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    Graham's always been seen in his party as a moderate; and, frankly, he's always thought of himself that way, too.

    In the bad old days of total GOP control under Dubya, the Congressional leadership was so heavy-handed about doing things without any pesky Democrats around that they wouldn't even bother to inform Democrats of committee meeting schedules or legislative calendars or anything like that. After business hours, when most folks had gone home, Graham would sneak around the Capitol corridors until he got to Minority Leader Tom Daschle's office, where he would shoot the breeze with the Senator and his staffers and fill them in on the latest mystery meeting schedule changes. When he would leave, he would swoop out dramatically, proclaiming himself "Republican by day... Democrat by night!"

    Frankly, if the GOP leadership had decided to be even the least bit cooperative after 2006, and hadn't threatened bloody terror and primary opposition on any of their members who stepped out of line, Graham could have made one hell of an important bridge between the two parties. As one of the few Republicans in Congress who even liked Democrats, he could have been a virtual kingmaker in legislative negotiations, if only the GOP leadership had allowed any real negotiations.

    Which is probably why he's still staring down the barrel of a future GOP Primary challenge.

    "I play a street-wise pimp" — Al Gore

    by Ray Radlein on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:47:18 AM PST

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