Lindsey Graham’s Election Analysis: GOP Should Be Less “Hard Ass”

“THIRD SENATOR FROM NEW YORK” SAYS MITT ROMNEY WASN’T MODERATE ENOUGH Hours before the polls closed on the East Coast on Election Day, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) was already making excuses in the event “Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost to U.S. President Barack Obama. His theory?  That Romney…


Hours before the polls closed on the East Coast on Election Day, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) was already making excuses in the event “Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost to U.S. President Barack Obama.

His theory?  That Romney lost because he ran too far to the right of the nation’s political spectrum.

“If we lose this election there is only one explanation – demographics,” Graham told Jonathan Martin of The Politico. “If I hear anybody say it was because Romney wasn’t conservative enough I’m going to go nuts.  We’re not losing 95 percent of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we’re not being hard-ass enough.”

“Nuts,” Senator?  “Hard ass?”

Last time we checked Romney made it clear that he didn’t want to meaningfully reduce the size of the federal government because doing so would “cost jobs.”  He also proposed to offset tax relief for middle income earners with tax hikes higher up the food chain.  Additionally, he said there were parts of Obamacare that he liked and wanted leave in place.

What on earth is “conservative” about those positions?

Hell … Romney even flip-flopped on immigration (an issue that’s near and dear to Graham’s heart).

Amazingly, it appears as though none of these concessions was enough for Romney to become a true log cabin … errr … “Lindsey Graham Republican.”


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colascguy November 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Pleas anybody with half a brain run against this RINO

Smirks November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Half a brain is asking a lot for the usual people who run for office, though.

jimlewis,owb November 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Lindsey Graham’s Election Analysis: GOP Should Be Less “Hard Ass”

Do believe there is a typo in your story title.

Title should read:

GOP Should be Less “Hard In Voters’ Ass”

mph November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I bet Lindsay loves hard ass.

Oh, I went there. Sorry, well, Lindsay is already making excuses.

He’s just getting started early.

Bonhoeffer November 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Let me guess FITS–you have just the man to take his place. Although he’s not mentioned, this attack on Senator Graham is just another shameless shill for Tom Davis.

No way! November 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Graham will not matter tonight. American is getting new leadership – Romney/Paul 2012!

vicupstate November 7, 2012 at 12:23 am

No Way !

GeekGirl November 7, 2012 at 1:14 am


Ken E. November 7, 2012 at 2:49 am


Isotope Soap November 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I believe the GOP has an identity crisis. …starting to look like they’ll have four more years to “find themselves”.

dwb619 November 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Is that another name for “pocket pool”?

Isotope Soap November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Sure, why not. Lol.

rwwllms November 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

If the ‘pubs were less hardass they’d be the dems.

What did Lindsey mean by ‘gonna go nuts’? He has already passed nuts and is now working on bananas. (puns most definitely intended)

? November 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Let me tell you the deal with this statement by the brilliant but self hating Graham:

He knows that a Romney loss is a precursor to the fight coming his way. He is already staking out his territory and game plan for his own battle. He knows he gets Dem votes and he is going to play the center all the way and characterize any fool that tries to knock him off his perch as a *right wing radical*.

Anyone with any measure of intelligence knows Romney is not *hard* anything, he is a jellyfish^s, jellyfish.

But Graham does not have to spin to intelligent people to win, he mearly has to lie to the stupid. He hates the hard right and the hard right hates him.

Regardless, Graham is a brilliant politician with major psychological issues buried deep within that reinforce his Neocon viewpoints. I actually think Baghar/9inch/Shlomo etc. once posted the best draw down on him I have ever seen some time ago.

I hate Graham, but the reality is that he is unbeatable.

Mohanna November 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Lindsay has done more for SC other than Strom Thurmond. He nearly always speaks the truth and strives to make SC the best he can. I commend him on his principled stands (unlike DeMitt). And guess what I’m a democrat.
He should have called Romney just an asshole (excuse my french).

Homer Simpson November 7, 2012 at 12:23 am

Noooooooooooo !!!!!

Thurmond had the courage at age 22 to rape Carrie Butler, a 16-year-old negro servant of the Thurmond family.

That was 1925, and Essie Mae Washington, now 87 years old, closely resembles her brother Paul Thurmond, Senator-elect of District 41. (They’ve got the same eyes.)

So, no, Graham’s got nothing on the Thurmonds, who make their negroes light-colored.

Graham doesn’t even have kids at all !!!!!

Not even white ones !!!!!

Lawn Sharts November 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

is Lindsey Graham still in office? didn’t know that… if it’s not neocon war-mongering, he’s pretty useless. oh, and he still plays for a losing team. hello, third party.

Mohanna November 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

Yes he is still playing for a losing team and so are you.

Lawn Sharts November 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

curious exactly which accomplishments of Graham’s you admire? clearly you’re a fan – state your case.

SEAMUS November 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Well, let’s see. He can speak rationally with his political opposition, wears a uniform, is an acknowledged ‘boots-on-the-ground’ authority on national defense matters, enjoys the respect & support of our military community, doesn’t pander to you right wing looney former draft dodgers & is about the only elected official from SC who hasn’t made us a laughing stock for late-night TV. If you still don’t think he’s on target, take another good look at last night’s election results.

Lawn Sharts November 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

voted lock-step with political opponents on Patriot Act extension and NDAA – arguably two of the largest limiters to constitutional guarantees for privacy and due process in our nation’s history. refused to answer to criticism on NDAA – from within his own party as well as from the ACLU. puppets John McCain’s foreign policy of pro-war, big-government military solutions, & endless fear-mongering.

supports the military and has served our nation – certainly noble on both fronts, and I commend him for his service – but hardly unique qualifiers in federal elected office these days.

but the Republican party needs to be “less hard-ass”.
how about the Republicans have a position distinguishable – and separate from – Democrats???

dwb619 November 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm


AnnieK November 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

I hate to say this, but nationally, he is right. Yes, there are deep pockets of hard core conservatism in the country. As a whole, the demographics have changed and we can’t just ignore this. It was and is our peril. I think this election bears that out. You can’t disrespect over half of the electorate and expect to win. You just can’t. It doesn’t mean changing core values, but being less strident.
The racism and veiled hatred has to end. That means no crazy talk. Put the crazies in the closet. Look at the Senate tonight. When you move to far to the right, you lose the country. Why do we alienate so many? We will never win that way…never.

vicupstate November 7, 2012 at 12:27 am

Better not tell Rush to stop the crazt talk !!

A war is now on for the soul of the GOP between the Tea party nuts and the few GOPErs that don’t live in an alternate universe. created by Rush, Sean Hannity and the Koch brothers.

I can’t WAIT , pass the popcorn!!

Jackson McPhee November 7, 2012 at 1:09 am

AnnieK, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you are saying that Romney is too far to the right and is a hard core crazy racist conservative.

He is not.

Also, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you don’t see that plenty of far to the left, hard core crazy racist liberals shouldn’t be able to win Senate races (or any race).

But they do.

So please tell me what you ARE saying.

Amelia Peabody Emerson November 7, 2012 at 4:09 am

I think what she is saying is that the election for the Republicans was not so much about Romney as it was about the party. The hard core Republicans did not particularly want Romney to win – they just wanted Obama to lose. Americans heard what all the Republican primary candidates had to say in their many debates. With each debate they went even further to the right. There the majority of the Republicans stayed even if Romney did shift toward the middle in the general election. I do think the presidential election was about the ideology of the Republican party vs. that of the Democratic party, and some of this also showed up in Senate and House races where the Tea Party backed candidates were rejected. Most of us want to see the two parties work together toward solutions – not deadlocked and with the far right representatives ready to go over the fiscal clift, taking us with them.

? November 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

“not deadlocked and with the far right representatives ready to go over the fiscal clift, taking us with them.”

Newflash babe, we are going over the fiscal cliff-PERIOD.

It’s not a question of “if” but “when”. The “far right”(however that is defined) as I’m guessing you are defining it were simply the last gasps of sanity from a small percentage of the population that “gets it” and simply doesn’t have the clout to do anything about it.

Frank Pytel November 7, 2012 at 6:04 am

Fuck Grahmnesty.

Have a Great Day!! There won’t be many left with Odumbass in charge.

Frank Pytel :)

PalmettoCPA November 7, 2012 at 7:13 am

I think part of the problem is the perception (reality?) that the GOP only talks about fiscal restraint to the extent that it is abused by poor people and minorities, rather than across-the-board spending restraint (such as the GOP sacred cows corporate welfare and military-industrial spending).

Until Republicans stop letting the Democrats push them around with class warfare, they are going to have trouble, particularly in a down economy. I think Grahams point is that the party needs to be realistic and not expect many minorities and young folks to vote Republican until they ease up on the social conservatism and acknowledge that welfare programs aren’t the only reason we are in a fiscal mess.

SparkleCity November 7, 2012 at 8:04 am


You are correct in your posting. The GOP base is truly out of touch with America.

We need a no shit Independent next time who will no shit fight tooth & nail for tax reform. It is our only hope for a return to true prosperity and away from all the special interest groups who are fucking everything up.

*****Combination flat tax & national sales tax NOW DAMNIT!!!*****

Guero November 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

Lindsay spoke the truth a couple of weeks ago when he said Repugnants weren’t making enough angry bubbas to win any more elections (other than this state where we have a long history of making bad choices).

bob November 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

The Tea Party and the rest of the right wing should just go form their own party. They were screwed by the moderate wing, and the tea Party in turn screwed the moderate wing. If they were smart, they would push nationwide for a blalnced budget amendment through the state house route. No… instead we’ll get more usleless attacks on women and abortion, and Latino’s and immagration. The clock is ticking and we will all pay for this distraction.

Jim November 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

I don’t like losers that are unable to understand national politics. What plays well in South Carolina and gets people like Jim DeMint elected, doesn’t play well across America. While Senator Graham attempts to work across the aisle for a better America, Tea Party snipers like Tom Davis call him a traitor. Could he be planning to unseat a real American hero? Moderate Republican senators like Dick Luger are defeated by Tea Partiers in the primaries, only to lose to Democrats when all America votes. Single handedly, the Tea Party forced Mitt Romney so far to the right he became unelectable, even though America deserved and wanted a new leader. In the last two years the Tea Party caused senatorial defeats in enough states to prevent a Republican controlled senate.
Are Republicans ever going to give up on abortion? Wasn’t that settled in 1973 by the Supreme Court? We are not forced to abort our children like in China. What about AK47s, gays, immigrants, government employees, unions, teachers and people without jobs? Who is left to vote Republican? Seemingly, we just like AK47s. Until Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other enablers of the radical right become much more pragmatic, we will see more polarization and fewer successful Republican candidates for statewide and national office. On the other hand, if you are satisfied to control the House of Representatives, Republicans can continue with business as usual. If Republicans want to win national elections, they better change!

Mohanna November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Exactly well spoken and thoughtful.

? November 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

*the Tea Party forced Mitt Romney so far to the right he became unelectable*

Holy Cow, what alternative universe are you living in? Really, with that one statement the rest of what you wrote becomes almost meaningless.

Jim November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I suggest you listen closely to the right wing pundits and decide if you believe America will ever vote their selections in power. I am of the opinion they provide discord in the Republican ranks because that is what pays millions of dollars for their commentary. Extremists love to hear other radicals pontificate. Why do you suppose the Fox people, save O’Reilly, had the dems losing by up to seven percent? You may want to go back to 2008 and notice that Dick Morris did the same thing then. Americans aren’t stupid. Santorum and Gingrich forced Mitt to move farther to the right than he wanted, and it cost him the election. In order to win the nomination, the national election can’t be won. Now Morris is blaming the loss on Hurricane Sandy and Gov. Christy and disbelief the young, black and Hispanics would turn out at the polls. Hello! Give me a break. We lost because of the message, and the right wing formed the message, and helped Obama immensely when two senatorial candidates went viral with anti-abortion messages. If I were a few years younger, I would be attempting to form an American Party to eradicate the far left and the far right radicals. A college professor once joked, ” I’m so narrow minded my ears touch.” That was fifty years ago. Today’s right wingers truly are so narrow minded their ears touch. They just like to spout out rhetoric that causes rational people to leave the reservation and vote for democrats.

Booyah November 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

The GOP is a party for white religious fanatics, that’s all.

I don’t object, but if your party doesn’t represent anyone but old, white religious fanatics you aren’t going to get many votes from the people who aren’t!

CriticalMass November 18, 2012 at 12:42 am

You’re wrong, Booyah. The GOP is much more varied than you claim.

But it’s easier to demonize a person or a group if you over-generalize them, right?

What you did is called “stereotyping.”

You were supposed to learn that it is something to avoid when you were in middle school English class.


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