“…“I have no desire to be up here in an irrelevant status. I’m smart enough to know that this country doesn’t have a problem with conservatives. It has a problem with blind ideology. And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy….” Lindsey Graham
Lindsey has basically called down the collective thunder from the far right, very few of whom are actually conservative. This time it is over his vote for Sonia Sotomayor. I’ve found very few complaints from Lindsey’s constituents from South Carolina, which is rather interesting. Instead, far right conservatives from all over the country, 90% of them either independent or reluctant Republicans, and very few of them from South Carolina.
Could it be that the far right is out of step with South Carolina that is the most Republican state in the country? It is rather fascinating.
Conservatives will consider it a badge of dishonor because Lindsey is being hailed as an honorable man for doing what is right. Or – is there something else going on? Evidently Lindsey is one of the few Republicans who actually thinks there could be something important in the Hispanic community.
In fact, with the exception of the misc. Bush Brothers, Lindsey is one of the few Republicans who understands the political realities of a growing Hispanic population.
“…...[T]he evidence is that after [the GOP] making major inroads, Hispanics have turned toward the Democratic party in the last two election cycles. Big time. Compare that to how my brother did and how I did and how other Republican candidates have done in the past and you can see a trend line that’s quite disturbing….”
We all know the abject anti-Hispanic racism of independent conservatives like Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have caused much of the problem. Malkin is still making fun of Lindsey for speaking out against an anti-Hispanic neo-Nazi presence in South Carolina. Strange, isn’t it?
In an article in the Politico about Lindsey Graham, Erick Erickson said a mouthful, and revealed the difference between the far right and real Republicans.
“…“Graham rarely has support from conservative activists except from the pro-life crowd, which may suffer with this,” said Erick Erickson, who runs the influential conservative Red State blog. “He gets the establishment Republican support, which is enough for him in South Carolina.”
Elected to a second term in 2008, Graham has six years to go before he faces voters again, and he won a primary against a little-known opponent last year with 67 percent of the vote. The American Conservative Union says Graham supports its pet causes 90 percent of the time, but his support largely hails from Republican voters who are not as conservative as the loyal party activists in South Carolina.
Those activists generally favor South Carolina’s junior GOP senator, Jim DeMint, perhaps the most conservative member of the Senate….”
I’ve noticed that the far right detests Lindsey. It is interesting to note that the majority of these people hold their nose if they are Republicans because WE, the NORMAL and average members of the GOP are not good enough for them. We’re not ideologically pure. We want to win. It is also fascinating how intellectually dishonest the far right is, ignoring facts that don’t suit their narrow little purpose
Sorry, I don’t give a rip about ideology, I want to win elections. The far, extreme right - the kind of people who hate Lindsey Graham can’t win. The Pink Flamingo has been telling Republican for years now that there is a difference between the far right and the GOP. Nothing does more to prove my point than the comments from the extreme right about Lindsey’s vote on the Sotomayor nomination.
We’re talking Constitution Party members being arrogant enough to tell Republicans how they should vote.
John Birchers want to start a recall campaign against Lindsey.
The California Conservative features links to the racist VDare, which tells you where they stand.
I guess it doesn’t matter that Lindsey and John Boehner vote almost the same on almost every major issues.
‘…Exactly right.* Tastes differ. Some people like the genteel ways of the Senate compared to the cutthroat partisanship of the House. Others feel that Senators act like self-important blowhards and respect the gritty determination of the House. But that’s just about personalities. On the big issues of the day, Graham and Boehner are very similar (no carbon pricing, no tax increases for any reason, neo-Hooverite approach to the recession) and Obama and Waxman are also very similar. And these positions on the issues matter. A lot. These are literally life and death differences for many people….”