Before You Start That Lindsey Graham Fan Page…
Sen. Lindsey Graham’s star has risen considerably since the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. The South Carolina Republican launched fiery attack on the Democrats that was viewed and applauded by millions of Americans.
Somebody needed to express what all of us were feeling as the Democrats tried to destroy an honorable judge with false accusations. It just so happened that it was Lindsey Graham.
He then pushed back against protesters, developed a noted swagger in his step and suddenly everyone was cheering him on. Giving credit where credit is due, what he did was awesome and much appreciated. Now, before you start that Lindsey Graham fan page on social media…
Let’s not forget that Senator Graham is still an open-borders globalist. He represents most of what Americans agree is wrong with our broken Congress.
It’s nice to see him come out of his shell and launch some partisan attacks. But you have to wonder what dark, horrible secrets Sen. John McCain of Arizona was using to blackmail Sen. Graham all of those years when he stayed quietly in McCain’s shadow.
We’ve seen similar rodeos before. Back in 2009, Republicans were shell-shocked. Eight years of Bush globalism had seen the party lose control of the House, the Senate and the White House. Barack Obama was President of the United States and Democrats were going to ram a socialized health care bill through, come hell or high water.
One junior Republican Senator emerged from the crowd and started pushing back. This Senator was suddenly in every press briefing, firing partisan bombshells against Obama’s socialist policies. Reporters who had covered that Senator’s last election wondered where this streak of firebrand conservatism had come from. It was a thing to behold.
That Republican Senator’s name was… Lisa Murkowski.
Conservatives, of course, are now legally obligated to type the letters R-I-N-O whenever writing about Murkowski. She is now one of the most despised Senators remaining in Congress.
She got primaried a few years ago and was only able to hold onto her seat by running a write-in campaign and appealing to every Democrat in Alaska to vote for her. How did this transformation happen? Who knows.
Politicians have slippery personalities to begin with, and many will turn against you on a dime if the special interest money is right. The lesson: Don’t be suckered if a lifelong globalist suddenly shows a spark of patriotic conservatism in front of the cameras.
Which brings us back to Lindsey Graham. In spite of his great work in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, he is still an unabashed neo-con globalist. He’s ready to go to war with Saudi Arabia right now over a missing Washington Post journalist, even as President Trump is calling for calm and patience.
Jamal Khashoggi disappeared sometime after walking into Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey. The Turkish government, which wants to unseat Saudi Arabia as the power source of Sunni Islam in the Middle East, claims that the Saudis chopped Khashoggi up into little pieces and smuggled his body out.
If America sanctions Saudi Arabia, we could be at war again in the Middle East and struggling with Jimmy Carter-era gas lines in the US. President Trump is urging caution – let’s wait for the investigation to play out and see what really happened.
Maybe Khashoggi is holed up in a hotel room somewhere with a pile of cocaine and a couple of hookers. Maybe Turkey killed him and is trying to frame Saudi Arabia. We don’t have any answers, so let’s find out more.
But not Lindsey Graham!
“I’m a-gonna sanction the hay-ull out of ‘em!” he railed on Fox News.
Lindsey Graham was totally down with “innocent until proven guilty” when it came to the Democrats’ accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. But when Turkey – which is no friend to the United States either – makes an uncorroborated accusation about Saudi Arabia chopping up a journalist, that’s good enough for Lindsey to start beating the “war drums?” (The war drums are metaphorical. No offense is meant to Big Chief Elizabeth Miracle Whip Warren of the Milli Vanilli tribe.)
Never mind the fact that Khashoggi is not an American citizen. Say, why are we supposed to care about that story anyway?
So, hold off on that Lindsey Graham fan page for a while. He’s already starting to show his true colors again. In fact, he’s already using his newfound political clout to call for a “sensible” amnesty for all of the illegal aliens in Obama’s DACA program. As the old saying goes, with friends like Lindsey Graham…