GOP senator out of step

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I remain shocked at the number of conservative Republicans who believe that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is “one of them.”

This complacent, ostrich-like head-in-the-sand attitude isn’t disturbed by Graham’s support for President Obama’s radical Supreme Court appointees; cap-and-trade environmentalist legislation; National Security Agency spying; restrictions on the Second Amendment; and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Yet one fact should make pro-Graham Republicans sit up and take notice: According to the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly, in 2012 Graham voted 57 percent of the time with Obama on issues where the president made his position clear.

In 2011, Graham’s support for Obama was a staggering 63 percent.

To put this in perspective, of the 45 Republicans in the Senate, only five were more supportive of Obama. This may be expected from a Republican from the Northeast, but from South Carolina?

If Obama had a Senate full of Graham clones, the president wouldn’t need any Democrats!

Why any South Carolina Republican has any confidence in Graham remains a mystery. Is the Republican Party so intellectually bankrupt that such a man is preferable to his conservative challengers? It’s time for a long overdue wake-up call!

Carolyn Miller

Aiken, S.C.

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/20/14 - 11:47 pm
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Since moving to the Senate and inserting his cranium deeply...

Since moving to the Senate and inserting his cranium deeply into McCain Graham has become an embarrassment to not only the people of SC but to the rest of the South as well.

The letter writer makes good points on why Graham should not be elected. His opponents need to speak these things loudly, clearly, and often. They must not nuance their message. They must speak to the people in language they easily understand.

That is one thing the democrats have over the Republicans...they speak where people can readily understand what they are saying; whereas, the Republicans tend to speak as if they are in a graduate level seminar with totally informed listeners.

swcohen
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swcohen 03/21/14 - 04:24 am
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Why stop with Graham?

Let's vote out ALL the Republicans!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/21/14 - 04:57 am
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"Let's vote out ALL the
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"Let's vote out ALL the Republicans!"

And replace them with whom? The country doesn't have enough money to replace them with either more Republicans like we have, and certainly not enough money for more Democrats.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/21/14 - 05:55 am
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No, let's vote some REAL

No, let's vote some REAL republicans into office!! Republicans with a spine!! Actually, let's vote out all incumbents!! I'm tired of ALL career politicians!! We need fresh faces!!

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/21/14 - 06:39 am
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I wish Congress was handled
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I wish Congress was handled like jury duty. Compulsory service for a short time, then you are done.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/21/14 - 07:01 am
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If Graham needs to be

If Graham needs to be defeated because he is perceived as an ally of Obama, I shudder to think what a real opponent would look like.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/21/14 - 07:13 am
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Might look like a
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Might look like a conservative.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/21/14 - 07:14 am
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Maybe a majority of the

Maybe a majority of the people in SC aren't "conservative Republicans" and aren't interested in a Senator that is.

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Bizkit 03/21/14 - 07:41 am
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Vote out all incumbents-Dem

Vote out all incumbents-Dem or Rep, perhaps without the old established crooks-the younger senators won't be corrupted. Congress is like prison -they could go in as innocent-but they all come out better crooks.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/21/14 - 08:29 am
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Congressmen and senators should be limited...

Congressmen and senators should be limited to two terms: one in DC and one in prison.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/21/14 - 09:49 am
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I think Lindsey Graham has

I think Lindsey Graham has that Obama/Putin flexibility thing going on with his Democrat colleagues. He needs to be replaced with a more consistent conservative.

bright idea
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bright idea 03/21/14 - 10:13 am
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On TV

Graham sounds like he is against everything Obama does. Of course that's why he's a politician.

allhans
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allhans 03/21/14 - 10:13 am
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Graham was elected by the

Graham was elected by the voters in his state, if they want him out they should know how to accomplish it.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/21/14 - 11:43 am
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PL @ 5:57 AM

"And replace them with whom? The country doesn't have enough money to replace them with either more Republicans like we have, and certainly not enough money for more Democrats"

I assume that you are refering to the national debt? I couldn't agree more, ALTHOUGH I would agree to "means testing" for ALL government intitalments!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/21/14 - 11:50 am
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alhans @ 11:13

"Graham was elected by the voters in his state, if they want him out they should know how to accomplish it"

It seems as though I am agreeing with a lot of comments today! If South Carolinians want Graham out, than vote him out!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 03/21/14 - 11:56 am
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PL @ 7:39

"I wish Congress was handled like jury duty. Compulsory service for a short time, then you are done"

VERY GOOD idea. I wish that I could be in The House or Senate "and get the money that they get, even for one year!!"

myfather15
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myfather15 03/21/14 - 01:20 pm
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Awesome!! I actually laughed

"Congressmen and senators should be limited to two terms: one in DC and one in prison."

Very true by the way!!

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rmwhitley 03/21/14 - 04:43 pm
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graham
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was and is useless.

Palmetto47
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Palmetto47 03/21/14 - 09:30 pm
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Respectful Dissent

SC voters can definitely find a movement conservative who will make nice speeches and never accomplish anything (see Jim Demint). Or they can opt to keep a man who seems interested in solving problems. The Red State/Blue State paradigm is killing our country and grinding real discourse to a halt. Similarly I was saddened to see Scott Brown lose in Massachusettes to an idealogue on the Left who is just as useless as whatever Tea Party hack challenges Sen. Graham.

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Darby 03/22/14 - 05:09 pm
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"Why stop with Graham?

Let's vote out ALL the Republicans!"

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Yeah, I agree, there's a lot of silly, illogical, thoughtless and senseless things we could be doing. And none of them require any thought or reason.

Just a firm dedication to what is known as "Yellow Dog" Democrat ideology. Translation: "I'd vote for a yellow dog before I'd vote for a Republican"

Don't know why, just that I was raised that way by Mom and Dad.

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edcushman 03/24/14 - 09:57 am
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"If Graham needs to be
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"If Graham needs to be defeated because he is perceived as an ally of Obama, I shudder to think what a real opponent would look like."
TM, that would be ole Joe Wilson who can spot a liar from a mile away.

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