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The plot to oust Lindsey Graham
Washington Post ^ | 5/7/13 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 05/08/2013 7:16:34 AM PDT by cotton1706

If you’re a South Carolina Republican who doesn’t like Sen. Lindsey Graham, you’ve got a problem. Graham is popular. Really popular. His approval rating among the state’s Republicans hovers in the 60-70 percent range. Those aren’t the kinds of numbers that typically foretell successful primary challenges.

But as The National Review’s Betsy Woodruff reports, “the people that don’t like him really, really, really don’t like him. There are typically a lot of those people at the state convention.” And those people came up with a great idea: What if the South Carolina Republican Party chose its nominees at the state convention rather than in primary elections?

What makes this such a great idea is that it can be implemented by the hardcore Republican Party activists who attend the state convention with no input from the broader pool of South Carolina Republicans who vote in the primary election. And, in advance of Saturday’s South Carolina Republican Convention, a small band of Graham-haters tried to do just that.

There are two ways to view the conservatives who tried to change the rules to oust Graham. One school of thought holds that they’re what makes the Republican Party such a disciplined, fearsome force in contemporary American politics. “The most brilliant and effective tactical innovation of the American right is the use of the primary,” writes MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. (By the way, are you watching Hayes’s new 8 p.m. show on MSNBC? You should be. It’s excellent.)

But it’s also led to Republicans being out of power more — and facing larger Democratic majorities — than they would have been otherwise. And that gets to the second way of seeing the GOP’s reliance on primaries: It’s been a tactical success, but a strategic disaster.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: grahamnesty; primarygrahamnesty; primarytherinos; rinosbegone

1 posted on 05/08/2013 7:16:34 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
The plot to oust Lindsey Graham . . . is LONG overdue.
2 posted on 05/08/2013 7:20:17 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


3 posted on 05/08/2013 7:22:59 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: cotton1706
"One school of thought holds that they’re what makes the Republican Party such a disciplined, fearsome force in contemporary American politics."

Ezra, do you do a Sunday matinee? You're killing me here.

Really.

4 posted on 05/08/2013 7:23:36 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: cotton1706
Washington Post - concern trolls.

/johnny

5 posted on 05/08/2013 7:23:56 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706
By the way, are you watching Hayes’s new 8 p.m. show on MSNBC? You should be. It’s excellent.

Sounds like ol' Ezra is sucking up, angling for a fill-in gig for when Hayes is on vacation.

6 posted on 05/08/2013 7:24:38 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: cotton1706

Ezra Klein again, huh? Pffft...


7 posted on 05/08/2013 7:26:03 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: 0.E.O

Hayes is just another fast talking pseudo intellectual dumbass...perfect for Ezra Klein and MSNBC.


8 posted on 05/08/2013 7:26:05 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Maceman
The plot to oust Lindsey Graham . . . is LONG overdue.

As long as he's useful to the democrats, he will never be "outed".

9 posted on 05/08/2013 7:28:27 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: cotton1706

It’s way past time that SC wakes up and ends the ridiculous practice of an open primary where Democrats can pick the Republican candidates. Who in the world thinks that’s sensible....except for the Washington Post, of course.


10 posted on 05/08/2013 7:32:01 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: cotton1706

Ohhhh Scarry boys and girls. Count Floyd has a really scarry one for you to night. The 3D House of Plots to Dump Graham.

AOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! ha ha hah.


11 posted on 05/08/2013 7:35:26 AM PDT by DManA
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To: cotton1706

Pimping for MSNBC???? LOL, that tells you all you need to know.


12 posted on 05/08/2013 7:35:27 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: cotton1706

If conservative darlings hadn’t beaten more electable Republicans in the 2010 and 2012 primaries, Democrats would almost certainly have lost the Senate in 2010, and they wouldn’t have increased their majority in 2012. And if the Republican primaries hadn’t forced Mitt Romney so far to the right, he would have stood a better chance in the general election.

In other words ...if the conservatives would just keep sending liberals to Washington they would be just peachy keen. Don't forget Arlen Spectre singlehandedly defeated Robert Bork!!! Ridding the party of liberals is a good thing....there will be negative aspects but the results will pay off in the long run!!! And by the way if rino Romney had got the same percent of conservative vote as even rino McCain he would be in the Whitehouse now.

13 posted on 05/08/2013 7:38:19 AM PDT by ontap
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To: neverdem; narses; SunkenCiv; Nachum; Colonel_Flagg
And this is considered “journalism” by today's Washington Post editors and writers and readers? Its so far wrong its not even fiction.

There are two ways to view the conservatives who tried to change the rules to oust Graham. One school of thought holds that they’re what makes the Republican Party such a disciplined, fearsome force in contemporary American politics. “The most brilliant and effective tactical innovation of the American right is the use of the primary,” writes MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. (By the way, are you watching Hayes’s new 8 p.m. show on MSNBC? You should be. It’s excellent.)

Never mind the not-too-subtle promotion of their dead/dying news competitors on TV!

14 posted on 05/08/2013 7:39:41 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Bump. If there were a +1 feature here, you’d get it.


15 posted on 05/08/2013 7:45:29 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Maceman

“The plot to oust Lindsey Graham . . . is LONG overdue.”

Amen to that!


16 posted on 05/08/2013 7:47:22 AM PDT by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: FReepers

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17 posted on 05/08/2013 7:53:00 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“Plot” suggests something surreptitious. Those who want to get rid of Grahmesty are very open about the fact.


18 posted on 05/08/2013 7:57:49 AM PDT by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: ontap

“And if the Republican primaries hadn’t forced Mitt Romney so far to the right, he would have stood a better chance in the general election.”

Klein is so delusional. Moderation does not increase votes, it depletes them. Ford, Bush Sr., Dole, McCain were as moderate as could be and all lost. And Bush Jr. barely squeaked by in ‘00 and ‘04.

And what is the missing elephant in the room so to speak?? The three landslide elections of the 80’s, Reagan’s 44 state win in 1980, his 49 state win in 1984 and Bush’s 40 state win in 1988 (essentially, Reagan’s third term). But Ezra Klein and the republican establishment that push such men as Dole and the Bushes and McCain and Romney don’t want to talk about conservative victories. They look only to Goldwater’s defeat and Nixon’s strategy to run to the right in the primaries, then back to the center/left in the general. Reagan paid absolutely no attention to that and won big!

As to the senate in 2012, exactly which were the seats the republicans lost?? Maine and Massachusetts (Indiana and Nebraska were a wash, with the more conservative Deb Fisher essentially replacing the moderate Dick Lugar), two seats held by moderate-liberal republicans. Brown won as a conservative here in MA in 2010 then lost as a moderate in 2012. And Olympia Snowe would have lost her primary if she didn’t retire.

So much for the moderates!!


19 posted on 05/08/2013 7:59:00 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Maceman

Agreed! Come on SC, you can do better!


20 posted on 05/08/2013 8:59:44 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: cotton1706

Down with Goober!
Down with Goober!
Down with Goober!


21 posted on 05/08/2013 9:09:21 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: cotton1706

South Carolina FREEPers, please tell me this notion that GrayHam’s popularity is WAY over-stated.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 9:29:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: cotton1706

If 60% of South Carolina Republicans like Graham they are some pathetic excuses for Republicans.


23 posted on 05/08/2013 9:46:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: cotton1706

With his support of the multi-trillion Rubio-Obama Amnesty....his donations from and ties to George Soros....Graham is quite beatable

Which is why you are seeing this Graham fluff piece


24 posted on 05/08/2013 10:26:05 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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