Graham isn't conservative

  • Follow Letters

A politician bases his decisions on expediency; a statesman, on principle.

Most elected officials today are politicians with a vision as far ahead as the next election. Take U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, for example. His TV ads describe him as a conservative. Yet, he is the same Lindsey Graham who voted to confirm ultra-liberal Supreme Court nominees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. And the same Lindsey Graham who is nicknamed “Senator Grahamnesty” because of his support of amnesty for undocumented aliens.

He has voted for No Child Left Behind; the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, a.k.a. TARP; increasing the federal minimum wage; the fiscal cliff deal that raised taxes on 77 percent of Americans; cap-and-trade; and raising the debt ceiling six times.

Not conservative enough? He also staffs seven congressional offices, while former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint needed only four.

Finally, Graham has so much conservative support that six Republican challengers were aligned against him.

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
deestafford
29114
Points
deestafford 06/13/14 - 07:36 am
5
0
I agree he is no conservative by SC and GA standards and...

I agree he is no conservative by SC and GA standards and the national talking heads are misreading how the victory is a vindication of his stance on immigration reform. It is not.

I think Graham won because there were too many people running against him and as a result there was no clear, concentrated, focused attack levied on him. If there had been one or two people who could have had the resources to get the message out as to his true status he would have lost.

Another contributing factor was his exposure on TV with the Middle East exploding and his comments about the deserter. All of what he portrayed was positive as far as conservatives were concerned.

curly123053
4996
Points
curly123053 06/13/14 - 08:17 am
4
0
Cross Over Voters Helped Graham

I worked as a poll mgr at a precinct on Tuesday and I think he won due to so many Democrats voting in the Republican primary to vote for him. My precinct is historically almost 50-50 between the two parties, and during past primaries this has been shown to be true when the precinct votes are tabulated. This time we had a Republican turnout of over 90% which told me there were a lot of voters crossing over to vote for Graham.

hoptoad
14628
Points
hoptoad 06/13/14 - 09:07 am
3
0
cross over voters

you're right curly, I also worked the polls and found many people hemming and hawing about which block to check and was asked if they checked one party at the primaries would they have to vote that same party in November. Dead give-away they were cross-overs. The voting law should be amended to say if you vote a certain party in the primaries, you must also vote that same party in the general election. I believe that's why we had McCain for the Republican candidate.

Darby
27319
Points
Darby 06/13/14 - 07:05 pm
2
1
"The voting law should be amended to say

if you vote a certain party in the primaries, you must also vote that same party in the general election."

.
What you are suggesting is that voters be required to register by party affiliation. It would solve the problem, but if it were that easy, it would have been done already in both SC and Georgia.

deestafford
29114
Points
deestafford 06/13/14 - 09:56 pm
0
0
I think primaries should be closed...

I think primaries should be closed and only register party members should be allowed to vote and pick the candidate.

I know some will say, "Well, I'm an independent." Well, if you don't have a commitment to either party then should should not be allowed to participate in a party. As they say, "Membership has its privileges."

Darby
27319
Points
Darby 06/13/14 - 10:54 pm
1
0
"I think primaries should be closed

and only register party members should be allowed to vote and pick the candidate."

.
Actually, Dee.... unless the law has been changed, and I don't think it has,.... that is a legal option. To my knowledge, it's never been used though.

Not "registered" party members as such, of course because we don't register by party in Georgia but as I understand it, candidates could be selected at party conventions.

Doing so, however would almost certainly alienate large numbers of voters and that's probably the reason it's never done.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Thomson game adds security

THOMSON, Ga. -- McDuffie County officials will add extra security precautions tonight after fight rumors circulated related to the last Thomson High home football game of the season.
Search Augusta jobs