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  Graham's Palmetto Problem?
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Last EditedRP  Sep 11, 2006 06:56pm
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News DateTuesday, September 12, 2006 12:55:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThose who depart from party orthodoxy don't have it easy these days. Just ask Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-MI), who lost their primaries to more partisan contenders in August, or Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), who narrowly held on to his seat two years ago. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) may be the next to go, as he faces more conservative Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey (R) on Tuesday. The trend may not stop in 2008, and the number one target on conservatives' lists is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

One veteran GOP operative who opposes Graham said that Graham has irritated the state's conservatives by joining the Gang of 14, voting to raise certain taxes and siding with those in the Senate working on comprehensive immigration reform, rather than taking an enforcement-only approach. Graham has managed to further frustrate conservatives, the operative went on, by working with prominent Democrats in his own legislative efforts -- including Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY).
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