The Los Angeles Times poured editorial praise on S.C. Senator Lindsay Graham for breaking partisan ranks and supporting Judge Sonya Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. Here is part of what the Times wrote. See the full editorial here. Now wait for the firestorm of Republican fury to begin.

It was a profile in statesmanship, if not courage. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was the only Republican on the Judiciary Committee to vote yes on the Supreme Court nomination of the irrefutably well-qualified Sonia Sotomayor. That Graham was the only member of his party to reject the tit-for-tat pettiness that has marked recent judicial confirmations shames his colleagues on the panel and provides a model for Republicans in the Senate as a whole….

It would have been refreshing if the dissenters had owned up to believing — as some senators of both parties do — that the Supreme Court is just another political body and that the only consideration in confirmation is whether the nominee will hew to an ideological line. But the Republicans don’t even get points for intellectual honesty. When President George W. Bush’s nominees were before the Senate, they whined about the refusal of Democrats to focus on the sterling credentials of John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Now they are doing just that….

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