Graham pulls support for the tri-partisan climate bill because Reid puts immigration reform in front:
Graham (R-SC) charged that Obama and Senate leaders have signaled immigration is their priority. Graham said that “has destroyed my confidence that there will be a serious commitment and focus to move energy legislation this year.”
“All of the key players, particularly the Senate leadership, have to want this debate as much as we do. This is clearly not the case,” Graham wrote in in the letter, obtained by TPMDC and included below.
Immigration is taking precedence right now because of a.) the Arizona law, and b.) Obama, Reid et al (correctly) perceive that overall it's a political winner for Dems, potentially blunting the impact of what could be an ugly November. Graham knows this, and considering how much he's stuck out his neck being identified with the bill, I'm not surprised he's drawn the line.
This is a bad development for climate change …. and for the world. There is nothing more important than addressing climate change: With all respect, not immigration, not health care … frankly not even the economy. I know it's against the political CW to say so, but it happens to be true.
I'm hoping that the Senate can indeed handle both issues this year. I'm not all that confident.