Shutuppery works because Conservatives cave too easily

The Other McCain explains

A point I made Saturday at The American Spectator:

When so many cultural institutions, from the news media to Hollywood to your local university campus, are utterly dominated by liberal Democrats, there inevitably arises a stigma toward conservative ideas and Republican politics. When people are hammered day after day by the relentless partisanship of what the late Andrew Breitbart called the “Democrat-Media Complex,” when movies and TV sitcoms habitually mock or demonize Republicans, when conservative college students are afraid of their liberal professors and radical campus activists, who can blame anyone for thinking there is something wrong with being a Republican? Cast under this shadow of stigma and suspicion, many Republicans seem to internalize the negative stereotype of themselves, to become defensive and apologetic — “Please don’t hate me” — and generally to act as if they are guilty of doing something wrong. . . .

Please read the whole thing. Republicans who send out signals of weakness and fear are, in effect, inviting attacks. And because so many Republicans lack either the courage to fight back or the skill to fight back successfully, their enemies are emboldened.

Sad but true, we have to all develop stiffer spines, McCain explains

Organizations have images — reputations — and if a negative perception develops, that perception tends to become self-perpuating. The Republican Party is currently perceived as an organization of selfish, cowardly losers, and this makes it difficult for the GOP to attract support from people who admire generosity,  strength and success. The party is increasingly defined by its whining pathetic supporters.

From the perspective of the neurasthenic weaklings who now run Republican politics, anyone who wants to stand up and fight for principles is considered a troublemaker. Ted Cruz? Mike Lee? Rand Paul? No, the GOP leadership doesn’t want to elect people like that. They want smooth-talking sellouts like Lindsey Graham and good ol’ boys like Mitch McConnell who understand that the job of Republicans is to “compromise” by giving Democrats everything they want.

Well, who in their right mind would fight on behalf of a such a party? Who would risk their reputation, their comfort, perhaps even their livelihood, to defend the Republican Party, when the party itself is run by wimps who only care about their own re-election?

Think about this: When Lady Liberty and Sister Toldjah came under fire by North Carolina Democrats, did anybody in the North Carolina GOP apparatus stand up for them? Hell, no.

You cannot win in political combat by continually retreating. If you ever hope to win, you must first determine to fight. And once you’re in the fight, you must never stop fighting until you win.

In short, they attack us because we, or too many of us bury our heads in the sand, or refuse to rally around those few that DO stand up. Another problem is that we, as a party, are too ready to throw the “wacko birds” under the bus to appease our “friends across the aisle. Newsflash, those folks across the aisle are not our friends. The see us not as friends, but as ENEMIES. And frankly, we have to face up to reality and grasp that anyone who considers us THEIR enemy, is, by definition OUR enemy!

 

 

SC Republicans Introduce Resolution Condemning RINO Senator Graham, Call For His Replacement

South Carolina Republicans Introduce Resolution To Replace RINO Lindsey Graham – Gateway Pundit

Enough is Enough

Republican leaders in Greenville County introduced a resolution this week to replace RINO Lindsey Graham as U.S. Senator.

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FitsNews reported:

Greenville County (S.C.) Republicans have introduced a resolution condemning liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for acting in a manner ”fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.”

The resolution – introduced to a cheering crowd earlier this week at a GOP executive committee meeting – blasts Graham on a number of fronts, including his votes to confirm liberal, pro-Obamacare Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, his support of amnesty for illegal aliens and his backing of U.S. President Barack Obama’s “cap and trade” energy tax hike.

In fact the document lists nearly thirty examples of Graham’s treachery, concluding he “should be replaced as Senator for the State of South Carolina at the earliest possible electoral opportunity.”

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Ted Cruz summarizes the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal.”

Senator Cruz, sums up the latest “pass the bill THEN read it” fiasco.

Senator Cruz at Red State:

On Monday at 5:30pm, the United States Senate will vote on the most sweeping immigration reform proposal it has considered in almost 3 decades – and it will do so having only seen the nearly 1200 pages of text for approximately 72 hours. Americans – including myself, my fellow senators and our staffs – are still trying to figure out exactly what is in the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal.”
Sound familiar? Pass it to find out what’s in it? Reminiscent of Obamacare, the lengthy amendment to replace the Gang of 8’s original bill was crafted behind closed doors and introduced late on Friday, after many members had left town. In the 2007 immigration debate, close to 50 amendments were considered. But this year, we have only debated 9 – with some of us being completely shut out.
Given only a weekend to review the language, we will now vote on whether to end a debate that never really began. To be clear – this is not a difficult vote. On process alone, we should all vote “no.“ This was by design – the President, Harry Reid and the Gang of 8 preferred all along to ram through a “deal,” and not have a real debate – just like Obamacare.

Here they go again! Running around like chickens with their heads cut off, so eager not only to pass a bill, but to do it in one Hell of a big hurry. Democrats want this for one reason, they see an opportunity to gain a permanent electoral advantage. The Republican supporting it are desperate to surrender every Conservative principle so as to not “lose” the Hispanic vote. That will fail for one reason, Republicans cannot win the “buy the vote” game as well as Democrats. If this passes, the same Democrats who are all lovey dovey with the Rubios, Flakes, McCains, and Grahams, will turn on the Republicans as soon as the ink is dry. Some Republicans are like Charlie Brown, still trying to kick that football even though Lucy will pull it out from under them at the last second.

As I wrote yesterday, any Senator that votes yes on a bill that no one has read is not fit to serve

Any Senator voting on any bill that is too big for anyone to comprehend, or grasp, or even read ought to resign and allow a better American that truly understands the role of Congress to serve. Jeff Goldstein has the Hoeven-Corker amendment, which is, 1,200,pages long.It is supposed to “fix” our broken immigration system. Who wants to bet this massive bill will lead to more spending, even worse border security, more government waste, and fraud, and is loaded with language that is so vague no human being can understand it? Who wants to bet that this bill will, in fact make the problem it is supposed to fix worse?

Especially nauseating is Lindsey Graham, who has convinced himself that the GOP cannot survive unless this massive crap sandwich is passed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FVY_eIWFjIE

Again, as I wrote yesterday

Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey, you ignorant ass, do you really think we buy the lie that this will reduce our deficit by $890 billion? Do you really expect us to believe this result in more secure borders? And finally, Lindsey, do you think anyone respects a whiner who sells out their “Conservative” values to get votes? They do not Lindsey, no one respects weakness. So, selling out your soul for votes? Please! The folks who support this sham bill will vote Democrat no matter how much you whimper. Lindsey, you cannot out Democrat the Democrats. Conservatism sells itself, as long as we have people in the GOP who actually BELIEVE in Conservatism, which it is obvious you do not Lindsey.

Just read on Twitter that Senator Cornyn will vote no on this, good for him. Again any Senator that votes yes should be primaried ASAP! Thoughts are that this bill will pass, but can it get through the House? As Stacy McCain urged earlier

John Boehner, you’d better not go wobbly.

 

Ever feel like cussing Lindsey Graham starts whining??

Yeah, me too

Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey, you ignorant ass, do you really think we buy the lie that this will reduce our deficit by $890 billion? Do you really expect us to believe this result in more secure borders? And finally, Lindsey, do you think anyone respects a whiner who sells out their “Conservative” values to get votes? They do not Lindsey, no one respects weakness. So, selling out your soul for votes? Please! The folks who support this sham bill will vote Democrat no matter how much you whimper. Lindsey, you cannot out Democrat the Democrats. Conservatism sells itself, as long as we have people in the GOP who actually BELIEVE in Conservatism, which it is obvious you do not Lindsey.

The difference between a hooker and a politician?

The hooker will at least let you screw her after she gets your money, politicians just screw you after TAKING your money!

I seem to remember some politicians promising us that newly legalized immigrants would not be able to receive welfare benefits. I must have been mistaken, seeing that a Senate panel just approved welfare payments for those they want to legalize. But on the bright side, if any of the formerly illegal aliens is convicted of drunk driving three times they can be deported. (Not that this administration would do so. They regularly ignore laws, or parts of laws, that don’t jibe with their agenda.)

The SenateJudiciary Committee voted Monday to allow illegal immigrants who get legal status to begin collecting tax-welfare payments, as the panel spent a fourth day working through amendments to the massive immigration bill and party-line splits began to emerge.

In one major change, the committee voted 17-1 to make a third drunken-driving conviction a deportable offense for the newly legalized immigrants if at least one of those offenses occurs after they are approved for legal status….

Overall, the committee continued to maintain the delicate balance struck by the “Gang of Eight” senators who negotiated the 867-page bill: Quick legal status for illegal immigrants, but delaying citizenship rights until after the administration spends more money on border security, puts in place a new electronic verification system to check workers’ status, and enacts an entry-exit system to check visas at airports and seaports.

In previous days’ action, two Republican members of the Gang of Eight — Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona — joined with Democrats to block a series of GOP amendments to stiffen the bill’s security.

Any Republican that works with Democrats on this is a fool. The Democrats intend one thing. To get more Democratic voters into the nation. And what better way than to make government benefits available to these new immigrants. And while I know that these immigrants will not be able to vote, legally, I wonder something. If they do not have to show ID, because that would be RAAAAACIST, well, what is there to stop them from voting. And what is to stop Democrats from trying to grant them the right to vote? Patriotism? Yeah, that is a good one.

Lastly, anyone with any common sense knows that no immigration reform will ever work unless the border is secured FIRST! And we already know the Congress has no real interest in doing that. Any plan passed now will only further bloat our national debt, empower Democrats, and further weaken our national sovereignty. And if you disagree then you are a Tea Partier who wears fur and shows ID when you vote.

Remember the Name Bruce Carroll, South Carolina

Smitty opines on the question of supporting a Gay Republican

Props to Bruce Carroll:

I felt it best to resign from GOProud in advance of the CPAC conference this week so that my position in GOProud would not be a distraction from my serious deliberations regarding my potential future plans in South Carolina public service.

I wish only the best to my colleagues and fellow supporters of GOProud moving forward and I’ll always do what I can to be helpful from the crowd.

Over the next few weeks, I will be studying the resources, time and effort it would take to do my part in holding Lindsey Graham accountable for his voting record and his attitude toward the voters in South Carolina. 

Feel free to disagree with me on the point, but I’m not holding anything against Carroll, sexual or otherwise. Hopefully we’ve the liberty to support great candidates without that translating into 100% endorsement of all that candidate’s personal choices, fashion or otherwise.

Some might disagree with Smitty. I will not be counted among them. I could not care less about Carroll’s love life. I care about his Conservative creds, period.

I have an interesting thought. Will Karl Rove support this “more diverse candidate” over the establishment guy, Lindsey Graham?

 

Confirmed! Milwaukee Police Chief is a political tool, does not speak for real cops

I posted a video of  Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn carrying the water for gun control groups a few days ago, and, as I said then, he is a political mouthpiece, nothing more. Now Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has submitted a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accusing Flynn of being a “mouthpiece for the Mayors Against Guns group.” I love being right

In his letter, Clarke criticized the way Flynn “shamefully” interrupted Graham when the Senator was making points or asking questions with which Flynn disagreed. Clarke also described Flynn as a man who holds an appointed position and therefore doesn’t have to answer to “a constituency of his own.”

Because of this, Clarke said Flynn is nothing more than a “mouthpiece for the Mayors Against Group that has made no secret of their desire to obliterate the Second Amendment.”

Added Clarke: “[Flynn's] viewpoint does not represent either my view on gun control nor countless other law-abiding citizens and gun owners in Milwaukee County.”

Flynn, and other “police officials” siding with radical groups like Mayors Against Guns are just yes men, seeking political favor. Liberals use them to show how law enforcement “support”s gun control. Never forget that fact. 

 

If anyone is guilty of “McCarthyism”……..

….it would be Crazy legs Matthews and the rest of the gang of ass hats at MSNBS. They are the ones constantly throwing accusations of racism around, trying to demonize Conservatives. They just can’t help it I guess. People often accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of. Read what Matthews says about Sen. Ted Cruz and tell me he is not deflecting.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Lindsey Graham, and so was John McCain, not on this program but this week. It’s about tactics. Let’s take it back. I don’t know the man’s personality. I know he’s got an interesting background, he’s a brilliant gay in many ways, but the tactics. You know, I watched him in those hearings and I saw Joe McCarthy, I saw the way he was prosecuting the case, the way he was putting up evidence, innuendo, guilt by association. If some spokesperson, some flack for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, says he thinks we can do business with this guy more than some hawkish neo-con, is that indictment against him? But it turned into an indictment. I think it’s really being unfair and I think the Senate is going to circle the wagons and say this guy’s going in.

Maybe we should start calling him Chris “McCarthy” Matthews?

Selective Memory Syndrome strikes noted buffoon Chuck Hagel

Poor Chuck, his pathetic testimony before Congress is not his fault, he just cannot remember anything!

, U.S. Senator from Nebraska.

I might have said what I do not remember saying, but if I did, I did not mean it, I think.

Via Politico:

Chuck Hagel is disavowing a comment he reportedly made six years ago tying the State Department to Israel, according to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham announced on “Fox News Sunday” that Hagel sent him a letter, saying that he did not recall making the remark in a 2007 speech at Rutgers University. In that speech, the former Republican senator from Nebraska reportedly said the State Department was an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office. Graham, also a Republican, called that alleged remark “disturbing,” as critics said it was part of a pattern where President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of defense has taken stances seen as hostile to Israel.

But Hagel has furiously sought to rebut criticism over Israel and appears to have done so in his letter to Graham, who had sought clarification.

“He did not recall saying that,” Graham said of Hagel’s letter. “He disavows saying that. … If that’s true, that would end that matter.”

“I will take him at his word,” Graham said, “until something else comes along.”

Come on Lindsey! Wake up! He is LYING. Good Freaking Grief, just when I was ready to say some good things about the Senator Graham he reverts back to Wimp Mode!

Video: The president sinks further into the quagmire that is Benghazi! Watch the House Benghazi Hearings here

Lot on this video from Hannity. First, Obama admits that Susan Rice went on those five Sunday shows armed with White House talking points blaming a YouTube video for what happened in Benghazi. This also clearly proves that Obama LIED about the video being the cause of the Benghazi attacks. Then there is Senator Lindsey Graham, who is clearly angry, as we all should be, over Benghazi. Graham has been criticized by Conservatives, including me, often for being too soft on Conservative principles. But, to his credit, Graham is at his best here!  He lays the ultimate blame where it obviously lies, at the feet of President Obama.

Third, there is the tragedy of how the media covered this presser. They asked nothing substantive, preferring to lob softball questions.

Back to Susan Rice for a moment. She may become the Secretary of State, if Obama gets his wish. How is she qualified exactly? She lied on those Sunday shows, KNOWING she lied. We know she lied because we know the intelligence she had screamed terror attack, not a flash mob response to a video. So, she either lied on her own, or she went and lied at the request of the White House. Should we be promoting people who possess so low character as this? Donald Douglas has a video of Krauthammer talking about Susan Rice

Fox News is streaming the House Benghazi Hearing you can check that out here

And yes, OF COURSE the Left has pulled out their tattered old Race Cards

*AUDIO* Mark Steyn: ‘I Think Lindsey Graham Is Unfit For Office’

Now why didn’t I think of calling Lindsey Graham a wretched buffoon?

Mark Steyn beat me to it!

I was waiting for Mark Steyn’s response to Lindsey Graham’s “free speech is a good idea but . . .” remark, and here it is.

I have no expectations of Harry Reid or the New York Times, but I have nothing but total contempt for the wretched buffoon Graham.

A mob of deranged ululating blood-lusting head-hackers slaughter Norwegian female aid-workers and Nepalese guards — and we’re the ones with the problem?

I agree with the Instaprof: Lindsey Graham is unfit for office. The good news is there’s no need for the excitable lads of Mazar e-Sharif to chop his head off because he’s already walking around with nothing up there. And, as for his halfwitted analogy with World War II, he’s too ignorant to realize it but he’s singing the dhimmi remake of an ancient Noel Coward satire.

In my defense, I WAS the first to call Lindsey Graham the Lindsay Lohan of the GOP!

A brilliant piece on blaming everyone else for radical Islam EXCEPT Radical Islamists!

Daniel Greenfield hits this out of the park!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants an investigation into Koran burning. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer suggested that this form of free speech could be banned. Senator Lindsey Graham is also looking for ways to limit free speech, saying, “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war”.

Free speech is more than a great idea, it’s a fundamental freedom untouchable by legislators. But all it takes is a few Muslim murders– and Reid, Breyer and Graham eagerly hold up their lighters to the Constitution. Free speech has been curtailed before in the United States during a time of war– but only free speech sympathetic to the enemy. During WW1 a suspected German propagandist filmmaker was jailed. But could anyone have imagined anti-German propagandists being jailed? The Wilson administration was behaving unconstitutionally, but not insanely.

Today we aren’t jailing filmmakers who traffic in anti-American propaganda in wartime. If we did that half of Hollywood would be  behind bars. Instead Democratic and Republican Senators are discussing banning speech offensive to the enemy. Because even though they’re killing us already– we had better not provoke them or who knows how much worse it will become.

Traditionally it’s the victors who give their laws to the defeated. But massive immigration at home and nation building occupations abroad mean that the defeated of failed states are imposing their Sharia law on us. We’re asked to trade in our Constitutional freedoms out of fear of Muslim violence. And so the murderers impose the terms of peace on us. And then don’t abide by them.

Violence in the Muslim world is a constant. We have been fighting Muslim violence since George Washington’s time. And we have been subject to it even longer. Whether it’s Muslims killing Hindus, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians or any and every religion under the sun– there is a pattern here. It’s a story as old as time. And it’s not one that we can stop by ladling out honeyed words of appeasement.

Senator Graham warns us to shut up in a time of war– but is there any foreseeable future in which we won’t be fighting in a Muslim country? Democrats elected the most anti-war candidate of the bunch only to see him begin his 2012 reelection campaign by bombing another Muslim country. And what’s surprising about that. Most of the trouble spots in the world that directly or indirectly affect us are located in Muslim countries. The major threat to the United States comes from the Muslim world. And that means we’re going to be tied up dealing with the Muslim world in one way or another, whether as soldiers, diplomats or aid workers. And even if we weren’t– there are hundreds of thousands of Americans still living and working in Muslim countries. Hostages to the latest Muslim temper tantrum.

As Muslim terror has gotten worse, we have started treating the Muslim world like a ticking bomb– tiptoeing around them to avoid setting them off. Whatever they don’t like about us, we’re willing to change. The paradigm of the angry dog or the ticking bomb means that we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Whatever you do, the dog mauls you and the bomb blows up. But by pretending that you control the situation, you can feel better about your role in the outcome.

When a man teases a dog on the other side of a chain link fence– we blame the man for provoking the dog, not the dog for being provoked. Animals have less of everything that makes for accountability. And so don’t hold them accountable. Instead we divide them into categories of dangerous and harmless, and treat them accordingly.

Our response to Muslim violence in Afghanistan, supposedly touched off by a Koran burning in Florida, uses that same canine logic. The Muslims are dangerous and violent, so whoever provokes them is held accountable for what they do. Don’t tease a doberman on the other side of a chain link fence and don’t tease Muslims on the other side of the border or the world. That’s the takeaway from our elected and unelected officials.

Man, this is an incredible piece, please make sue top read it all!

Pat Austin: It is not just any crap sandwich!

It is a crap sandwich made with real bipartisan crap!

I’ll be perusing the Ever-Loving-Crap-Sandwich-Lobotomy-Inducing-Piece-of-Bovine-Excrement Omnibus bill throughout the day, as many others will be doing, and as I do, I’d like to point out that it’s not just Democrats, of course, who have loaded this piece of junk with earmarks.

Several “Republicans” had added their two cents worth as well, including Mitch McConnell who has included a request for “$650,000 for a genetic technology center at the University of Kentucky.”  Sen. Lindsey Graham “has a $379,000 earmark to study port dredging in Charleston.”

Hollywood has Lindsay Lohan, the GOP has Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina, continues to illustrate why he is nothing but a bimbo, and should not be taken seriously, ever!

So Senator Lindsey Graham is now trying to educate the Tea Party that their choices in candidates are not up to par with what he considers appropriate choices.

“The House had a dramatic election. We picked up seats in the Senate. Some of us thought, maybe we could pick up two or three more, but we made some pretty poor choices when it came to candidates.”

C-Span has the video.

Oh of course, those darned Tea Party people screwed up the eletions for the GOP! I suppose they should have listened to the likes of Sen. Graham? I  mean, it certainly was not the shenanigans of lily livered RIBNOs like Graham that hurt the GOP in 2006 and 2008 was it?

Did I hear someone say Lindsay Graham was a joke?

Not the kind of joke that makes you laugh, the kind that is so awful, you just kind of stand there, shaking your head in absolute disgust!

Lindsey Graham has a plan sure to please that 3%, and his Senate Democrat friends are happy to have him along for the ride:

Leading voices in the Senate are considering a new tax on gasoline, as part of an effort to win Republican and oil industry support for the energy and climate bill now idling in Congress.

The tax, which according to early estimates would be in the range of 15 cents a gallon, was conceived with the input of several oil companies, including Shell, BP and Conoco Phillips, and is being championed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

It is shaping up as a critical but controversial piece in the efforts by Graham, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to write a climate bill that moderate Republicans could support. Along those lines, the bill will also include an expansion of offshore oil drilling and major new incentives for nuclear power plant construction.

Lindsey Graham, the Forrest Gump of the GOP!

 

Is Lindsey Graham the most useless Republican?

It is a question I have been pondering lately. It seems that every time you turn around there is Lindsey, trying to stick a knife in your back. The Classic Liberal has a good post up today that illustrates the uselessness of Sen. Graham.

The federal government just can’t quench its thirst for power and control.

Now, under the false flag of immigration reform, Lindsey Graham and his fellow progressive Chuck Schumer, want to force all Americans to carry a biometric ID card!

Ah, Senator Gramnesty strikes again. Comprehensive immigration reform is a sham, and amnesty. Graham obviously holds no interest in protecting national sovereignty, or securing our borders, and this idea of a “National ID Card” ought to give any sane person pause.

As Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are working on a Senate version of comprehensive immigration reform and it includes a very controversial idea. There is a provision in the draft bill to force all Americans to possess a biometric ID card. Sources on Capitol Hill confirm to Big Government that the idea of a national ID card is part of the comprehensive immigration reform bill being negotiated between Graham and Schumer.

For those who mistrust big government and treasure freedom, this idea should be revolting and a shocking example of a bad idea run wild. American citizens’ freedoms have been eroding over the past few years, yet this idea is much more than an erosion of rights. It is an all out assault on the idea that Americans have a natural right to be free of government monitoring

Absolutely correct. This is about Big Brother, and Graham, ought to know better. and, sadly, he likely does, which is why he is the most useless of all the Republicans. He is a Republican addicted to acting like a Liberal. Every time you think Lindsey has turned the corner, he put on his Liberal hat and starts getting freaky with Liberal asshats like Schumer.

Michelle has a tidy run down of Senator Useless’s Dances with Democrats act.

He’s holding hands with John Kerry to push carbon caps and unrepentant global warming cultism.

He’s collaborating with the White House to close down Gitmo.

And he’s schmoozing with Chuckie Schumer on another illegal alien amnesty campaign — an effort that has been in the works for months.

See my friends. With Republicans like this, fighting against us, who needs Democrats?

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham is a flop. He pretends to be a conservative, but sells out conservatives and insults them while doing so. He pretends to be effective at reaching across party lines, but the only thing he effectively does is help the other party. He inhabits the Senate seat of Strom Thurmond, legendary for great attention to his South Carolina constituents, but Graham spends most of his time trailing behind John McCain like a valet as McCain criss-crosses the country in pursuit of the presidency. He called Ted Kennedy “one of the most principled men I’ve ever met.” In sum, in the words of conservative movement stalwart Richard Viguerie, “Lindsey Graham is part of the problem.”

What, for example, could possibly have possessed Graham, in April of 2006, to write an essay for Time magazine about the virtues of Hillary Clinton? He called her “a smart, prepared, serious senator.” She is “sought out by her colleagues to form legislative partnerships.” She has managed to “build unusual political alliances with…conservatives.”

He praises liberals, but reserves particular venom for conservatives who disagree with him. The most infamous example came at a speech to the utterly radical Hispanic group La Raza — it was bad enough that he spoke to them, much less what he said — when he described what he would do to opponents of the awful immigration proposal he helped Ted Kennedy craft: “We’re going to tell the bigots to shut up.” The idea that only a bigot could oppose the Kennedy amnesty plan was a recurring theme with Graham: On This Week, he told George Stephanopoulos that opponents were like those in earlier years who put up signs that said “No Catholics, no Jews, no Irish need apply.”

MEANWHILE, GRAHAM deserves every bit of abuse conservatives can heap on him for his record on judicial nominees, which swings back and forth between pathetically ineffective and absolutely counterproductive. Of his leading role in the “Gang of 14,” which saved the Democrats’ unprecedented option of filibustering President Bush’s nominees, Graham clearly thought his gesture of goodwill would win him some chits with Democrats. Think again. Right now his home circuit, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, suffers from the most serious official “judicial emergency” in the country, with only 10 of the 15 seats filled.

Again and again, Graham has stood by helplessly, without seeming to lift a finger in public protest, as Fourth Circuit nominees have been hung out to dry — except for the time (more on this later) when he himself was the enthusiastic hangman. Even though he sits on the Judiciary Committee, he cannot even secure a hearing for his home-state nominee, the superbly qualified, Reagan Administration veteran Steve Matthews, who has been waiting for eight solid months. On the other hand, more aggressive Republicans on the committee have had far more success: For instance, John Cornyn of Texas has effectively shepherded Texans Jennifer Elrod and Catherina Hayes to confirmation since the Democrats re-took the Senate majority — and without once sucking up to the Democrats to do it.

USELESS! Utterly useless! Lindsey Graham is like a screen door in a sub-marine, like an elevator in an outhouse, like tits on a boar, he is a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest, he is, Lindsey Graham, but as far as Conservatism is concerned, he might as well be Lindsay Lohan.

Cross-posted at The Resistance

And there goes the RINO alarm!

Cap and Tax? SURE says Lindsey Graham, another ball-lacking RINO, writing an op-ed with buddy John Kerry! As Michelle points out, she told us so! Yep! I think we all kind of wary of getting RINO’D 

However, we refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change. We are also convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress and the blueprint for a clean-energy future that will revitalize our economy, protect current jobs and create new ones, safeguard our national security and reduce pollution.

Our partnership represents a fresh attempt to find consensus that adheres to our core principles and leads to both a climate change solution and energy independence. It begins now, not months from now — with a road to 60 votes in the Senate.

It’s true that we come from different parts of the country and represent different constituencies and that we supported different presidential candidates in 2008. We even have different accents. But we speak with one voice in saying that the best way to make America stronger is to work together to address an urgent crisis facing the world.

Address an urgent crisis? What crisis? Shouldn’t we actually agree that there IS a crisis before we solve it? And frankly, when politicians start promising to “revitalize” our economy, I think of all those bailouts and the stimulus packages. Yep, those worked SO WELL!

Oh Lindsey, you are just another idiot politician running around like your head is on fire. Call it DoSomethingitis. Our political leaders become obsessed with their ability to fix everything in life, even a crisis, that might not even exist. And they ignore the protests of those who actually KNOW something about whatever problem the politicians are intent on fixing. And, rest assured, that after the problem is “fixed” it will be worse, and will cost us more money!