Sen. Lindsey Graham, just elected for another six years, brushes aside the foaming-at-the-mouth crazies in the GOP as he clings for dear life to what’s left of this two-day honeymoon.

Here’s his statement in support (yes, you read that right) of Rahm Emanuel. Consider this the latest evidence that Graham and his buddies, McCain and Lieberman, were centrists all along and had been thrust into some sort of corrupting partisan black hole during the campaign process. Are we sure he’s from the Upstate?

Then again, the anti-Graham folks out there can just take this as a long-winded cover letter for Graham’s cabinet application.

“This is a wise choice by President-elect Obama.

“Rahm knows Capitol Hill and has great political skills.  He can be a tough partisan but also understands the need to work together.  He is well-suited for the position of White House Chief of Staff.

“I worked closely with him during the presidential debate negotiations which were completed in record time.  When we hit a rough spot, he always looked for a path forward.  I consider Rahm to be a friend and colleague.  He’s tough but fair.  Honest, direct, and candid.  These qualities will serve President-elect Obama well.

“Rahm understands the challenges facing our nation and will, consistent with the agenda set by President-elect Obama, work to find common ground where it exists.  I look forward to working with him in his new position and will continue to do everything I can to help find a pathway forward on the difficult problems facing our nation.”

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