole range of positions that the Charleston GOP hits Graham for taking: support for TARP and John McCain's comprehensive immigration bill (which failed in the Senate last year, though Graham gave an impassioned speech on its behalf, telling his colleagues, "we're not gonna get it any better than this!") are both thrown in as well.
In fact, Graham "in the name of bipartisanship -- continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism," the Charleston GOP resolution says, also voicing skepticism of global warming science.
Graham is a political pragmatist. He's not a moderate in the mold of Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME)--he's more conservative than they are--but he seems to enjoy bucking the pressure to conform to conservative norms, sort of in the vein of his close friend, John McCain. He freely takes jabs at anti-Obama protesters and some of the purity-driven facets of the conservative movement.