The following is an Atlantic interview with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. A key Republican dealmaker--and close friend of John McCain's--Graham says it "takes two to tango" on bipartisanship and
- Attacks President Obama's critique of the Supreme Court, his stimulus plan, and his handling of health care.
- Argues that immigration reform should happen, and shouldn't mean amnesty "like Ronald Reagan did."
- Says Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are "in a good position" for 2012, but Sarah Palin has "a big following."
- Believes South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's "stray animals" comment was "inappropriate and wrong."
BRIAN GOLDSMITH: Wednesday night, the president spoke again about changing the tone of politics, about reaching out to the other side. You said you know bipartisanship when you see it. Why haven't we seen it here?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, first, there's the health care bill that was never designed to create bipartisanship. They had a goal of expanding government's role in health care, and they were not going to abandon that goal. Quite frankly, what they did was partisan in terms of tone and substance.
The president's call for bipartisanship--I agree with him. But it takes two to tango. I've tried to work with this administration on energy and climate change legislation that truly would be bipartisan, and I appreciate that part of his speech. But the one thing that makes it difficult, some of these public addresses are more confrontational than I think they should be.