On Thursday, SC’s senior United States Senator, Lindsey Graham did what was right. In doing so, it may just cost him his re-election bid in 2014. At least, that’s what the usual suspects, including Laura Ingraham is hoping. She has basically sworn to destroy him because he did what was right. That, in a nutshell, concisely put, is what is wrong with the far right these days. If an elected official dares to do what he/she thinks is right, and it goes against the far right talking heads, who are owned by various and sundry special interests, then they are to be reviled, ridiculed, and generally treated like dirt. They are to be destroyed.
The Pink Flamingo happens to think that Ingraham is one of the worst of the lot when it comes to reviling and destroying. Quite frankly, I still blame her for the debacle of 2006, when she vowed to destroy the GOP because it just wasn’t conservative enough. Well, the GOP is now so conservative it is no longer recognizable. She has enabled the likes of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Steve King, Paul Ryan, and Michelle Bachmann. In other words, she has helped push the GOP so far right, it is completely out of step with the rest of America.
Ingraham detests Lindsey Graham. She truly hates the man, even though she claims to be a ‘Christian’ because of his stand on immigration reform. It was a stand he took, along with eight other brave Republicans who are going to be treated viciously by the Tanton machine.
Fact is, Ingraham hates Lindsey so much, she’s threatening to move to South Carolina and run against him herself.
“…Credit goes to the “Courageous 14” Republican senators who joined with the Democratic majority to make this legislation pass by a towering bipartisan margin of 68 to 32. Building squarely on the tireless efforts of the Gang of Eight—led by Marco Rubio, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez, and John McCain—the bill’s passage was a timely reminder that common ground is the only practical problem-solving space on Capitol Hill. That matters if you believe Congress should be more than an ideological debating society.
But the first among equals in the profile in courage sweepstakes is Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Of all the Gang of Eight senators, he was the most unvarnished in his advocacy and he has the most to lose.
Immigration reform isn’t exactly a popular agenda item in South Carolina. It has no natural constituency, as in Arizona or Florida. There is no obvious political upside for a senator already viewed as suspect by the Tea Party crowd and facing reelection—and a possible primary fight—in 2014. A lesser public servant would shy away and let others do the heavy lifting, but Graham instead said: “I don’t want to stop being a senator to be a senator.”
Instead of playing to the base and dealing in demographic denial, Graham spoke bluntly about the stakes of failure on immigration reform. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” he said on Meet the Press. “If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who we run, in my view,” in 2016….”
In other words, former SC Senator, Jim DeMint’s PAC is going to try and destroy Lindsey.
“...Here’s where the isolation of the conservative echo chamber has serious implications for successful representative self-government. The Heritage Foundation, headed up by Graham’s former South Carolina Senate colleague Jim DeMint, tried to argue that immigration reform would blow up the deficit. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that instead it would reduce the deficit by $197 billion over 10 years and increase real GDP by 3.3 percent. In other words, the reform not only would help secure the border and reconcile reality with our laws, it would provide a boost to our economy.
But even in the face of this win-win, we are all dependent on House Republicans taking a page from Lindsey Graham’s profile in courage playbook going forward. There is plenty of upside economically for the nation and politically for the GOP, at least in terms of not permanently alienating the fastest growing demographic group in the nation.
But as with JFK’s original definition of profiles in courage, elected representatives must do what they know is right for the long-term fate of the nation in the face of potential short-term political risk from their constituents. That is the spirit Graham exemplified in the Senate on this bill. Now conservative colleagues in the House also will need to rise to the occasion. They can gird their courage with a practical realization: they will earn their rock-bottom approval ratings permanently if they cannot find a way to reason together to pass major legislation….”
My friend, Lindsey, is now in deep you know what with all the right people, far right. Leading the charge is the egotistical, dimwit megalomaniac Rand Paul, who is already courting South Carolina voters for 2016.
Doing what is right is never easy, especially if you are a reasonable Republican in an unreasonable GOP. Lindsey is very much right about one thing, the GOP is being destroyed from within.