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Lindsey Graham Tying SCOTUS to Climate Change Bill

And pundits wonder why ordinary voters hate D.C.:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has a warning for President Obama — pick your next Supreme Court nominee wisely, or else you might not get a climate-change bill this year.

Graham was asked yesterday whether the high court confirmation process would harm the effort to pass a climate bill this year. His answer: If Obama “picks somebody that is going to be controversial, yeah; if he picks somebody that is genuinely believed to be acceptable to a wide range of people, no.” Sounds almost threatening.

I have to feel for Graham. He is uncomfortably in the middle of both the effort to pass a compromise climate and energy bill in the Senate and the brewing battle over Obama’s next high court nominee, since he voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor in the Judiciary Committee last year. And I don’t think he was trying to threaten the president with his comments.

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