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Lindsey Graham on the hot seat?

By Florence Morning News (SC)

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's seat may not be getting warm just yet, but there are certainly several groups ready to strike the match.

A conservative South Carolina group, the nonprofit Carolina Conservatives United, launched a grassroots campaign last week that aims to knock off Graham in the 2014 GOP primary and replace him with a more conservative alternative.

Richard Cash, a businessman and former South Carolina congressional candidate, announced his candidacy earlier this year, while state Sen. Lee Bright and Nancy Mace, a public relations executive who is also the first female graduate of The Citadel, are circling their tea party wagons around the seat as well.

Detractors say Graham's pseudo-maverick ways make him an unpredictable fit for the consistently conservative values of South Carolina, and we agree in the sense that he is sometimes hard to figure out.

There have been times lately where he sounds more and more like a tough-minded voice of reason -- such as his harangues about Benghazi or, most recently, rallying for the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act to prohibit the federal government from bailing out municipalities that are facing bankruptcy, like Detroit. With Benghazi, he has repeatedly said someone should be held accountable to shore embassy security overseas. In regards to Detroit, he does not think the broke should be bailing out the broke. Those sound like well-reasoned arguments to us.

Critics will point to his tendency to break party ranks, claiming he's quick to cut backroom deals, but it's often a side effect of the political game. He and Sen. John McCain brokered a deal recently with Democrats over the confirmation of President Barack Obama's appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB accused Boeing of breaking federal labor law by locating its new plant in North Charleston instead of the Northwest, i.e. Washington state, home of Boeing's other large Dreamliner manufacturing plant. The NLRB later dropped the allegations.

Opponents will be apt to seize upon Graham's touting of the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a pathway, albeit a very difficult one, to citizenship for most illegal immigrants, but we're more concerned with his continued support of the National Security Agency's collection of cell phone and other types of correspondence records. The metadata program faced serious heat in the House last week, which is a good sign opponents of NSA may be able to poke holes in the national security consensus sooner rather than later. We questioned Graham's enthusiastic embrace of infringement on basic liberty and think future GOP challengers should as well.

But toppling Graham is going to be difficult mountain for any Republican foe to overcome. Graham's election war chest stood at $6.3 million at the end of June, and poll numbers show, while his support is slipping amongst Republicans in the state, he is still on solid footing.

He's out to a solid start, but GOP opponents are gathering steam.

Unsigned editorials represent the views of this newspaper. Editorial board members are: Mark Blum (regional publisher), Kimberly Ginfrida (online editor), Rebecca Ducker (visuals editor), Matt Tate (news editor) and David Johnson (regional circulation director).

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 1, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Show me the money,,,,show me the real CASH. Is it the 6.3 million dollar Warchest Cash we want to elect, or the richness of a real Richard Cash who will put people over poltical expediency, and Senatoral colleagues.

    “A married couple down on their luck decides to make a few extra bucks by reluctantly having the wife work the street scorner. After the first day the husband picks her up and asks “how did you do?”. She says, “I did pretty well, I made $200.50″. He asks, “What ******* gave you 50 cents?” and she replies “all of them”. ,,,,,,that is Linsey Graham, and one Graham cracker who has become quite stale,

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  2. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    August 1, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Election Cycle!
    Everyone will TALK Conservative for a couple of month. Happens every time.

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    • watchingthemadhouseComment by watchingthemadhouse
      August 1, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

      I think I have figured out why RINOs fold up like a balloon with a screen door. In the past–in a cash induced frenzy of “collegiality” they entered into some very shady deals with Democrats–foolishly leaving severely damaging evidence in the hands of ruthless enemies. Now if they suffer a spasm of contrition and attempt to truly represent their constituents they are reminded of the well-documented evidence of their wrongdoing. Then it hits them: the “news media” will crucify them and ignore the Democrat’s part of the deal/deals. So early old-so late smart.

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  3. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    August 1, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Grahamesty is another RINO who needs to go!

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  4. bigjackComment by bigjack
    August 1, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    The problem with Graham is that nobody can tell where he stands. He certainly talks a good game but never delivers. AND then out of blue he joins forces with the traitor McCain who is a real snake. They both have been a thorn in the side of the conservative republicans and have given victory to the democrats more times than any positive gains for the republicans. I’m still waiting to see if he fulfills his promise to get to the bottom of Benghazi. So far he has failed. Like most Washington politicians he likes the ego trip and will not do anything to rock his boat. He goes along to get along. Not what we need in a leader.

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      August 1, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      @bigjack Remember, actions speak louder than words. That should tell you what you need to know about Graham.

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    • scpeachComment by scpeach
      August 1, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

      There should be an Arizona Conservatives United grassroots campaign that knocks off McCain as well. I believe he is a bigger turncoat than Graham. Photo after photo you see him hob-nobbing and agreeing with progressives. What happened to these elite Rinos? Did they get a big payoff to destroy the GOP, and in turn destroy our country? Any wonder there are conspiracy theories?

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  5. wallybluComment by wallyblu
    August 1, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    I would like to see Lindsey Graham lose the primary so we can see if South Carolina really is conservative or just trying to hide their former Democratic segregationist roots.

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  6. rzraickComment by rzraick
    August 1, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    How about the fact that he is insane and has no understanding of the Constitution? Or perhaps he understands it but just chooses to ignore it. He is one of the most despicable persons I have seen in politics.

    The criticisms of Graham voiced in most of these comments are vastly understated.

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