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 Post subject: Lindsey Graham
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:55 am 
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There's a defense that some Republicans, notably Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), are taking out for a test spin right now. It goes like this:

"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."

In other words: This might be a crime in the hands of some other administration, but not in the hands of the Trump administration, because they are so incompetent they are incapable of pulling it off. Needless to say, that doesn't quite square with reality—plenty of folks involved here were 100% convinced that an act of extortion was underway. Schiff might also get a lawyer or two to take the stand and point out that incompetence is not actually a valid defense. It's still attempted murder, even if the perpetrator forgets to load the gun.


Lindsey Olin Graham is an American politician, affiliated to the Republican Party, who serves as the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, a seat he has held since 2003. Since 2019, he has been the Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Born: July 9, 1955 (age 64 years), Central, South Carolina

Height: 5′ 7″

Office: Senator (R-SC) since 2003

Previous Office: Representative, SC 3rd District (1995–2003)

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 Post subject: Re: Lindsey Graham
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:00 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Lindsey Graham
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 Post subject: Re: Lindsey Graham
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:31 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Lindsey Graham
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:41 pm 
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) could be in a little bit of danger, thanks primarily to his flip-floppery. There is another piece of evidence, namely the formation of an anti-Graham super PAC called "Lindsey Must Go."

The group says they've already raised $1 million, and that they think that another $4 million will be no sweat. Given that Graham challenger Jaime Harrison is already leading in the money race, and that a million bucks goes a long way in the Palmetto State, that's no small thing. This does not mean that the race is actually competitive yet, but it does mean that Democratic activists smell some blood in the water. There's no "Tom Cotton Must Go" or "Jim Risch must go" super PAC.

story here :arrow: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/14/democrat-super-pac-oust-lindsey-graham-259165

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 Post subject: Re: Lindsey Graham
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 7:03 am 
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The Founders were fairly well persuaded that many of the judges of their era were in the bag for the King. Since the King was responsible for appointing judges back then, this viewpoint was not necessarily off the mark. Consequently, they strove to make judgeships as non-political as is possible, requiring approval from both of the other branches of government, and giving magistrates life tenure, so as to insulate them from the winds of politics.

Quite clearly, the Founders' ideal of non-political judges did not quite work out. And as time goes by, the number of judges who appear to be political operatives in black robes just grows and grows. On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, took things to a new low, using an interview with Hugh Hewitt to strongly encourage older conservative judges to retire immediately, so they can be replaced before Donald Trump's first term is up. "This is an historic opportunity," Graham opined. "We've put over 200 federal judges on the bench ... So if you're a circuit judge in your mid-60s, late 60s, you can take senior status, now would be a good time to do that, if you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center."

It is not new for politicians to nudge judges toward retirement. However, it's usually only the biggies (i.e., Supreme Court justices), and generally the politicians have the good taste to be a little bit subtle and (usually) to offer their "encouragement" behind closed doors. For the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to go on a national radio show and announce that he'd like to see conservative judges retire en masse so that the judiciary can remain as politicized as is possible? That's definitely a new low. At the same time, it feeds right into the Democrats' planned campaign strategy of running on "save the judiciary from a generation (or more) of ultra-conservative control."

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 Post subject: Re: Lindsey Graham
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:56 am 
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A Washington Post story about human weather vane Sen. Lindsey Graham begins with a gale, namely Dorothy Gale, the young heroine of the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." Dorothy and her new friends were captured by the guards loyal to the Wicked Witch of the West. When said witch was about to set the scarecrow on fire, Dorothy grabbed a pail of water to put out the fire, missed, and melted the witch. To her surprise, the captain of the guards then said: "Hail to Dorothy!" The message is that when you rule by fear, the loyalty of your subjects is about a millimeter deep.

Now back to Graham, who was once best friends with the late senator John McCain and no fan of Donald Trump. Once Trump became president, Graham pivoted 180 degrees and signed up to become Chief Toady, ever fearful of the tweet of death. However, now that Trump's poll numbers are in free fall and Graham has won his primary, he has nothing to fear from Trump. Consequently, we are starting to see some signs of the old Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. In particular, he was more than a bit miffed that Trump fired the head of the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, without even consulting him. In revenge, he has announced that he is reinstating the blue-slip rule, meaning that the two Democratic senators from New York, Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, will be given a veto over Berman's replacement. In practice that means that the acting head of SDNY, Audrey Strauss, is safe until January at least and can continue to investigate Trump's friends and cronies.

Graham's sudden discovery that his spine was merely misplaced, not lost permanently, could be the canary in the coal mine. With Trump's reelection prospects looking increasingly dim, every Republican senator whose primary has passed is going to start thinking about what is good for his or her own reelection, not Trump's. If that means opposing Trump on various issues, so be it. Every senator knows that Trump is never going to announce support for the Democrat in a Senate general-election race, so he has been de facto de-clawed. Once the fear is gone, there's no telling what Republican senators up for reelection might do, but it could well involve finding out what is popular in their states and supporting it, no matter what Trump's view is.

WP story here :arrow: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-sway-over-lindsey-graham--and-all-republicans--is-weakening/2020/06/23/8a7dcf1c-b579-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html


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