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Lindsey Graham’s Tortured “Opposition” To Obamacare

To hear U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham tell it, he’s a leader in the fight to defund Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law. No really … that’s what he’s telling people. “I proudly voted to defund Obamacare, and I am proud that every Senate Republican has united in support of the House-passed defund Obamacare…

To hear U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham tell it, he’s a leader in the fight to defund Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law.

No really … that’s what he’s telling people.

“I proudly voted to defund Obamacare, and I am proud that every Senate Republican has united in support of the House-passed defund Obamacare provision,” Graham said over the weekend. “I only wish that more Senate Democrats, many of whom were responsible for Obamacare’s passage into law, would have voted with us.”

Hmmmm …

“I fought and voted against Obamacare in 2010,” Graham added. “Since then, I have tried to stop the law’s implementation any way I can.”

Any way, that is, except actually stopping its implementation – which Graham could have done had he (and 24 other “Republican” Senators) stood firm with fiscal conservatives like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and South Carolina’s own Tim Scott.

But he didn’t.

Instead Graham voted (again) with the liberal wing of the GOP on a key procedural vote – permitting Democratic leader Harry Reid to advance a budget resolution which included funding for Obamacare (setting the stage for a partial government shutdown). Sure, Graham and his fellow “Republicans in Name Only” flip-flopped moments later and voted against the very bill they permitted to move forward – but by then the damage was done.

This “D.C. rope-a-dope” is old hat for Graham – who frequently proclaims his opposition to liberal Obama policies only to willingly move them through the Senate on critical procedural votes.

You know … when he isn’t supporting these liberal Obama policies openly (here, here and here).

Fiscal conservatives have seen this “rope-a-dope” before – and aren’t buying it.

Graham and his fellow RINOs “have effectively allowed Obama, Reid, and (Nancy) Pelosi to move forward with their train wreck of a plan,” said Nathan Mehrens of Americans for Limited Government, one of the groups which successfully pushed the U.S. House to hold firm on defunding this increasingly unpopular law.

“In doing so, they can no longer claim that they are willing to do anything it takes to stop Obamacare,” Mehrens added.

He’s right … but that’s not stopping Graham from making the claim anyway.

“Clearly, Graham thinks you’re either so dumb that you won’t notice what he did, or he thinks you’re just too stupid to understand it,” writes columnist Robert Laurie. “There’s simply no other explanation for the shameless, bald-faced, crock of manure he’s been shoveling.”

Speaking of shoveling, Graham is unloading some of his $6.3 million war chest on a television spot in South Carolina that portrays him as an ardent opponent of Obamacare.

“So many of the talkers and bloggers are putting out so much misinformation about Lindsey’s record on Obamacare, we wanted to set the record straight,” Graham’s consultant Richard Quinn told FITS. “Lindsey Graham voted with House conservatives to defund Obamacare and he has been a conservative warrior against Obamacare from day one.”

Hmmm-kay.

Graham isn’t the only prominent South Carolina politician to waffle on Obamacare. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley kicked off her 2014 gubernatorial campaign in the Palmetto State railing against the measure – but within the week a spokesman made clear she did not support the U.S. House plan to actually strip it from the budget.

With the exception of this website, Haley has yet to be called out for her hypocrisy …

Will Graham’s effort to redefine his position on Obamacare encounter similar success?

We’ll have to wait and see, but as we’ve noted on numerous prior occasions no one has ever lost an election in South Carolina by underestimating the intelligence of its people.

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18 comments

tomstickler September 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

When you crib from H.L. Mencken, at least you are cribbing quality.

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Smirks September 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

Maybe you should be praying he does end up being instrumental to Obamacare being secured. It may actually weaken him to the point of losing in 2014. He can pretend to be conservative all he wants, but having that on his back will drive the dumb vote into enough of a frenzy to finally “pay him back” in the primary.

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Frank Pytel September 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

Possibly

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Gllon September 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

Okay, the horse is dead. No use beating it any longer. Obamacare is the law of the land–passed by a democratically-elected body of American citizens. Now could we maybe focus on issues closer to hand, like e.g., what can be done to change the fact that SC leads the nation in violence toward its female citizens? (How much play did FITS give that? ) And you could list many other problems facing our state. But of course, we would have to look into ourselves to solve those problems, and not have the easy out of blaming it all on a federal government led by a liberal, black Democrat.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

“Clearly, Graham thinks you’re either so dumb that you won’t notice what he did, or he thinks you’re just too stupid to understand it,” writes columnist Robert Laurie.

Why couldn’t he believe both?

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Gillon September 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

Good point. Unfortunately, most South Carolinians tend to believe what they want to believe, regardless of the facts.

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TrailerSalesman September 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

I will be financially supporting Graham when he runs and wins again. He is good for the state. He is a moderate and he thinks before he opens his trap.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm

…he thinks before he opens his trap.

Too easy…

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Eyes 4 Lies September 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm

You are full of yourself, too … Don’t forget it. And do not forget that we know who you really are behind that fake name.

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Arlen Cooper September 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

How long has it taken or will it take for SC constituents to realize that “light-in-the-loafers” Lindsey is a fraud. A fraud about who he is, his left-wing leanings, his values, his character, his “testosterone/hormonal” imbalance, his pusillanimous tendency; to insert his proboscis so far up the imbecilic McCain’s derriere that said imbecile would break the pusillanimous one’s nose if the imbecile was to make a sharp turn … in any direction!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

TBG’s obligatory Blazing Saddles link.

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Wes Donehue 4 Ms. Graham September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

“Graham thinks you’re either so dumb that you won’t notice what he did, or he thinks you’re just too stupid to understand it,”

That’s a pretty safe assumption and a solid place from which to start/run a campaign.

The only way to combat that strategy is to make up bigger lies in response:

Something like, “Graham isn’t just a homo, he loves sucking Israeli cock, which makes him a Jew lover, which makes him pro bank, and the bank is what took your home Cletus-so vote for me!”

“I don’t love Jew cock or banks, and I’ll fight to use tax money to keep you in your house while lowering taxes and shrinking government.”

“Merica, Liberty, guns, NFL & Nascar, Fuck Yeah!”-This message approved by Lee Bright

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vicupstate September 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Either put up Jeff Duncan or Mick Mulvanney, or just forgettaboutit

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Graham is a BS Artist September 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Graham has a serious sickness between his ears. His mind is of that of a criminal and a demon. Over the years, I have learned to not believe a single word he utters. He needs to be put away – and put away for many years in federal prison. He is entwined in collusion with so much white collar crime, he could be sentenced to life without parole,

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pootytang October 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

Graham is a scumbag liberal

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RandPaul2016 October 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Go check out Lee Bright!

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Wanda Werks October 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

This insane jerk has actually put a commercial on TV stating that he voted to defund obamacare. OMG….this is enough to make people violent!

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gmna24 October 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

While I currently live in South Carolina, I am New York born and bred. I’ve seen my share of politicians like Graham. I’ve emailed him several times on different issues and always received a reply. The last email I sent to him said that I wouldn’t vote for him again, no matter what. Strange, I never received a reply! He’s just another RINO, and an embarrassment to this state.

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