One thing you gotta love about liberals is their way to out-manouver the right every time. During a long weekend when we need to be going after Obama, they decided to offer up Lindsey for the far right to crucify with their usual far right class. Few conservatives have the courage to admit that Lindsey is right. But then again, the whole idea is to spend the weekend beating up on Lindsey Graham rather than Barack Obama.
The very real fact of life is that Lindsey is one of our real leaders – one of the great, honorable, decent, and incorruptible men in the country. Of all the Republicans, in office today, Lindsey is probably more like Reagan. He has the same appeal Reagan had, the ability to reach independents and to reach the Reagan Democrats. Too bad the Far Right no longer remembers who and what Reagan did, then again, they do have Ron Paul.
I don’t know about you, but The Pink Flamingo has reached the point in life where I truly dislike the extreme far right – the ones who are NOT Republicans. They are nothing but trouble-making losers. Men like Lindsey have the ability to take the GOP into a winning direction. We all know the far right would not like that – then the talking heads would be forced to admit they are wrong and Lindsey is right.
The far left hates him and the far right hates him.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? If he has angered both sets of extremes then he has something going for him.
BTW – my money is on Lindsey.
Lindsey has had quite a week. Not only has he managed to single-handedly turn the Kagan nomination from deadly dull to at least interesting for a moment, he has now managed to turn himself into a pariah when it comes to the Tea Party “patriots”. The NY Times has a piece about him that is bound to annoy the usual suspects.
The extremes at NRO are already denouncing Lindsey. Then again, he’s not Jim DeMint so they think he is evil and must be destroyed. Then again, the extreme far right hates him. He has a brain and is not their puppet.
“…There is a profile of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) in the new New York Times magazine — it’s by Robert Draper (author of the Dubya book Dead Certain) and is called “This Year’s Maverick.” If you didn’t know anything else about the piece, you’d probably be safe to surmise it won’t play well with the Jim DeMint crowd in South Carolina….”
The problem with the extreme right is they are so out of touch with reality that they would not longer recognize Ronald Reagan and his message if his ghost was to visit them one Christmas Eve. Let’s admit the truth, Lindsey is the last real Reagan Republican.
“…“Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the tea party movement’s at,” Graham says. “The problem with the tea party, I think, is it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.”
Graham later says that the GOP has shifted so far that Ronald Reagan would have trouble getting elected in today’s party.
“We don’t have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats,” Graham told the Times. “Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today.”…”
From The Hill
“…Graham’s comments are likely to further the divide between him and the conservative grassroots groups, which some see as a key voting bloc for Republicans during this year’s midterm elections. The South Carolina Republican was elected to the Senate in 2002 and won reelection in 2008. He is not up for reelection until 2014, though some conservatives have said his gestures to Democrats could invite a primary challenge. His comments underscore the rift between the anti-establishment Tea Party groups and some Republicans in Congress. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), who was ousted for another term by Tea Party groups at his state’s GOP convention, has taken several shots at the group since his defeat. The three-term senator suggested the movement simply thrives off voter anger and does not act rationally. This week, Bennett also made similar comments to Graham, saying that the GOP is running short on ideas….”
I am sure we are going to be inundated by the usual extreme far right NON-REPUBLICAN hate Lindsey crowed. They are the usual idiots who wouldn’t know what Reagan stood for, but they do worship Ron Paul! Then again, people like R. S. McCain (the guy who hangs out with Nazis) hates Lindsey. That is a great advertisement for someone like Lindsey. If the people who hang with Nazis hate you, then you must be doing something right!
This is soooo Lindsey! It is vintage Lindsey – the person we worked our hearts out to get elected.
“…And when it came to shaping the debate, Graham said: “I think I do that better than John. You know, he’s always been a romantic. He’s got to be fighting the bad guys. I’ve never been a Luke Skywalker. I’m a much more calculating guy than that. I understand that you just don’t charge into these things based on some moral belief that you’re right and the other guy’s wrong. I believe that you lay the groundwork before you get involved in these fights.”
It plainly delights Graham to be where the action is — and to let people know it. Yet he seems, for someone so savvy and influential, to lack even the most remedial measure of sophistication. His culinary weaknesses tend toward Chick-fil-A, except when dieting, and sweetish alcoholic beverages like Baileys liqueur and (during our recent dinner) almond schnapps. The row house on Capitol Hill that Graham purchased in 1998 is sparsely adorned, says a friend, “with early college-reject furniture” that was in fact left behind by the previous owner. It took months for Graham to realize that someone had stolen a TV of his, since it was in his kitchen, which he never uses. Bachelorhood would appear to have chosen Lindsey Graham, rather than the other way around — though a former adviser once told me that during Graham’s early Congressional races, stricken-hearted women would show up to the campaign office bearing newly purchased ties and dress shirts for the candidate to wear….
The hyperlinked world leaves Graham utterly at sea. He has never owned a BlackBerry or an iPhone. His staff maintains a Facebook page and posts on Twitter on his behalf, but without Graham’s supervision. The one strand of modern science that rivets Lindsey Graham is the public-opinion poll. Since his first Congressional race in 1994, Graham has employed the services of the South Carolina political consultant Richard Quinn. Quinn’s surveys now find Graham’s approval rating among Republicans at 64, which is 13 points lower than South Carolina’s far more conservative junior senator, Jim DeMint, but still quite high given Graham’s periodic defections from the conservative movement. When Graham takes on an issue, his seemingly off-the-cuff musings reflect his knowledge of Quinn’s data.
…But just as Thurmond could himself defy orthodoxy now and then, Graham signaled his waywardness early on. Dis illusioned by Gingrich’s infidelities to his own Contract With America, Graham joined several others in an attempted coup against Gingrich, who was then speaker of the House. His memorable zingers against Clinton notwithstanding, Graham was the only Republican member of the Judiciary Committee to vote against any of the impeachment articles (the one relating to whether the president perjured himself in the Paula Jones case).
Graham once told me that he was fascinated by “people who can handle fear and do brave, difficult things.” He was referring to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — “If you wanted to have a Martin Luther King Month, it would be fine with me” — but could just as easily have been talking about McCain, a former P.O.W. Their friendship grew out of McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign, when Congressman Graham threw his support behind McCain during the ugly South Carolina primary, and defiantly stuck with him even after his state went for George W. Bush. As a newly elected senator, Graham relied on McCain to show him the ropes. His foreign policy and immigration positions were soon indistinguishable from those of his mentor….”
What I find remarkable is the men and women who support RonPaul are the very ones who routinely denounce Lindsey. Then again, they are type Ronald Reagan routinely denounced.