Skip to comments.Lindsey Graham runs afoul of GOP purity police with Guantanamo stance (MCLAME'S LAPDOG)
Posted on 03/13/2010 3:19:03 PM PST by rabscuttle385
But Graham has heard it all before. "What drives my train," he told me when I reached him late in the week, "is not their approval; it's getting it right."
The fact that such a sentiment makes Graham an oddball in the Republican Party, and to some extent Congress generally, says less about him than about his colleagues. For all his supposed heresies -- on climate change, judicial nominees, immigration and now his offer to help close the Guantanamo Bay prison -- Graham had a 2009 rating of 88 percent from the American Conservative Union and a lifetime rating of 90 percent.
"The people that call me a RINO would call Ronald Reagan a RINO," he protested. "Reagan worked with Tip O'Neill to increase taxes to save Social Security." What's changed is that "purity is replacing principled compromise," he lamented, as ideology enforcers in both parties threaten primary challenges against those who stray.
Though Graham doesn't have to face primary voters until 2014, his defiance of the GOP purity police is still courageous. His Republican colleagues in Congress, wetting their pants out of fear of the tea party movement, show no sign of joining him.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Lindsey needs to be tied down naked and covered in hundreds of banana slugs.
We need to run somebody against this guy.
On how many issues does a "republican" representative need to differ with his BASE before they're allowed to complain?
“The people that call me a RINO would call Ronald Reagan a RINO,” he protested.”
No we wouldn’t, you effing asshat. You are gone in 2014 so enjoy your time in the sun you liberal POS!
There is so much wrong with that article I don’t know where to begin, but one thing I can say is that I DON’T want to know anything about what drives Lindsey Graham’s train.
Has WaPo ever used the term “Democrat purity police”? If not, their whole screed is tainted, slanted and biased and therefore worth less than the paper it is printed on.
Pro-illegal, pro-terrorist, pro-liberal judiciary, pro-global warming hoax......Lindsey has Ronald Reagan rolling around in his grave
So Graham is one of those senators who don’t care about the approval of the taxpayer/voters.
There’s a cure for that.
That photo is a keeper. Is Miss Linsey stoned or something?
Those really aren't the two words I wanted to use, but they'll work.
Issues like immigration and climate change are non-negotiable. There is no "compromise" with illegal immigration or supporting cap and trade that will wreck what's left of our economy.
Closing Gitmo is NOT “getting it right”!
Gitmo continues to be the perfect prison for unlawful comabants and terrorists.
It is also where the military tribunals should try them.
Lindsey Graham described himself as a “Republican by day, Democrat by night”
The limpwristed Graham is 100% pure, pure crap. He is supporting policies that will change this country into a socialist state. Cap and trade and amnesty will turn America into a shell of its former self.
He seemed to back away from this position by tying any potential “reconciliation” on 0bamacare to Club Gitmo...reconciliation = LG withdraws support for closing Gitmo. We’ll see.....
Are you sure he'd consider that uncomfortable??
hilarious when a leftist cretin like Dana Milquetoast wants to become the PR agent for Lindsey.......... birds of a feather
I suppose it makes plenty of sense, actually: liberals only value “diversity of opinion” in others..... when it came to Joe Lieberman then of course they want to destroy his life and career over the war issue.
Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."
Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me.
h/t to martin_fierro for the graphic
People in SC really eat that stuff up.
Now, you are speaking for the slow-talking Carolinians before they have had their say. They see something there we don’t. Maybe SC wants to apologize for December 1860, and Lindsey is their balm!
r385 pinged per FR posting rules.
When will he be gone from office? Guantanamo should never close and I don't know what other fair-dust ideas are floating around in his thought process.
The various forms of the word 'purity' is a pejorative used against conservatives in place of what use to be used, their favorite pejorative, 'single issue voters'. The high minded moderate 'blue bloods', party apparatus consider the 'right' wing of the Republican Party their personal servants. The choose who gets on ballots and we get to vote like bleating sheep, thanking them for letting US have that honor.
I remember when the transformation first took place in changing pejoratives, when the stand against President Bush, lord McCain, Windy, and old Ted Kennedy attempted to hand down grace and redemption to a vast illegal invasion. Old Teddy has his own free passes he was planning on issuing along with Bush and lord McCain. They were calling it 'compassion', and required governmental blessing to maintain our economy. Their faux compassion never quite got around to those of US who were being required to pay the tax without representation for medical care and education.
Some days I think it is people like Windy, the audible voice of lord McCain write the liberals talking points against conservatives. Old Windy is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Maybe you’d better check profiles before sounding off. We ain’t gonna apologize for anything. Now go and tend to your own RINOs.
Quite the contrary,
You are correct. TX is full of RINOs too and most primary voters don’t know they have been “had”. 2010 was supposed to have been the year of Democrat resurgence in TX, but the GOP may hold off the flood against it for one more election.
Theres a cure for that.
The behind the scenes money, much of it from foreign sources, doesn't care if all Democrats lose their seats. Of course they won't but once passed the health care bill will establish control over all of us and overturning it will be nearly impossible.
Many Democrats from blue states and urban districts will be reelected regardless. They will have enough votes to be obstructive and the unions and media will be behind them poring on the propaganda very thick in their favor.
Our best hope is that some of those Democrats want to keep their cushy jobs badly enough to vote the way their constituents want them to.
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