Skip to comments.THE WORST REPUBLICAN SENATOR: Lindsey Graham's Sorry Record
Posted on 01/31/2014 8:17:53 PM PST by Steelfish
THE WORST REPUBLICAN SENATOR Lindsey Graham's sorry record.
By Quin Hillyer South Carolina's Lindsey Graham is a flop. He pretends to be a conservative, but sells out conservatives and insults them while doing so. He pretends to be effective at reaching across party lines, but the only thing he effectively does is help the other party. He inhabits the Senate seat of Strom Thurmond, legendary for great attention to his South Carolina constituents, but Graham spends most of his time trailing behind John McCain like a valet as McCain criss-crosses the country in pursuit of the presidency. He called Ted Kennedy "one of the most principled men I've ever met." In sum, in the words of conservative movement stalwart Richard Viguerie, "Lindsey Graham is part of the problem."
What, for example, could possibly have possessed Graham, in April of 2006, to write an essay for Time magazine about the virtues of Hillary Clinton? He called her "a smart, prepared, serious senator." She is "sought out by her colleagues to form legislative partnerships." She has managed to "build unusual political alliances with...conservatives."
He praises liberals, but reserves particular venom for conservatives who disagree with him. The most infamous example came at a speech to the utterly radical Hispanic group La Raza -- it was bad enough that he spoke to them, much less what he said -- when he described what he would do to opponents of the awful immigration proposal he helped Ted Kennedy craft:
"We're going to tell the bigots to shut up." The idea that only a bigot could oppose the Kennedy amnesty plan was a recurring theme with Graham: he told George Stephanopoulos that opponents were like those in earlier years who put up signs that said "No Catholics, no Jews, no Irish need apply."
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Linda has got to go in the next primary
Sadly though people in SC are so uninformed that they will always consider Graham a “conservative” no matter how he votes or how much he insults them.
As if you didn’t already know.
Not all of us are uninformed.
John dirtbag shellshocked maclame is the worst ever in my book.
Cornyn is still a million times worse. Graham is just one bad Senator. Cornyn is fifth column that deliberately tanked a whole election cycle.
South Carolina has sanctioned him ... at least three times.
It is all talk until SC throws Linda out on her azz.
I think it was Grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan) who said PIT I FUL, not Jed Clampett, but correct me if I am wrong.
It’s the vast majority though, but surely there are 10 to 15 percent who have time and inclination to keep up with events.
Jed said “pitiful” quite a few times.
What did Grandpa McCoy say other than “gol dern” a few times. I guess it was Clampett then. I always like ‘’Real McCoys’’ better of the two.
For some reason SC people really like “Linda” as you call him. No one knows why, and I doubt the SC uninformed know either.
Huckabee has been running radio ads in SC praising Lindsey Graham for being a great conservative, thereby adding to the confusion.
If SC does not primary Graham...they will be viewed as laughingstock liberals.
Graham, Leach, Bliley!!!
I don’t know if you’re making a joke or you just got the names confused.
The bill was Gramm-Leach-Bliley. The Senate co-sponsor was Phil Gramm of Texas. I assume Lindsay Graham (then in the House) voted for it but he didn’t get his name on it (or on much of anything else).
People here are not “uninformed” ... with the Tea Party going strong and rebuking Graham repeatedly, people (thanks to the “education” of the Tea Party) know what he is. Lee Bright is emerging as the choice.
I realize he's a little bitch boy Jr. McCain (who himself is worse than Graham) who loves to trash his own side as has drifted more and more away from his formerly fairly steadfast record (when he was in the House). Maybe he isn't gay as generally believed, maybe he is sexually gratified by media attention, that would explain it. But his voting record compares extremely favorably to the likes of SUSAN COLLINS, MARK KIRK, and LISA MURKOWSKI to name only 3.
He's not even the worst GOP Senator up this year besides the liberal Collins, Thad Cochran and Lamar! Alexander also have more liberal voting records. Lamar is loathed by TN freepers but doesn't get the national attention of Graham. Cochran gets almost no attention at all because he doesn't run his mouth. He's flown under the radar all these years as a RINOish ultra-establishment Senator from a Southern GOP state because he's quiet and does all his damage behind the scenes in committee meetings that no one pays attention to. Another quiet pork-loving establishment Senator is John Thune of heavily GOP South Dakota. Some freepers profess to adore him and pimp him for VP or even President probably because he beat Dasshole and is "photogenic".
Our disdain should be more proportionate. Graham might be the one you would most like to sock in the jaw but he's not the worst and his quieter cousins should be just as zealously targeted for defeat.
Of the 3 A-class RINOs I mentioned early in this post, Lisa Murkowski, coming from GOP Alaska should be the most vigorously hated. Witch went around the party to "win" after losing the primary.
You’re exactly right but this article is dated,
May 15, 2008!
Thanks for the ping, dearest Impy.
I have to jump inhere.
Yes those others have made more votes with Dems than Grahamnesty did, they voted to end DADT in military whicjh irked me. But look at the lib states who elected them.
Grahamnesty is outright deceitful.
In 2011 he got on a Sunday network show and said “Maybe we should change the US constitution to end birthright citizenship” for no other purpose than to stir things up on the amnesty side, play acting against illegals , now he calls us racist for opposing amnesty under Obama.
Grahamnesty is one of the worst deceitful snakes in congress.
Grahamnesty is still on the top of my list.
Wow, that it’s that old. (the thread is not, Steelfish posted it on Friday) makes it even dumber.
In 2008 we has Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Bob Bennett in the Senate too.
And Graham has done a more bad stuff and had more diarheia of the mouth since 2008 then he did before.
Collins and Kirk are from liberal states and have “an excuse”. None of the others I mentioned are.
But you’re point about the damage of his big mouth is well taken.
You’re right, on all counts.
I spotted this thread either yesterday or sometime earlier today (Saturday) and thought ... 2008 ... WTH?
I agree with Impy on most counts, although I haven’t looked at Cochrane closely enough to determine whether he is worse than Graham.
One of the reasons why Graham is such an inviting arget is the fact that SC has primary runoffs, which will prevent him from being renominated with a plurality wurh the anri-Graham vote getting splintered.
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