“…“Talk radio, MoveOn.org, the 24-hour news cycle makes it very hard to reach across the aisle,” Graham said. It gets polarized. Can you imagine doing D-Day with cable television? Can you imagine writing the Constitution — you know, O’Reilly says Ben Franklin’s giving in on something. Can you imagine having to do that in this environment?…”Do I want some of his policies to fail? You better believe it. Do I want him to fail? No, because he’s my president,” Graham said. “If he fails in Afghanistan, if he fails in Iran, my country fails.“…”
Finally, someone is unloading on Glenn Beck. Naturally it would be Lindsey, and naturally this will be a declaration of war. This is so much fun! Lindsey is saying what most of us are already thinking.
I do think Lindsey is going a little over-board on this nice thing. I also know Lindsey’s dirty little secret. What you don’t know about Lindsey Graham is his tenacity. You DO NOT want him as your enemy. He’s like a T-Rex when he sinks his teeth into someone. He is relentless and does not give up. He does not lose. He also does not take prisoners, but is in a battle until the bitter end. I’ve seen him in action.
Have you ever seen the great John Wayne classic, The Quiet Man? Lindsey is like John Wayne’s character in the movie, refusing to take out Maureen O’Hara’s “brother” because he was well away of his temper and his killer instinct.
Fortunately Lindsey is in good company taking out Beck.
“…In recent weeks, there has been a conservative backlash against Beck. Right-wing radio host Mark Levin has called him “pathetic,” former Bush adviser Peter Wehner has said he’s “harmful to the conservative movement,” Rush Limbaugh characterized his role promoting the 9/12 march as “cheap and disingenuous,” and conservative pundit David Frum has warned conservatives against succumbing to Beck’s “mob rule.”…”
Lindsey said what NORMAL Republicans are thinking.
“…”Only in America can you make that much money crying,” Graham said today of Beck.
“Glenn Beck is not aligned with any party,” he said. “He is aligned with cynicism and there has always been a market for cynics. But we became a great nation not because we are a nation of cynics. We became a great nation because we are a nation of believers.”
Asked how he deals with fringe elements in his party, Graham said: “I go to a town hall meeting and say, ‘You’re crazy.’ In a respectful way.”
“There are people out there saying crazy things on our side of the aisle,” Graham said. “There were people saying crazy things about President Bush. That’s just the way it is. ”
He also disputed the contention that some of the most extreme opposition to Obama is based on racial prejudice.
“How can you go from [the election],” he asked, “and then have a race problem a few months later? There are people in this party who are having a tough time reconciling having a black president…. But most of these people carrying around crazy signs would applaud Alan Keyes. They are very passionate about their politics, and if Alan Keyes spoke at their conference they go through the roof.”
Graham elaborated on something his good friend McCain said earlier in the day: He is worried about “the passions of cable TV” whipping up public emotions.”
“If you get rewarded for being a jerk you are going to keep doing it,” he said, before labeling “Talk radio, MoveOn.org, and the 24-hour news cycle” as the main culprits in polarizing the nation.
“Can you imagine doing D-Day with cable television?” he asked. “Can you imagine writing the Constitution — you know, O’Reilly says Ben Franklin’s giving in on something. Can you imagine having to do that in this environment?”…”