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The Shame of Lindsey Graham



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In today’s Wall Street Journal (subscribers only), the editors quite properly blame the failure of William J. Haynes II to take a seat on the Fourth Circuit bench on Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who joined Democrats in blocking Haynes’ nomination when Judiciary chairman Arlen Specter was willing to move it to the floor. The editors conclude this way:

Mr. Haynes has many supporters in the Palmetto State, where he has ancestral ties that go back before the Revolution. Mr. Graham’s treatment of a favorite son is a disgraceful episode, and one that South Carolina Republicans will want to consider if the Senator faces a primary challenge in 2008.

Hmm. Perhaps Mr. Haynes would consider returning to South Carolina and running against Mr. Graham himself.



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