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South Carolina Says “Enough” to Lindsey Graham

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The people of South Carolina have finally had enough of Lindsey Graham.

This week the Republican Executive Committee of Charleston County voted unanimously to censure Graham for his work on pending “Cap and Trade” legislation, support of stimulus spending, bailouts and TARP, and for his support of amnesty for illegal aliens.

The resolution complains that Graham “continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism.” County Chairwoman Lin Bennett commented that South Carolina Republicans “are just fed up, and they want him to know they’re fed up” and that they have “grown increasingly frustrated with Sen. Graham and his voting record, which are frankly out of step with the beliefs of Republican voters.”

Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop defended the Senator on the basis of his ratings from groups like the Christian Coalition and Eagle Forum who recognize him has highly conservative. The disconnect between these ratings and the popular perception of Graham as a big spender and patsy for the political left, suggests that perhaps the voters are looking for something much more specific from Graham than just generic conservatism.

Charleston County Republicans seem to be demanding that he be a different kind of conservative, perhaps more like Governor Mark Sanford or Congressman Ron Paul, both of whom Graham has publicly criticized for holding views which are too libertarian.

Not having to run for reelection until 2014, Graham may feel that he can weather the change in mood among Republicans in South Carolina, betting on inertia to return the party to the status quo,. Yet if this trend towards party reform continues nationwide for the next two elections, Graham may find himself in a very small group of big-government Republicans, ostracized from his party, marginalized and very unpopular.

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About Dave Nalle

  • Arch Conservative

    Any friend of John McCain’s is an enemy of mine.

  • Charles

    “Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop defended the Senator on the basis of his ratings from groups like the Christian Coalition and Eagle Forum who recognize him has highly conservative.”

    This tells me much about the Christian Coalition, the Eagle Forum, and Mr. Bishop as well.
    Additionally, Senator Graham himself told fellow Republicans that he wouldn’t let the party be changed/transformed by them, as if he knows what is best for everyone else.

    Best regards,

    Charles

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Charles, the thing is that those groups endorse and rate based primarily on socially conservative issues, and Graham is the most detestable kind of politician, one who wants to spend our money AND dictate our morality.

    Dave

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “a different kind of conservative, perhaps more like Governor Mark Sanford”

    Charleston County Republicans want a guy that spends taxpayer money to cheat on his wife?

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Equating a group of tea-baggers in one city with ‘the people of South Carolina,’ who did after all, re-elect Graham by a landslide just a year ago, is another false Nalle premise.

    Besides, Dave, our dear closet-case Lindsey agreed with you on the February stimulus bill and on the current House healthcare bill.

    I dislike LG too, but for very different reasons. He’s a grandstander. But his willingness to try to find common ground/compromise on issues like climate change should be praised, not jeered at.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Bicho, #4: LOL. Perfect.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    EB, Sanford did cheat on his wife, but he paid for it with his own money. The one trip which was taxpayer funded was the one on which he met his mistress for the first time, and that really shouldn’t be held against him.

    Handy, compromise produces crappy legislation which usually makes things worse rather than solving problems.

    As for Charleston being only one city, it did elect Graham with a 67% majority and now even his own party there has turned against him. I think that’s pretty significant as it’s one of his strongholds in the state.

    The mood has shifted. People are done with the sell-out compromising and big government profligacy and they aren’t being forgiving about past sins.

    Dave

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    “he paid for it with his own money. The one trip which was taxpayer funded was the one on which he met his mistress for the first time”

    Not according to Sanford. Are you disagreeing with him?

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    The point is no longer what Sanford did or did not do. Politically, he is toast.

    So libertarian Republicans will have to keep looking. Good luck with someone like Tim Pawlenty, who is already making ugly compromises with the religious right.

    [And Sanford himself, associated with Washington’s C Street “Family” of ‘God loves power’ Christians, was already thick in the socially conservative muck anyway. But why do so many of these prominent religious rightist politicians get caught cheating on their wives?]

    I can’t imagine that Dave would really be pleased to see the Palin wing of the party take over. And I would place the noisemakers in Charleston in that group.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Any friend of John McCain’s is an enemy of mine.

    And going to get a political contribution from me because any candidate who IS a friend of John McCain, the father of the woman who will revolutionize the GOP, deserves it over the crack pots now in control.

    Besides, Dave, our dear closet-case Lindsey agreed with you on the February stimulus bill and on the current House healthcare bill.

    Lindsay’s in the closet? Who knew? All this time I swore it was John Edwards. Then he lets us down by cheating with a woman!

    People are done with the sell-out compromising and big government profligacy and they aren’t being forgiving about past sins.

    From Dave’s lips to the voter’s ballot. Amen!

    Governor Sanford and his affair…

    In S.C. is this more about a white boy boinking a Latina? Would they have felt better if she were a white lady from Charleston? What if the Governor were bedding down with a black woman? I’d wager he’d be collecting unemployment already.

    Personally, I don’t give a damn about Mark Sanford’s sex life. The fact that he’s even discovered his penis while being a so-called ‘Christian’ conservative just displays a modicum of humanity. His violation of the public trust by failure to disclose his location is the issue, not the sleeping arrangements. And based upon that issue, he should step down.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle


    I can’t imagine that Dave would really be pleased to see the Palin wing of the party take over. And I would place the noisemakers in Charleston in that group.

    Actually, the Charleston folks are Ron Paul supporters who are mostly highly libertarian and though some may also be religiously conservative they seem to mostly be pretty much pro-liberty.

    As for Palin, I’d rather have a libertarian who is religious than a non-libertarian who is a humanist/atheist/agnostic. An honest belief in individual liberty makes it unlikely that even if you have religious views you will want to force them on others, and that seems to be Palin’s viewpoint.

    Dave

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Silas, who Sanford sleeps with and whether he discloses his exact location while on vacation has very little effect on how he does his job.

    Dave

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/ SJ Reidhead

    The censure was promoted by the Tea Party idiots and Ron Paul Bots who control the Charleston GOP. It is rather amusing that the same individuals saw nothing wrong with Mark Sanford’s behavior, but are castigating Lindsey for being a Republican.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Dave, Sanford could be the most effective Governor in S.C. history but that doesn’t change the fact that he lied about his whereabouts. A Governor is the CEO of his/her state. That, in and of itself, makes him/her the “property” of the people. It’s not a 40-hour a week job, it/s a 24/7 thing — the nature of the beast. If he had said he was off to Argentina on business or personal vacation that would have been fine. But to lie about it is to violate that bond of trust between the king and his subjects. Dave, I like Mark Sanford and regardless of what the whackos say, I believe he’s done a good job. By lying, however, it shadows his potential to be an effective leader.

  • Baronius

    Wow, Silas. Words in praise of Meghan McCain.

    Then again, it fits. Like Lindsey Graham, she’s not at all into economics, but she’s trying to learn stuff. And she really, really cares about the environment and the weather and all that stuff that’s important. And she’s not into labels. She’s sooooo kewl!!! If she wrote the Republican platform, I would so totally read it and I bet it’d be awesome.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    For once, I agree with Baronius and even found his humor funny, a rare occurrence indeed. Wonkette has been ruthless toward Ms. McCain for many months now.

  • Baronius

    Handy – from Meghan McCain’s latest article:

    “I myself straddle the line between political commentator and a member of the political universe (in the sense that I have campaigned and know what it’s like to be in the trenches when you’re under fire) and it’s not easy being a woman. But it’s a dilemma that I and every woman of my generation face. We want to be involved in politics – perhaps even run for office – but it’s a steep price to pay. One day there will be a woman president, we are all told as little girls. You too can be a congresswoman or senator. But the reality of today is that to do so, you have to give up so much, in a way that is never asked of a man, and I believe running for office has become less and less appealing for women.”

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Sorry, I love her. Too few women (and men for that matter) Ms. McCain’s age are actually engaged in the discourse going on in our country.

    If Ms. McCain were the Bible thumping victim type like say, um, Ms. California USA Carrie Pre-ejaculate or Sarah Palin, she’d be risen to that status of Jean d’Arc.

    Meaghan McCain shows cleavage on Twitter and the conservative world is ready to burn her at the stake. Carrie Prejean makes over a dozen sex tapes (complete with zucchini and cucumbers) and she’s a damn victim of liberal bias.

    You know how the Far Right says that sexuality is a choice and that anyone can change? Perhaps they’re right. Let’s look at Levi Johnston soon-to-be pin up boy for Playgirl a/k/a the gay man’s guilty pleasure. The Palin women scared HIM so much that he’s hopped the fence for the other team!

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    And how many people in South Carolina voted for Paul in either the primary or general election? But suddenly a small loud obnoxious band becomes important — because you think they might agree with you. As with the health care town halls, you exaggerate the importance of a vocal fringe.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Silas, we’re mocking her for being an airhead who can’t put a coherent sentence together. Not for showing cleavage, ludicrous though that may be.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Mock away, I still love her and think she CAN put a coherent sentence together when she wants to. I give her mega props for her efforts.

  • Lumpy

    When the vocal fringe are the ones with the right ideas then listen to them.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Lumpy: I shall.

    But these folks are often laughably wrong, and unconcerned with the facts.

    As for you, you judge everything and everybody by ideology: if someone follows a hard-right line, they’re great, and if they express any skepticism toward your rigid ideas, they are dead wrong.

    This attitude kills any possibility of a give and take, or an actual conversation or discussion.

  • Ivan

    Lindsey Graham supports the Third World invasion of the U.S., and thus is guilty of treason. Plain and simple.