Lindsey Graham and the Politics of Climate and Immigration

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Ezra Klein has an interview with Sen. Lindsey Graham that explores Graham’s opposition to moving on immigration legislation before tackling a climate bill. As the piece’s title quote suggests, to an extent Graham comes off like a parent trying not to offend either of his difficult children. But it’s a fairly candid Q & A, and one worth reading:

I’m playing pretty delicate politics here. I’m trying to let the business community and the Hispanic community know that I’m in. I ain’t going away. But while we’re trying to do this very hard thing that’s energy and climate, I can’t go down that road. I can’t be pressured down that road. If you go, I can’t go with you. Some supporters of immigration reform think I’ve abandoned them. But they’re not listening. This is just too far for me and for the issue this year.