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Lindsey Graham’s Tea Party Teflon
Daily Beast, by Patricia Murphy

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/10/2014 11:05:08 AM

The Tea Party hate machine has gone into overdrive in South Carolina, so how has Lindsey Graham survived so comfortably? Lindsey Graham has been the Tea Party’s Public Enemy #1 since the movement sprang to life in 2009. With a vitriol usually reserved for rapists and traitors, some of the most extreme Palmetto State conservatives have burned Graham in effigy and then flushed him down a toilet; derided him as a “war mongering, cowardly, fiscal liberal whore;” openly questioned the unmarried senator’s sexuality with the label “Miss Lindsey,” and promised Low Country voters a 2014 primary challenge against Graham of epic

If Senator Graham would remain unhooked from McCain´s influence, he might be a senator most of us could like.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tnorling, 6/10/2014 11:11:45 AM     (No. 9879859)

Ms. Lindsey broke the barrier when elected... He´s only interested in keeping his job. Get real.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: miceal, 6/10/2014 11:16:57 AM     (No. 9879870)

"derided him as a “war mongering, cowardly, fiscal liberal whore;” openly questioned the unmarried senator’s sexuality with the label “Miss Lindsey,” Oh, they forgot to add RINO and a sock puppet for his "good friend" from Arizona, Johnny Mac....

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pinchem, 6/10/2014 11:20:52 AM     (No. 9879877)

I´m surprised that so many folks from SC are so Anti-Constitution Anti-American to vote for this man.

The Communist Party USA adopted the word "Liberal" to cover up their true purpose and activities. I just wish Liberals had the guts to admit they are proud to be Communist Traitors. If they weren´t proud, we might regain our Constitutional Republic.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MissMolly, 6/10/2014 11:28:30 AM     (No. 9879894)

I will not condemn SC voters as being "anti-Constitution", "anti-American" or...surely the poster didn´t mean this...liberal "Communist traitors" for casting a Graham vote. South Carolinians are just as solidly American and patriotic as any of the rest of us. They know how to vote and they know how to make their choices.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 6/10/2014 11:37:53 AM     (No. 9879908)

As bad as progressives want to make it so, the Tea Party is a movement not an actual party. I can see how that helps the Murphy with the false arguments though, such as the polling comparison.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 6/10/2014 11:55:57 AM     (No. 9879934)

Some people throw around the words ´Communist´ and ´Traitor´ around so quickly to anyone who disagrees with them in the slightest degree. It´s irrational.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/10/2014 12:01:30 PM     (No. 9879951)

No, #5, it´s not a party--it´s thousands of small parties and six major ones, all asserting that they are the true, authentic Tea Party. Why did the various Tea Parties in South Carolina feel it necessary to field four different Tea Party candidates? Surely one would have been sufficient--if the Tea Parties are all on the same page, which obviously they´re not.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mikkins2, 6/10/2014 12:33:26 PM     (No. 9880013)

History is littered with political corpses of invincible politicians who no one thought could be overthrown.

Time is not on Graham´s side. Eventually as Graham continues to abet the destruction of the economy as well as ignore his oath of office, he will either be forced to retire, or be primaried out inevitably.

The reality is the Tea Party Movement is in its infancy, just starting to lay down its roots at the local level. It is quietly growing and learning how to defeat its opponents; those that use their position to enrich themselves and family through the control of taxpayer, use of law and regulation to bribe or threaten companies and groups for favors, and allowing the government to encroach into every citizens lives to keep themselves in power.

Though by doing this the Republican Establishment continuously feeds the Tea Party Movement the mothers milk that nourishes any cause; examples of what it is fighting against and in turn the reasons why the movement must exist.

The only way to defeat the Tea Party Movement is to become what it stands for.

That my friends is the most infuriating truth the Republican Establishment cannot avoid.

Got Tea?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/10/2014 1:38:46 PM     (No. 9880113)

I attended the first rally in my area of Texas many years ago. The group was having a good time, carrying signs, wearing banners and hats, listening to several state and local officeholder speeches, and were unified in purpose: fighting overbearing government and excessive taxes. We called ourselves tea partiers. Since that time, people have moved in on that informal movement, declaring themselves leaders and capitalizing the name. Our little tea party rally became variations of a Tea Party across the nation. Those Tea Parties (and there seem to be hundreds) raise lots of money and spend lots of money, hardly any of it going to fight overbearing government and excessive taxation. Instead, people´s well-meant donations go for salaries, advertising, literature, office rentals, travel, filing lawsuits for officeholder ethics violations and all the other familiar forms of grift. In too many places, a candidate termed "Tea Party" is harmed by the characterization because the name has been tarnished in so many ways. I will never become a Tea Party member. I remain, however, a devout tea partier as represented in that first small rally.

Got money? Then send it to your preferred candidate, not to the "Got Tea" groups.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: suedotsue, 6/10/2014 1:41:45 PM     (No. 9880117)

I´ll attempt to answer in part the matter of apparent multiple TP endorsed candidates diluting overall efforts. First, there are several large, fake TP groups that have been around since the beginning. They raise a lot of money from small donors but give little or none of it to actual candidates. They mainly co-opt real TP efforts. They´re inclined to make ridiculous, incendiary statements both online and in front of the media. One group is completely embedded in the Beltway. This particular group has a PAC run largely by one guy. This guy actually selected the so-called TP candidate in the state of Ohio to run against John Boehner. The candidate of course was a clown. This is out in the open but nothing is done about it. Local TP groups have no money, are just interested citizens.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: golla, 6/10/2014 2:25:06 PM     (No. 9880182)

I spend my winters in SC, and I can tell you that for the past couple of months, the TV and radio waves have been overwhelmed with commercials for LG - it´s almost as though no one is running against him, and if they are, I surely do not know their names. There must be 30 t0 40 ads for LG EVERY day (& night). He surely does (or did) have a big war chest and his name is everywhere, and if name recognition is as important as they say..... It´s gotten so bad that I´m kind of looking to see if the dims are running anyone.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dman, 6/10/2014 3:00:44 PM     (No. 9880220)

Simple: RINOs like Grahmnesty, Lamar(!), and others survive and seem to have teflon, due to a simple divide and conquer approach from the Establishment.

The counter is to come together into a new party (a new one - the Libertarians should join it, not be it). Come together - and win.

"With the House members on the sidelines, Tea Party groups could have come together to get behind one candidate as a single alternative to Graham in 2014, but that never happened."


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Reply 13 - Posted by: mikkins2, 6/10/2014 3:24:33 PM     (No. 9880247)

" Those Tea Parties (and there seem to be hundreds) raise lots of money and spend lots of money, hardly any of it going to fight overbearing government and excessive taxation. Instead, people´s well-meant donations go for salaries, advertising, literature, office rentals, travel, filing lawsuits for officeholder ethics violations"

I suppose all of the above is free and not one dime of Republican Establishment groups use money for the same reasons. How on earth are they supposed to exist and function if they are not paying for these things? Its almost comical that this is even an argument. I do not doubt some Washington insiders have used the Tea Party name to enrich themselves. Those deserve to be shut down. But to condemn every Tea Party organization for paying for the exact same services any other political organization pays for is idiotic.

Please define what constitutes graft? By what measure is it defined? Is Karl Rove´s salary graft? Are his PAC´s organizational costs graft as well?

You made the accusation. Defend it.

P.S. For the pinhead who thinks "graft" is not spelled correctly, look it up before you make a fool of yourself. Again.

Got facts?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Susannah, 6/10/2014 3:46:52 PM     (No. 9880270)

#13, before you call anyone else a pinhead, please look up the words "grift" and "graft." There´s a difference between the two, and the word "grift" (grifter, grifting) was used properly in the post in which it was used.

Grift. Graft. Got that?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mikkins2, 6/10/2014 4:04:14 PM     (No. 9880285)

Definition of GRAFT
: the acquisition of gain (as money) in dishonest or questionable ways; also : illegal or unfair gain.

verb \´grift\
Definition of GRIFT
transitive verb
: to obtain (money) illicitly (as in a confidence game)
intransitive verb
: to acquire money or property illicitly
— grift noun
— grift·er noun

"Origin of GRIFT
grift, noun, perhaps alteration of graft
First Known Use: 1915


Nice try but you are wrong, again. I was accused of spelling "GRIFT" wrong in a previous post. And as you see they are the exact same thing. "Graft" being used in this context long before "grift" ever was.

P.S. Care to debate the actual post or is this considered your best argument?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: dman, 6/10/2014 4:08:02 PM     (No. 9880289)

Welcome to the crosshairs, #13. It only means that your posts are having an effect.

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