Below is a video of Senator Graham explaining why he is the sole Republican Senator on the Judiciary Committee to support the Kagan nomination to the Supreme Court. If he can make Democratic Senators like Dick Durbin re-think the way he might approach Republican nominees in a future Republican administration, hasn't Lindsey Graham done more for his party, while at the same time doing more for the spirit of bi-partisanship, than the lockstep obstructionism shown by most of the Republican members of Congress?
Meanwhile, the State of West Virginia had to scramble to appoint a replacement for Senator Byrd, just so that the Senate could get the votes needed to overcome a filibuster against extending unemployment benefits. It seems to me that if you want to oppose extending unemployment benefits, fine, an argument can be made for that. But is that a matter of principle that justifies a filibuster? We need more of the spirit of cooperation and respect that are shown here by Senator Graham, because that is the only way that Congress is going to be able to function effectively in the future, regardless of which party is in power or the extent of their majority.