Skip to comments.Facing Primary, Lindsey Graham Now Supports Defunding ObamaCare
Posted on 09/21/2013 11:23:06 AM PDT by cotton1706
On Friday, the House voted for a resolution to keep government open but also defund ObamaCare. Within minutes, Nancy Mace, who is opposing Sen. Lindsey Graham in the GOP primary, issue a press release attacking Graham for his past criticism of the defunding strategy. In just two hours, Graham tweeted that he supported the House's efforts to defund the unpopular health care law. Such is the power of primaries.
As recently as July, Graham said that defunding ObamaCare was "a bridge too far for him." Primary opponents do tend to focus a politician's mind.
Graham faces at least three opponents in next year's primary contest. Normally, multiple challengers give an edge to incumbents, as opposition is split among several challengers. South Carolina, however, uses a run-off system. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the top two voter-getters face off in a run-off. Multiple challengers increase the odds that Graham falls below 50% and has to face a run-off.
Graham is no doubt a nice man and would make a good GOP Senator from a state like Maine. His representing South Carolina, however, is a wasted opportunity for conservatives. An East Coast John McCain does a disservice to the Palmetto State.
Graham's tweet in support of the House action indicates he is aware of the challenge before him. Few incumbents are so disliked by the grass-roots, both in South Carolina and across the country. A run-off election, with a single conservative challenger, would ignite national interest and possibly create a wave that washes over Graham.
His tweet in support of defunding ObamaCare was a good start. He now has to follow that up over the coming weeks.
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Well, I hope we get his vote and then kick him out of office anyway.
It will be my pleasure to help build and support the wave that washes Graham out of office!
It’s always good to see Conservatives stick to their principles....oh wait.... Weak-kneed and limp-wristed RINOs have no principles.
Boehner supported defunding after that. Now Lindsey does. Hopefully, idiot McCain will be left out there all alone.
> “His tweet in support of defunding ObamaCare was a good start. He now has to follow that up over the coming weeks.”
Why is it a good start? It’s just political BS said by a person who will change on a dime once reelected. McCain did the same thing.
Doesn’t matter. This idiot has the scarlet letter tat’ on his forehead.
So senators exercise some responsibility, for perhaps one year, the last year out of six. That is about the limit of the best constituents’ memory.
If senators were appointed by state legislatures, I guarantee each and every one of their votes would be closely scrutinized and duly noted.
Leading from behind, just like his idol.
And how do ya feel about amnesty there Lindsey ya punk RINO turd?
What’s Dewhurst running for? You’d think he’d been humiliated enough! But then, for a while, Anthony Weiner was on his way to being mayor.
Lindsey the sorry SOB.
Running scared now with the Tea party on his ass.
Dump this two faced McCain puppet.
It's already on his butt, where McCain can find it.
Whew! That was close.
There were lots of guys like him who we thought came around during Reagan's administration, and some of them did seem to become more conservative when they learned that it worked so well. However, over time, those types revert back due to the constant pressure of the MSM and their desire to be liked and to be cool. I could see Graham going this route if a Ted Cruz became president with a Republican congress. I could also see him going back to the current Rino mode as soon as he felt the winds changing. Saw that first hand with guys like Danforth and Lugar. Best to get rid of him now, but get him to vote the right way first.
Must be an election year. Gotta throw a bone to the voters back home.
Juan is the lead “tacker”. Linda follows in his wake.
“Must be an election year. Gotta throw a bone to the voters back home.”
You know he hates it that we’re watching his every move.
I wonder if he wants to take Juan’s mantle, or if he will be someone else’s butt boy after Juan is gone.
Kick Pansy Linseed out of office so he can retire to Arizona to be with his other half, Bat-crap Insane McQueeg!
Oh, ok. That’s the office he currently holds right. Texas can do better. And did last year. Thank you Texas!
I’m waiting for Cruz to publicly take Juan to task in person after Juan goes ‘rat again.
He supports defunding Obamacare until after his reelection.
Miss Lindsey prancing to the right again, she must be worried.
I was going to call Lindsey a pussy, but it sounded so unladylike that i went back to scratch it out.
Whew! That was close.
He doesn’t have that quality. He’s more like a hemorrhoid. Useless and annoying.
Exactly. Doing his job for his constituents or the next 14 months and refraining from doing any MORE damage is the least he owes them, but it still wouldn't make him the best candidate for the seat (especially since we all know he'll turn hard to port as soon as the election's over).
I don't thing cotton was saying it was a good start towards earning reelection; I think he was saying it's a good start on insincere-but-the-votes-still-count conservative behavior out of Miss Lindsey till she gets fired in November. The only downside is the fury of the woman scorned between election day and end-of-term. She'll probably anoint Obama emperor for life or something. I still can't understand why we have lame duck sessions in Congress.
“If senators were appointed by state legislatures...”
You mean, like they were supposed to be :(
Throw him out on his az!
EXACTLY. Just like he'd cross-examine an Obama candidate in such a way to appear the tough guy, then shrug and say "elections have consequences" and vote with the Democrats. This is his MO. Over and over.
HEY LINDSEY. Elections have consequences, but primary elections are a purely delicious slice of revenge pie.
I don’t know that this would be such a boon to us, having Senators not elected popularly. There’s a pile of RINOs and used-to-be Democrats in the South Carolina houses, bought and paid for by trial lawyers and Duke Energy just like LG. I think we’re better off electing them directly, especially with the newly energized conservative bloc.
Yep. We made some fundamental mistakes in 1913. THE fundamental mistake was booting the states out of the government. It guaranteed a consolidation of all power, as evidenced by the New Deal, Great Society and the rise of Zero.
Until a senate of the states is restored, our head first dive into tyranny is a certainty.
What is the chance our federal courts would be filled with anti-tenth amendment judges? With senators responsible to the states, is it reasonable to expect senators to reject nominees hostile to the senators’ employers?
Vote him out anyway. As soon as he wins he’ll flip-flop again.
I promise you, the Carolina house and senate would send LG right back to the Senate, and would never have put Jim DeMint or Tim Scott in office. I think things are better as they are.
Primary him, we don’t need gay GOP members in the Senate..
They should really begin to call him “Pee-Wee” Graham.
I voted for Lindsey Graham with the knowledge that he was probably gay. I still wouldn’t mind voting for a gay person if I also believed that he was a conservative. Lindsey Graham went to Washionton and was seduced like so many heterosexuals. I mean, look at Marco Rubio. He turned faster than Graham. It’s an inherently corrupting environment. And I think McCain gets a pass in all this gay stuff about Lindsey...I’m guessing John is half Janie, on a switch current. I despise the way McCain treated his first wife a lot more than any issue with homosexuality.
No. Did you read what I wrote regarding the courts? I mean going back to the founder's system means more power to the states at the expense of the consolidated government in DC.
Even if the SC legislature sent Graham back, his perspective and voting would be entirely different.
It is stupid to have two popularly elected houses in congress. The senate was designed to dam the whims of the mob in the house. Today, because of the 17th, senators are worse than three term congressmen.
Return adult supervision, return the states to the senate. Repeal the 17th.
Don’t bother trying to argue the reality of the membership of a legislatively-elected Senate with Jacquerie. She’s been told repeatedly that it would populated with the same radical leftist Democrats from Democrat states and people like Ted Cruz would never get elected, but lots of statist liberal RINOs would, like Crist in FL (now a Democrat), DewCrist in TX & even Karl Rove as a thank-you to Dubya. No thanks to a moronic idea like repealing the 17th !
OK, this may be the funniest and most delusional thing written by a FReeper this year.
Well, I do have more pressing problems than to worry about a change that took place a hundred years ago--such as the change in income taxes that also took place a hundred years ago. I am unconvinced that, given the cultural changes that have taken place, that things would be any better if the particular band of thieves and cheats in the state house of SC chose a Senator rather than the people of that state, who now have the internet to keep them abreast of the nonsense that one Senator can accomplish, as opposed to a hundred small-time crooks in the state houses.
I don't think LG would be any less in love with himself or his paramour if the state house had sent him, or any more inclined to put the interests of South Carolina ahead of his preening, prating narcissism.
You don't take into account how cheaply a state house rep can be bought--a sandwich and a can of beer will do the job.
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