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Lindsey Graham, cruising to primary victory, tackles controversial issues on campaign trail
washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/29/14 | Rebecca Berg

Posted on 04/29/2014 7:03:10 AM PDT by cotton1706

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- When Sen. Lindsey Graham received a major endorsement last week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the setting was, from a campaign-optics perspective, nearly perfect.

Graham, joined by representatives from the national and regional arms of the organization, stood in a vast warehouse of a local manufacturer, where he was flanked by supporters holding signs. But as Graham began to speak, a driving rain pounded the warehouse roof, drowning out all other noise. The Republican senator had no microphone, and so he did his best to yell out his remarks.

Had Graham been facing a competitive challenge to his re-election this year, the inclement weather might have ruined an important campaign event. But Graham isn't, and the soggy audio didn't matter.

Instead, Graham, counter to the early prognostications of many, has quelled any potential threats from Tea Party insurgents and, two months ahead of the Republican primary, is cruising to a third term in the Senate -- still gleefully tackling those controversial topics that might have made him vulnerable in the first place.

Graham is in this position by no accident. Wary of other incumbents who have not prepared for competitive re-election campaigns and lost, Graham and his campaign team have spent the intervening years raising money and shoring up support among South Carolina's political class -- all but guaranteeing Graham's path to victory.

Graham's longtime campaign manager, Scott Farmer, recalled a motto beloved by former South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond to describe Graham's approach: “Senator Thurmond had a saying: ‘You always run like you're behind and take nothing for granted.' Sen. Graham has always taken that advice to heart and run very aggressive campaigns.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: elections
If Graham is again the nominee, the people of South Carolina may have to consider whether the democrat nominee is more conservative than Graham, and more representative of their interests than the vile oligarch, Graham.
1 posted on 04/29/2014 7:03:10 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

The sheeple are easily led. Just saying.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 7:05:34 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: cotton1706

Please SC, dump this turd.


3 posted on 04/29/2014 7:08:06 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Starboard

The premise of this piece is not necessarily true. “Dewey Defeats Truman”


4 posted on 04/29/2014 7:09:22 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: cotton1706
But as Graham began to speak, a driving rain pounded the warehouse roof, drowning out all other noise.

God Votes!

5 posted on 04/29/2014 7:10:41 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: cotton1706

What’s the matter with South Caroliners? Didn’t they just send that flake Mark Sanford to Capitol Hill to represent them in Congress?


6 posted on 04/29/2014 7:11:11 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: cotton1706

My, my. All the action words implying brave derring-do on the part of Lindsey Graham. What’s next, feats of strength? Do these people not realize how ridiculous this sounds?


7 posted on 04/29/2014 7:12:06 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Starboard
The sheeple are easily led. Just saying.

There's a good deal more to it than just that. Dig a little deeper into the S.C. red clay and you will see.
8 posted on 04/29/2014 7:12:34 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: C. Edmund Wright

The sheeple have elected him over and over again since 1995. No reason to believe it will be any different this time around. A certain percentage of people would have to start thinking for themselves and that’s quite an unlikely scenario.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: RegulatorCountry

LOL! Good post.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 7:14:21 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Fiji Hill
What’s the matter with South Caroliners? Didn’t they just send that flake Mark Sanford to Capitol Hill to represent them in Congress?

Charleston district, I believe. Wish I could have voted for him.
11 posted on 04/29/2014 7:16:09 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

Basically a government entity endorses an incumbent (or any) person running for office. There is just so may things wrong there.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 7:17:41 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: cotton1706

Send him back and SC can finally quit the little act where they act like they are so conservative.

They are no more so than Rhode Island.


13 posted on 04/29/2014 7:18:51 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Starboard

You just know it’s worse than they’re letting on when Lindsey trots out Strom Thurmond.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 7:22:28 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: cotton1706
If Graham is again the nominee, the people of South Carolina may have to consider whether the democrat nominee is more conservative than Graham, and more representative of their interests than the vile oligarch, Graham.

Well, he IS the ideal conservative Senator for 4 months out of every 6 years.

But about your statement regarding what to do if he wins the primary: It's the press and GOPe (Lindsey's many minions) who have declared him the assured winner. We still have a primary June 10th and a possible run-off three weeks later. Let's wait and see what happens first.
15 posted on 04/29/2014 7:22:57 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706

Not surprising the Chamber backed him. They support illegals and one-worldism.

I can’t believe the people of SC haven’t dropped this guy yet.


16 posted on 04/29/2014 7:23:23 AM PDT by ZULU (Devil Patrick FREE Justina Pelletier!!!)
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To: VanDeKoik

They’re Republican and many still confuse that with conservatism. The two were pretty closely associated at one point. That point has passed.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 7:23:57 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: VanDeKoik
Send him back and SC can finally quit the little act where they act like they are so conservative. They are no more so than Rhode Island.

Do you REALLY think that's true? Or did you just get a speeding ticket here?
18 posted on 04/29/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Starboard

Sad but true...!


19 posted on 04/29/2014 7:25:24 AM PDT by swampfox101 (l)
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To: cotton1706

At least we keep the R which is needed to have any voice in the Senate and House. Keep in mind we cannot stop the communists Democrats unless we build the R base regardless because we do not like a RINO. We have no power to stop this dictatorship because we do not have the Senate. The speaker has control of the floor and bills from the House goes nowhere. If we can get a super majority in the Senate we can dethrone King Obama. Better chance than we have now.


20 posted on 04/29/2014 7:45:50 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Logical me

“At least we keep the R which is needed to have any voice in the Senate and House. Keep in mind we cannot stop the communists Democrats unless we build the R base regardless because we do not like a RINO. We have no power to stop this dictatorship because we do not have the Senate. The speaker has control of the floor and bills from the House goes nowhere. If we can get a super majority in the Senate we can dethrone King Obama. Better chance than we have now.”

Normally I would agree with you. But there are two people this election cycle who are so odious that they should be removed from power at all cost: Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. They do not add to our numbers, they actually detract from our numbers.


21 posted on 04/29/2014 8:02:40 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: Logical me
eRINO’s are just democrats waiting to come out of the closet. Do you honestly think a RINO supermajority will do anything? I have no illusions. Nothing will happen. They have no spine and will not fight. Time for pitchforks and tar.
22 posted on 04/29/2014 8:03:15 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: cotton1706
...there are two people this election cycle who are so odious that they should be removed from power at all cost: Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. They do not add to our numbers, they actually detract from our numbers.

+1

Kentuckians will have to deal with the former.
23 posted on 04/29/2014 8:05:02 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I hope you are correct. But never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter. Even in South Carolina.
24 posted on 04/29/2014 8:05:24 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: RegulatorCountry

THe conservatives can not win without republicans voting for them either..Thus Conservative alone to do not have the numbers we all need each other to send Harry reid packing or no longer majority leader


25 posted on 04/29/2014 8:05:45 AM PDT by peekaboo
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To: RegulatorCountry

THe conservatives can not win without republicans voting for them either..Thus Conservative alone to do not have the numbers we all need each other to send Harry reid packing or no longer majority leader


26 posted on 04/29/2014 8:05:45 AM PDT by peekaboo
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To: prof.h.mandingo
Do you honestly think a RINO supermajority will do anything? I have no illusions. Nothing will happen. They have no spine and will not fight.

I have come to agree with this. It's a major point that needs restating on FR and elsewhere until (I like dreamin') the GOPe sheds its facade of an exoskeleton and listens to those who already have come out of their (R) party or are willing and planning to very soon.
27 posted on 04/29/2014 8:11:51 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: peekaboo
THe conservatives can not win without republicans voting for them either..Thus Conservative alone to do not have the numbers we all need each other to send Harry reid packing or no longer majority leader.

Yes, this is from the Progressives' and GOPe's crib sheet of emphasis points to spread far and wide.
28 posted on 04/29/2014 8:13:35 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: peekaboo
THe conservatives can not win without republicans voting for them either..Thus Conservative alone to do not have the numbers we all need each other to send Harry reid packing or no longer majority leader

The Republicans cannot win without conservatives voting for them either... Thus Republicans alone do not have the numbers, we all need each other to send Harry Reid packing or no longer majority leader.

See, it's a two-way street. Funny how that works. It's the reason Lindsey Graham is being primaried. He is not conservative.

29 posted on 04/29/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: cotton1706
Instead, Graham, counter to the early prognostications of many, has quelled any potential threats from Tea Party insurgents and, two months ahead of the Republican primary, is cruising to a third term in the Senate.

Let's see; the primary is June 10th, the possible run-off three weeks following. We haven't voted yet, have we?

The smiling snake charmer may be in for a rude snakebite. We'll see.
30 posted on 04/29/2014 8:35:29 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

“The smiling snake charmer may be in for a rude snakebite. We’ll see.”

I truly hope you’re right. I think he’ll probably face a runoff, but then he’ll blister the airwaves with ads.

I’m hoping some momentum may be built with forcing a runoff in North Carolina on May 6th, nominating Ben Sasse on May 13th, forcing a runoff in Georgia on May 20th, defeating or severely weakening McConnell on May 20th, defeating Ray Hall in Texas on May 27th and defeating Thad Cochran on June 3rd.

The establishment is working very hard to win all of these.


31 posted on 04/29/2014 8:42:28 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
The establishment is working very hard to win all of these.

Well, yeah. That's how they make their living (plus a few expenses).

In the Upstate, the ad popping up the most on TV is a Graham-Scott combo.

GRAHAM IS RUNNING ON THE COATTAILS OF TRUE CONSERVATIVE TIM SCOTT WHO HAS YET TO BE ELECTED!

That should give folks a clue.
32 posted on 04/29/2014 8:47:27 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: RegulatorCountry
No wonder Graham treats conservatives with contempt. He doesn't even need them to get re-elected.
33 posted on 04/29/2014 8:52:31 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Starboard

This is right out of the Establishment playbook: cause the insurgents to lose heart by repeating, over and over again, that the election is over, their guy is going to win easily, etc.... Nobody on our side should accept that. This is just a call to work harder.


34 posted on 04/29/2014 8:57:13 AM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Sam Gamgee
No wonder Graham treats conservatives with contempt. He doesn't even need them to get re-elected.

We'll see. Remember, too many S.C. folks voted straight-ticket R in 2008 because of Sarah Palin's presence on the ballot. LG was inadvertently re-elected.

In 2014, S.C. conservatives have not forgotten either SP or LG.
35 posted on 04/29/2014 8:58:00 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
I'm pretty much calling BS on this article. I wonder if Rebecca Berg is on linda's campaign team? She says linda's cruising to victory and then offers no proof. No polling, nothing. Nothing about linda's opponents. And, IMHO, nothing about South Carolina's all important primary 50% rule.

And what's the big deal, except for a pile of campaign cash, about the Chamber of Commerce's endorsement. These are the guys who, along with dear linda, want to make criminal aliens legal and maybe US citizens. What?

For a very different perspective on this race, mash here.

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"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me.

Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are ABLE!!

36 posted on 04/30/2014 7:03:21 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Resettozero
I hope you are right. South Carolina is the most culturally Southern of the five South Atlantic states, with fewer immigrants from north of the Potomac of the sort that have damaged the conservative cause in VA, FL, and NC. The Palmetto State was the first state to secede in the crisis of 1860-61. SC deserves representation worthy of its history and heritage.
37 posted on 04/30/2014 7:16:26 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Wallace T.; upchuck; cotton1706

Zowie! This stupid article just got pick up by Drudge. Well, maybe the readers will see through it.


38 posted on 04/30/2014 7:26:27 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: cotton1706
How revolting. Perhaps the TEA party is indeed impotent, or there are a lot of GOP LIV in the state of S.C. WAKE UP AMERICA this just might be the last election in which we have time to still turn this country around, or we jump off the cliff following the policies of ONE combined party trying to convince us they are indeed different....


39 posted on 04/30/2014 11:01:28 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: prof.h.mandingo

I think that’s why DeMint endorsed Christine O’Donnell.

It is more important to have 41 votes than 51 with a lot of RINO’s not being held accountable.

Id vote for the Democrat even if he is as bad as Graham on immigration. Joe Donnelly and those others who won those races are not major forces for any agenda on the senate floor.


40 posted on 04/30/2014 4:46:10 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Starboard

Back in the old days, before the rules were changed, seniority in congress allowed Southern states like South Carolina to wield some power against the larger northern states. Once a pol got in office, he was pretty much guaranteed reelection, often unopposed. That is why Strom Thurmond was reelected until he dropped dead at age 99. The rules have changed, but I suspect that old habits die hard and Linda Graham is reaping the benefits.


41 posted on 04/30/2014 5:34:20 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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