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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to the press following his private meeting with United States U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 27, 2012.   REUTERS/Jason Ree
Thank God all of America's real problems have already been solved, or Sen. Lindsey Graham's constant attempts to suck up to every last individual sub-constituency of the Republican Party would begin to seem craven and creepy.
The South Carolina Republican is organizing a group of his colleagues to speak in support of a bill that would federally ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy, legislation that has the support of 41 Senate Republicans and has already passed the House. Graham is centering this legislative push on the May 13 anniversary of Kermit Gosnell’s conviction for killing infants that were born alive.

The GOP members plan to ask Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow side-by-side votes on the Graham bill and legislation written by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would prohibit states from enacting legislation that places extra requirements on abortion providers.

Whatever could be motivating this new push for something that has not a prayer of passing the Senate? It is a mystery.
Graham introduced his abortion legislation in November and after a recent lull, the South Carolina Republican is ramping up activity alongside the Gosnell anniversary and — perhaps coincidentally — his own Senate primary in June, where he is trying to avoid a run-off by accruing 50 percent of the vote.
A mystery.

Originally posted to Hunter on Fri May 09, 2014 at 11:26 AM PDT.

Also republished by This Week in the War on Women and Daily Kos.

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