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Graham: GOP 'made some pretty poor choices' for Senate candidates this fall
The Hill ^ | 12/04/10 11:46 AM ET | By Michael O'Brien

Posted on 12/04/2010 4:05:23 PM PST by onyx

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Republicans "made some pretty poor choices" in choosing their Senate candidates this fall.

Graham, in a Senate floor speech on Saturday, made an aside comment underscoring the frustration the GOP faced after some Tea Party-aligned nominees fell short in their campaigns.

"The House had a dramatic election. We picked up seats in the Senate," Graham said, video of which is posted by C-SPAN. "Some of us thought, maybe we could pick up two or three more, but we made some pretty poor choices when it came to candidates."

The South Carolina Republican made the comment as an aside to remarks about the consequences facing lawmakers who vote to allow an increase in taxes. Senate Democrats fell short of the necessary votes in a rare Saturday vote that would have allowed taxes go up on top earners.

Still, Republicans bargaining position in those votes and in legislative fights next year might have been strengthened had the party's nominees performed better in Senate races.

Many of the Tea Party favorites who won GOP primaries went onto disappointing finishes in the general election, some in races where Republicans needed to win if they were to have any hope of reclaiming a Senate majority. Those losing candidates included Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, Ken Buck in Colorado, and particularly Sharron Angle in Nevada, where Republicans had hoped to knock off Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Graham is seen as a possible incumbent who might face a primary from a Tea Party type when he's up for reelection in South Carolina in 2014.



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
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2014 for him.
1 posted on 12/04/2010 4:05:27 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx
Graham is seen as a possible incumbent who might face a primary from a Tea Party type when he's up for reelection in South Carolina in 2014.

You betcha he will!

2 posted on 12/04/2010 4:07:37 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: onyx

Hopefully the SC republicans won’t make such a horrible choice the next time he’s up for reelection. Surely they aren’t as collectively stupid as the Arizona GOP...


3 posted on 12/04/2010 4:08:10 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: onyx

Kick the RINO bastard OUT!


4 posted on 12/04/2010 4:08:28 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: onyx

Linda, you’ve got a red laser dot on ya. You might want to freshen up your resume for Christmas 2013.


5 posted on 12/04/2010 4:08:59 PM PST by lurk
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To: onyx

He mocks the republican primary voters at his peril.


6 posted on 12/04/2010 4:09:14 PM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: onyx

Well, the worst choice in the last election was Juan McCain. Unfortunately, he made it.


7 posted on 12/04/2010 4:09:38 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: onyx

It’s amazing how insulated these people are.

Term limits now.


8 posted on 12/04/2010 4:10:43 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: onyx

STFU Goober!


9 posted on 12/04/2010 4:11:14 PM PST by Cisco Nix
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To: onyx

Is he talking Forina?


10 posted on 12/04/2010 4:12:00 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Is it proper etiquette to tip after a enhanced pat down?)
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Miss Lindsey, you are toast in 2014 and you know it. Its very unfortunate that the electorate has to wait that long.

11 posted on 12/04/2010 4:12:10 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: onyx
"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that Republicans "made some pretty poor choices" in choosing their Senate candidates this fall.'

In the past also. Graham was a huge error. I can't wait until he's primaried out of office. It's going to happen.

12 posted on 12/04/2010 4:12:10 PM PST by StormEye
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To: onyx

Maybe the Dhimmies will run Alvin Greene against him...


13 posted on 12/04/2010 4:16:15 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: onyx
And how many lost because of half-hearted support by the RNC and the NRSC. The NRSC only put in their money into O'Donnell's campaign after they were shamed into it, then they did little or nothing else. They wanted her to lose as a warning to the Tea Party.
14 posted on 12/04/2010 4:17:12 PM PST by KarlInOhio (All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education. -Frederic Bastiat)
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To: KoRn

Sorry, it wasn’t the Az. GOP that re-elected McCain, it was the stupid voters.


15 posted on 12/04/2010 4:20:07 PM PST by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: onyx

The poor choices were the RINO’s like this fool.


16 posted on 12/04/2010 4:21:16 PM PST by GeronL
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To: onyx

17 posted on 12/04/2010 4:21:23 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: KoRn

“Hopefully the SC republicans won’t make such a horrible choice the next time he’s up for reelection. Surely they aren’t as collectively stupid as the Arizona GOP.”

I never understood how the great southern state of South Carolina could put up with this RINO POS.


18 posted on 12/04/2010 4:24:58 PM PST by AlexW
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To: onyx
I can agree with him that Mark Kirk "republican" senator elect from Illinois was one piss poor choice. Sit back and watch him out lib Snowe/Collins/Brown in the Senate.
19 posted on 12/04/2010 4:25:19 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: onyx
Graham: GOP 'made some pretty poor choices' for Senate candidates this fall

None remotely as poor as the one the South Carolina GOP made in 2008.

20 posted on 12/04/2010 4:27:10 PM PST by Will88
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To: onyx
Graham is seen as a possible incumbent who might face a primary from a Tea Party type when he's up for reelection in South Carolina in 2014.

Graham is toast in 2014. RINOs like him are part of the reason why some of ours didn't win.

21 posted on 12/04/2010 4:27:39 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Cicero
Well, the worst choice in the last election was Juan McCain

I disagree. Check out the 10 year voting record of Mark Kirk, U.S. Representative from Illinois. He is now Senator elect from Illinois and dares call himself "republican"

22 posted on 12/04/2010 4:28:20 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: onyx
Go to hell you POS. Why don't you come out of the closet and finally become a Dim.


23 posted on 12/04/2010 4:31:58 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Four more years of this corrupt and clueless bastard.

We have to try limit his unthinkable damage to the next two years until 2012 when TEA Party Senate reinforcements and President Palin are elected.


24 posted on 12/04/2010 4:33:20 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: KarlInOhio

All that fooling around in Alaska HURT. Murkowski should have been taken to the woodshed immediately following her primary loss.


25 posted on 12/04/2010 4:35:30 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

When is Graham up?


26 posted on 12/04/2010 4:35:32 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: onyx

Graham is a pos


27 posted on 12/04/2010 4:35:42 PM PST by shadowcat
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To: Lazlo in PA
I can't help but LOL every time I see that 'shop.

Little Pandsey looks to be reliving Shirley MacLaine's bedpost scene in Being There.

28 posted on 12/04/2010 4:37:02 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: onyx

I’m looking forward to having Graham cracker crumbs with my tea in 2014.


29 posted on 12/04/2010 4:38:12 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Will88; RedMDer; upchuck

South Carolina *has* to find a good conservative to unseat him.


30 posted on 12/04/2010 4:38:28 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Hopefully SC Repubs wake up in 2014.


31 posted on 12/04/2010 4:39:34 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: onyx

Maybe Representative Joe Wilson of “You lie” fame will challenge Lindsey in 2014.


32 posted on 12/04/2010 4:41:49 PM PST by Will88
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To: trappedincanuckistan

2014


33 posted on 12/04/2010 4:42:11 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Will88
Maybe Representative Joe Wilson of “You lie” fame will challenge Lindsey in 2014.

I haven't followed his voting record, but he's a good thought!

34 posted on 12/04/2010 4:44:28 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

I predict Graham will continue to drift left (although he never was a conservative) until 2012. Then he’ll “see the light” and at least talk like a conservative until he is trounced in the primaries.


35 posted on 12/04/2010 4:46:38 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

LOL.


36 posted on 12/04/2010 4:48:03 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Someone tell the Cotillion Lady-boy that he's the problem and not the solution. The girl is plumb loco.
37 posted on 12/04/2010 4:48:44 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: onyx
He must have a morbid fear that a "poor choice" will rise up and kick his sorry Hillary smooching tail out of office in 2014. Perhaps the Tea Party should change its name to "The Poor Choice Party" to scare the pants off the remaining rinos, but I suspect they are quivering in their boots enough already.

Provided the TP keeps working, organizing, holding rallies and meetings to maintain the enthusiasm we have a very good chance to correct the left listing course of our ship of state. Its true that the nature of this sort of taxpayer revolt may have some unvetted not-ready-for-primetime folks but luckily there is no rule which demands a 100% success rate in every election.

38 posted on 12/04/2010 4:49:26 PM PST by 1-Eagle (B.Franklin: "A Republic...if you can keep it." Let us all resolve to be Keepers!)
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To: 1-Eagle
He knows he's going to be TEA Party'd. He's said so, and that's why I think he rarely misses a chance to take a whack at us.
39 posted on 12/04/2010 4:52:26 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Republican hierarchy made major mistakes by not fully supporting every Republican nominee, and they should be constantly reminded of their failure!!
40 posted on 12/04/2010 4:59:19 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: onyx

Yeah, people like Murkowski and McCain were pretty poor choices.


41 posted on 12/04/2010 5:02:16 PM PST by Ingtar (If Washington and his peers had been RINOs, we would still be a British colony.)
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To: Ingtar

graham, one of the ultimate “poor choices”, discusses “poor choices”. Pot meet Kettle.


42 posted on 12/04/2010 5:05:41 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: elpadre
Republican hierarchy made major mistakes by not fully supporting every Republican nominee, and they should be constantly reminded of their failure!!

Precisely!

43 posted on 12/04/2010 5:07:59 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Hell South Carolina has made a damn poor choice twice.
44 posted on 12/04/2010 5:10:03 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Vision

It’s amazing how insulated these people are.
Term limits now.________________________________

Linsay even SOUNDS insulated. What—they’ve just been there so long there is no concept of an election or even a challenge? Graham has GOT TO BE BEATEN. He is no good to us changing colors every day, throwing us a bone on Monday and ambushing us T-F.


45 posted on 12/04/2010 5:14:46 PM PST by RitaOK
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To: onyx
I am amazed that Graham has never been caught in a bathhouse.
46 posted on 12/04/2010 5:16:25 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: onyx

What an incredible DORK this “man” is...

Arrogant POS.


47 posted on 12/04/2010 5:33:35 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: wagglebee
I always check HillBuzz when I want to know if a politician is a homosexual, because I figure "they know" and they've had Lindsey Graham on their gaydar seemingly forever.
48 posted on 12/04/2010 5:43:33 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: NFHale

Yes, damn arrogant for a “man” with so much to hide.


49 posted on 12/04/2010 5:45:20 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Calling him a man is being charitable.


50 posted on 12/04/2010 5:46:37 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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