By Christopher G. Adamo | RINOTracker.us
On June 3, 2015, Jeff Poor, writing for Breitbart.com:
In an interview posted on NBCNews.com with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, Senator Lindsay Graham (R.-SC), a candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination, touted his candidacy and offered reasons as to why he should be taken seriously a presidential candidate.
Graham hit several topics with Todd in the interview in the back of a car and among those topics were political divisions, to which Graham addressed with his own idea for a “Saturday Night Live” skit about those divides.
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“So, you’re at Philadelphia Hall, you’ve got satellite trucks parked outside,” Graham said. “You know, Ben Franklin comes outside and Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity jump on him, ‘Don’t give in, Ben.’ Just think how hard it is in today’s 24/7 news cycle, talk radio, cable television and money. There is a group telling you to say no about everything. And to get into politics, look at how many pledges you have to sign.”
RINOTRACKER RESPONSE FROM CHRIS ADAMO:
In an odd sense, Lindsay Graham’s declared candidacy could prove to be the quintessential “blessing in disguise” for Conservatives. Though a Graham presidency would be disastrous for the country, and specifically for the Republican Party, Senator Graham’s presence in the national spotlight is sure to be a strong reminder of everything that is wrong with the GOP “Establishment.” As such it can provide a great springboard for those truly conservative Republican candidates who seek to contrast themselves against not only the Democrats, but also the Republican Party’s insipid status quo.
Make no mistake about it. The RINO contingent of the GOP would be ecstatic over a Graham victory, since this would ensure their continued access to the wheels of power, while guaranteeing that grassroots conservatives would be thoroughly marginalized in perpetuity. These “Republicans,” who exhibit little interest in any policy or governing philosophy except on the basis of perceived benefits or liabilities to their political standing, will likely ignore Graham for the moment. He clearly does not have the financial backing or big name endorsements enjoyed by their preferred candidate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
On the other hand, it would be no great surprise to see the same forces that are currently touting Jeb Bush suddenly switching to Graham, if Bush’s shaky standing among the field of Republican candidates continues to collapse.
However, aside from Graham’s bloated ego, very little evidence can be found of any looming groundswell for the South Carolina moderate. He touts his “foreign policy experience,” and the fact that he won the last South Carolina primary for his Senate seat by an overwhelming margin. Somehow, in his mind this is supposed to translate into a national movement carrying his candidacy forward.
The reality is that America’s perception of him is starkly different, and far more accurate, than his own. Graham is known as a McCain lackey, which means that he has established a reputation for joining the Arizona RINO in virtually every effort to betray conservatism and sell-out the Republican Party by participating in one of McCain’s “gangs” of betrayal. These underhanded “bipartisan” factions have included such noted leftist Democrats as New York Senator Charles Schumer.
Most recently, McCain employed Graham (and another pro-amnesty Republican, Florida Senator Marco Rubio) in a collaborative effort with Schumer to get an amnesty bill passed through the Senate. And though it was successfully stalled in the House, the episode did provide enough momentum for Obama to press forward with his wholly unconstitutional “Executive Amnesty.” Thus are the great works of Lindsay Graham on display for America to see.
Do not expect his campaign to consist of any worthy ideas for truly fixing America’s burgeoning problems. Rather, the sort of empty silliness on display in John Poor’s Breitbart column (above) can be construed as a telling sign of things to come.
Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of Wyoming. He has participated in local and state level political campaigns, as well as having written articles for regional and national print publications. For many years, he wrote a popular weekly column that appeared throughout the Internet. During the course of his political involvement, he came to the realization that liberalism is alive and well inside of the GOP.