There was a time I had some respect for Lindsey Graham. However, since that time, he has fallen prey to the machinations of the far, far right movement and its current icon, Donald Trump, and I now find Lindsey to be despicable … and that was the kindest word I could come up with.
Lindsey used to be known for his willingness to be bipartisan and work with Democrats on many issues like campaign finance reform, line item veto, global warming, waterboarding ban, immigration reform and more. In the beginning, he was opposed to the Tea Party movement, arguing for a more inclusive Republican Party. After his own brief, unsuccessful run for president in 2015, he threw his support behind Jeb Bush, and when Bush dropped out, behind Ted Cruz. He adamantly refused to support Donald Trump, and I applauded his values. But that was then, and this is now.Since the 2016 election, Graham has become a boot-licker just like all the rest, often speaking out in defense of Trump, even when his actions are indefensible. Last week during the Judiciary Committee hearing, Lindsay Graham decided to go into a tirade leveled at the democratic senators in the room, and by extension, all democrats. Here are some snippets from that rant, along with my own snarky remarkys in blue:
“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020.” Wait just a damn minute, Linds … wasn’t that precisely what YOU did when President Obama nominated a candidate with integrity, Merrick Garland??? YOU wouldn’t even talk to him and held the seat open for one year and 58 days!
“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics. And if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy … y’all want power and I hope you don’t get it. If you vote no, you are legitimizing the most despicable thing I’ve ever seen in my time in politics.” The most unethical sham I see is your behavior, ranting and pointing fingers, blaming everyone except those who deserve the blame: Trump & Kavanaugh & the unethical senators who are doing Trump’s bidding.
“This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap – your high school yearbook. You have interacted professional women all your life, not one accusation. You’re supposed to be Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high school and all of a sudden you got over it. It’s been my understanding that if you drug women and rape them for two years in high school, you probably don’t stop.” I thought your degree was in the field of Law, not Clinical Psychology? It is your determination to push, shove and cram this nominee who, as we can see, has a problem controlling his temper, onto the bench of the highest court in the land that is the problem. Mr. Kavanaugh has shown us multiple times in the past week how he reacts under pressure, and it is not what we would expect of a Supreme Court justice.
Graham’s performance was unhinged, irrational, and nakedly partisan. But after his outburst, other republican senators began apologizing … apologizing to Kavanaugh! Sarah Huckabee Sanders and doofus Eric Trump weighed in on Twitter …
And it is reported that Melania Trump passed along a message that she was “very proud” of him, although we have only Graham’s word on that one. If Lindsey Graham is now the face of the Republican Party, either the party is doomed, or the nation is. This is not the first complaint, however, that I have had about Lindsey. In 2009, he supported a climate change bill along with democratic Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman. Then in 2010, he withdrew his support, saying, “The science about global warming has changed. I think they’ve oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they’ve been alarmist and the science is in question. The whole movement has taken a giant step backward.” Somewhere between 2009 & 2010, the Tea Party/Donald Trump brainwashing machine apparently got to him.
Lindsey Graham is showing his true colours and that he is a party minion rather than a man who is willing to stand for truth, justice, and equal rights. Oh, and by the way, it might interest you to know that in May 2016, Graham made this statement:
“I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”
And while he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin, he did get on that train with Donald Trump and is now licking his boots and asking, “How high?” when Trump says “Jump!”