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Lindsey Graham’s Sanction

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You might have to take our word for it, but there are Republicans that support immigration reform, environmental stewardship, and the solvency of our financial institutions. If you had to pick a county in South Carolina where you might find these people, you’d probably pick Charleston. And you’d be wrong. Yes, voters in the county supported Democrat Linda Ketner in 2008. Yes, nonprofits like the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center have thrived here. Yet, the Charleston County Republican Party was one of the first to sanction Sen. Lindsey Graham for his efforts to include oil exploration and nuclear power in Democratic energy reforms and for calling out bigots who opposed comprehensive immigration legislation (you know, something more than walls and buses running south of the border). The sanction said much less about Graham’s politics than it did about the fate of a Republican Party that has left little room for moderates.


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