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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:44 AM

Lindsey Graham is turning himself into the mad dog of Capitol Hill

Lindsey Graham’s no deal

By Dana Milbank, Published: February 15

Lindsey Graham is turning himself into the mad dog of Capitol Hill.

First, the Republican senator from South Carolina opposed Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary because of Hagel’s foreign policy views. Then he argued that Hagel had not produced sufficient background material. Now he’s arguing against Hagel because of the administration’s handling of the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, last September — when Hagel was a professor at Georgetown University.

“I am going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers about what the president did personally when it came to the Benghazi debacle,” he said in the Senate TV studio Wednesday, a day before his unprecedented filibuster of a nominee to a national-security Cabinet post.

“How do you respond to critics who say you’re just moving the goal posts?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked.

“Oh, I’m going to take every opportunity. I’m not denying it,” he answered.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:48 AM

1. Graham recognizes a power vacuum and is taking advantage of the situation.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:51 AM

2. Now that you mention it I see the dog analogy not really mad but cranky.

If you were to jump at him no physical contact he would run with his tail tucked.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:53 AM

3. I think he's terrified of being 'primaried' by a hard core teapartier

The crazier and more intolerant and irrational he behaves, the better he appeals to the extremists in his party.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:10 AM

4. I Wish Some Sunday Talk Show Type Would Call Him Out On That.


"Senator Graham, isn't the basis for your prolonged hissyfit on this matter just a function of your fearing and playing to the most extreme elements of the right wing in this country, in order to get their votes?"

Graham would of course lie in any response he gave. But it would still be nice to have the question asked.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:12 PM

7. I totally agree with you

He is so damned scared of losing his job he is willing to do anything to make sure the tea baggers don't primary him.

It's pathetic that so many members of congress have to play games like this in order to get the far, far right crazy voters to support them.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 06:59 PM

9. Totally agree with you. Little Lindsey the weasal. Has he written any legislation??

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:44 AM

5. King of the Stupids shouldn't be a goal for your life.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:13 PM

8. Standing for "truth" and "objective reality" don't sound all that exciting for teabagger types

but it seems like their only "goal" is victory (i.e. destroying government) at all costs, even if it means eating their own.

Reminds me of this exchange from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock between Kirk and Admiral Morrow:

Morrow: " Jim! Your life and your career stand for rationality, not intellectual chaos. Keep up this emotional behavior and you'll lose everything. You'll destroy yourself!

He might as well be trying to lecture the modern-day Republican Party on the "intellectual chaos" they've already apparently embraced and is destroying them IMHO

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:59 AM

6. He wants to repeat the moment he is most proud of, impeachment

He was one of the leaders in the movement to impeach President Bill Clinton. He is looking for something, anything, that can be used to try to impeach President Obama. He thinks being able to accuse Obama of dereliction of duty as commander-in -chief in the death of four Americans will accomplish that.

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Response to AverageMe (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:55 PM

10. I can't wait to see the Impeachment proceedings occur in December 2014,

The Senate Trial occurring in January 2015 to February 2015- resulting in an acquittal.
Murkowski-AK,Kirk-IL,and Collins-ME will be voting to acquit.
Unlike in 2000- when Gore-D narrowly lost to Bush-R, Democrats win the 2016 Presidential Election.
Hillary or Biden or Generic D winning means The national Republican Party is damaged goods.
They lost in 2012,2014,and 2016. 2010 was a fluke.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:55 PM

11. He has always been a nincompoop!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:05 PM

12. A pit puppy.

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