[Rushtalk] Graham Needs To Be Replaced - He is a RINO

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at keepandbeararms.com
Wed Aug 28 12:01:44 MDT 2013


Graham Needs To Be Replaced

 With Someone Like Sen. Jim DeMint

JULY 26, 2013 BY


Lindsey Graham SC Graham Needs To Be Replaced with Someone like Sen. Jim

When the Palmetto State elected Lindsey Graham, we got the moderate GOP
senator we didn’t want. 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.

South Carolina state senator Lee Bright said, “Graham has let us down on
so many issues. A lot of folks thought he would follow in the footsteps
of Strom Thurmond (R), but instead, we got another Fritz Hollings (D).”
Except I would argue that Hollings was more conservative on fiscal
issues than Lindsey Graham is. He has not done what we thought he would
do. He is not the Graham who went after Bill Clinton at the impeachment
hearings. He is the Graham who has fallen under the tutelage of John

Next year will be the first time since the formation of the Tea Party
that Lindsey Graham will be up for reelection, and South Carolina
conservatives want to replace Graham with someone who will side with a
Jim DeMint or Tim Scott and not oppose them for another 6 years.

Graham has made it clear by his voting record and his behaviors that he
is no DeMint Republican, much less a Ronald Reagan conservative. Jim
DeMint was until then South Carolina’s answer to Graham, and one of the
Senate’s most consistent conservatives who came from the same state as
the ultimate GOP moderate. Polar opposites, the two actually had an
ongoing, overt confrontation.
Graham has been very vocal in his criticism of the South Carolina GOP
for defending the Republican platform: In October of 2009, Graham was
publicly quoted making derogatory statements about the South Carolina
Republican Party, including “We’re not going to be the party of angry
white guys.“ Graham vowed to continue working with Democrats in building
bipartisan coalitions to address global warming, health care,
Afghanistan, and other key challenges, and told Republicans who resisted
his policies that “If you don’t like it, you can leave.” For a person
intent on “broadening the base,” he certainly is callous about
dismissing his current base.

Social Issues
While both DeMint and Graham claim to have a 100% pro-life stance on the
surface by voting on the same on issues from unborn children being
eligible for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (both voted
yes) to preventing minors from crossing state boundaries to get an
abortion (yes) to expanding research to embryonic stem cell lines (no),
social conservatives have criticized Graham for his support of Supreme
Court nominee confirmations who were radical activist judges, while his
support, if any, of conservative judges has been much, much weaker.

National Security
In August 2007, in response to a Democratic effort to enact legislation
granting amnesty to illegal aliens, DeMint was a leader in opposition,
while Graham supported the bill (even though it did not prevent new
illegal immigration or provide for any sort of border security.) Graham
not only voted for the bill; he actually thanked Ted Kennedy for his
work on it and stated that he was “going to tell the bigots to shut up.”

More recently, in June 2013, Graham acted as part of the infamous “Gang
of 8” and helped to pen an immigration bill that provides effective
amnesty to illegal aliens without taking action to close the border
first (and allows repeated felons to not only become citizens, but have
their records wiped clean.) The bill was seen as a destructive one even
for those who support the idea of amnesty for illegal aliens. Graham
joined the Democrats in invoking cloture and supporting the bill, while
Senator Tim Scott (DeMint’s replacement) voted in opposition.

On budget and economic issues, the two strongly differ. DeMint
steadfastly opposed any spending increases, bailouts, modification of
bankruptcy rules, and other fiscally liberal legislation. He voted for
reduced spending, paying off the debt, and limiting federal spending
growth to the per-capita inflation rate; and he sponsored a balanced
budget constitutional amendment. Graham, in contrast, has exhibited a
pattern of voting on economic issues that opposes the philosophy of free
enterprise and conservative principles.

In March 2012, Senator DeMint voted to uphold the principles of free
enterprise and an economy free of government manipulation by voting
against providing funding for the Export-Import Bank. Graham, on the
other hand, voted for the funding, in violation of those principles.

In July of 2008, Graham voted for the TARP “big bank bailout” bill that
DeMint opposed. He also supported unconstitutional bailouts for
independent mortgage institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Graham’s record of opposing DeMint’s conservative agenda is striking.
But even Graham understands that he is not in good standing with most
conservatives and expects a challenger next year.

When asked why there is such a passion nationally to replace Graham with
a true conservative, Sen. Lee Bright answered, “Conservatives feel that
South Carolina should help and not hurt. And they expected a U.S.
senator from a ‘Red State’ ‘to help the conservative cause and not be an
impediment to it.”

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