Lindsey Graham explains years of opportunist politics — “My party has gone batshit crazy”

While Republican presidential candidates continued scream-debating in Houston last night, Sen. Lindsey Graham took a shot at his former challengers with a series of insults that capture the insanity that is the remaining GOP presidential field.

The South Carolina senator, who was speaking at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner, nailed it with the following jabs:

“My party has gone batshit crazy.”

“Ben Carson is the nice guy in the race, and he tried to kill his cousin.”

“If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.”

Some of us realize that the current state of affairs in the Republican Party is simply the logical result of years of populist opportunism, racism, and appeals to reactionary fear. It starts with Nixon’s so-called Southern Strategy and continues through the Patriot Act and brings us to Trump and Cruz.

5 thoughts on “Lindsey Graham explains years of opportunist politics — “My party has gone batshit crazy”

  1. Looney Tunes says:

    “What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward Ukraine: It was incoherent, it depends on who you talk to, they seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo, so no I find the whole process to be a sham and I’m not going to legitimize it.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, Wedesday November 6, 2019 https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/06/politics/lindsey-graham-trump-ukraine-defense/index.html
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) openly speculated on Wednesday night that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland recently changed his impeachment testimony because he was now partnered up with “Democratic operatives” and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). https://www.thedailybeast.com/lindsey-graham-claims-trump-donor-gordon-sondland-is-in-cahoots-with-democratic-operatives
    “Why did Sondland change his testimony?” Graham wondered aloud. “Was there a connection between Sondland and Democratic operatives on the committee? Did he talk to Schiff? Did he talk to Schiff’s staffers?”
    “I’ve been a lawyer for a very long time,” he continued. “When someone remembers something they didn’t know before it makes me incredibly suspicious. Why did Sondland change his mind? What prompted him to change his mind about maybe there was a quid pro quo when I said there wasn’t?”

    “Gordon Sondland Suddenly Remembered Perjury Is a Thing, Stephen Colbert Says” (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/arts/television/late-night-gordon-sondland.html

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