Thursday's secondary editorial praises Sen. Lindsey Graham's independence and thought leadership in endorsing Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham cast the lone "yes" vote among the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to endorse Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Graham played a pivotal role in her confirmation hearings, asking pointed questions that drew his and her widely divergent positions on the issues into focus. Naturally, he drew the ire of a knee-jerk chorus on the left, who apparently saw "Republican" and "South Carolina" and immediately began harping about white men's fears of losing their grip on the Supreme Court (stereotyping, anyone?).
Now, with his "yes" vote, Graham will bear the indignation of the far right, who are already vowing to oust him in 2014. Amid similar far-right outrage over Graham's attempt at bipartisan immigration reform, a longtime S.C. Republican Party official challenged him last year, but Graham trounced him with two-thirds of the vote, campaigning as a "mainstream conservative leader."
"Mainstream" was also Graham's word for Sotomayor's performance as a judge, and we believe he is right - on both applications of the word.