There’s an old southern saying, “You can catch more flies with honey.” Lindsey is from South Carolina, BTW. He’s from the upstate, where people have their own way of doing things. Another old saying is “pick your battles”, meaning you wait. You compromise a little and wait until you are ready for the big fight. The Pink Flamingo has been telling you this is what Lindsey is doing. He went along with Sotomayor. Why not? She was going to make it anyway. Lull the enemy into a false sense of security, then take ’em out with both barrels.
So, please pardon The Pink Flamingo if I gloat a little.
This week Lindsey has unloaded with both barrels. First he voted to filibuster one of Obama’s judicial appointments. Remember the “Gang of 14” that the far right hated? THAT is why Lindsey helped put it together. Conservatives denigrated him when he helped put the Gang of 14 together. Now they are basically ignoring the fact that Lindsey and John McCain went against an Obama appointment.
“…Yet Graham voted on Tuesday to filibuster Judge David F. Hamilton, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The filibuster vote failed 70 to 29, but if it had prevailed it would have denied Hamilton a vote on the Senate floor. Graham’s opposition to Hamilton should have come as no surprise; the senator voted against Hamilton in committee. Graham said in a brief statement that he found the judge’s “decision-making process to be so far removed from the mainstream that he should be denied promotion to the Court of Appeals.”
Then, on Wednesday, in what has become an instant classic:
“…GRAHAM: If bin Laden were caught tomorrow, would it be the position of this administration that he would be brought to justice?
HOLDER: He would certainly be brought to justice, absolutely.
GRAHAM: Where would you try him?
HOLDER: Well, we’d go through our protocol. And we’d make the determination about where he should appropriately be tried. […]
GRAHAM: If we captured bin Laden tomorrow, would he be entitled to Miranda warnings at the moment of capture?
HOLDER: Again I’m not — that all depends. I mean, the notion that we —
GRAHAM: Well, it does not depend. If you’re going to prosecute anybody in civilian court, our law is clear that the moment custodial interrogation occurs the defendant, the criminal defendant, is entitled to a lawyer and to be informed of their right to remain silent. The big problem I have is that you’re criminalizing the war, that if we caught bin Laden tomorrow, we’d have mixed theories and we couldn’t turn him over — to the CIA, the FBI or military intelligence — for an interrogation on the battlefield, because now we’re saying that he is subject to criminal court in the United States. And you’re confusing the people fighting this war…”
You gotta scratch you head when dealing with the far right. First they love him, then they hate him, then they sorta love him, then they hate him, now they are back in love with Lindsey Graham. They are making fools of themselves.
One of the real problems with the far right is the fact that they have fallen for this idiotic Rush Limbaugh – Sean Hannity version of Ronald Reagan. Their revisionist history of Reagan is something even Ronald Reagan would not recognize.
It’s all in the body language. Lindsey has the reputation of being a pit bull attorney, one of the best in South Carolina and one of the best in the South. What he did to Eric Holder today was a thing of beauty.
Unfortunately, like The Pink Flamingo has stated, conservatives are making fools of themselves covering the incident. Pat Dollard, who usually detests Lindsey now links to a FOX piece. Not to worry, Dollard’s readers are doing their best to damn him. Same thing with Freedom’s Lighthouse. Say Anything usually has anything that isn’t nice to say about Lindsey. Not this time. Race 42012
You can’t have it both ways if you are a “pure” conservative. Ronald Reagan believed anyone who voted with him 80% of the time was his friend. Lindsey is rated at 90% by the ACU. That makes him “conservative”. I know the concept is difficult to grasp if you are a conservative, but then again people like Lindsey appeal to everyone in a state, not just the members of their party.
It takes men and women like Lindsey to build a majority in the House and the Senate. They are not looking for purity, they are about winning and preserving the country.