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Lindsey Graham to Announce Candidacy June 1st

Lindsey Graham to Announce Candidacy June 1st

RINO or realist?

Lindsey Graham is soon to join the GOP primary field that so far (officially) consists of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee.  According to Fox News,

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to announce his presidential campaign on June 1, GOP sources tell Fox News.

Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, is known as a foreign policy hawk in Congress. Though he is considered a long shot — and ranks near the bottom in recent polls of declared and potential Republican presidential candidates — Graham could help drive the debate on national security among a GOP field that includes candidates who sharply question policies ranging from drone strikes to NSA surveillance.

While it’s true that Graham’s views on national security are more palatable to the conservative base than (say) Rand Paul’s, there are areas that may not be reconcilable.  Graham is trying to establish himself not as the squishy “RINO” (Republican in Name Only) but as the “realist” in the field who will work in bipartisan fashion to accomplish his agenda.  It seems reasonable, in that case, to recall some of his bipartisan efforts in recent years:

Remember the “Year of Immigration Reform“?  That was 2013, in case you missed it.  The Gang of Eight is often evoked in discussion of Marco Rubio’s amnesty flip-flop, but it’s worth remembering that Rubio was not the only Republican member.  Lindsey Graham was right there, effectively leading the GOP side:   “We’re going to be aggressive in marketing the bill. This is an all hands on deck approach.”

Remember him joining Harry Reid in response to the Florida pastor who burned a Koran in 2011?:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a military lawyer, is the first member of Congress to say the legislature needs to explore the possibility, however unlikely, of limiting some kinds of free speech – like Terry Jones’ Quran burning – that help America’s enemies.

“I  wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war,” he told CBS’s Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

So free speech really does have a big but?  Is this that much different than the way that the media and pundits piled on Pamela Geller for “inciting” last Sunday’s jihadi attack?

Remember his enthusiastic role as part of the climate change triumvirate dubbed “The Three Amigos,” consisting of Graham, John Kerry (then still a senator), and Joe Lieberman (also then still a senator)?:

Kerry, the de-facto leader of the triumvirate, assured [Rahm Emanuel] that there were five Republicans prepared to vote for the bill. One of them, Lindsey Graham, was sitting at the table. Kerry listed four more: Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, and George LeMieux. With five Republicans, getting sixty votes would be relatively easy. The Obama White House and the Three Amigos would be known for having passed a bill that would fundamentally change the American economy and slow the emission of gases that are causing the inexorable, and potentially catastrophic, warming of the planet.

While Graham doesn’t win many points with the base on immigration reform, free speech, or climate change, he is relatively strong not only on foreign policy and Common Core but also on the Second Amendment.  Watch him address the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum:


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We can count on politicians like Graham to remind us how detached from reality people can become.

Gremlin1974 | May 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Does anyone else look at him and see a bobble head doll?

I for one am glad to see him in. I’ve been disguisted by his sight and actions in the Senate and I’m looking forward to him being humiliated in front of the nation. Hopefully it influences him to take an early retirement to K Street

Does anyone know if Graham intends to run as a Republican or Democrat in the primaries? Will he endorse Hillary Clinton in the general election in the same manner his compadre John McCain all but endorsed Barack Obama?

stevewhitemd | May 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm

He’ll dilute the Jeb vote. A little. That makes him a useful idiot.

Subotai Bahadur | May 10, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Not a RINO. Definitely not a RINO. The proper term is DIABLO.

Assuming he’s running as a Republican…

That gives us a few white men, two latino men, one black man, one woman, and one gay man.

Pretty diverse field.

Complete RINO and McCain sycophant. Lindsey needs to come out of the closet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Yippee! Goober is, duh, running!

The key to understanding Lindsay Graham is that his political positions are identical to those of Joe Lieberman and John McCain. All three are liberal Democrats on all issues save one: they are strong on national defense (well, they think they are anyway).

None of them fit into either Party. The Democrats are so anti-nationalist, anti-military, that no one can possibly be strong on national defense and feel comfortable in the Democrat Party. But, none of them support any Republican positions aside from this one.

So, we get the bizarre result that Joe Lieberman could be the D’s VP candidate within a decade of John McCain being the R’s POTUS candidate despite the fact that they share the same political ideology across the entire spectrum of issues.

Once you understand Graham is just another Progressive, with the exception of not being a multi-nationalist, nothing he does will surprise you.

What’s really shocking is the fact that Graham and McCain managed to get themselves elected, and re-elected, as Republican Senators given the Conservative nature of the voters in SC and AZ.

“RINO or realist?”

False choice. You left out “idiot.”

Henry Hawkins | May 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

What in the world tells Graham he has a shot?

yourmamatoo | May 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

Miss Lindsey doesn’t have a chance.
He’s just embarrassing himself.

Henry Hawkins | May 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

Unlike with any other GOP candidate this cycle, Karl Rove was there when Huckabee announced. I think Huckabee is the GOP establishment pick for VP, to run with GOP elite pick Jeb Bush. But Huckabee’s already in trouble – the Great Populist has literally been selling worthless snake oil cures for diabetes and cancer to the uwashed masses he purports to represent – not that Huckabee had much of chance to begin with.

I think they’re sending Graham in to replace the tanking Huckabee as the VP choice-in-waiting. In the GOP, primaries are a formality anymore, a circus for the rubes and a way for the GOP leadership to decide which of its own candidates they needs to destroy to get their own guy in.

I’m angry at the states who keep electing these fools. Over and over again. I mean REALLY…

Or… are all federal election ballots everywhere now just fixed permanently to whatever outcome G.Soros says and pays for?