April 28th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

Why Democrats shouldn't toy with Lindsey Graham

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/12/art.graham.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Lindsey Graham recalls the old John McCain, according to Gloria Borger."]

Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Sen. Lindsey Graham is the new John McCain. Scratch that. Actually, he's the old John McCain.

That is, he's an independent Republican, often a lonely soul as he works with Democrats to get some deals on intractable issues such as climate change, immigration reform and the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

McCain used to be right there with the South Carolina Republican. Only now he's too busy (and electorally challenged) fending off a right-wing primary assault in Arizona. Seems that the 'maverick' moniker doesn't work as well when it means crossing the aisle to work with those big-government Democrats. So McCain's old Senate role became Lindsey Graham's new Senate role.

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