According to Lindsey, Mark Sanford has been weakened by his stinging court loss over Stimulus. He also made a few other comments, obviously being on a roll!
“…The senator also challenged his own party to become more than a party of opposition.
“Our Republican Party, and from a state point of view, has become almost exclusively about arguing,” Graham said. “What I worry about most is that cable TV, talk radio and the 24-hour news cycle has destroyed the ability of this country to make tough decisions.”
He said organizations such as chambers of commerce needed to be pushing for more compromise because the loud voices would not, and should not, go away but the quiet voices need to be amplified.
Graham said he would not take sides in the race for governor yet, despite several good candidates having announced. He did warn, however, that “Democrats smell blood,” and would be very aggressive in taking advantage of internal Republican divisions.
“Our Republican Party is not hitting on all cylinders,” Graham said. “We could lose.”
He declined to speculate on the 2012 presidential race. Sanford has been mentioned as a potential candidate. Graham is also the godfather of one of Sanford’s children and the two politicians were both first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994….”
Lindsey did his annual meeting with the Anderson Chamber today. For those who keep saying he is not liked in South Carolina, I’ll simply do a quick quote from the Independent-Mail:
“…Graham spoke from his own experiences about the contributions of the small-business owner and what can be lifesaving survivor’s benefits distributed by Social Security. When his parents died, he said, it was Social Security payments that enabled him to take care of his sister.
Graham never speaks from notes, at least he has not in the years we’ve known him. He speaks off the cuff and from the heart. And he has the personal history to know that small businesses are not just the majority of America’s businesses, but can do much to help bring individual communities and eventually our country back from a recession.
Republican Graham has received some harsh criticism over the last few years from some of the more conservative members of his party. But we like his independence. We like that he is intelligent enough and thoughtful enough to form his own opinions, based on his own knowledge and his own curiosity, not just to parrot the views of others. We appreciate that he is flexible enough to realize that being open to the wisdom of compromise is sometimes the only way to accomplish anything of merit….”
Lindsey and Joe Lieberman have issued a warning to certain Democrats:
“…“We strongly believe that the first responsibilities of government are the nation’s security and the protection of those brave Americans who go into harm’s way to defend it.
“The President has said that the release of the photos of detainees in US custody would ‘put our troops and civilians serving our nation abroad in greater danger.’ We agree with the Commander in Chief.
“We will employ all the legislative means available to us including opposing the supplemental war spending bill and attaching this amendment, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate, to every piece of legislation the Senate considers, to be sure the President has the authority he needs not to release these photos and any others that would jeopardize the safety and security of our troops.
“The release of the photos will serve as propaganda and recruiting tool for terrorists who seek to attack American citizens at home and abroad. We should strive to have as open a government as possible, but the behavior depicted in the photos has been prohibited and is being investigated. The photos do not depict anything that is not already known. Transparency, and in this case needless transparency, should not be paid for with the lives of American citizens, let alone the lives of our men and women in uniform fighting on our behalf in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“Let it clearly be understood that without this legislation the photos in question are likely to be released. Such a release would be tantamount to a death sentence to some who are serving our nation in the most dangerous and difficult spots like Iraq and Afghanistan. It is this certain knowledge of these consequences of having the photos released that will cause us to vote against the supplemental and continue our push to turn our important amendment into law.”…”