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Thursday, June 21, 2007

It Is Working; Three More For The No-Cloture Caucus

Yesterday, I broke down the numbers as of right now on those we believe may join, or are already announcing their opposition to the new immigration bill. There is a bit of speculation regarding the Democrats, but those in the GOP side seem to be falling right into line.

Gordon Smith, Lamar Alexander, and Pat Roberts have announced they will not vote for cloture on the new bill. They recognize the faults within it, and will not play the "jam-down" game again.

Meanwhile, one of John McCain's closest allies is watching his approval ratings in his own state get flushed:

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) approval rating is taking a pounding in his home state as a result of his strong support for a bipartisan immigration reform bill, a new poll showed Friday.

Graham’s approval rating has sunk to 31 percent and he has a 40 percent disapproval rating, according to a poll released Friday by Atlanta-based InsiderAdvantage. The new poll points to Graham’s support for the Senate immigration bill, which includes a path to citizenship, as a likely reason for his apparent unpopularity.

His disapproval among Republicans is higher — 46 percent — than among Democrats — 30 percent. Both give him an approval rating in the low 30s.

Only 21 percent of respondents approved of the immigration bill, while 63 percent disapproved. When asked whether they approved of Graham’s “efforts to reach a consensus among his colleagues” to pass the bill, 24 percent approved and 51 percent disapproved, including 57 percent of Republicans.

Look on the bright side. He rates higher than Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. But if he hits their levels will he have a sudden revelation that the immigration bill is bad, and vote against cloture to save his own political skin? Let us hope he does, and let us hope that it matters not, and the people of South Carolina will finally wake up and realize that he is not good for the state.



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