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Lindsey Graham Gets Attacked — From All Four Sides (ACU rating scam exposed)
abcnews.go.com ^ | 11/15/13 | Alex Lazar

Posted on 11/18/2013 5:52:58 AM PST by cotton1706

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has an 89.12 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union and has been in Congress since 1995. Yet the Republican fixture on Capitol Hill will face four primary challengers next year, all of whom accuse him of not being a true conservative.

Graham, who is much in the mold of his friend, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is known for often reaching across the aisle on important legislative issues. One notable example of this is his being a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration reform group this year.

Before being elected to the Senate, Graham, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, previously served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

“When a senator consistently gets pulled across the aisle and votes for legislation his Republican colleagues don’t vote for, you begin to question his judgment,” challenger Richard Cash said in an interview with ABC News. “People don’t trust him anymore.”

Bill Connor, a former candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor who’s also challenging Graham, said much the same thing. “You don’t vote to defund Obamacare, and then vote for cloture on a bill to keep funding it,” said Connor, who also criticized Graham for putting ads in South Carolina showing his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. “That’s not being honest or showing character.”

Graham joins the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and other prominent Republican Senators who are being challenged on their right flank this upcoming election season.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Kentucky; US: South Carolina; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: elections; lindseygraham
I post this article to demonstrate how "conservative" politicians try to fool the people with their "lifetime" conservative ratings. They use their conservative votes from years ago to cover their votes now.

This is the first sentence of this article: "Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has an 89.12 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union"

This is Senator Lindsey Graham's CURRENT vote ratings from the four major conservative ratings agencies and his average (67% not 89%):

Graham (SC) - 06/10/14 - 67% (Average) - 47% (Heritage) - 86% (CFG) - 92% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)

This is Graham's rating average without the ACU (58% not 89%):

Graham (SC) - 06/10/14 - 58% (Average) - 47% (Heritage) - 86% (CFG) - 41% (FreedomWorks)

For this reason, on a weekly basis I post every republican senator's conservative ratings and averages: to demonstrate how they attempt to fool us with this "lifetime rating" nonsense! It's outright fraud and chicanery!

1 posted on 11/18/2013 5:52:58 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

When a candidate for office bamboozles me as Graham did when he first ran for the Senate from S.C., it is very, very difficult to restore my confidence in him. He may be in touch with polls showing his decline in approval in S.C. but he is still out of touch with the voters he will need to be re-elected beginning with the June 10, 2014 Repub primary.


2 posted on 11/18/2013 6:01:12 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

Grahmnesty is a RINO! Primary him.


3 posted on 11/18/2013 6:02:18 AM PST by opres
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To: Resettozero

It will be interesting to see if the problem is Lindsey Graham or the people of SC.


4 posted on 11/18/2013 6:03:53 AM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: cotton1706

Follow the money.


5 posted on 11/18/2013 6:03:59 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Resettozero; cotton1706

Frankly, I hope SC elects a truly conservative Senator next year.


6 posted on 11/18/2013 6:05:16 AM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: opres
Grahmnesty is a RINO!

No! He's Progressive in RINO clothing! Far worse than your run-of-the-mill RINO!

7 posted on 11/18/2013 6:07:08 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: cotton1706

Even those with no track record like the conservative traitors like rubio and chris christie.

Fool me once shame on me, try and fool me a second time, and I do a write in.

It will BE Cruz, Lee or Dr. Ben Watson. If the gop elitist chose another mccain or romney who are 0 lites it will be a write in vote.

DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO THE NATIONAL GOP ANY 0RG! Give directly to your candidate!


8 posted on 11/18/2013 6:09:49 AM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: cotton1706

He is not a progressive he is a backstabber. He is not a moderate he is a backstabber. He is not even a rino he ia backstabber. It is not ideology or self interest or even conviction that motivates Aunt Lindsey it is simply an ego relatged need to stab us in the back when we need him the most. As such he is worse than any of the other tags. Read my tag line.


9 posted on 11/18/2013 6:10:38 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: cotton1706
Good article on the faux ACU ratings. Thanks for posting. The same thing likely holds true for Cornpone Cornyn, in Texas. We need a good conservative to come forward, quick.

I loved what one of Linda's challengers said...

Bill Connor, a former candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor who’s also challenging Graham, said...“You don’t vote to defund Obamacare, and then vote for cloture on a bill to keep funding it,” said Connor, who also criticized Graham for putting ads in South Carolina showing his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. “That’s not being honest or showing character.”

I hope EVERY challenger to these worthless RINO's uses this same line against these disgusting, career fools.

10 posted on 11/18/2013 6:13:10 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: GailA

DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO THE NATIONAL GOP ANY 0RG! Give directly to your candidate.

Amen.


11 posted on 11/18/2013 6:24:11 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Resettozero; All

The ACU is complete fraud. They have embraced amnesty and Sharia Law through their appointments of Al Cardenas, Grover Norquist and Shahil Khan to their board. Any conservative who follows their meaningless “rating” is a fool.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 6:30:38 AM PST by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Jane Long

I would love to see a similar analysis for Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri.


13 posted on 11/18/2013 7:01:44 AM PST by Prov3456
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To: cotton1706
". . known for often reaching across the aisle . . "

correct versions:
". . known for often falling across the aisle . . "
". . known for often sneaking across the aisle . . "
". . known for often lusting for the other side of the aisle . . "
". . known for often selling himself across the aisle . . "
". . known for often supporting the other side aisle . . "
". . known for often belonging to the other aisle . . "

14 posted on 11/18/2013 7:37:51 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: cotton1706

The ACU has a problem with criteria.


15 posted on 11/18/2013 7:41:53 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: cotton1706
"Before being elected to the Senate, Graham, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve"

Graham is a JAG lawyer. This makes him out to be some kind of warrior. Yes, he has served and thanks for that, but report the entire story.

16 posted on 11/18/2013 7:44:10 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Theodore R.
It will be interesting to see if the problem is Lindsey Graham or the people of SC.

Do you believe it's true what I've found of some Tex-uns on FR? Pious and arrogant in their quickness to put down other non-Tex-uns? Or am I wrong?
17 posted on 11/18/2013 8:10:04 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706
will face four primary challengers next year

FOUR?? That creep is going to get reelected!

18 posted on 11/18/2013 8:22:26 AM PST by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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19 posted on 11/18/2013 8:25:30 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: GailA

dr ben carson... write in the right candidate.

i am with you.

t


20 posted on 11/18/2013 8:26:52 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: painter
will face four primary challengers next year FOUR?? That creep is going to get reelected!

There are enough anti-Graham conservatives in the Upstate to make sure it isn't an easy re-election. Columbia Dems could make it a close primary and primary run-off.
21 posted on 11/18/2013 8:27:23 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

The Primary filing deadline is March 30, 2014. It will be interesting to see
which opponents begin to get some traction and financial support as that
deadline approaches. I don’t know about SC but usually it takes statewide
recognition and good financial backing to defeat an incumbent.


22 posted on 11/18/2013 8:34:42 AM PST by deport
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To: painter

“will face four primary challengers next year
FOUR?? That creep is going to get reelected!”

There is a runoff if no candidate gets 50%. So the more the merrier to force Graham into an one on one race with an actual conservative.

A five person primary makes it very difficult for Graham to get to 50%! We can take Graham out in a runoff like we did David Dewhurst.

In the mean time, the South Carolina legislature is planning to close its primary so that democrats cannot assist Graham get reelected.

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20131103/OPINION/311031013/1128/opinion?p=all&tc=pgall&tc=ar


23 posted on 11/18/2013 8:40:27 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
In the mean time, the South Carolina legislature is planning to close its primary so that democrats cannot assist Graham get reelected. http://www.goupstate.com/article/20131103/OPINION/311031013/1128/opinion?p=all&tc=pgall&tc=ar

Cotton, you have greater confidence in the S. C. Legislature than I. This isn't the first effort to close the Repub primary in recent years. Conservatives are still outnumbered by the Dems and the SCGOPe in the S. C. Legislature.
24 posted on 11/18/2013 8:49:00 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: painter
FOUR?? That creep is going to get reelected!

The primary has a 50% threshold. If no one reaches that, the top two have a run-off primary. Unlike a winner-takes-all primary, more candidates do not weaken the opposition, they strengthen it, because the additional choices makes it less likely for any candidate to reach 50% on the first ballot.

In a run-off, the challenger usually has an advantage, because their supporters are more motivated and often coalesce the incumbent's opposition.

25 posted on 11/18/2013 8:53:01 AM PST by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: Resettozero

“Cotton, you have greater confidence in the S. C. Legislature than I. This isn’t the first effort to close the Repub primary in recent years. Conservatives are still outnumbered by the Dems and the SCGOPe in the S. C. Legislature.”

Haha. Well, I didn’t say they’d succeed. But they may make people aware of the game that’s going on. And relate it to scumbag Graham. We can’t just sit back and say “oh, well” anymore. That legislation should be pushed every single year till it’s passed and enacted.


26 posted on 11/18/2013 8:55:10 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: GailA

Rubio is not now and never will be a “conservative traitor.”

He would have to have been a conservative in the first place for that.

He was open about his open borders agenda in speeches he made to Spanish language audiences from the beginning. Links to many of those speeches on YouTube were posted here during his campaign.

There were and are a lot of people who were too credulous during his campaign. We showed them exactly what he was really about in his own words and then they were shocked when it turned out to be true. Kind of like the shock a lot of people who thought Obamacare was going to give them Bethesda care for almost free are now recieving.


27 posted on 11/18/2013 9:02:14 AM PST by MrEdd (iHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: cotton1706
We can’t just sit back and say “oh, well” anymore.

You are correct. As best as I can recollect, it was never in me to be passive about what others do to me that I don't like. At least, not nowadays. But I try not to tilt at windmills anymore and to conserve available energy for my punches.
28 posted on 11/18/2013 9:03:53 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: MrEdd
Rubio is not now and never will be a “conservative traitor.” He would have to have been a conservative in the first place for that.

From a distance, it appears to me that the path Rubio has chosen mirrors that of Graham in his first term. It only got worse for conservatives in his second term, won with the direct help of Democrats.
29 posted on 11/18/2013 9:07:03 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Bushbacker1

Agreed. The sole reason Grahmnesty voted against that junk crap bill prohibiting employers from firing perverts was he was worried about a primary challenge. He’s all for the pervert agenda and amnesty! We need more like Ted Cruz.


30 posted on 11/18/2013 7:46:08 PM PST by opres
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To: cotton1706
In the mean time, the South Carolina legislature is planning to close its primary so that democrats cannot assist Graham get reelected.

That's good about the runoff elections there. Here in Missouri it's who gets the most votes wins. That is why I posted what I did.

I wish Mo. would close it's primaries too. We lost a good Repub. nominee in the Senate race last year because the democrats voted in our's and got a "crackpot" Tod Aiken nominated.

31 posted on 11/19/2013 7:34:31 AM PST by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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