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The first big-name Republican to attack Christie over Bridgegate is Lindsey Graham?
Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2014 | Allahpundit

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 that’s troublesome about the guy, he’s 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 that’s 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 I’m not that kind a guy,” Graham said. “I just don’t see how people that close to him could have felt comfortable enough to do this if they thought their boss wasn’t of this mindset. Isn’t that just common sense?”…

“I think he’s going to have a hard time in the South, I really do. The edge is part of it. You know, he’s a little too slick by half,” Graham said.

He added: “I think the problem he’s going to have in the South is against the view of his actual positions because it’s hard for me to understand what he’s for and what he’s against on the social side.”

Exactly what I would have expected from Paul, not John McCain’s 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 one’s been paying attention to?

The rational explanation is that Graham’s worried about a primary challenge this spring and can’t resist an opportunity to put the boots to the base’s second-least favorite RINO. But even so, that’s … not so rational. The conservative indictment against Graham is so long, and his partnership with the base’s least favorite RINO so well known, that it’s 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 he’s 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 they’re 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 Graham’s willing to throw all that away for a little quick-and-easy piling on, it must be because he’s utterly convinced that Christie’s 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 hasn’t 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 Christie’s 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: "I’m very impressed"

4:47 PM - 9 Jan 2014

24 Retweets 5 favorites

Update: He must have gotten quite the scolding from Maverick:

“I finally got to see portions of the news conference. I’m very impressed with the contrite nature in taking responsibility. In today’s 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 don’t know the guy that well. The allegations, they’re not well, but I just watched it for 15-20 minutes and I’m very impressed. He took every question, didn’t dodge, I think he went a long way to helping himself today.”

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: New Jersey; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: bridgegate; chrischristie; christie; gwbscandal; krispykreme; lindseygraham; scandal
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1 posted on 01/09/2014 5:28:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She (Lindsay Graham) must want someone else to be President


2 posted on 01/09/2014 5:33:11 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe we should tell Sen. Graham that Obama is really a Republican and see what happens.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 5:33:31 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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4 posted on 01/09/2014 5:36:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If this was not so sad it would be harilous


5 posted on 01/09/2014 5:37:45 PM PST by easternsky
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6 posted on 01/09/2014 5:37:56 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Mr. K

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


7 posted on 01/09/2014 5:39:43 PM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL


8 posted on 01/09/2014 5:41:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For what its worth: I view the demise of Chris Christie as a blessing. This scandal cleans up the GOP gene pool for 2016.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham is a non-starter for President.

9 posted on 01/09/2014 5:43:05 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think one of those animals should be facing the other direction.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 5:44:41 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am really conflicted here.

I don’t like either of them.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 5:46:01 PM PST by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...I’m not that kind a guy,” Graham said.

We know.

12 posted on 01/09/2014 5:46:23 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Linda Graham working for Juan McCain the Prince of RINOs who wants to keep the title and still has delusions of running again.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 5:49:27 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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


14 posted on 01/09/2014 5:51:12 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Mr. K

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.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 5:56:49 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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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.


16 posted on 01/09/2014 5:59:16 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: atc23
it was 78F yesterday

That's just cruel and unusual, although we did wobble up to 62 today here in SC.

17 posted on 01/09/2014 6:02:35 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Linda trying to prissy up to Real Conservatives.

If it wasn’t election time he would be kissing Christie’s big arse


18 posted on 01/09/2014 6:03:58 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: EDINVA
PURE regional politics. From SC, attacking the gov of Joisey?

What region? We have nothing in common with New Jersey, not even proximity.

19 posted on 01/09/2014 6:06:25 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

RINO fight!!!!

Pass the popcorn!


20 posted on 01/09/2014 6:06:40 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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