Lindsey Graham vs. the Base

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

Ben Szobody’s story on a brittle town hall meeting between Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and some libertarian constituents is a must-read:

The 75-minute forum filled several sections of Furman University’s Timmons Arena and attracted demonstrators, critics with handheld cameras, shouts of “traitor” and “Sotomayor” – and a smattering of supporters. … One man told Graham he had “betrayed” conservatism and made a “pact with the devil” by working with Democrats, and asked when Graham would switch parties.

There’s a lot of video of the event. One clip, after the jump, has a heckler yelling “You and Obama are guilty of treason! Article I, Section 9! You’re a traitor, Lindsey Graham! You betrayed this nation!” But what does it mean?

On the surface, not much. Graham loves to tangle with the elements of the GOP base that he considers extreme — he has gone out of his way to wrestle with Ron Paul supporters countless times over the past two years. But what does it say about two coming Democratic priorities — climate change legislation and immigration reform? Are both of those issues going to test the unity of the conservative movement and the GOP, which has been strengthened by opposition to health care reform?

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spinnikerca
Comment posted October 14, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

If you think Graham and McCain are Republicans, then you might think it 'tests' the unity of the GOP. If you consider the GOP as the 'conservative' party, and McCain and Graham as interlopers, not so much.


Bill C
Comment posted October 14, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

“Graham loves to tangle with the elements of the GOP base that he considers extreme — he has gone out of his way to wrestle with Ron Paul supporters countless times over the past two years.”

Where is Graham on known anti-Semitic and literally Apocalyptic preachers like Hagee and Robertson? Why isn't he interested in “purging” them and their crazy Apocalyptic followers?

Because his “moderation” and that of other neocons like Frum, Wehner etc is strictly tactical and they all know that the crazy Apocalyptic preachers support them on foreign policy and own the GOP primary.

The new people getting involved are serious about limited government and pose a threat to Graham & Co cozy operation so they are smeared as “Angry White Guys”. Certainly psychos like Hagee and Robertson fit that description.

I wish Weigel & Co would highlight the hypocrisy of “moderate” neocons like Graham, Frum etc who court the votes of that band of crazies that literally want to ignite Armageddon in the Middle East and yet hypocritically smear small government activists as “extreme”.


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted October 14, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

Readers of this site should compare what Weigel says to my comments on the event.


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mattboonecpa
Comment posted October 14, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

Sen. Graham and Rush Limbaugh hijacked the GOP from its fiscal conservative roots years ago. The Ron Paul movement within the Republican Party has grown too large to ignore. Neconservatism is dead.


Lee Kennedy
Comment posted October 15, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

This is not about parties, it's about the U.S. Constitution and the principles contained therein.

Considering the near absolute dominance, throughout history, of tyranny in the world, the Constitution is a truly revolutionary document.

Unfortunately for us and the rest of the world, it is ignored now by the counter-revolutionary, tyranny-as-usual crowd in BOTH major parties who make up the establishment. For well over a century, they have been slowly corralling our liberties and slaughtering them, one at a time.

To truly achieve liberty, we must take the risks and dare to live it. We can do that now by simply returning to a government that respects and obeys the Supreme Law of the Land. Got guts?

Lindsey Graham is anathema to the U.S. Constitution. He is, in fact, like most politicians, compromising for his own aggrandizement with no thought of simply obeying the law.

The protests were about transcending party politics completely whereas Lindsey just wants to wallow in the middle of two nearly fascist (economically speaking) parties and do his best to make them both completely fascist.


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