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Cowardly Lyin’ – from Abu Ghraib to Benghazi – Lindsey Graham’s Partisan Legacy

Lindsey Graham, the moderate senator from the Palmetto State.

South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union.  Bravo!  The birthplace of Grand Bagger Jim Demint, Grand Boner Strom Thurmond and Grand Caner Preston Brooks. Here, here!

It’s the birthplace of Jesus and Liberty, too.  Dum Spiro Spero.

The seat of Dixiecrat Republicanism. The seat of Baggerism. From thence comes little Lindsey.

But, we’re asked – by the likes of David Gregory – to believe that South Carolina pol, Lindsey Graham, is the one Palmetto Republican who isn’t one of them.  No, we’re to believe he’s a moderate.  Indeed.

To David Gregory and the luminous beltway punditry, Graham is a moderate because he admits the hard things – the things that so many Republicans just can’t bring themselves to accept.  Things like, torture is bad and Barack Obama is American.  Some say he even believes in evolution! Thank you, senator, for your courage.

The punditocracy needs more men like you.  Please go on their Sunday shows every Sunday, week after week, year after year.  Illuminate us with your scholarship.  Inspire us with your bravery.

The Right’s right is so freakish, so grotesque, so ignorant that now, by simply admitting certain incontrovertible realities, a standard issue conservative may apply for and receive that most cherished DC membership – a pass to Club Mod. So it is in the day of Sarah Palin and teabaggery that admiring the roundness of the earth is revealing your exceptionalism as a Republican.

There was another day.  A day when a man’s voting record had something to do with the label attached to him. Where, for instance, does this moderate stand on financial reform, environmental protection and taxing the rich?  Where does he stand on defense spending?

Indeed, where did he stand during the Bush years?

Right beside the bungling malcontent, of course.  Every goddamned step of the way.  Iraq war, tax bonuses to the wealth class, Samuel Alito, Alberto Gonzalez, deregulation, the Dirty Clear Skies Act.  The list is too long and cringe inducing to recite in its entirety.  But, he was right there for all of it.  The entire eight year political eclipse.

Let the record show his cursed moderation!

Take the senator from South Carolina at his word.  During a recent foray on the Sunday circuit he screeched at the host, “I’m the 15th most conservative senator in the United States senate.”   A rating apparently bestowed upon him by the National Journal – arbiter of all things Washington.

Still, the beltway types trip over themselves to call conservatives like Graham moderates.  Beltway types like to be lied to.  And, closet cases (reactionaries, that is) like Graham like to lie to them. It makes everybody feel better.  Especially when those lies come in the form of Graham’s signature whimpering earnestness.

That whimpering earnestness was on full display in 2004 when Graham questioned failures at the top for the abuses in Abu Ghraib prison.  The beltway elites were ever impressed.  Graham said, “I think that’s probably the core issue here is we just don’t want a bunch of privates and sergeants to be the scapegoats here … I think we are dealing with system failures.”

Graham guaranteed at congressional hearings that he would go wherever the evidence led, as high up on the chain of command as it went.  After months and years what did our courageous moderate make sure of?  A bunch of privates and sergeants were made scapegoats – and one general got thrown under the bus for cover.  That’s guts.

Did anyone in the beltway media notice?  Don’t be silly.  Someone might feel the worse for it.

He’ll go on their shows one year and talk about his concern for global climate change and support for cap-and-trade legislation.  On that same show, in that same year, he might talk about how he’s for comprehensive immigration reform – it’s the right thing to do. Then, a different year comes and with it a different Lindsey Graham, too.

Problem with the senior senator from South Carolina is that when push comes to shove – or there’s a Kenyan socialist in the White House – he does not advocate for moderate policies or vote for them either.  He runs far and fast.  That’s the record.

In 2010, Graham unceremoniously scuttled his own efforts on cap-and-trade when he pronounced proposed legislation, “dead”. Thereafter, any momentum, political will or bipartisanship was dead, too.  Why did this maverick and moderate abandon his position? Graham was feeling pressure from the Right – they skewered him for supporting a carbon … tax. They were also in the midst of constructing an asinine conspiracy theory around ‘Climate Gate’, pronouncing climate science a ‘hoax’. Way to stand tall, Lindsey.

Graham’s betrayal also resulted from his pique at the passage of the Affordable Care Act – the radical bill first authored by the Heritage Foundation.  He didn’t want that socialist legislation jammed down his throat. In a school girl fit, he would get even with his Democratic foes by obstructing on cap-and-trade.

Quite the moderate, putting party over country.

So it was for immigration reform.  In fact, Graham got a twofer – he linked his backtracking on immigration reform to having another piece of legislation pending at the same time. Yes, the aforementioned – cap-and-trade proposal.

Impossible for a deliberative body to handle two things at once!  Graham whined, “moving forward on immigration – in this hurried, panicked manner – is nothing more than a cynical political ploy.”

Cynical ploy?  Would Graham’s change of heart in April of 2010 have had anything to do with ACA passage the month before or the Bagger Movement it spawned? Quite.

Abu Ghraib, the environment, immigration and much more. Graham isn’t about moderation or courage or truth. He’s too busy being a cowardly liar. That’s his record.

The lying, whimpering moderate is at it again these last couple of weeks. Indeed, little Lindsey hasn’t been behaving himself very well, scampering to every camera he sees yipping, “Benghazi, Benghazi!”

David and George and Bob can’t get him on their Sunday shows fast enough to talk about the tragedy in Libya.

And, Graham can’t wait to politicize the whole damn thing and tar the president with scandal.  Impeach the terrorist coddler!

Listen as he works himself up into a panicky lather calling for Watergate style hearings (2:20 mark):

VIDEO: FACE THE NATION

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But that’s not enough for little Lindsey.  Here’s a lie he had to tell on Meet the Press (11-18-12):

Well, I think one of the reasons that Susan Rice told the story she did, if the truth came out a few weeks before the election that our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had been overrun by an al Qaeda sponsored or affiliated militia, that destroys the narrative we’ve been hearing for months that al Qaeda has been dismantled, bin Laden is dead, we’re safer.
So that was all just a narrative – bin Laden isn’t dead, al Qaeda isn’t eviscerated and we’re not safer.

Here’s the conspiracy theory from that same interview:

We heard a lot of details about classified information to make this president look good.  So would– if they would leak classified information to make him look good, would they withhold information to prevent him from looking bad?
One might expect a shred of evidence to bolster this conjecture?  The senator offers none.  This drivel from a member of the world’s most august body.

A partisan coward and lying conspiracy theorist is what passes in the mainstream media for a moderate Republican willing buck his party? Forever shame on that damnable party and shame too on the fourth estate.

How irredeemably sad that the real moderates – the Chuck Hagels, Bob Doles and Alan Simpsons –  are gone. They got the hell out of politics rather than associate with the monstrosity that is modern day Republicanism. A movement of fear peddlers and scandal mongers.

Those Republicans who came before, those who left, those who would not exploit tragedy, those who put country over party – they had something Lindsey “Cowardly Lyin’” Graham never will.

They had heart.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    ~ truth through reason ~ humanistcafe.wordpress.com

    by heycoachb on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:10:59 AM PST

  •  Had he been serious about (1+ / 0-)
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    immigration, he could have gotten the thing he and Schumer were working on passed and Romney would have been in the White House because Republicans could have linked themselves to that immigration bill.

    There will come a point when they will realize that absolute doctrinal purity will not win them anything.

    At all.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:16:38 AM PST

    •  His seriousness... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... on immigration will improve in the coming months.  He knows his party's future depends on it.

      Thanks for the read.  Have a great holiday!

      humanist cafe

      ~ truth through reason ~ humanistcafe.wordpress.com

      by heycoachb on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:55:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Bitterness and Vitriol (3+ / 0-)
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      Ask yourself a question:

      When is the last time you heard Lindsey Graham and/or John McCain say anything nice?  Loving?  Gentle?  Caring?

      You don't.   Graham and McCain are such media whores that they take every opportunity to get camera time, and the cameras at Fox and Meet the Depressed only want controversy and hate-speak.  They don't want to hear what we're doing right - they want only what these two say we're doing wrong (in their bigoted, twisted minds).

      I, personally, do not think either McCain nor Graham are as hateful and bitter as they come across on TV - how could they be?  But that is the way we see them, because that is the way they want to be seen.

      McCain does it because, well, he has entered that "bitter old man" phase of his life.  Even his rich trophy wife cannot stand to be around him.  Unfortunately, unlike Grandpa who you can just relegate to the couch as long as you keep the remote control away from him, McCain still has a modicum of power.  

      He does not seem to realize that his legacy, for the few years it lasts, will be that he was a bitter loser.
      Graham has his own issues and, without getting specific, we all know what his major issue is.  We all know people like Graham.  He is afraid to admit publically who he really is, which can make him dislike/fear who he really is, which translates into bitterness for those around him.  Graham has to talk tough,
      because if the bigoted rednecks of South Carolina figured out what the rest of America has known for years,
      well, Graham's political future would be measured in time units only Cern could appreciate.

      It's Morning in America (and the GOP has a hangover).

      by stlawrence on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:14:09 AM PST

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      •  That ageism (1+ / 0-)
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        Unfortunately, unlike Grandpa who you can just relegate to the couch as long as you keep the remote control away from him, McCain still has a modicum of power.  
        is OK for a cheap guffaw or two, I suppose. However, I do think there is some wisdom in the notion that if you desire respect, perhaps it's best to show some. Since you won't let Grandpa have the remote, should I assume you make the best of the situation and, maybe, have a conversation with him?

        “I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.” ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

        by dannyboy1 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:55:55 AM PST

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      •  Bravo! (1+ / 0-)
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        A more convincing take down I have  not read.

        Thanks for the read and have a great holiday!

        humanistcafe

        ~ truth through reason ~ humanistcafe.wordpress.com

        by heycoachb on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:09:45 AM PST

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    •  Here's his voting record on immigration... (2+ / 0-)
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      issues  (He does love that border fence, a lot--but the DREAM Act? Not so much).

      It's easy for the GOPers to talk the talk, but it's a lot harder for them to vote the vote.

  •  may support whatever teaparty opponent primaries (2+ / 0-)
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    Graham from the right in 2014.  He's become the Senate's Whiner in Chief.    Will leave with zero legacy, a seat warmer Senator.

    •  Indeed ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... he's something of a gutless wonder.

      Have a good holiday!

      humanistcafe

      ~ truth through reason ~ humanistcafe.wordpress.com

      by heycoachb on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:58:05 AM PST

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    •  That is true, I can not stand the sound of his (1+ / 0-)
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      voice, let alone the content of what he has to say.
      Remember folks this is the guy who was proud to have Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency. He didn't question her qualfications for one minute, however, he thinks Susan Rice is not qualifed to be SOS. Does McCain say "jump" and Graham says, "how high"?  It seems to me this is a very perverse type of hero worship.

  •  Loopy Lyndsey (2+ / 0-)
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    is a farce.  The media will never get a grip on this because they do not want that to happen.  As long as they can pretend to call this jerk a moderate, the longer they stay in the good grace of the right wing.  Loopy and Dopey McCain are the twins of deceit and have cost America dearly.  They are a disgrace to the uniforms they hide behind.  

  •  Graham is a republican--first, last & always... (1+ / 0-)
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    putting Party before country consistently.  The only time he gives the appearance of being moderate is when is really doesn't make a difference--in the very few instances when the GOPers have nothing to gain by being obstructionist jackasses.

    Lindsey (or as I like to call him Ernest T. Bass) Graham's voting record objectively doesn't seem to show much "moderation".  

    In the categories of Education/ Humanities/ Art, and Family Planning, his "crucial lifetime" voting record shows a 0% "moderation" toward the progressive stand--no moderation there, David Gregory.  

    -  In the category of War and Peace, Graham's record shows a 3.33% "moderation" over his lifetime voting record toward the progressive stand on these issues, but votes with the GOPers 96.67% of the time.  

    -- Human Rights & Civil Liberties? 5.56% of the time he has voted with progressives--meaning that 94.44% of the time he votes with the right-wing GOPers. That's not "moderation".

    Etc, etc--if you objectively look for Graham's "moderation", you won't be able to find it.

    That is Partisanship, plain and simple--simple enough that even simpletons like Gregory should be able to spot it.  At least he could if his observations were more objective, and less clouded by his own partisan viewpoints.

  •  So called Moderate GOPers vote against (1+ / 0-)
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    Tend to stick with GOP party line when the really important stuff come up like affordable care act

  •  Let the dogs bark and the wingnuts (0+ / 0-)

    whine, the Obama freight train movin' on!
    "Wait a minute, wait a minute!  This is important!  We need to know what the president knew and when did he know it.  What is the president covering up?!
    Come back here Mr. President!  Come back here, dammit!  You're not going to
    get away with this!  Do you hear me?  Mr. President?  Mr. President?  Anyone?"

  •  David Gregory is a class A fukstick (1+ / 0-)
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    along with Lindsay "Huckleberry" Graham

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