Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)--who has been working with Democrats to draft a bipartisan climate and energy bill--says the prospects for passing any more major legislation may be lost now that the Dems have all but finished up health care. One problem, he says, is that Democrats may not have the appetite after health care to commit to addressing other tough issues. But beyond that, he says, members of the GOP might just pick up their toys and go home.
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"This makes it harder because quite frankly people are gonna be risk averse," Graham said in response to a question from TPMDC, moments after the Senate's final health care vote. "Democrats have taking a beating passing this bill, and I think when they go home for Easter they're gonna get some pretty strong blowback, and when you approach another tough issue like energy and climate, there's going to be risk aversion on their side and our people are pretty upset."
I asked him to elaborate on the Republican side of that equation. "The consequences of doing something this big in such a partisan, sleazy way--those consequences are real," Graham said.