National Politics - 2016

Lindsey Graham Drops Out

FINALLY … We were a couple weeks late on the timing of the announcement, but U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has finally bowed to the inevitable and dropped out of the 2016 “Republican” presidential primary race. Among his reasons for abandoning his bid?  A total lack of support…

FINALLY …

We were a couple weeks late on the timing of the announcement, but U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has finally bowed to the inevitable and dropped out of the 2016 “Republican” presidential primary race.

Among his reasons for abandoning his bid?  A total lack of support in his own state, where he wasn’t even strong enough to play the role of spoiler.

“If I can’t win in my state, I can’t win outside of my state,” Graham told CNN.

Um, duh.

At the time of his decision to pull out of the race, Graham was polling at 1.7 percent in early-voting South Carolina … down from a peak of 15 percent in mid-April.  That’s according to aggregate polling data from Real Clear Politics.

The bad news?  This fool still has five years left on his U.S. Senate term …

While Graham’s announcement is likely to receive little more than a yawn nationally, it does mean establishment “Republicans” in South Carolina are now free to endorse other candidates.

In fact the SCGOP put out a fawning statement in the aftermath of Graham’s withdrawal.

“Senator Graham has an incredibly strong and loyal grassroots network in South Carolina,” SCGOP chairman Matt Moore said. “Given Senator Graham’s huge primary victory in South Carolina just last year, the Graham network could have a major impact on South Carolina’s presidential primary.”

Seriously?  Graham won an election last year because no one credible ran against him … and because no one showed up to vote.

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81 comments

ELCID December 21, 2015 at 9:57 am

It was all an attempt to enrich himself with the campaign funds.
He gets to keep them for his own use.
Because, the 501C3 rules allowed by the crooked Supreme Court allow it.
Just criminal that the candidates can accept direct bribes as campaign donations.
As long as they are given to a PAC.

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The Colonel (R) December 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

Take a second look – he can use them for political purposes but for political purposes only – besides, I think he garnered about $123.72 in donations…

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ELCID December 21, 2015 at 10:47 am

I wish you were right, but you are not.
In a very famous skit done on the Colbert Report TV show, a year or 2 ago, Stephen Colbert showed how this rip off is done. He actually appeared before Congress and demonstrated it. Colbert opened his own PAC. Got over 1 Million Dollars of money donated from fans to run for President as a Democrat. He showed every type of rip off involved with the process. In the end, when he had to dissolve the PAC, it allowed him to designate anyone to send the money, so he could have given it to himself. Instead, he donated the money to a Veteran’s Fund.

The Supreme Court is Supremely crooked to the core.

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The Colonel (R) December 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

The money went to other “legal entities” under the rule for PACs

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ELCID December 21, 2015 at 11:21 am

No it does not.
You can set up anything as a legal entity.
There is no way you can stop a PAC or APAC from ultimately putting the money into the pockets of the people they are set up to support. You can play legaleze all you want. But, Steven Colbert fully exposed this scam on live TV years ago.

vicupstate December 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

And it was a hell of alot more than 123.72 that he raised.

The Colonel (R) December 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Maybe $7.8 million of which he spent $3.5 mill. $1.5 mill of it came from his senatorial campaign funds – which is where most of the remaining $4.3 mill will go. https://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/candidate.php?cycle=2016&id=N00009975&type=f

He’s going to need it and then some if he want’s to stay in the senate. What he’ll likely do is use it to keep relevant by donating to specific causes until he steps down or get’s beaten.

vicupstate December 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

He is probably leave the Senate for the next cabinet, in all likelihood, Hillary’s. If not, he will get re-elected anyway (if he runs) because only pissants will run against him, just like last time.

annonymous December 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

Yes, APAC.

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Pogo December 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

Good riddance to the liberal Graham who was working to elect Hillary.I would vote for euwe max or mama commie before this insane piece of work.

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flip December 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

Shut up you socialist, don’t bash a good Republican man like Graham. Go back to your Bernie Sanders safe space and leave us alone.

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RogueElephant December 21, 2015 at 10:24 am

It gives me great pleasure to say once again : around the bowl and down the hole. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Trump / Cruz 2016. Let’s make America great again.

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Hillary Clinton December 21, 2015 at 10:44 am

By supporting Trump/Cruz, you will help America remain great.
Thanks for your continued support.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 10:25 am

Good riddance, you treasonous piece of shit! Too bad SC didn’t have enough sense to un-elect you, last go-round. Maybe next time, if we are still having elections by then.

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Quietus December 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

January 21st, 2017: Today Secretary of Defense Lindsey Graham announced an new offensive in Syria and Ukraine. 250K ground troops have been committed to each theater of operation along with four carrier air groups, and 10 air wings for a total of 1M troops involved. Secretary Graham has announced he will be leading from the rear.

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me December 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

>Secretary Graham has announced he will be taking it up the rear.

FTFY

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southmauldin December 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

I doubt Hillary will pick him for her Secretary of Defense.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

Why not? Aren’t Lindsey and her asshole buddies for life?

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The Colonel (R) December 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Well, assholes at least…

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

+10,000!!!!

Mike at the Beach December 22, 2015 at 2:13 am

I don’t.

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Bibi December 21, 2015 at 10:33 am

Ass-To-Mouth Graham, the Israeli Senator, has finally surrendered. The shoe boxes in his closet should be searched for greenbacks stamped printed in Tel Aviv.

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sparklecity December 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Let’s not forget that Trump was headed to Israel until he was told he was not welcome and to keep his line of BS on this side of the pond.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Hmmm…, if that is true, maybe there IS something to the claims that Israel is behind ISIS (along with the US) and similar rumors. In the past, I always dismissed that stuff as being originated by Jew-haters or something.

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Burningspeare December 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

If Netanyahoo was sane, Trump would be welcome in Israel. Trump is not welcome in Israel. Netanyahoo is insane.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm

I’m having a Karnack The Magnificent (old Johnny Carson skit) moment, right now. I can see the shoe boxes. They are coming in clearly now. The labels say, “Loafers” and “Extra Light”.

That is all.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 10:34 am

Not much Lindsey love here, but it ought to concern voters that candidates are being eliminate before voters ever get a chance to vote.
We have a system where pollsters, media and big money contributes are deciding who the nominees are. The nominee will prabably be decided before the SC primary.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

Good point, BT. Still, I can’t have much sympathy for Lindsey since the big-money contributors decided that he would be our Senator for another six long years.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 10:40 am

If Lee Bright is the best answer thar that South Carolina has for Graham, then my sympathy is for the people of South Carolina.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

There were multiple candidates, ANY one of which would have been better than Graham, including crazy druggie, T-Rav.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

Pataki, Santorum and Huckaby are next to drop out.

pogo December 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Boy.That was a brilliant observation.I bet there is water in the ocean. :)

RogueElephant December 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

Bill Connor was head and shoulders above any of the candidates in knowledge and experience but came in down the pack due to lack of funding.

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sparklecity December 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

We don’t agree on much but you hit the ball out of the park with that remark…….
10+++++++++++
However, I don’t little sympathy for anyone who votes for Lee Bright be it for state senator or US Senator

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euwe max December 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

I thought the idea in SC was thinking is what causes problems.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm

You thought? You’re part of the problem.

euwe max December 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Ya think?

Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Why did you say that? Now I’m part of the problem. ;-)

pogo December 21, 2015 at 2:43 pm

The PEOPLE are deciding who the nominees are going to be therefore your boy Bush don’t stand a chance.

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Daniel Boome December 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Meh, sort of…Bush actually stood a really good chance of having the donor class push him through. It would have all happened by way of their strategy of splintering the electorate and changing the rules in each state of how the delegates are proportioned out. The rules were laid out in order to give Jeb just enough. The problem that the CoC and the donor class did not anticipate is Trump joining the race and doing so specifically with the goal of shredding the manipulations of the establishment to get Jeb through. Trust me, if there were no Trump, Jeb would be in the thick of things. Not because of the people, but because of super-PACS propping him up and propping up other candidates who take away votes from the grassroots candidates (i.e. Cruz, Carson, etc.).

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Squishy123 December 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

The only people who thought he was still in for the past two months were him and his boyfriend. Now he can write in his memoirs about the time he ran for president… but won’t likely mention that he never got more than 1% support.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

Lindsey Graham won. His issues (national security, the military) are front and center. The military sequester is history. Cruz and Paul are caving in on ground troops in Syria. Trump is more warmonger than Graham. Rubio has always been there. Carson has disappeared.
They are also supporting the NSA gathering of personal data. Victory Graham.

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Burningspeare December 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

But none will be President.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

But, Lindsey won over Hillary too. Lindsey may be her Secretary of Defense.

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Burningspeare December 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Indeed, since both primary allegiance is to Israel.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis December 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Tell it like it is Mr. Speare.

vicupstate December 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

While that is basically true, it is due to Paris and San Bernardino, not anything that a 1% (using rounding) candidate did.

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Manray9 December 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

I surprised he lasted this long. I guess it’s easy on other people’s money?

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erneba December 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Yes, too many people hanging on. And to contradict my current statement, there should be competition within the the primaries, but it should be down to two or three candidates at this time. But competition from within can still leave time to attack Hillary instead of fellow Republicans.

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Crooner December 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

Leaving Kasich as the only adult in the room.

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Rocky Verdad December 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

In a room of children on riddlen.

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Andy1 December 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Lindsey was running for President? It seems just me and 350,000,000 other Americans were not aware of that.

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erneba December 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

This particular election cycle drew many Republican hopefuls into the race. Many of them had no chance at all and Graham was the least likely of of the pack.
The Republican herd needs to be thinned to the point where all the focus is placed on the Democrat nominee, Hillary, instead of each other. Having valid competition from within the the party is OK, tolerating and responding to a nuisance like Graham and the other underlings in your own party is a waste of time.

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barry syndrome December 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

I was flipping past MSNBC today and a pollster was saying that Trump is polling very high with ‘educated’ folks.

He compared it to people that were asked about Obama in exit polling and they wouldn’t admit voting for him but did. He said add 6-8% for Trump.

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Burningspeare December 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Wrong! It was “uneducated folks.” And it was CNN.

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ImpaledNazarene December 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Haha.
I love how the establishment goes after Trump’s supporters and calls them ‘uneducated’ in hops that people will think twice about voting for him.

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Rocky Verdad December 21, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Well if the zabato fits.

ImpaledNazarene December 30, 2015 at 1:47 am

Oh look! A communist Sanders cultist. How is welfare going for you these days?

Brenda Bryant December 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

I am taking applications for Senator Lindsey Grahams seat the pay and benefit s are great and you don’t have to be qualified and you can represent democrats and republicans.I am thankful he dropped out what a embarrassment to S.C..

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Sic Semper Tyrannis December 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Wonder what his future will be in SC? He’s got the golden “R” for starters.

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Rocky Verdad December 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

It was eventually going to happen, but he’s one of on a few rational moderate Republicans who wants to solve problems. And that’s hard in a Party full of people who want to be problems.

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sparklecity December 21, 2015 at 1:33 pm

yep, just like another South Carolinian who was the lone voice of reason and reality – James L. Petigru when he told his fellow South Carolinians they were fucking up when they were lathered up with that succession BS.
Petigru’s famous quote about South Carolina being too small to be a republic but too large to be an insane asylum is as true now as it was then.

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Burningspeare December 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm

But SC is an insane asylum.

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Rocky Verdad December 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Yep.

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No Mas Wetbacks December 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm

Trump is going to solve the problem….illegal immigration.

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Rocky Verdad December 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

:)

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HTForever December 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

I think that he and Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain should both “come out of the closet” and be done with it.

I understand that Chastain is really into some weird s###!

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Can you elaborate? This sounds interesting!

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Hokey Pokey December 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

Wasn’t it Chastain who took a woman to an abortion clinic in Charlotte in his cop car? What’s this closet stuff?

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John December 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

So who will light-loafered Republicans support now?

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just sayin December 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Since Democrats love and protect ISIS with its policies and ISIS kills gays I would say ANY Republican.

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Bible Thumper December 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

What if the Republicans pull a Steve Harvey? Sorry Trump.

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CorruptionInColumbia December 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Maybe with the extra time he has on his hands now, Lindsey can go and join Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in licking muslim anus wherever he might find it. They can hold hands, or whatever, and condemn Donald Trump for speaking the truth.

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2015/12/19/what-you-probably-didnt-hear-about-the-arabic-welcome-song-canadian-schoolchildren-were-forced-to-sing-to-incoming-syrian-muslim-refugees/

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Remote Red December 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Fuck an endorsement. It means nothing anymore. And Graham … the sack of shit is so full of himself, crap even flows out of his ears.

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The Last Reasonable Republican December 21, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Thank you for calling out Donald Trump for the psychotic garbage and toxic virus that he is – too bad so few others have the balls to do this. Please go back to the Senate and do the job you were elected to do – reverse the profligate wasteful spending, protect our borders, fix Obama care as best you can, and wise up on the broader solution to the problem of Islamic extremism.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Trump to right of him,
Cruz to right of him,
No one behind him
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
He that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of him,
Left of the Palmetto Princess.

When can his glory(hole) fade?
O the wild charge he made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge he made!
Honor the Light in the Loafers Brigade,
Noble Lindsey Graham!

—— Last two verses of The Charge of the Light in the Loafers Brigade

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12" my ass December 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Damn dude.Hate gays much?

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clemsonguy December 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm

bout damn time, man is he a total nut job.

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Reese Bobby December 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

The REAL reason Lindsey dropped out is his lack of success in recruitment of potential first “ladies”…

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