Skip to comments.The first big-name Republican to attack Christie over Bridgegate is … Lindsey Graham?
Posted on 01/09/2014 5:28:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Perfectly rational in one sense, deeply surprising in another. And not just for the obvious RINO versus RINO reasons.
How the heck did Rand Paul lose the bash Christie sweepstakes to Lindsey Graham?
It seems to me that this whole bridge thing reinforces a narrative thats troublesome about the guy, hes kind of a bully, Graham told NBC News on Thursday on Capitol Hill, referring to the scandal over land closures on the George Washington Bridge thats engulfed Christie over the past two days
If anybody in my office had done such a thing, they knew what their fate would be cause Im not that kind a guy, Graham said. I just dont see how people that close to him could have felt comfortable enough to do this if they thought their boss wasnt of this mindset. Isnt that just common sense?
I think hes going to have a hard time in the South, I really do. The edge is part of it. You know, hes a little too slick by half, Graham said.
He added: I think the problem hes going to have in the South is against the view of his actual positions because its hard for me to understand what hes for and what hes against on the social side.
Exactly what I would have expected from Paul, not John McCains sidekick especially after McCain named Christie first a few days ago on The Tonight Show when asked which Republicans he likes for 2016. When reporters finally cornered Paul on Bridgegate today, in fact, he muttered something about how much he hates being stuck in traffic and left it there. Was there some sort of Paul/Christie detente over the holidays that I missed? Or some low-grade Graham/Christie feud that no ones been paying attention to?
The rational explanation is that Grahams worried about a primary challenge this spring and cant resist an opportunity to put the boots to the bases second-least favorite RINO. But even so, thats not so rational. The conservative indictment against Graham is so long, and his partnership with the bases least favorite RINO so well known, that its hard to believe he thought he could buy any cred by taking a few easy shots at Christie. On the contrary, according to the New York Times back in November, Christie reportedly told South Carolina Republicans after he was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association that he wanted to go to South Carolina and campaign for Graham even though hes running for Senate. That made perfect sense Christie wants to ingratiate himself with the establishment down there before 2016 and Graham wants a vote of confidence from a big-name up-and-coming Republican to counter the daily attacks by tea partiers. Combining to quash a challenge from the right would be a feather in both of their establishment caps. And theyre natural allies on immigration and foreign policy, with Christie set to carry the pro-NSA, pro-interventionist McCain/Graham banner into battle against their mutual nemesis Paul in 2016.
If Grahams willing to throw all that away for a little quick-and-easy piling on, it must be because hes utterly convinced that Christies more of a liability in South Carolina than he is an asset. And he came to that conclusion, I assume, before Bridgegate, not after: No one thinks a scandal about New York traffic in which Christie hasnt been directly implicated is so poisonous that it would completely transform his chances down south overnight. Say what you want about Grahamnesty, but he must have a decent read on the pulse of his home state to get elected repeatedly despite his reputation for RINOism. Maybe Christies 2016 odds are longer than we thought.
Update: Annnnnd, just like that:
Dana Bash ✔ @DanaBashCNN Follow Just talked to @GrahamBlog in the hallway. Said criticism of @GovChristie was b/f he saw newser. After watching: "Im very impressed"
4:47 PM - 9 Jan 2014
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Update: He must have gotten quite the scolding from Maverick:
I finally got to see portions of the news conference. Im very impressed with the contrite nature in taking responsibility. In todays political environment it was a breath of fresh air and I think he handled it as well as he could, Graham told CNN.
It was very impressive, he continued. I dont know the guy that well. The allegations, theyre not well, but I just watched it for 15-20 minutes and Im very impressed. He took every question, didnt dodge, I think he went a long way to helping himself today.
She (Lindsay Graham) must want someone else to be President
Maybe we should tell Sen. Graham that Obama is really a Republican and see what happens.
If this was not so sad it would be harilous
Isn’t it something like 299 days til some kind of election? A lot can happen in a year and Krispy hasn’t even expressed any interest in the usurpers chair beyond giving a reacharound to Hussein on an airport tarmac somewhere. I guess I’m just out of the loop down here in Baja where it was 78F yesterday - color me uncaring and uninformed
Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham is a non-starter for President.
I think one of those animals should be facing the other direction.
I am really conflicted here.
I don’t like either of them.
Linda Graham working for Juan McCain the Prince of RINOs who wants to keep the title and still has delusions of running again.
This is all about getting Chris Christie out and Jeb Bush in..YUCK, I dont even want to think about who the lesser of two evils are..they both suck
Its a hissy fight between two East Coast liberal Republicans for position of the most powerful Arlen Spectoresque thumb in the public eye. Each desires their rival leave the political stage.
Let them shake limp wristed hands and come out bitch slapping.
This is PURE regional politics. From SC, attacking the gov of Joisey? A winner!
I’m confused about why a traffic jam on the GW Bridge, or anywhere in the NYC ‘burbs would be unusual (ok, other than its being politically inspired). Can’t tell ya how many nightmare traffic jams I’ve sat in in the NY/NJ area. They seem a daily occurrence.
That's just cruel and unusual, although we did wobble up to 62 today here in SC.
Linda trying to prissy up to Real Conservatives.
If it wasn’t election time he would be kissing Christie’s big arse
What region? We have nothing in common with New Jersey, not even proximity.
Pass the popcorn!
dear God! Let me try to explain. Graham of SC is playing to his southern regional constituents by attacking the loathsome northeast region, i.e., New Jersey in particular.
“Was there some sort of Paul/Christie detente over the holidays that I missed?”
Perhaps I’m mistaken, but, I seem to recall something about Paul deciding not to run for President in ‘16.
Oh, crap, BFF McCain must be preparing for another run.
Linda is going to be needing a new job later this year, and Santorum ran after losing his Senate seat...
THAT’s who I think Lindsey really wants as the nominee that loses to the rat.
Well, to quote you, “Dear God. Let me try to explain.” Nobody in SC give a crap...about Graham or Christie. It’s not a regional dispute. Graham has lots of reasons to look more conservative right now. In his pea brain, going after another RINO makes him look really hot conservative.
There’s dome real nice folks here at my hotel from Charlotte area - but that’s NC. They slayed some big Yellowtail yesterday. Great people from the Carolinas! Go Panthers!
Amazing what a primary will do for you.
Is goober thinking of running for President himself? Is he in Jebbie’s camp?
How in the bleep did he all of a sudden be declared the GOP presidential front runner? Did the RINOs all get together and have a vote? Or is this just the msm’s choice?
If he would get the nomination then I would definitely vote for a third party candidate and that's something I've always felt was detrimental to beating the Rats. I will be done voting GOP if he is picked.
Graham thinks joining in on the rino attack will help him with conservatives.
RINOs attacking RINOs? I love it.
Linda will be on the unemployment line in Nov.
He has a Rolls-Royce pension with benefits starting the day he leave the Senate.