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Right’s Graham Grousing Could Fizzle by 2014
Roll Call ^ | July 11, 2011 | David M. Drucker

Posted on 07/11/2011 1:50:56 PM PDT by upchuck

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham is the kind of Republican whom tea party activists want to boot from the Senate, though even they think he’d be hard to oust in a primary three years from now.

If South Carolina’s political insiders are correct, Graham has little to worry about in 2014 despite a flirtation with Democrats on politically explosive issues that has enraged many in South Carolina’s tea-party-influenced, conservative GOP base.

That anger was on display recently in Greenville, S.C., when tea party activists attending a presidential campaign rally for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) sported “RINO Hunter” T-shirts and vowed to oust insufficiently conservative Republicans.

Chris Lawton, a self-described “liberty activist” from Greenville, said his compatriots oppose Graham’s re-election partly because of his votes to confirm President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees and partly because they view him as not being a strong constitutionalist.

“The overall view of the tea party is that Lindsey’s got to go,” Lawton said in a telephone interview. “Personally, I’d like to see him defeated.”

But Graham does not appear alarmed.

“The people who want 100 percent agreement are never going to support me. But that’s not a majority of” South Carolina Republicans, Graham told Roll Call in an interview last week. “I’ve never been worried about having people disagree with me. There are people in politics who judge you on the one out of 10 times you disagree with them. Most people don’t.”

Several Palmetto State Republicans interviewed for this story predicted Graham would survive any intraparty opposition without much difficulty, citing the Senator’s fundraising prowess, his positioning on key issues such as abortion and health care, his popularity among the rank and file and his general political skill at walking the fine line between bipartisan dealmaker and rigid ideologue.

“Has Sen. Graham disappointed and angered conservatives in South Carolina? Absolutely. But no one with the money, fundraising ability and credibility has stepped up to challenge him. Unless something resembling that candidate emerges, he will beat minor opposition in his next primary and easily win re-election,” said a Republican operative based in the state capital of Columbia.

The independent-minded Graham won a second term in 2008 with minimal effort, defeating a primary challenger by nearly 34 points while garnering 67 percent of the vote, before cruising to victory in the general election with 58 percent in overwhelmingly Republican South Carolina. The state’s primaries are open to all voters, who don’t register by party.

In the aftermath of the 2010 elections, the state GOP controls all levers of government and all but one House seat. Not everyone — particularly in Washington — expects Graham to enjoy a similarly smooth ride in 2014, given the rise of a tea party movement that includes Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) among its champions.

Read the rest at http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_4/Tea-Party-Graham-Grousing-Could-Fizzle-by-2014-207130-1.html?pos=htmbtxt


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: graham; grahamnasty; lindsaygraham; lindseygraham

1 posted on 07/11/2011 1:50:57 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

The title throws me off.... what does “Right’s Graham” mean??


2 posted on 07/11/2011 1:53:16 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; gruntSGT; ...
We need a strong conservative to stomp Linda's ass in 2014.

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3 posted on 07/11/2011 1:53:16 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: GeronL
Right's as in possessive. I certainly don't lay claim to her. And, despite the article spin, I don't know any conservatives here in SC to do either. Methinks Linda won't has as easy time of it as she thinks.

The trick is getting a strong conservative to run against her. Right now, I don't know who that will be. But 2014 is several political lifetimes away. We'll see what develops.

4 posted on 07/11/2011 1:57:54 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck

The cross-dresser probably gets a lot of ‘rat cross-voters. Dear Lord, I hope you Gamecocks can get a good replacement for that cretin.


5 posted on 07/11/2011 2:13:09 PM PDT by izzatzo (Palin2012, she's one of us.)
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To: upchuck
"If South Carolina’s political insiders are correct"

They may be correct, but in today's political climate, they won't be inside for much longer.

6 posted on 07/11/2011 2:20:33 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: fantail 1952

Not to worry , Demint and his good buddy Mitt Romney will campaign for him.


7 posted on 07/11/2011 2:31:34 PM PDT by RED SOUTH (Follow me on twitter @redsouth72)
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8 posted on 07/11/2011 2:40:05 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: upchuck

Given the fact that the people of South Carolina keep sending Graham back to Washington, I was surprised when they didn’t elect Alvin Greene.


9 posted on 07/11/2011 2:41:28 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: upchuck
IMHO, Chicago and South Carolina are in a tight race for electing the worst, most incompetent politicians. I don't expect that to change any time soon.
10 posted on 07/11/2011 3:19:57 PM PDT by Domalais
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To: upchuck
I think South Carolina governor Nikki Haley can defeat the homo.
11 posted on 07/11/2011 3:28:59 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: izzatzo
The state’s primaries are open to all voters, who don’t register by party.

Cross-over dems, moderates and "establishment" republicans conspire to keep re-electing this twerp.

We need to close our primary.

12 posted on 07/11/2011 4:29:21 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SUSSA
Given the fact that the people of South Carolina keep sending Graham back to Washington, I was surprised when they didn’t elect Alvin Greene.

If Alvin had run against Lindsey I would have voted for Alvin. Unfortunately, he was challenging DeMint.

Don't be too hard on us, we have:
- 5/6 house members that are GOP
- GOP controlled statehouse and senate
- 2 GOP senators, one that doesn't suck.

13 posted on 07/11/2011 4:37:44 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: upchuck

“his popularity among the rank and file”

Ha. That’s funny. Thinking about it, that’s probably what “political insiders” say to his face. I’m sure they are all preparing for the inevitable end.

Graham’s career as an elected politician is over.


14 posted on 07/11/2011 4:42:40 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi
Graham’s career as an elected politician is over.

Even if Jim Demint endorses him and becomes his campaign chairman?

15 posted on 07/11/2011 4:54:52 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

If Alvin had run against Lindsey I would have voted for Alvin. Unfortunately, he was challenging DeMint.

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If Alvin had run against Lindsey, I’d have taken 6 months off and come down there and raised money for him.

I know you guys generally send good people to DC. I just don’t understand how S.C. can let that candy-a$$ punk stay in office.


16 posted on 07/11/2011 4:55:47 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SUSSA
I just don’t understand how S.C. can let that candy-a$$ punk stay in office.

An open primary AND cross-over dems, moderates and "establishment" republicans.

17 posted on 07/11/2011 5:02:12 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SUSSA

My question also. Surely there are better people in the state than Graham.


18 posted on 07/11/2011 5:02:58 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: ansel12

No chance that will happen.


19 posted on 07/11/2011 5:16:14 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

It sure happened last time.


20 posted on 07/11/2011 5:24:20 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

DEMINT ENDORSES GRAHAM
By The Editor
October 18th, 2007

WILL SERVE AS CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR
Big news from the re-election campaign of Sen. Lindsey Graham:

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign today announced that fellow Senator Jim DeMint has endorsed Graham and agreed to serve as a Co-Chairman of his campaign.

“Lindsey Graham is a true leader who has fought to strengthen our military, protect the sanctity of life, and keep taxes low,” said DeMint. “His devotion to and for our men and women in uniform is evident each and every day he serves in the U.S. Senate. He knows that the battles we face against radical Islamic terrorists threaten our very freedoms and prosperity.”

“Also, Lindsey understands the need for limited government and a balanced budget because we can’t leave a fiscal mess for our children and grandchildren to clean up,” continued DeMint. “That is why I am proud to work with Senator Graham as we secure both South Carolina’s and America’s future.”


21 posted on 07/11/2011 5:33:51 PM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

“We need to close our primary.”

Yours as well as other open primary states, that’s the way we get the McCains, Doles, etal. Why is it that you and I and others on this forum get it, but the GOP doesn’t? Don’t answer, I know.


22 posted on 07/11/2011 6:42:16 PM PDT by izzatzo (Palin2012, she's one of us.)
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To: Domalais
Chicago and South Carolina are in a tight race for electing the worst, most incompetent politicians.

Uh, other than fairy boy Linda Graham and Jim Clyburn, which politicians from SC would you class as incompetent?

23 posted on 07/11/2011 6:52:10 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck

Just for some perspective.

ACU Rating: GRAHAM

2009 - 88
2008 - 82
Life - 89.68

http://www.conservative.org/ratings/ratingsarchive/2009/Senate%20Ratings.htm


24 posted on 07/11/2011 8:09:20 PM PDT by tlb
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