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.

7 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
    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).
    “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)

  2. About face says:

    Lindsey Graham breaks with Trump over Obama attack: “I don’t know what he’s talking about”
    Graham rejects Trump’s claim Obama is guilty of treason
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that the order President Trump signed earlier in the day suspending certain temporary work visas through the end of the year will have a “chilling effect” on the nation’s economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    “This decision, in my view, will have a chilling effect on our economic recovery at a time we should be doing all we can to restore the economy,” Graham said in a series of tweets.
    Graham says he plans to uphold Democratic veto power on influential U.S. attorney nomination (June 20)
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after Attorney General Barr announced President Trump had fired acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Geoffrey Berman.
    New poll shows Lindsey Graham, Jaime Harrison tied for U.S. Senate seat (5/27/20)

    • Aha! says:

      Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he will grant a request by Democrats to have former special counsel Robert Mueller testify about his investigation before the committee.
      Graham’s comments follow an op-ed by Mueller published Saturday in The Washington Post, in which the former special counsel defended his office’s prosecution of Roger Stone and wrote that he is still a convicted felon and “rightly so” in light of President Donald Trump’s commutation of Stone. Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
      “Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post,” Graham wrote on Twitter.
      He added, “Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted.”
      See also

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