Introducing the Graham campaign

It seems Graham has got himself a presidential campaign off the ground. No, not Billy or Franklin. Lindsey, ever heard of him? Not Lindsay Lohan. Sure we have, but for being the notorious sidekick to John Juan McCain. A micro-blip on a radar screen.

So he wastes no time going to the same rhetoric famous by another candidate. He’s been running now for a couple weeks and, almost in search of coverage, makes odd statements. Speaking to Chuck Todd, Graham says. See full video interview here.

At 8 minutes in, he goes deftly hypothetical, as if planned, supposing to write the Constitution today. He just happens to have it all thought out, and Todd has to ply Lindsey very little to develop his SNL caliber sketch. (who cares about Hannity & Maddow?)

Todd asks “why is the country [so] polarized?” (will they ask Hillary that question?)

Graham says, “money, and….okay write the Constitution today. I think it’d be a great SNL sketch. You got Philadelphia Hall, you got satellite trucks parked outside. You know Ben Franklin comes outside… (cluckling) I got Rachael Maddow and Sean Hannity jump all over… “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 to about everything …and to get into politics, look how many pledges people ask you to sign…

Todd: will you sign any?
Graham: nope, nah.
Todd: you’ve signed pledges before…
Graham: I have

Todd: do you regret it?
Graham: Not so much I regret it that I just don’t want to do it this time. You know if you’re not financially independent, you have to get somebody to help you financially. I think a combination of constant media, 24 hours news cycle with money has made it pretty hard to find common ground.

Todd: so that means were doomed?
Graham: No, I think…its a good question…are we? I don’t know.
Todd: I don’t know if media is going to reform. I always say its a two-way street. Politicians play to the media polarization.

Graham: You’re trying to beat each other and you report things maybe too quickly. Let’s look at it this way, I think there is a market for a better way. When I talk to that young guy there, I said “You’re going to have to work a little longer pal. If I’m president, I’m going to ask you to work a little longer. What do people do between 65 and 67? They work two years longer….

I’m making a bet here that you can talk about problem solving in the Republican primary and still get the nomination. I’m making a bet that you can openly embrace working with Democrats and still get the nomination. I’m making a bet that in a war weary republic you can rally them to keep the fight over there before it comes here. Now, if I lose those bets it doesn’t mean America’s lost, it means that I just fell short. To a young person in politics, listen to what I am doing here, see if it makes sense to you. There is a growing desire by the public at large to stop the BS. I feel it, I sense it and I’m running on the idea if you elect me I’ll do whatever is necessary to defend the nation. I’m running not as a candidate for a single party but for a great nation.

Todd: are you thinking about going third party?
Graham: no, not at all …See at the end of the day, you’re not going to get big thigs done with moderates. There is no hall of fame for moderates. Moderates are nice people but it takes real ideologically purer people, in many ways, to solve hard problems. Did anybody doubt Tip O’Neil’s credentials as a liberal? Did anybody doubt Ronald Reagan’s credentials as a conservative?

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Bet much? Besides the moderate boilerplate “let’s work together” talk, there was an admission that you cannot get great big things from moderates. You don’t say. So why demonize and attack the same people for holding fast to their principles? I get it, it’s okay when he’s standing up against the Party base. But when they don’t cooperate with him, there’s a problem.

Todd: in 2000 he (John McCain) ran against the Party a little bit harder. [really?]
Graham: Yea but I think, you know, looking back that was sort of an immature campaign. We kind of got off in the ditch a little bit. You know if you want to be the nominee of a party, there’s only so much you can do to run your party down. I love the Republican Party. I believe the conservatism…

Todd: Some conservatives are going to hear what you’re saying and say YOU are trying to run down the Party right now.
Graham: I’m not. I’m actually trying to build it up. Here’s my bet: that Hispanics, if they get over the idea that we don’t like them because we suggest that we don’t, if we could actually get immigration behind us, the Hispanic community is much more aligned with our way of doing business than our Democratic colleagues. I firmly believe that.

Todd: you believe that Hispanics are justified in thinking that the Republican Party doesn’t care about them right now?
Graham: Yes, to some extent I do because just look at the rhetoric. Don’t judge us all by what a few people say. But you have to look at the results…/end

Video

Keep developing those thoughts strategies, Lindsey. You already gave MSM ammo for weeks. None of this is nuclear science but it does show the alignment to McCain, who also is always sucking wind for face time on air. Graham knows you can only beat that party horse so far, you can’t run it into the ground. Are you hiring the same geniuses?

Let’s go back in the time warp machine.

You only have to go back to 2000 in his presidential bid for president when McCain dropped this load of manure on the Republican base calling conservatives agents of intolerance. Now his dear friend Lind-see seems to have the same campaign formula. He makes it sound like he is talking about both sides fairly, but it is directed squarely at conservatives, the intolerant ones. After all, being intolerant on the left is a compliment to them. So the comparison doesn’t work.

February 2000, McCain took to the road and the air under the guise of bashing certain politics.

I recognize and celebrate that our country is founded upon Judeo- Christian values, and I have pledged my life to defend America and all her values, the values that have made us the noblest experiment in history. But public — but political intolerance by any political party is neither a Judeo-Christian nor an American value. The political tactics of division and slander are not our values, they are… corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party and our country.

Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right. [CNN transcript]

While he sounded to be swinging at both sides, the main target of opportunity was the conservative right, particularly evangelicals. Everyone knew it then, and now everyone will again with sidekick Graham on the bandstand. They don’t care that in the process they are offending their base, they think that is smart politics. They don’t care about marginalizing voters and any influence that does not align with them.

Though it is very amusing how Lindsey Graham refers to McCain’s campaign as immature and “in the ditch”, doing almost exactly what John was doing. So Lindsey is going to start in the gutter and work out from there. Enter mainstream media.

So now we have to live through a replay of that intolerant, divide and conquer, playing the media fiddle type of campaigning. Right on cue, it’s media chow time which is the point. It’s McCain 2000 3.0. Graham must think we are really dumb to expect us to play along.

Holy Graham crackers, Batman!

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15 comments on “Introducing the Graham campaign

  1. Hardnox says:

    Graham is a douche that should be ignored at all costs. The guy is irrelevant and brings nothing to the discussion of what ails this country and how to fix it. Graham is one of the problems, as is his butt buddy McCain.

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  2. peppermintfarm says:

    Bull, good article! I saw a few interviews with Graham on Fox and I almost thought I’d drop my cookies. Him running? The people in his own state don’t like this chameleon.

    He really didn’t get much play out of those Fox interviews so he goes over to the liberal end and does everything he can to set up a fight between real cons and fake moderate ones. Just great.

    I agree with you that this is just the kind of ugly fodder the liberals love. They can shoot their mouths off 24/7 on how divided the repubs are. They just love to wallow in this while touting the liberal runner, which will be the nasty ex-Nazi, boot stomping Hillary. Oh, no she’s not divisive, she has real plans for being “champion of the American people”.

    I doubt if he will even make the grade for the debates. He will be so far down the ladder of who people want for prez. But we can bet this sucking air Lindseed Oil will be out attacking anyone of the real conservative runners. He and his love bud McCain.

    Love that “Holy Graham crackers, Batman!”. Hilarious!

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    • Bullright says:

      Pepp, Well put. I thought it was a joke when I was hearing about him running. I guess not to him it isn’t. I don’t think Fox knows what to do with him. He runs to CNN and NBC. The only one that thinks he is important is Lindsey. Can he juggle or something? Debates, I don’t think he has a chance.

      Good one, Lindseed Oil — slippery and wet and hazardous. He’s not even a great talker for a bser. And he wants to talk to the young people, but what’s he going to say? Todd ask if he was just there to attack Paul? I think it was the record for the most times I heard the word bet in a conversation. ha I don’ t see that he’s been that influential in the Senate or on anything

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      • peppermintfarm says:

        I don’t know why Fox has him on so much. He’s a big nothing. He can juggle all right. Issues he changes his opinion on depending on what day it is.

        I agree he’s not a great talker at all. And he’s always referring to his great friend McCain which isn’t going to help him at all. The two of them are like twins

        Oh so he already attacked Rand eh? Figures. He and McCain called him a cuckoo bird I think.

        I can’t think of one single thing he’s done in the Senate at all. So what exactly are his achievements? Nothing more than the Great Bull Crapper is all I can think of. Gee what a resume!

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        • Bullright says:

          Pepp, great, come to think of it he gets as much air from Fox as anyone. Then tells us hardly anything. He might as well have an imaginary friend Freddy who would help him as much.

          I haven’t heard him take too many shots at Hillary unless I missed it. I think he’s a dugout duker. (where did that come from?) Yes, he’s in that crapper caliber. I just don’t get his angle except maybe as an inside attack dog.

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          • peppermintfarm says:

            He better get an imaginary friend. He’s no good by himself. Freddy sounds just right. LOL!

            Heck no, he’s a Hillary light. He’d rather attack his repub cohorts. Disgusting little man.

            I think U got something there about the inside establishment attack dog. He’s like a wolverine devouring the real conservatives in his own party.

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            • Bullright says:

              Pepp, you have a point with the establishment. Funny how they never like the establishment candidates (aka Jeb etc) attacked. Speaking of which Jebster’s roll out is coming and we’ll see how the establishment RNC handles that? (or the media for that matter) So Lindseed has McCain w/ a bunch of sock puppets in his corner. (along with all the illegals he can bribe) Anyone who speaks up for common sense gets whacked for it.

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  3. the unit says:

    Just for starters now. Don’t know how close you all are to a liberal in the family. Been tough, wife thought O was a chocolate lollipop. Now just the other day said she thought Lindsay Graham might make a good president. Not my choice, but a change going on, hopefully. Waiting patiently for more. 🙂
    It is a start.

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