Is S.C.'s Lindsey Graham the new dealmaker? The new John McCain?

An interesting (and lengthy) piece of analysis from The Hill that the Upstate U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is rapidly becoming the new John McCain of Washington politics.

A taste: 

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime friend and ally of Sen. John McCain, is now going a step further, Democrats say, and actually becoming the new McCain. 

Senior members of the majority party say the South Carolina Republican has displaced his Arizona mentor as the dealmaker on two big agenda items of the Obama administration: climate change and immigration.  

Go read the whole thing.

Even if conservative South Carolina is often balking at any cross-party collaboration, if Graham can secure McCain's role, South Carolina will have a lot more pull in national politics. 

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