The thing is this: in order for any of that to even get off the ground, the GOP has to at least accept the basic premise of the deal. And it doesn’t. Greg Sargent calls around to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Keep America Safe. Surprise: they’re GTMO hardliners. They do not care what Graham promises the White House. Graham can’t deliver GOP votes. Nor can he deliver any political cover for Democrats. Republicans will oppose whatever Democrats do, especially on national security. Such is politics. This is the world we live in.
So now that Graham’s battleship is sunk, the question becomes whether the White House will cave on a principle and a political position it’s staked out — in exchange for absolutely nothing. Put differently: What world does Rahm Emanuel live in?