"Moderate" GOP senator Lindsey Graham on the lame duck session:


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a "capitulation ... of dramatic proportions" to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress. 

Graham said Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for allowing ratification of the New START Treaty and other legislation in the period before new lawmakers are sworn in in January. 

"When it's all going to be said and done, Harry Reid has eaten our lunch," Graham said on Fox News radio. "This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new Congress...."

Graham blamed outgoing Republican senators in particular. "They have used the power of the Senate against the minority, and we have, quite frankly, a handful of us have been letting them do it. And a lot of the people who are doing this got beat. And that's what makes me so upset," he said. "It makes me disappointed that, with a new group of Republicans coming in, we could get a better deal on almost everything."

I don't know how hard you can be on Graham. He's reflecting his base. By the same token, I don't know how much loyalty you should expect out of guy like Bob Bennett who was primaried in Utah, or Scott Brown who's going to have to run again in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal.

Either you want to be a national party, or you don't.

H/T TPM.

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