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Here are the two latest examples of how much of a dick Senator Lindsey Graham's (R. SC) truly is.  First there's Detroit, which he could care less about:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday introduced an amendment to prevent the federal government from bailing out Detroit or any other municipalities facing bankruptcy, according to a release.

The amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act prohibits using federal funds to purchase or guarantee any asset from a municipal, local or county government facing default. It also forbids the federal government from issuing lines of credit or giving any financial aid to prevent bankruptcy.

“Should the federal government bail out Detroit?” Graham said. “No way. No how. There is no doubt Detroit has huge problems, but they are facing problems of their own making. Detroit and other municipalities facing these issues need to get their own financial houses in order.” - Politico, 7/24/13

But if there's one place Graham really hates more than Detroit, it's Iran:

Sen. Lindsey Graham told a "cheering" audience Tuesday that if the relationship between the U.S. and Iran doesn't improve by the end of summer, he will ask Congress to authorize going to war. The idea is silly because obviously it'll never happen, and it's probably a ploy for re-election.

"If nothing changes in Iran, come September, October, I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb," the South Carolina Republican said, according to a post on CQ Roll Call, which was picked up by Think Progress, at a conference for members of Christians United for Israel today. "The only way to convince Iran to halt their nuclear program is to make it clear that we will take it out," Graham added. - The Atlantic, 7/23/13

More below the fold.

Yeah he's a prick.  And just like his buddy Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY), his base isn't happy with him either:

Carolina Conservatives United, a nonprofit organization, said Mr. Graham has made a habit of saying one thing but doing another, selling out their limited government principles and showing “contempt” for small-government advocates.

“We never know which Lindsey Graham will show up in Washington each day,” said Bruce Carroll, the group’s chairman. “He’s more likely to side with liberal Senate Democrats on important votes than with [fellow GOP South Carolina] Sen. Tim Scott or the South Carolina Republican Congressional delegation.”

The group rolled out a new online video that knocks Mr. Graham for supporting the detention of American citizens without due process, the National Security Agency’s collection of cellphone records and the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for most illegal immigrants. - Washington Times, 7/24/13

And extreme right-wingers hate Graham so much that they're pining for another Jim DeMint (R. SC) to take over his seat:

He has been the poster boy, along with John McCain, for unprincipled leadership and represents everything wrong with the modern Republican Party. In the past few months alone, he’s irritated people across the political spectrum with numerous actions from helping pen the recent amnesty bill to advocating boycotting the Olympics if NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wasn’t turned over by Russian authorities. When all is said and done, Graham needs to be unseated and replaced with someone like Senator Jim DeMint.

The one consistent aspect of Graham’s voting record is his opposition to conservative issues. He can vote for whatever sounds good at the time and change the next time if public outcry is strong enough, but he doesn’t come to the table with ideas on how to make things better.

DeMint clearly did and that helped him enjoy the kind of success he did as a Senator and now as head of the Heritage Foundation. He could stand for something and vote on his principles rather than side with what is popular that day. - Right Side News, 7/24/13
State Senator Lee Bright (R. SC) is looking into challenging Graham whereas businessman Richard Cash (R. SC) has already jumped into the race.  We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.  Businessman Jay Stamper (D. SC) has thrown his hat into the race.  If you want to check out his campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    micsimov, JeffW, ichibon

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:00:22 PM PDT

  •  Graham (1+ / 0-)
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    a part of the "Jack Kervorkian of the Republican Party" caucus (A. Coulter).  Why does he love war so much?

    The Democrats care about you after you're born. --Ed Schultz

    by micsimov on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:22:37 PM PDT

  •  OK this explain's Rush's rant today: he was (0+ / 0-)

    wound up on Detroit and was touting a book that postulated that race was the major reason for the city's economic melt-down.  Now Rush was not commenting on the effects of racism on cities with African American leadership.  Instead, "Bell Curve" fashion, he was arguing that the race of the leadership led to municipal success or failure, irrespective of the effects of racism upon that leadership.  

    Yeppers, he was ranting that there is some sort of genetic component which automatically renders African Americans incapable of governing.  Ridiculous, of course, but there are at least 27% of our fellow Americans who agree with him.

    At least his rant now has a context for me.

  •  The difference between the parties (0+ / 0-)

    Next time someone says they are just the two wings of the corporate establishment, remember that it's only one of them that wants another Middle East war and only one of them that wants to destroy female autonomy.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 06:09:13 PM PDT

    •  Not so fast. (1+ / 0-)
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      There is majority support in BOTH parties for intervention in Syria & for military action against Iran. Yes, he may be pandering for the sake of re-election, but still, if Sen. Graham's resolution on Iran were to come to a vote, it would no doubt pass by a lopsided margin. Less than 2 months ago, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 15-3 in favor of intervention in Syria, in spite of the fact that the American people have no desire for another Middle Eastern war, in spite of the huge potential costs, in spite of the potential geopolitical consequences. Right now, the only thing keeping us out of Syria is President Obama's reluctance to get involved.

      I'm not arguing that there is NO difference between the 2 parties, or that elections are inconsequential, but it's important to remember that within America's foreign policy establishment - no matter which party holds the presidency or the majority in the houses of Congress - the bias is ALWAYS in favor of war.

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