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THE WORST REPUBLICAN SENATOR: Lindsey Graham's Sorry Record
The American Spectator ^ | May 15, 2008 | Quin Hillye

Posted on 01/31/2014 8:17:53 PM PST by Steelfish

THE WORST REPUBLICAN SENATOR Lindsey Graham's sorry record.

By Quin Hillyer – South Carolina's Lindsey Graham is a flop. He pretends to be a conservative, but sells out conservatives and insults them while doing so. He pretends to be effective at reaching across party lines, but the only thing he effectively does is help the other party. He inhabits the Senate seat of Strom Thurmond, legendary for great attention to his South Carolina constituents, but Graham spends most of his time trailing behind John McCain like a valet as McCain criss-crosses the country in pursuit of the presidency. He called Ted Kennedy "one of the most principled men I've ever met." In sum, in the words of conservative movement stalwart Richard Viguerie, "Lindsey Graham is part of the problem."

What, for example, could possibly have possessed Graham, in April of 2006, to write an essay for Time magazine about the virtues of Hillary Clinton? He called her "a smart, prepared, serious senator." She is "sought out by her colleagues to form legislative partnerships." She has managed to "build unusual political alliances with...conservatives."

He praises liberals, but reserves particular venom for conservatives who disagree with him. The most infamous example came at a speech to the utterly radical Hispanic group La Raza -- it was bad enough that he spoke to them, much less what he said -- when he described what he would do to opponents of the awful immigration proposal he helped Ted Kennedy craft:

"We're going to tell the bigots to shut up." The idea that only a bigot could oppose the Kennedy amnesty plan was a recurring theme with Graham: he told George Stephanopoulos that opponents were like those in earlier years who put up signs that said "No Catholics, no Jews, no Irish need apply."

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: graham; lindseygraham; rino; senateraces

1 posted on 01/31/2014 8:17:53 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Linda has got to go in the next primary


2 posted on 01/31/2014 8:24:32 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Steelfish

Sadly though people in SC are so uninformed that they will always consider Graham a “conservative” no matter how he votes or how much he insults them.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 8:25:20 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: upchuck

As if you didn’t already know.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 8:25:25 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Theodore R.

Not all of us are uninformed.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 8:29:35 PM PST by John 3_19-21 (Life is way too short to suffer fools long.)
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To: Steelfish

6 posted on 01/31/2014 8:30:43 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Steelfish

John dirtbag shellshocked maclame is the worst ever in my book.


7 posted on 01/31/2014 8:32:30 PM PST by plainshame
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To: Steelfish

Cornyn is still a million times worse. Graham is just one bad Senator. Cornyn is fifth column that deliberately tanked a whole election cycle.


8 posted on 01/31/2014 8:41:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

South Carolina has sanctioned him ... at least three times.

http://benswann.com/south-carolina-county-gop-censures-senator-lindsey-graham/


9 posted on 01/31/2014 8:55:36 PM PST by imemyself
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To: Steelfish

It is all talk until SC throws Linda out on her azz.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 9:08:10 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Steelfish
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11 posted on 01/31/2014 9:10:48 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

I think it was Grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan) who said PIT I FUL, not Jed Clampett, but correct me if I am wrong.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 9:18:13 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: John 3_19-21

It’s the vast majority though, but surely there are 10 to 15 percent who have time and inclination to keep up with events.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 9:19:16 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Theodore R.

Jed said “pitiful” quite a few times.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 9:36:30 PM PST by Luke21
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To: Luke21

What did Grandpa McCoy say other than “gol dern” a few times. I guess it was Clampett then. I always like ‘’Real McCoys’’ better of the two.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 9:40:00 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: VRWC For Truth

For some reason SC people really like “Linda” as you call him. No one knows why, and I doubt the SC uninformed know either.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 9:40:56 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Theodore R.

Huckabee has been running radio ads in SC praising Lindsey Graham for being a great conservative, thereby adding to the confusion.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 10:46:30 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Steelfish; All

If SC does not primary Graham...they will be viewed as laughingstock liberals.


18 posted on 02/01/2014 12:11:13 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Steelfish

Graham, Leach, Bliley!!!

Nuff said!


19 posted on 02/01/2014 2:25:57 AM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: Carbonsteel

I don’t know if you’re making a joke or you just got the names confused.

The bill was Gramm-Leach-Bliley. The Senate co-sponsor was Phil Gramm of Texas. I assume Lindsay Graham (then in the House) voted for it but he didn’t get his name on it (or on much of anything else).


20 posted on 02/01/2014 5:29:59 AM PST by Eagle Forgotten
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To: Steelfish

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3117405/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3116727/posts


21 posted on 02/01/2014 6:22:21 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Theodore R.

People here are not “uninformed” ... with the Tea Party going strong and rebuking Graham repeatedly, people (thanks to the “education” of the Tea Party) know what he is. Lee Bright is emerging as the choice.


22 posted on 02/01/2014 7:42:14 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steelfish; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Viennacon; AuH2ORepublican; sickoflibs; justiceseeker93; ...
Hahahaha. Jerk who needs to be replaced? Hell yes. The worst Republican Senator. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.

I realize he's a little bitch boy Jr. McCain (who himself is worse than Graham) who loves to trash his own side as has drifted more and more away from his formerly fairly steadfast record (when he was in the House). Maybe he isn't gay as generally believed, maybe he is sexually gratified by media attention, that would explain it. But his voting record compares extremely favorably to the likes of SUSAN COLLINS, MARK KIRK, and LISA MURKOWSKI to name only 3.

He's not even the worst GOP Senator up this year besides the liberal Collins, Thad Cochran and Lamar! Alexander also have more liberal voting records. Lamar is loathed by TN freepers but doesn't get the national attention of Graham. Cochran gets almost no attention at all because he doesn't run his mouth. He's flown under the radar all these years as a RINOish ultra-establishment Senator from a Southern GOP state because he's quiet and does all his damage behind the scenes in committee meetings that no one pays attention to. Another quiet pork-loving establishment Senator is John Thune of heavily GOP South Dakota. Some freepers profess to adore him and pimp him for VP or even President probably because he beat Dasshole and is "photogenic".

Our disdain should be more proportionate. Graham might be the one you would most like to sock in the jaw but he's not the worst and his quieter cousins should be just as zealously targeted for defeat.

Of the 3 A-class RINOs I mentioned early in this post, Lisa Murkowski, coming from GOP Alaska should be the most vigorously hated. Witch went around the party to "win" after losing the primary.

23 posted on 02/01/2014 10:21:09 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

You’re exactly right but this article is dated,

May 15, 2008!

Thanks for the ping, dearest Impy.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 10:27:18 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Impy; Steelfish; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Viennacon; AuH2ORepublican; NFHale; Liz
RE :Hahahaha. Jerk who needs to be replaced? Hell yes. The worst Republican Senator. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.

I have to jump inhere.

Yes those others have made more votes with Dems than Grahamnesty did, they voted to end DADT in military whicjh irked me. But look at the lib states who elected them.

Grahamnesty is outright deceitful.

In 2011 he got on a Sunday network show and said “Maybe we should change the US constitution to end birthright citizenship” for no other purpose than to stir things up on the amnesty side, play acting against illegals , now he calls us racist for opposing amnesty under Obama.
Grahamnesty is one of the worst deceitful snakes in congress.

Grahamnesty is still on the top of my list.

25 posted on 02/01/2014 10:38:40 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: onyx; BillyBoy; Steelfish; AuH2ORepublican

Wow, that it’s that old. (the thread is not, Steelfish posted it on Friday) makes it even dumber.

In 2008 we has Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Bob Bennett in the Senate too.

And Graham has done a more bad stuff and had more diarheia of the mouth since 2008 then he did before.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 10:42:15 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: sickoflibs; BillyBoy

Collins and Kirk are from liberal states and have “an excuse”. None of the others I mentioned are.

But you’re point about the damage of his big mouth is well taken.


27 posted on 02/01/2014 10:45:33 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

You’re right, on all counts.

I spotted this thread either yesterday or sometime earlier today (Saturday) and thought ... 2008 ... WTH?


28 posted on 02/01/2014 10:46:20 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Impy; Steelfish; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Viennacon; sickoflibs; justiceseeker93

I agree with Impy on most counts, although I haven’t looked at Cochrane closely enough to determine whether he is worse than Graham.

One of the reasons why Graham is such an inviting arget is the fact that SC has primary runoffs, which will prevent him from being renominated with a plurality wurh the anri-Graham vote getting splintered.


29 posted on 02/02/2014 6:55:59 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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