"Prospects for the Senate climate bill grew even dimmer yesterday after the trio working on a comprehensive measure emerged from a closed-door meeting headed in separate directions -- both literally and figuratively.
Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made no joint statements following a 45-minute meeting in the Capitol, their first chance to huddle in person since Graham threatened over the weekend to abandon the talks because of the Democratic leadership's decision to also tackle the hot-button issue of immigration.
Instead, each senator went his own way.
Graham insisted that he wants to work on the climate and energy bill but doubts it has any chance of success this year so long as Majority Leader Harry Reid continues forward with an immigration overhaul that is linked closely to the Nevada Democrat's own re-election prospects."