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Why Lindsey Graham Isnít Afraid of a Conservative Challenger
National Journal ^ | May 8, 2013 | Stacy Kaper

Posted on 05/09/2013 10:06:22 PM PDT by eekitsagreek

Two-term Sen. Lindsey Graham expects a primary challenge from the right, making his starring role in immigration reform a confounding political vulnerability for the South Carolina Republican.

Graham knows it, too. But he thinks he’s correct—on both the policy and the politics. Graham says his position on immigration is in line with voters’ evolving sentiment on the issue—namely, that voters in South Carolina oppose the “de facto amnesty” in place under the current “broken” system. And it has not gone unnoticed by Republican strategists that Graham enjoys some political cover created by conservative Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stepping out front on immigration.

But just in case he’s wrong, Graham is raising buckets of cash and getting in front of voters—a lot.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: amnesty; graham; immigration; immigrationamnesty
Would love to see the people of South Carolina vote this idiot out of office. I hope it happens.
1 posted on 05/09/2013 10:06:22 PM PDT by eekitsagreek
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To: eekitsagreek

Lindsey has figured out that once the 8 Gangbanger’s “amnesty” thing is signed into law, Republicans won’t be getting elected again anyway.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 10:08:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: eekitsagreek

go away Lindsey, you frikkin’ queer bait, and you can take Marco with ya’.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 10:15:03 PM PDT by Bullish (May the time soon come when Obamunism is only spoken of in hell.)
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To: upchuck; eekitsagreek

Linda is wrong.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 10:42:55 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: eekitsagreek
His buddy McCain got away with it in 2010, with a conservative anti-illegal immigrant opponent in JD Hayworth. Why would Gramnesty think any different?

Just get an early endorsement promise from Sarah Palin before there is a challenger and bury your opponent in negative ads from your incumbent war chest. $23 million ought to do it.

5 posted on 05/09/2013 10:48:27 PM PDT by Bizhvywt
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To: eekitsagreek

So South Carolinians would rather have a ‘de facto amnesty’ replaced with an actual, immediate and permanent amnesty?

What is it with South Carolinians and politics—such as why does he poll so well there after all his shenanigans—anyway?


6 posted on 05/09/2013 10:58:21 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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>> voters’ evolving sentiment

It’s only the tenets of Socialism to which one evolves, never liberty...


7 posted on 05/09/2013 11:00:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: eekitsagreek

The system isn’t broken, the fence is.

When cheap labor and easy votes meet, both parties love the party.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 11:42:10 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: eekitsagreek
Graham probably has a lot of backing from donors in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors in SC, from dems and pubs alike. And here everybody thought that republican=Conservative. How naive. If you want to know who really runs the show, always follow the money.
9 posted on 05/10/2013 12:13:02 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Lindsey has figured out that once the 8 Gangbanger’s “amnesty” thing is signed into law, Republicans won’t be getting elected again anyway.


That’s exactly right. He’s going to willingly bend over and take it from the Rats.


10 posted on 05/10/2013 12:19:11 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: 9YearLurker

To answer your questions...

The SCGOP will support Graham with whatever resources are necessary. No challenger will receive ANY support.

South Carolina’s open primaries will allow Democrats to crossover and vote for Graham against anyone more conservative than him. During the last election cycle, his Democratic challenger in the general election was actually more the conservative candidate. It was a weird case of many Republicans voting for the Democrat, and Democrats voting for the Republican.

That said, I am sure Governor Haley’s endorsement of Lindsay Graham is on it’s way.


11 posted on 05/10/2013 12:19:19 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (South Carolinians need to start choosing a primary challenger to Nikki Haley NOW!!!!!!!)
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To: eekitsagreek

“Evolving sentiment”

Did Lindsey Goober Graham just equate the voters of South Carolina with Obama? No, dirtbag. They haven’t evolved. And sticking to the ‘evolutionary’ theme, it’s time we made you a fossil.


12 posted on 05/10/2013 12:34:53 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: PalmettoMason

But he shows really well in polls too, doesn’t he?

I just can’t see what GOP voters like about him. I’m in the Northeast, where GOPe/RINO types are to the left of a lot of Democrats in other parts of the country, but SC isn’t that overtaken by folks from up here, is it?


13 posted on 05/10/2013 12:40:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: eekitsagreek

Now that DeMint is gone, Grahamnesty thinks she’s the senior SC senator. The DC media is more than happy to lick the boots of this flaming RINO.


14 posted on 05/10/2013 3:55:40 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: eekitsagreek

Open primaries-keep RINOS in power.


15 posted on 05/10/2013 4:08:36 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: eekitsagreek

He’s beatable

Anti-Illegal Alien groups have been running ads against him and Rubio-Obama Amnesty bill....I know this from watching upstate TV stations in SC on vacation a few weeks ago. A candidate will get support from some large groups

Also...Graham just voted for the Internet tax...so its more than illegal alien amnesty

And....Graham is funded by George Soros via his Open Society group.

There is not an airport that can handle all of Lindsey Graham’s baggage


16 posted on 05/10/2013 4:35:20 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: eekitsagreek

I certainly hope Grahamnesty gets the boot.

But I worry because of all of the lefty Northerners who have migrated to SC in retirement. (Just speculating based on what little I know of the state.)


17 posted on 05/10/2013 5:01:09 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: 9YearLurker
"--but SC isn’t that overtaken by folks from up here, is it?",

Not yet, but by 2020 South Carolina will be a swing state. Demographics are a bear.

18 posted on 05/10/2013 6:22:35 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: factoryrat
"If you want to know who really runs the show, always follow the money."

That says it all.

19 posted on 05/10/2013 6:25:46 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: onyx; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
Thanks for the ping.



And put one of these fine folks in his place:
Nancy Mace Lee Bright Richard Cash

FReepmail me if you want on or off this list. (Additions: free; Deletions: $10/ea :)

20 posted on 05/10/2013 6:55:02 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: upchuck
And put one of these fine folks in his place: Nancy Mace, Lee Bright, Richard Cash.

Have begun to think that we S.C. conservatives need to be deciding soon who we want and then support that one candidate. Just remembering opposition's successful divide and conquer strategy last few times.
21 posted on 05/10/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

Agreed. But which one?


22 posted on 05/10/2013 7:10:24 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: eekitsagreek

Personally, I don’t like or trust the man. (Don’t get sidetracked on his Barney Frankness; that issue won’t defeat him next year, IMO.) BUT, professionally, as a U.S. Senator, I think he does a bang-up job for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Washington State and Oregon.


23 posted on 05/10/2013 7:18:28 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: upchuck

Dunno. But I know how hard it is for a MALE to graduate from The Citadel. The lady must have her wits about her.


24 posted on 05/10/2013 7:24:11 AM PDT by Resettozero
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