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Lindsey Graham on Fire: ‘This is the Most Unethical Sham Since I’ve Been in Politics’

Lindsey Graham on Fire: ‘This is the Most Unethical Sham Since I’ve Been in Politics’

“Boy, y’all want power, I hope you never get it.”

Today will go down in history as the day Sen. Lindsey Graham tore.it.up.

Thursday afternoon Judge Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judicial Committee again. Kavanaugh came out swinging, visibly and genuinely incensed that his good name and his family have been dragged through hell and back these last few weeks.

Senator Lindsey Graham was equally as ticked. Graham lead with, “Are you a gang rapist?” and only picked up steam from there. “I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through. Boy, y’all want power, I hope you never get it,” he said, looking at committee Democrats.

Watch the whole thing, it’s worth it, I promise:

The money lines:

Graham went on to say:

“I hope the American people can see through this sham. That you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. She’s as much of a victim as you are. God, I hate to say it, cause these have been my friends, but let me tell ya when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process? You came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend. This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap!”

Naturally, the Democrats and their media mouthpieces are decrying yelling men. But that’s just because they’re completely and wholly out of touch with the rest of the country.

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Losing McCain must’ve really hit Graham like a meteor: balls and honesty in one session. (Ugh – no pun intended.)

Maybe it was McCain that was the poison in the pair.

    I’ll be the first to admit I thought Grahamnesty was just another pathetic RINO.

    That he’s the only one standing up like this against this disgusting clown show shows how truly pathetic the Republicans have become.

      Same here. That was the most satisfying dressing down I’ve ever seen. Genuine moral outrage just when we need it. Really had me cheering. Never thought I’d be cheering anything Graham had to say but this was beyond awesome. Same with Kavanaugh. How much is a guy expected to take?

      Let’s see if any of those pompous windbags try to argue lack of judicial temperament. We are all human beings and we all have a limit. This wasn’t shocking. It was immensely satisfying. I expect the Dems and NeverTrumpers come off looking really bad after this, especially if the confirmation fails.

      I hope Graham reserves a little outrage for Grassley, Flake, Hatch and the rest of the “thoughtful” and “sensitive” senators who just went along with, and even enabled, the charade.

This is the speech that the weak fool Grassley should have given a week ago.

I like Graham, a lot. He’s shrewd, funny and self-deprecating in his humor.

I think Graham has learned a hard lesson. He tried to be fair, to engage in comity across the aisle, by voting for Dumb-o-crat nominees, such as Kagan and Sotomayor, because, irrespective of their political leanings or ideology, he believed them qualified by any reasonable measure.

I think that Graham realizes, now, that his approach has been naive and for naught. His goodwill has earned him no reciprocal goodwill from the Dumbs. And, I think his approach will change, going forward.

    malclave in reply to guyjones. | September 27, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    I sincerely hope that’s what he meant when he said the Democrats “have been” his friends… implying that that’s over with.

      Petrushka in reply to malclave. | September 27, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      The only obscure factoid I retain from high school is that “have been” is present tense.

        malclave in reply to Petrushka. | September 27, 2018 at 11:04 pm

        Present Perfect tense, actually. One of the uses is to indicate that the condition is complete. It could also mean it continues, but I’m hoping the context supports the first interpretation.

The vote tomorrow(?) will separate the Decent from the Trash.

I’m glad most of all that he addressed his fellow Republicans at the end. If there’s a betrayal that’s going to happen, that’s where it will come from.

They’ve been put on notice.

    guyjones in reply to Matt_SE. | September 27, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    With credit to novelist Mario Puzo, one of my favorite writers —

    Tomorrow, we’ll find out who the GOP’s Tessio and Carlo Rizzi are…

    Time to get Luca Brasi on the case.

      Olinser in reply to guyjones. | September 27, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Negative. Luca Brasi died like a bitch to an obvious setup.

      We need Michael Corleone on the case.

        guyjones in reply to Olinser. | September 28, 2018 at 3:03 am

        Fair point. How about Albert Neri? He was Brasi’s successor, hand-picked by Michael Corleone. An amazing recruit, or just for his hit man skills, but, because he was an ex-NYPD cop.

Kemberlee: I think there’s an error in the title. “Since I’ve Seen in Politics” should be BEEN in politics, no? –The spelling police.

I’ll be damned if the last person I’d have guessed done stepped off the main street boardwalk – in an old western town – and called out the evil townsfolk.

PAINT THE TOWN RED AND BURN IT DOWN, LINDSEY!

Does it strike anyone else that her handwritten account seems rather like the account of a vivid bad dream? Such as those one is encouraged to relate to one’s therapist? She is somewhere, she’s not sure where, or when, except that she is in high school. Only a few boys and perhaps a girl are there, and she recognizes all of them. She is thrust (how?) into a room which is locked. Two boys attack her and throw her down on a bed, and clamp a hand over her mouth so that she is unable to cry out. They are laughing and trying to get her clothes off but can’t, because of her bathing suit. Through all this (we must be talking about more than a few seconds, or it would be ) she They fall off her by some external agency (she doesn’t mention struggling herself) and she is free. A locked door is suddenly open, and without saying anything she locks herself in a bathroom . . . later, she makes an exit, apparently without encountering anyone else, and—the account ends. It has no before or after, but is vivid during. How many of these transitional and contextual elements are supplied subsequently in trying to recall the narrative, to make sense of it? This is how dreams often work. I’m not saying that this account was necessarily made up out of whole cloth: she may have been attacked by someone somewhere, or have had some persistent anxiety attacks about being attacked. It may well have had some profound effect on her. Years later, in trying to put together the pieces, there are images in her mind . . . As she discusses it with her therapist and her husband, the certainty grows—’Yes! That is how it must have happened. That jerk Kavanaugh must have been the perpetrator! That is why I have such a virulent fear of conservative judges!’

This mental process is behind millions of memories of events that people mis-remember, or imagine and come to think were real. Mistaken identity is at the root of many positive identifications in legal proceedings, identifications that turn out to have been impossible. Any judge and any trial lawyer can attest to many such moments, when opposing ‘certainties’ contradict one another. Before one gives her account even the ‘credence’ of an unverifiable claim, one must first know how she came to recall it, and how many times she has been through it with others (including lawyers) trying to clarify the fuzzy parts. Until then, I fear that #MeToo or not, that prep-school boy who grew up to be a federal judge must be given the benefit of the doubt, rather than his accuser.

    This might explain what has been an oddity to me … the inability to identify when or how she met Kavanaugh and Judge, to put a face to her attackers, but BOY does she remember the uproarious laughter. Her memory seems more auditory than visual … it’s the laughter she says is indelible or so that’s how I read her testimony.

    And another thing bugs me about that … if they covered her mouth to keep her quiet AND turned down the music, wouldn’t the loud, boisterous, uproarious laughter give them away? That doesn’t make sense.

      MrE in reply to MrE. | September 27, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Did a little Googling just out of curiosity. I’ve been drunk just 3-4 times in my life and each time, my vision was affected more quickly than my hearing. I couldn’t find much on the process of getting drunk over time – in particular the effect on the senses, except for this site which seems to suggest visual impairment precedes hearing impairment.

      https://www.leaf.tv/articles/alcohols-effects-on-the-senses/

      That her hearing memory seems better than her visual memory, might suggest she was drinking more than she lets on. It still begs the question ‘so you remember hearing them – how do you get from there to visual recognition? Did youknow Kavanaugh and Judge well enough to identify them by their laughter?’

      Laughter can be extraordinarily chilling and humiliating in a dream / nightmare.

      gourdhead in reply to MrE. | September 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

      I remember Ford saying that she could not hear people talking but she heard laughing. Why would she think the laughter was about her? This points to a serious mental deficiency.

    OldProf2 in reply to HarvardPhD. | September 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    All of these characteristics you mentioned are typical of false “recovered memories.”

    There are many research articles explaining how someone can come to believe something that never really happened. They remember the imagined trauma (or they associate some other real trauma with it), but the details are fuzzy because it never really happened. Psychologists and social workers are among those most commonly affected by false “recovered memories.”

    Here is one article:
    https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-19/edition-6/recovered-and-false-memories

    Of course, she could just be a liar.

    Lex parsimoniae after all.

“Through all this (we must be talking about more than a few seconds, or it would be ) she ” . . . something got lost. I meant to write:
“Through all this (we must be talking about more than a few seconds, or there wouldn’t have been enough time for her attacker to have to struggle with her bathing suit or for the other male to have jumped on them three times), she does not mention trying to get free, biting her attacker’s hand for example, or anything else; she is being acted upon and unable to act herself. And she cannot cry out. They fall off her . . . “

Did anyone have the forethought to look directly at Feinstein and utter the phrase: “Have you no decency, Senator!”.

Lindsey musta OD’d on the testosterone supplements!

If this tactic succeeds, nobody anywhere can expect to be immune from becoming a target of it in the future.

People gravitate to professions that interest them – Ford is a psychologist which is a profession that is dominated by people with issues.

Her appearance today highlighted a person with issues.

Absolutely sure it was Judge & kav

Even though 4 people have said it did not happen
only person saying it happened is the accuser who as the appearance of having issues.

legacyrepublican | September 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Who the hell gave that man a spine?!?!

Finally, he gets it.

So, Lindsey isn’t a complete waste of skin after all. Nice to finally find that out. See? Something good did come out of this.

Now, are they going to censure Feinstein or what?

Originally I felt I needed to watch this just because it’s such a watershed moment in our history. But it was worth 6 hours of my life just to see Graham’s performance!

Well it is pretty bad. But it is not the worst.

Our government has been making war on about 10% of the American population based on “drugs cause addiction.” No they don’t.

Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts were sexually abused in childhood.
http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/2004/09/heroin.html

Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Look it up.

The NIDA says Addiction Is A Genetic Disease
http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/2007/01/addiction-is-genetic-disease.html

And it is not like our government didn’t know better.

“Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”

– John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

Good video…The Capital lost and found bin was missing a pair of balls and spine for 4 minutes, because LG was using them.

Graham does his version of “Snarlin’ Arlen” Specter? Let’s hope he doesn’t do what Arlen did, and spend the rest of his career trying to get invited back to the DC Dem parties.

Thank GOD that John McCain could not be there.

Best thing about Lindsey’s testimony was his emotional and righteous shaming of any Republican who would proceed to vote against the judge based on this sham process (might keep some from flaking out, if you get my drift).

The only problem with Graham’s tirade was that he was trying to shame the shameless.

Look at graham standing on his hind legs – good for him. Maybe he’s finally figured out the democrats couldn’t give a sh*t about being fair or collegial, and that they’ve always treated politics as blood sport. Hopefully Lindsey will start treating it accordingly. Proud of him.

I have never had any use for Graham and considered him to be a spineless RINO. His performance yesterday makes me rethink this. I must say that his stock skyrocketed with me. Hope he maintains this tack.

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