If Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, then the day after  Labor Day is the unofficial beginning of South Carolina’s political season.

Talk about a raw deal for you, huh?

Anyway, it’s the day when campaigns start ramping up their rhetoric and making moves to get their messages out to you … hoping to generate momentum that will carry them to victory in November.

The first candidate out of the gate this year?  Thomas Ravenel – the independent conservative who’s running as a petition candidate against incumbent “Republican” Sen. Lindsey Graham.

In what we’re told is a preview of forthcoming internet, radio and television advertisements, the Lowcountry businessman and reality television star released a broadside against Graham on the issue of Obamacare.  The email’s time stamp? A quarter to eight o’clock in the morning … making it one of the first missives to land in reporters’ inboxes as they returned to work.

“Lindsey Graham has spent hundreds of thousands of special interest dollars this election year trying to convince South Carolinians that he opposes Obamacare,” Ravenel wrote.  “Is that true, though?  And if it is true – why is Graham having to spend all that special interest money convincing people it’s true?”

According to Ravenel – whose release is peppered with links to specific roll call votes – Graham’s opposition to Obamacare is “in name only” – “like his ‘Republican’ label.”

“Last September Graham bragged about his support for a House resolution that would have defunded Obamacare – but when it came time to actually stand up for this resolution (and remove Obamcare funding from the budget) he folded like a cheap suit,” Ravenel wrote. “While real conservatives – including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and South Carolina’s own Tim Scott – courageously stood against funding Obamacare, Lindsey Graham voted with the Democrats.”

Say what you will about Ravenel, but … he’s right.


Ravenel adds that in addition to advancing Obamacare in the budget, Graham “was one of only five ‘Republicans’ in the entire U.S. Senate voting to confirm both of Obama’s radical Supreme Court justices.”

Both of those judges voted to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare’s insidious individual mandate – including Elena Kagan, who received Graham’s support even though she had a clear conflict related to the legislation.

“Graham is no ‘conservative leader,'” Ravenel concluded – quoting references taken directly from Graham’s campaign website.  “Nor is he a ‘strong opponent of Obamacare.’  The truth is he’s an Obamacare enabler.  And anyone – including Graham – who tells you different is lying.”

Again … say what you will about Ravenel, but this issue shouldn’t be up for debate.

When conservative Senators were standing against this socialized medicine monstrosity in Washington, Graham was joining the ranks of “Republicans in Name Only” and voting to move it forward.  Even worse, he was one of only a handful of GOP Senators giving Obama the judicial support necessary to uphold the law.

Bottom line?  If you oppose Obamacare, you might want to think twice about giving Graham your support …