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Has foreign policy saved Lindsay Graham?
thehill.com ^ | 3/23/14 | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 03/23/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT by cotton1706

Once a top target of conservative groups, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has used his full-throated criticism of President Obama on foreign policy to tamp down the threat of a serious primary challenge.

From his perch on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Graham has attacked Obama on everything from Benghazi to Syria to defense cuts to Israel, shoring up his conservative bona fides and helping to quash a potential Tea Party challenge -- he faces a handful of nominal primary opponents, none of whom who have much of a chance.

Even though he's likely safe in his June primary even if he's forced into a runoff, the heightened tensions with Russia have given him a yet another opening to hit President Obama.

The South Carolina senator is a staple on the Sunday morning show circuit, ripping Obama and has a new campaign commercial out criticizing his foreign policy. He and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) co-authored an op-ed on CNN saying Obama’s “scream loudly and carry no stick” foreign policy had failed to deter Russia.

“It's no wonder Putin has concluded that he's unlikely to face serious consequences for his imperial adventure. The U.S. did nothing when he invaded Georgia in 2008. More recently, we did nothing after the Syrian regime violated the "red line" Obama had established regarding the use of chemical weapons there,” they wrote.

He also released a new ad earlier this week touting his opposition to Obama on foreign policy.

“He stands up for America and our troops, challenging the president, asking the tough questions on Iran, Benghazi and radical Islam,” the ad’s narrator says. “In a dangerous world where the only guarantee of peace is strength, Lindsey Graham stands strong.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; Russia; US: Georgia; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: elections; georgia; lindseygraham; newtgingrich; russia; southcarolina; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
This is how they got John McCain in 2008 back to the top of the list. When Benazir Bhutto died, McCain was all over the placed and was willfully pumped up by the media.

They'll do the same with Graham. He thinks he's brilliant, and the media appease him to protect him so they keep their liberal vote in the senate. They just LOVE having a senate from SOUTH CAROLINA vote with the democrats all the time.

1 posted on 03/23/2014 7:44:55 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Even though he's likely safe in his June primary even if he's forced into a runoff,...

Maybe so. Maybe so. This article's writer must know things the conservative voters of South Carolina don't. If not, then let's just see what happens starting with the primary on June 10th.
2 posted on 03/23/2014 7:54:25 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

If he wins it will prove to me beyond a doubt that it’s all rigged and my vote does not count. I’m 99% there already.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 7:58:42 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: cotton1706

Please, South Carolina, for the love of God ...


4 posted on 03/23/2014 8:00:22 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: cotton1706

No.


5 posted on 03/23/2014 8:06:00 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

Graham, like McCain, are reprehensible. Most of the time they embrace much of the philosophy of the internationalist left; but when they think even their Republican liberal base is getting fed up with them, they make the bizarre jump to *what they think* is extremist right wing behavior.

That is, calling for America to be a police state, throwing huge chunks of money at the Pentagon with no real purpose in mind, and generally being belligerent.

But it is blatantly all an act, which shows their utter contempt for their constituents.

The truth is that they regard themselves as federal free agents, employed by the federal government and indifferent to their home state, except for once each six years when they want to buy their reelection by destroying their political rivals.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 8:06:05 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: VerySadAmerican
If he wins it will prove to me beyond a doubt that it’s all rigged and my vote does not count.

Or that there are a lot of low-information voters on our side.

7 posted on 03/23/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: cotton1706
” he faces a handful of nominal primary opponents, none of whom who have much of a chance. “
They don't need to “Have a Chance” all is needed is they as a group prevent Graham from amassing 51% of the vote
8 posted on 03/23/2014 8:12:43 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Resettozero

So who among his challengers is worth supporting?


9 posted on 03/23/2014 8:20:13 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: cotton1706

If Obama saves his sorry ass through a inept foreign policy then there is no way Graham can avoid paying him back.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 8:23:51 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Pontiac
So who among his challengers is worth supporting?

Considering Lindsay Graham is the alternative? All of them.

11 posted on 03/23/2014 8:24:52 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Pontiac; DoodleDawg
So who among his challengers is worth supporting?

Thank you for asking. What DoodleDawg said.

R2z
12 posted on 03/23/2014 8:31:27 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Fiji Hill

Sad but true. We indeed have our own large share of low info nitwits.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 8:41:04 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: cotton1706; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
It would appear the author, Cameron Joseph, is a pansey lover.

FWIW, in talking about linda with folks here in South Carolina, very few mention anything about foreign policy. They are MUCH more concerned about jobs, jobs, jobs and getting the government to quit spying, tracking and lying to us.

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

14 posted on 03/23/2014 8:42:44 AM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: cotton1706
Here's all you really need to know about Lindsey Graham in less than 10 seconds.

Kerry/Graham Open Mic

15 posted on 03/23/2014 8:56:28 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: cotton1706

Foreign policy is none of Linda’s and McJuan’s business.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 8:56:28 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: VerySadAmerican
If he wins it will prove to me beyond a doubt that it’s all rigged and my vote does not count.

How is that? Lots of awful politicians win again and again, some of them Democrats in "red" states - how does that prove to you beyond a doubt that "it's all rigged"?

Conservative activism to replace Graham is tiny compared to the overall general public - it's even small compared to the overall population of South Carolina Republican primary voters.

Removing an entrenched Senator is very difficult. You need to have a really good candidate (meaning a good politician) for the base to rally behind. Add to that the memory of replacing Lugar with Murdoch and then handing the seat to the Democrats is going to sap a lot of energy for taking that risk again.

South Carolina is a pretty red state, so replacing Graham with a GOOD conservative who can actually win is ideal here. Does such a candidate exist? I mean, a skilled candidate that could not only beat Lindsey in a primary but then go on to hold the seat without gaffing on questions about rape, etc.?

17 posted on 03/23/2014 9:15:33 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: cotton1706

So he’s against Obama’s foreign policy but all for opening up the borders to allow foreign invaders on our soil to bankrupt the nation. FULG


18 posted on 03/23/2014 10:03:51 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: cotton1706
Graham almost reached the 50 percent threshold he’ll need to avoid a primary runoff against his four primary opponents in a late February poll.

This little nugget was buried in the middle of the pimp article for linda grammy.

Just three weeks ago, linda was UNDER 50% in a poll of registered voters, not likely voters, registered voters.

If any candidate fails to reach 50% in the primary in SC then there is a top two run-off.

When that happens, Lee Bright will kick her ass.

19 posted on 03/23/2014 10:16:13 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: DoodleDawg
Glenn Beck and all the show hosts on The Blaze radio are behind Lee Bright. I sent him $20 and I'm going to send him $20 more.

Also, get behind Greg Brannon in NC, Matt Bevin in KY, Tom Cotton in IA, Dave Brat (against cantor in VA), and Eric Gurr (against boner in OH).

20 posted on 03/23/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT by Blogatron (Racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, denier, polluterÂ… not timmid of your invective.)
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To: DoodleDawg
Glenn Beck and all the show hosts on The Blaze radio are behind Lee Bright. I sent him $20 and I'm going to send him $20 more.

Also, get behind Greg Brannon in NC, Matt Bevin in KY, Tom Cotton in IA, Dave Brat (against cantor in VA), and Eric Gurr (against boner in OH).

21 posted on 03/23/2014 10:46:48 AM PDT by Blogatron (Racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, denier, polluterÂ… not timmid of your invective.)
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To: Resettozero; DoodleDawg
I guess what I am looking for is a good conservative challenger that can win.

I can’t afford to contribute to them all and doing so would not be useful if I could.

You need to winnow down the number of challengers so that one of them has a chance to collect enough votes to win in the primary.

22 posted on 03/23/2014 12:02:03 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: cotton1706

...he faces a handful of nominal primary opponents, none of whom who have much of a chance.
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OK, South Carolina FReepers; fill us in. Is there a good chance for a run-off from the GOP Primary or no?


23 posted on 03/23/2014 1:25:19 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

If he wins it will prove to me beyond a doubt that it’s all rigged and my vote does not count.
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So, apparently you’re in SC. What’s the pulse of this campaign there? Are people interested at this time or is it not drawing much attention as of now? What are people saying about the race? Help us out here.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 1:30:08 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Robe

...all is needed is they as a group prevent Graham from amassing 51% of the vote.
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Something we were not able to do in Texas with John Cornyn and his 7 (yes; SEVEN) challengers.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 1:33:15 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Blogatron

I agree, but we also need to get behind Rob Maness in Louisiana. Don’t forget Mary Landrieu and “The Louisiana Purchase”.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 1:37:40 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorse Mitch McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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