Of all the elected officials who can discuss Sonia Sotomayor's compelling "life story" it is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who is best qualified. No one - no Democrat or Republican in Washington or on the national scene has a more compelling life story than does Lindsey. I don't know many elected officials on the national scene - ever - who have had a more compelling life story than Lindsey.
The problem is Lindsey Graham doesn't use his story as a crutch, or an excuse, or a way to get votes. If he were a Democrat he might. But Lindsey is a Republican. He is a responsible adult, a man who had to grow up very early in life in order to take responsibility for an aging father who was ill, a cancer ridden mother, and a much younger sister.
Do parts of his story sound familiar?
In many ways it isn't much different from the fab, celebrated lyric life story of Barack Obama. Only there is one huge difference. Lindsey Graham did not blame the world. He did not become an activist or a community organizer hanging out with individuals who hate our country. He did not act like a spoiled child of fairly well off grand-parents, which Barack Obama actually was.
He did not skulk off to smoke pot, deal a little, and "chill" like some elected officials we could name.
No, Lindsey grew up very quickly.
Lindsey came from what would be considered a working family. His father owned a bar and pool hall in Central South Carolina. His family did not have jobs like Obama's grandmother, who was the VP of a bank. They were ordinary working people, struggling to make ends meet.
Lindsey's mother died of cancer while he was still in college. His father did not survive much longer. Their medical expenses were a crushing inheritance. Did Lindsey demand socialized medicine? Did he blame his plight on those who had more than he did? No, he rolled up his sleeves and went to work. He adopted his younger sister and arranged for her to live with his aunt and uncle who were very kind, very hard working people.
Instead of hanging out with former terrorists and damning the United States, Lindsey too went to law school. As soon as he graduated he joined the Air Force becoming one of the top prosecutors in Europe for the Air Force.
He paid off all of his parents' medical debts.