In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Back in September, Graham told Fox News he wanted to see a three-year extension on the tax cuts for all Americans. Obama is now offering a two-year extension of the tax cuts, in exchange for an extension of unemployment benefits, among other things. Graham isn't satisfied.
"I think he's adrift," Graham said. "His instincts, I think, are to be more centrist, since that's the political future for him. But he doesn't feel comfortable taking on his own party. And he sure doesn't know how to cut a deal and sell it. This goes back to experience. He's never done this stuff before. I hope the message is, before you elect someone president of the United States, the more experience they have in the real world, the better. He's never sat down with a group of Republicans and Democrats -- hard-headed right and hard-headed left -- and hammered out a deal."
And just for good measure, Graham closes by calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's handling of the lame duck session "small minded" and "tone deaf."
Read the full interview here.