This opinion piece by Jim Jenkins about Lindsey Graham is hilarious:
We archconservatives thought he was “one of ours.” Yessir, ol’ Lindsey Graham, who succeeded ol’ Strom Thurmond in the United States Senate, seemed to have all the credentials: high ratings from the American Conservative Union (90 out of 100, a solid “A” most places) and to boot, he was one of the lead guys, when he was a House member, in trying to run Bill Clinton out of the White House with all that impeachment stuff. Big backer of John McCain for president.
And, we archconservatives trusted the people of South Carolina to pick and hold on to a good ‘un. This is the state that gave us that congressman who shouted “You lie!” right at the president of the United States during a joint address to Congress, and elected Sen. Jim DeMint, who has called President Obama everything but a junkyard dog in the course of his tenure in the high chamber. Then there’s Gov. Mark Sanford, the courageous conservative who told the federal government what it could do with its stimulus money, if you know what we mean. Well, OK, there was that situation where, as we prefer to put it, he went a little Clinton on us, but still the guy has been a fire-breather.
Alas, Sen. Graham has of late been flirting with statesmanship, and it’s shocking, fellow archconservatives, just shocking. He has been seen talking to Democrats. He has worked toward compromise on climate change legislation. He voted to confirm Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, for goodness sakes. He’s suggested that Republicans need to reach out to minorities and younger people to bring them into a bigger tent.