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There's little 'faux' about folksy Graham (Lindsey, not Bob) BLUMENTHAL ALERT
The State ^ | 6/1/03 | Lauren Markoe

Posted on 06/01/2003 12:35:24 PM PDT by wimpycat

Washington: Anyone who followed Monicagate knows that it made enemies of now-U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sidney Blumenthal, a former adviser to President Clinton.

Graham, then in the House and a prosecutor at the president's 1999 impeachment trial, accused Blumenthal of trying to save Clinton by smearing Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern with whom the president had an affair.

With the publication of "The Clinton Wars," Blumenthal takes his turn to write the history of the impeachment saga and, not surprisingly, pegs Graham as one of the era's most shameless villains.

Expected to land in the top 10 on The New York Times best-seller list, Blumenthal's account describes Graham alternatively as "bumbling," "peevish," and possessed of a "shambling, faux-folksy manner."

More seriously, he charges Graham with publicizing an allegation he knew had no basis in fact: that Blumenthal orchestrated a campaign to discredit Lewinsky.

"He's owed me an apology for years," Blumenthal said in a phone interview Thursday.

As for Graham's elevation to the Senate this year, Blumenthal concluded that the South Carolinian's "exploitation of the impeachment trial has worked very well to advance his ambition."

Graham said he hasn't read the book and doesn't intend to.

"God, no," he said. "I know everything I need to know about Sidney Blumenthal without reading his book."

Asked about Blumenthal's charge that his famously folksy manner is but a crowd-pleasing act, Graham -- who grew up in tiny Central in rural Pickens County -- quipped that he is as real a country boy as they come.

"Have you met my family? Have you met my friends?"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: blumenthal; impeachment; liarsclub; lindseygraham; sidvicious
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Well said. I know everything I need to know about Sid Vicious without reading his damn book, too.

For those who don't exactly know why Blumenthal has it in for Graham, article highlighting the testimony that "exposes Graham as one of the era's most shameless villians".

*snicker*

1 posted on 06/01/2003 12:35:24 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Howlin; Amelia; Constitution Day; billbears; Poohbah; Chancellor Palpatine
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2 posted on 06/01/2003 12:36:03 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
El Sid is just picking up where Monica left off.
3 posted on 06/01/2003 12:38:29 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
It makes you wonder what he gets out of kow-towing (for lack of a better phrase) to Clinton after all this time. Do they have something on him?
4 posted on 06/01/2003 12:42:51 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
That is what I have wondered about Carville, Begala, and the rest of the loyalists. It has to be that they want the Socialist nation as badly as do the Clintons. It is the only explanation.
5 posted on 06/01/2003 12:44:50 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
bump
6 posted on 06/01/2003 12:46:05 PM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: wimpycat
re: "God, no," he said. "I know everything I need to know about Sidney Blumenthal without reading his book.")))

Lindsey shouldn't be taking the Lord's name in vain. But that's about as "villainous" as I've seen him.

7 posted on 06/01/2003 1:47:02 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Paul Atreides; wimpycat
It has to be that they want the Socialist nation as badly as do the Clintons.

Exactly. They, and most of their associates, are hardcore Communists who will do anything it takes for power. Keep that and all that it implies when you think of them.

8 posted on 06/01/2003 1:47:34 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: Mamzelle
Heck, he was dating Laura Ingraham during the impeachment. How "bad" can he be?
9 posted on 06/01/2003 1:54:37 PM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: wimpycat
Sidney who?
10 posted on 06/01/2003 2:35:10 PM PDT by MosesKnows
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To: Paul Atreides
Somehow I don't think of Bill Clinton as wanting anything but to be the center of power, no matter what political system. It's all about Bill.
11 posted on 06/01/2003 3:40:09 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: MosesKnows
Sidney of the Students for a Democratic Society while in college. Sid the Blowmanthal was a member of the SDS. Nothing more needed.
12 posted on 06/01/2003 5:33:58 PM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Paul Atreides
OOOOOHHHHHHHH YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! How true.
13 posted on 06/01/2003 10:41:43 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: wimpycat
I doubt it; he is an idealogue and power junkie. He will never have the "stuff" on his own so he has cast his lot with the Clinton's. He must have had his ass kicked a bunch as a kid; he looks like he needs his ass kicked as an adult.
14 posted on 06/01/2003 10:48:10 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: wimpycat
"More seriously, he charges Graham with publicizing an allegation he knew had no basis in fact: that Blumenthal orchestrated a campaign to discredit Lewinsky."
This is exactly what catapaulted Christopher Hitchens to "out" Blumenthal. Blummie was pushing the party line on Lewinski to Hitchens over lunch.
Blumenthal and SDS? Are you sure? He looks a bit young to have been involved with them.
15 posted on 06/01/2003 11:05:20 PM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: wimpycat
All you need to know about Sniveling Sid is that *he* had to pay Matt Drudge in order to make the lawsuit that he filed against Drudge go away.

Also, from some excerpts of his book that I read on salon, he slanders Senator Graham by implying that he's an anti-Semite.

16 posted on 06/02/2003 4:31:48 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
...he slanders Senator Graham by implying that he's an anti-Semite.

Ahhh...the favored retort of Jerry Seinfeld's uncle.

17 posted on 06/02/2003 5:14:14 AM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
Didn't Christopher Hitchens corroborate Graham's charge against Blumenthal?
18 posted on 06/02/2003 5:17:09 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Yes.
19 posted on 06/02/2003 5:18:21 AM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
Given Lindsey Graham's strong support for Israel, I can't believe that about him. Not even close.

Sid the Sock Puppet claimed that a few months after impeachment, he was at some event and Mary Bono was there too, and that when they were trying to make small talk, she allegedly said that during the Judiciary Committee stuff (in GOP meetings) that he "made fun of" the Sock Puppet's name.

20 posted on 06/02/2003 5:18:21 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Sidney Blumenthal is no more credible than Jayson Blair.
21 posted on 06/02/2003 5:19:59 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: NYC GOP Chick
During the impeachment saga, I remember reading a pro-Clinton article where the author (I forget who) said something about Graham always mispronouncing Blumenthal's name...he would pronounce it "Bloomingthal".
22 posted on 06/02/2003 5:20:40 AM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
There's a good chance that little tidbit was fed to whoever the author was by Blumenthal himself. And why should we believe anything that Blumenthal says?
23 posted on 06/02/2003 5:23:49 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: wimpycat
And why can't someone make fun of his dopey name without it being anti-Semitic? I'm Jewish, and I don't see anti-semitism lurking everywhere. Maybe Sid the Sock Puppet should learn that not everyone who despises him does so because he's Jewish, but because he's a slimy prick on wheels.

This "victim mentality" reminds me of this militant lesbo who lived next door to me for one semester in college. I was *furious* about how she had a rather loud orgy in her room the night before classes were starting and despite repeated requests from me, they wouldn't shut the hell up. So a few days later, I walked into the living room to hear her whine to some leftists that I don't like her because she's gay. She didn't see me walking into the room at that moment, so I just pointed out that I don't care if she's gay or straight, but that I am very angry about how rude and selfish she is. A few of the lefties giggled at that.

24 posted on 06/02/2003 5:28:24 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: wimpycat
BUMP!
25 posted on 06/02/2003 5:37:16 AM PDT by Constitution Day (BWONNGGG!! Even Eric Rudolph is sick of hearing about Scott Peterson. **THIS WAS A FOX NEWS ALERT**)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I doubt he was consciously making fun of Blumenthal's name. He probably just mis-pronounced it. Sort of like Bush I and II constantly mis-pronouncing "nuclear".
26 posted on 06/02/2003 6:56:11 AM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
And even if he was making fun of his name, SO WHAT??? Mocking Sid the Sock Puppet doesn't equal anti-Semitism. Yeah, I'm sure there are some people who hate him because he's Jewish, but by and large, most people despise the rodent because he's a smarmy, compulsive lying sack of turd.
27 posted on 06/02/2003 9:14:23 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Don't hold back...tell us how you really feel! LOL!

Blumenthal is doing his best to get someone, anyone, in the Administration to comment on the Clintons. He attacks everyone he can in his book, and other than some print refutation by journalists, no one else is saying a darn thing.

In my opinion Blumenthals' book was intended as a vehicle to get everyone arguing about the Clintons again. Thankfully, that isn't happening.

Clinton seems to be determined to get his name in the papers, though (witness his 22nd Amendment spiel). Fortunately, no one in the administration responds to him, either. This is a good tactic, as Clinton becomes more and more marginallized.

We haven't seen too many speaking engagements lately outside of universities and democrat fundraisers, have we? He's wearing thin on a lot of people.

28 posted on 06/02/2003 9:24:16 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: NYC GOP Chick
By Sid's standards, I guess I'm an "anti-Semite" for calling Carl Levin "Lenin", Feinstein "Feinswine", and Schumer "Scumer".
And I'm anti whatever nationality Debbie Stabenow is for spelling that name Stabusall-Stabmenow.
And I'm anti WASP for calling Gore, Alwhore.
And I'm anti-Irish for calling Ted Kennedy a drunken murderer. Whoops! That's a little tough.

I know! Maybe he doesn't like Sid since he's "Sid Vicious".

29 posted on 06/02/2003 9:29:56 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Hey Moose! Rocco! - Help the judge find his checkbook, will ya?")
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To: Miss Marple
Actually, if you think about it, keeping the Sink Master's name in the news can be a good thing for us. While it does make the acid churn in our stomachs, it does repeatedly remind everyone that the Nanny State Nine now trying to run for the White House are so *small*, dull and inconsequential.
30 posted on 06/02/2003 9:32:28 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: Dan from Michigan
I believe that Stabenow is also Jewish -- and I have as little use and affection for her as you do. LOL! :)
31 posted on 06/02/2003 9:34:24 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Stabmenow is a Methodist(although a lot of people think she is Jewish). She kept her first husband's last name after her marriage ended.
32 posted on 06/02/2003 9:52:24 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Hey Moose! Rocco! - Help the judge find his checkbook, will ya?")
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To: Dan from Michigan
As a Jew, I'm relieved to hear that. :)
33 posted on 06/02/2003 11:07:59 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: aristeides
Actually, Blumenthal is worse than Blair because Sid Vicious is not a drug addict and isn't considered mentally derranged, yet he is a vicious liar and dissembler. And yes, the outing of Blumenthal by the 'sworn under oath' Hitchens certainly writes 'L-I-A-R' wherever one sees Sid Blumenthal's name.
34 posted on 06/02/2003 11:17:24 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: thegreatbeast
I recommend that everyone go to Christopher Hitchen's website. His July Atlantic Monthly review of Blumenthal's book is posted. It has the most detailed account of the infamous lunch where Blumie talked to Hitchens about Kathleen Willy's poll numbers (and how they were about to drop).
35 posted on 06/02/2003 11:28:11 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: wimpycat
I couldn't find the original piece on salon (and I always feel so dirty when I go there), but I did find this in a long and tedious suck-up piece in Washington Monthly:
Beyond the false accusations, Blumenthal was subjected to a malicious invective that sometimes verged upon the anti-Semitic. Michael Ledeen of the National Review compared Blumenthal to the "Jewish consiglieri" of the Mafiosi. Vanity Fair quoted a blind source disparaging "a certain kind of Jewish family" from which Blumenthal came. After the impeachment was over, Rep. Mary Bono cheerfully told Blumenthal that her fellow GOP Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham "sure had a good time making fun of your name." The revelation of this right-wing anti-Semitism, normally assumed to be obsolete outside the Buchananite fringes, is disturbing. And yet Blumenthal recounts these comments with equanimity, as if he has become so inured to his Kafkaesque fate, so accustomed to the perils that befall a foot soldier in the Clinton wars, that he scarcely needs to note the vileness.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0306.greenberg.html

36 posted on 06/02/2003 12:38:20 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: wimpycat
The only thing I don't understand is why Graham is cozying up to Hillary lately!
37 posted on 06/02/2003 12:54:30 PM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: areafiftyone
He isn't "cozying up" to Hillary. For whatever reason, they both had a similar interest in that bill for benefits for reservists. We all know Graham is pro-military, so I don't wonder about him, but Hillary may be trying to ingratiate herself with the military crowd. Besides the legislation involved, they both had a political interest to play up their "working together" on this legislation. Hillary working with Graham sends the message: "See, I care so much about the military, I'm willing to work with the 'shameless villian' who persecuted my husband to make sure military personnel get what they need!" Graham can say to his critics, "See, I'm a professional. I'm bi-partisan."

It's quite easy to understand. Don't think for a moment that they like each other any more than they did. But it makes sense to work together when they happen to share the same opinion on an issue, and there's no danger of that happening too often, I'm sure.
38 posted on 06/02/2003 1:27:32 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: NYC GOP Chick
*gag*
39 posted on 06/02/2003 1:28:18 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
I served in the Air Force with Lindsey Graham. He was then and still is a country boy and a pitbull in the courtroom.
40 posted on 06/02/2003 1:31:50 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Standing tough under Stars and Stripes)
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To: wimpycat
I understand all that, but WHY OH WHY has he repeatedly been quoted in various wire reports as practically *gushing* about her?!
41 posted on 06/02/2003 1:50:27 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: wimpycat
I'd like to see Ms. Bono come out and say that Slimy Sid made that up or that it was taken out of context or something along those lines.
42 posted on 06/02/2003 1:51:07 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: wimpycat
Here's my guess on Blumenthal's book -- Hollywood and DNC fat cats will buy thousands of copies and dump them in thrift stores and homeless shelters. Then they'll take a tax deduction for giving to charity on our (the taxpayer's) dime.

Yep, it'll be a bestseller...

Expected to land in the top 10 on The New York Times best-seller list, Blumenthal's account describes Graham alternatively as "bumbling," "peevish," and possessed of a "shambling, faux-folksy manner."

43 posted on 06/02/2003 1:52:00 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I didn't read it as "gushing", just that he was trying to be nice because he can afford it.
44 posted on 06/02/2003 1:53:16 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
It was a bit more than that in a few of the articles. Frankly, I found it alarming and appalling, as I expect better from him.
45 posted on 06/02/2003 1:55:49 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: CholeraJoe
He was then and still is a country boy and a pitbull in the courtroom.

But does he "mash" buttons? He's not a real country boy unless he "mashes" buttons, like the buttons on the phone or in the elevator. (As opposed to "pressing" them like everybody else does.)

46 posted on 06/02/2003 1:56:14 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: CholeraJoe
Very kewl. Got any good stories from those days? :)
47 posted on 06/02/2003 1:56:16 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: wimpycat
What is "mashing"?
48 posted on 06/02/2003 1:56:58 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
LOL! Something rural Southerners do instead of "pressing". Like if you get in an elevator and you're next to the buttons and someone says, "Could you 'mash' 4, please?", you'll know he's Southern, and most likely rural.
49 posted on 06/02/2003 1:59:42 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
LOL! Thanks for the info -- as you can see, I'm just a provincial, sheltered NYC girl. :)
50 posted on 06/02/2003 2:03:07 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Clinton Legacy = 16-acre hole in the ground in lower Manhattan)
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