Showing posts with label Lindsay Graham. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lindsay Graham. Show all posts

Monday, July 1, 2013

John McCain: "He's not just a liberal. He's also a first class jerk."

It seems John McCain's comments against Nebraska's U.S. Senator Deb Fischer didn't win him any fans among the tea party's Senate Conservative Fund which intends to take on three Republican U.S. Senators next year if they have conservative opponents and John McCain in 2016 if he doesn't retire.  

We're not happy with the immigration bill or those who voted for it but we suspect the Democrats love the fact that the Republicans are a house divided on this.....

This comes to us from our friends at Roll Call Off to the Races:

Tea Party Fund Targets Graham, Alexander, Collins for Immigration Votes
By Abby Livingston and Niels Lesniewski Posted at 3:28 p.m. on June 28
"The leader of the Senate Conservatives Fund emailed supporters on Friday promising to back primary challenges against three Republican incumbents who voted for the Senate immigration bill that passed the chamber Thursday.

“There are three incumbents up next year who supported the amnesty bill,” SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote, calling out Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lamar Alexander or Tennessee, and Susan Collins of Maine. “If strong, conservative challengers emerge in these races, we will support them.”

Senate Conservatives Fund is a tea-party aligned group that was founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint. The South Carolina Republican is no longer with the group. Graham, a member of the bipartisan “gang of eight” that drafted the underlying immigration overhaul, indicated in a Thursday Senate

“I have never been more proud to be involved in an issue than I have trying to fix illegal immigration because it is a national security threat, it is an economic threat, and it is a cultural threat,” Graham said.

“As to my politics, I am doing great among Hispanics in South Carolina. The bad news is that there are not very many who vote in the Republican primary,” he added.

Fellow “gang of eight” Republican (and friend of Graham) John McCain of Arizona cautioned the GOP campaign apparatus not to campaign against the immigration measure. Hoskins said Wednesday that if McCain doesn’t retire in 2016, he should face a primary challenge. “He’s not just a liberal. He’s also first class jerk,” Hoskins said.

Those comments came in reference to an exchange on the floor between McCain and GOP Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

The SCF letter was primarily aimed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“Senator McConnell showed his true colors when he said he hopes the House will pass a bill so a conference committee can negotiate a final deal,” Hoskins wrote. “Everyone knows that if this bill is taken behind closed doors they will come up with new fig leaves, add even more earmarks, and twist enough arms to muscle it through the House.”

McConnell voted against the bill that passed the Senate. In addition, his requirements for a bill he could support are significantly different than what passed the Senate on Thursday.

Hoskins also expressed displeasure with two senators the group supported in the past: Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Both voted for the bill."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Crist, Murkowski Represent the Worst of American Politics - Doug Patton

November 1, 2010

As I write this, it is the day before Election Day 2010. If you are starting to feel a bit dirtier than usual, you are not alone. This is not because of all the "negative campaigning." That is par for the course and, contrary to popular lore, goes back as far as politics in this Republic of ours. No, this nasty feeling of contamination comes from a feeling that our election system has become every bit as corrupt as our governing process — perhaps worse, if that is possible.

As usual, Democrats are doing everything in their power to lie, cheat and steal every election, in order to hold on to the power they see slipping through their fingers. If they weren't such weasels, one might even feel a little sorry for them. After all, what recourse do they have? From a political strategist's point of view, they have nothing on which to run. How would you like to be a House Dem trying to convince your constituents to return you to office on the strength of having voted for Obamacare, Cap & Trade and trillions in new debt?

But it isn't really the Democrats who have me craving a hot shower right now. I expect no more ethical nor honest behavior from them than they have exhibited within my political memory — which extends vividly back beyond the 1960 presidential election, when a few thousand dead Chicagoans miraculously managed to cast their ballots for John F. Kennedy.

In recent years, we have seen the 2000 Al Gore-for-President campaign try to steal Florida (and the election), first by recounting only selective, Democrat-dominated counties and then by brazenly trying to exclude the ballots of service men and women serving overseas. In 2004, with the help of bogus exit polling from their friends in the national media, the John Kerry for President Campaign tried to steal the crucial swing state of Ohio. More recently, there was the outright theft of the Minnesota Senate seat by Al Franken.

No, the filthy feeling I would like to remove comes from the likes of Gov. Charlie Crist, RINO-Florida, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, RINO-Alaska. These two pathetic, power-crazed pols represent the absolute worst of what is wrong with our politics today, and the GOP establishment had better take notice.

Crist, who, after four years as Florida's governor, was going to get shellacked in the U.S. Senate primary against former State House Speaker Marco Rubio, suddenly decided that he was an "independent." Since then, he has been dismayed to learn that voters don't really seem to care what he calls himself; polls show they just trust Rubio more than they trust him. And Democrats are so desperate to stop the juggernaut of an articulate, conservative, Cuban-American like Rubio that their new hatchet man, Bill Clinton, was dispatched to talk their own legitimate Democrat candidate, Kendrick Meeks, into dropping out of the race in the hopes that Crist might win.

As for Murkowski (who apparently believes that the Senate seat handed to her by her daddy, the former governor, belongs to her for as long as she wants it), the corrupt collusion of her campaign with political and media establishment is breathtaking, even by Alaska standards. After losing her primary to the most qualified Alaskan to seek a U.S. Senate seat in many a decade, Joe Miller, Murkowski announced that she was launching a write-in campaign for re-election.

Initially given little chance of holding onto power, Murkowski has received help from every establishment source imaginable. First, some of her "colleagues" (most notably, the always exasperating Sen. Lindsay Graham, RINO, SC) endorsed her sour grapes campaign. Then, a judge decided to help her out by ruling that a list of write-in candidates must be handed out at the polls (Murkowski, after all, is not an easy name to spell).

But the most disgusting display of corruption (former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called those involved "corrupt bastards") came as local reporters for a CBS affiliate in Alaska were caught on tape conspiring to dig up (or make up) dirt on Miller.

I don't know whether Charlie Crist and/or Lisa Murkowski will be sitting in the United States Senate in January, or whether they will caucus with Republicans or Democrats — or whether it matters. What I do know is that both of them represent the worst of American politics.


© 2010 by Doug Patton

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Latest Sotomayor Republican Vote tallies - Nebraska Senator Missing

Here's the latest update from the Washington Post of Republicans who have declared their vote for the warm and fuzzy, empathetic Supreme Court nominee who will use her experiences as a Hispanic woman to make better judgements than an old white man. For some reason Nebraska's U.S. Senator must be having some trouble showing any leadership here. These are not back-bench decisions where we wait to see how the other guys are voting......


Out For: 5

Out Against: 7

Republicans Supporting Sotomayor

• Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*

• Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)

• Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)

• Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.)

• Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)

Republicans Opposing Sotomayor

• Sen. John Cornyn (Texas)*

• Orin Hatch (Utah)*

• Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)*

• Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.)

• Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.)

•Sen. John Thune (S.D.)

•Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.)
* Member of Judiciary Committee