Who can beat Lindsey Graham?
August 30th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
8 months ago

Who can beat Lindsey Graham?

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Since the elections of 2010, when a tide of grassroots fervor swept through the state and vaulted a bumper crop of fresh-faced conservative leaders into office, South Carolina's Republican political establishment has been drastically reshaped.

The state's governor, Nikki Haley, is a 41-year -old Indian-American. Tim Scott is the first African-American to represent the state in the United States Senate.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Tim Scott has a great future as a Republican. Like Mitch McConnell, he doesn't blink at his enemies.

    August 30, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. kirk

    Different minion's, same master

    August 30, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. fooled once, never again

    Seriously??? Obama threatens to plunge the USA into war with Syria and possibly the entire Middle East exploding and THIS what CNN decides to post at the top of the Ticker??? Isn't this better left for those SLOW news days?

    August 30, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. kirk

    Well a wet noodle could probably knock him out

    August 30, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Winston Smith

    It would seem that any half wit could fill the position. All that's needed is a mind that knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing, A desire to wage war on any and all countries, whatever the reason. A big rubber stamp that says one word, no. A limited empathy for those who need assistance. The list could go on from here, just fill in your own reasons.

    August 30, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Geez. We knew he was a bit queeny, but now we find out he's a sadist too? Well, whatever fluffs your fainting couch pillows, Lindthy.

    August 30, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Gary

    It's South Carolina, any southern adulterer could probably beat him. Maybe if we find him and his buddy John tapping the stalls in an airport bathroom he might stand a chance.

    August 30, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    nobody can beat him......don't forget, he's a "LIFER" . . . they will Vote for him, no matter what . . .

    August 30, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    SC needs to change to Democratic–that's where real change start for states real progress. Wake up uneducated SC.

    August 30, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Steveo

    @Fair is Fair,
    Dear Louis Ramos,

    You're right. We shouldn't have gone into Europe and ousted the Kaiser in 1917. And we certainly shouldn't have gone into Europe and ousted Hitler either. That way, you and the rest of your 3rd world cesspool of a country could be speaking German and goosetepping your merry selves down the streets of Lisbon while speaking German and feasting on Weiner Schnitzel. You're welcome.
    ---------------
    Fair, I think you're being too harsh here I love wiener Schnitzel! As far as everything else you stated...100% agreed!

    August 30, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Obama threatens to plunge the USA into war with Syria and possibly the entire Middle East exploding and THIS what CNN decides to post at the top of the Ticker???"

    LOL. Just can't resist the opportunity to go all hysterical hyperbole, eh? Obama's busy doing what Bush didn't...which is promising no boots on the ground and that there will be zero open-endedness to any commitment we make to act.. Want to explain how limited, targeted airstrikes and commitment to do nothing more leads to us becoming mired in the entire Middle East exploding? People ranted the same claptrap about Libya too. Are we mired in Libya? Syria and Assad can't afford to provoke us into a protracted war and Iran and Russia can't afford to just jump in whole hog to use this as a proxy war against us. This isn't cartoons. Assad will get his reminder that he's not going to get away with this crap and that maybe next time he'll be saying hello to a SEAL team instead of a few cruise missiles taking out empty gov't buildings and potholing his runways.

    August 30, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. rs

    Graham may be the ultimate weasel, but he is way better than anything from the TEA Party. The GOP must stop their march toward ever greater radicalization.

    August 30, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Bessy

    Actually, I don't care who beats him, I can only hope that someone does. I would prefer that it not be another worthless Republican, but if it has to be, just maybe it would be someone who has some sense about what the people are electing him to do. Oh, and someone who tells the truth and not lies about being a Gulf War hero.

    August 30, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Is this the same "high confidence" they had about WMD in Iraq?"

    No, it's vastly different. If you'd read the report, you'd see they have proof from lab testing that chemical agents have been used, that they have myriad reports from medical professionals that what they were treating coincided with what would be expected from a massive nerve agent attack, that they've intercepted Syrian loyalist officials talking about using the chemical weapons, that they have intelligence regarding Syrian loyalist forces in gas masks in the area of the attacks and where the stuff gets manufactured, that they have intelligence indicating that while the Syrian loyalist forces have the technology at their disposal to deliver the weaponized gas in the manner it was delivered on August 21st, the rebel forces do not have that technology at their disposal, etc.

    This is not a search for imaginary WMDs. This is a response to the use of them. Moreover, Obama is being very clear that he has no intention of putting boots on the ground and every intention of setting very limited goals and not leaving it open-ended. The Iraq comparisons are entirely broken, which is why the RWNJs who want to make hay with this and encourage a freakout within the Dem/liberal base are starting to focus on hysterically demagoguing any involvement as leading to WWIII in the middle east with Russia and Iran taking over on Assad's behalf and China laughing from the sidelines.

    August 30, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Myron Gilbreath

    Senator Graham is good at telling people what they want to hear,but not good at helping compromise our nation back to economic health. Maintaining the routine family is first priority.. After that nothing else matters anyway Someone said" Where is the beef?" Good question.

    August 30, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. fooled once, never again

    Sniffit
    LOL. Just can't resist the opportunity to go all hysterical hyperbole, eh? Obama's busy doing what Bush didn't...which is promising no boots on the ground and that there will be zero open-endedness to any commitment we make to act..
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    What you state is no where near the truth. What Obama is engaged in is dangerous sabre rattling with absolutely ZERO allies ready to help us. He has seeked nor gotten NO votes in Congress nor UN approval or backing. He has done NOTHING but shoot off his mouth which about ALL he knows how to do. He stands ready to strike unilaterally. All to save face because he again, shoot off his mouth.

    Want to explain how limited, targeted airstrikes and commitment to do nothing more leads to us becoming mired in the entire Middle East exploding?
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    Because Syria possesses a real army and a real air force and can decide to do many things that will cause it to explode. Obama is not the only one holding a hand full of cards to play. They can lob chemical weapons into Israel. Iran, Syria's ally, can decide to attack US interests and Israel as well. What is Obama going to do them? Make more idle threats and saber rattle? Of course not, he will be compelled to respond with overwhelming force, which he has not deployed nor has ready. And no allies either.

    People ranted the same claptrap about Libya too. Are we mired in Libya?
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    The fact that you equate Libya with Syria proves you know little about this situation. Libya had zero military.

    Syria and Assad can't afford to provoke us into a protracted war and Iran and Russia can't afford to just jump in whole hog to use this as a proxy war against us. This isn't cartoons. Assad will get his reminder that he's not going to get away with this crap and that maybe next time he'll be saying hello to a SEAL team instead of a few cruise missiles taking out empty gov't buildings and potholing his runways.
    --–
    And the USA CAN afford a protracted ground war? If you thought Iraq was a quagmire, Syria would be even worse. The USA would then become the common enemy. And BTW, Iran is already engaged and supporting Syria and would gladly use this as an opportunity to humilate Obama and the USA. The same can be said for Russia. They have continued to supply Syria and would gladly supply the Irans as well to curry favor.

    Wasting billions to attack government buildings and airstrips will do nothing to affect the outcome in Syria. That would simply be laughed at and prove Obama was a joke. And all this left wing babble about SEAL team 6 is ridiculous. Their primary weapon is surprise. Obama has ensured that has been blown. Obama's best play is to shut the hell up and let this disaster, that he helped start, burn out.

    August 30, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    just askin posted
    well you know obama is way out in left field if even obama mama isn't supporting him.
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    Look just askin don't get it twisted. I have stated and will continue to state that I support, stand by and trust President Obama's decision. That is why I voted for him. TWICE.
    The fact that I PERSONALLY do not want us to send troops to Syria or engage in military action is just that, MY personal wish.
    But the reality is, as I have often stated, that I, unlike OUR President, am not in posession of all the INTEL. And unlike the previous occupant of the Oval Office I do trust THIS President to avail himself of said intel and anything else he may need in order to arrive at his decision.
    And just asking let me tell you very clearly right here and right now that whatever OUR President's decision may be, regardless of MY PERSONAL wishes I STAND 1000% behind him not just as a supporter but as an American.
    TRUST. That's what got President Obama re-elected. We trust him to do right by us and our country.

    August 30, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Obama Mama Against the War with Syria

    I can't believe I'm saying this but Sniffit is a war monger....

    August 30, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    It's south Carolina does it really matter. Anyone elected down there by people who vote against their own self interest (southern semi uneducated poor welfare state ) deserves what they get!
    The away the ritzi beach towns and you have nothing.

    August 30, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair
    That way, you and the rest of your 3rd world cesspool of a country...
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    REALLY Fair? This baseless, injurious, UNNECESSARY statement is contemptible and beneath even the likes of you.
    Have you been or lived in Portugal perhaps? How would you like someone to talk about our country like that? And believe me there are places in this country that would rival your reference to Portugal.
    The next time you get on your imaginary high-horse and start blabbing about someobdy calling you names that fit you, and ad hominem attacks, and how if you have to resort to name calling you've already lost the argument.....I want you to think about what you said to Luis Ramos. Unprovoked.

    August 30, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Yay for slippery slope arguments, misrepresentations and hyperbole. Nothing Obama has done so far indicates the intent to act unilaterally...and in fact all of his actions indicate quite the opposite. We're waiting on UN lab tests. He's in close contact with Britain and France and talking with Merkel from Germany. Britain's Parliament voted down engaging in an actual air strike, but hasn't voted down any assistive actions short of that. Iran's not sending its army into Syria to fight a proxy war, doesn't have the resources and, given the damage to Iran already from the embargoes, it's not in Iran's interests to reach out in that manner and then risk further sanctions. Covertly supplying Assad's loyalist forces is about as much as they can afford and it can't last very long. And make no mistake: Israel would nuke Syria into a steaming crater if Assad used chemical weapons on them. As for protracted ground wars, Obama has already stated that zero options involving boots on the ground are being considered. As for "blah blah blah surprise blown I'm adopting Rumsfeld's talking points"...please, spare me.

    "this disaster, that he helped start, burn out."

    Now that's rich. Obama helped start/cause the Syrian civil war? HAHAHAHA. Right. And I suppose he's responsible for all the boogers you eat while watching Faux News too?

    August 30, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "I can't believe I'm saying this but Sniffit is a war monger...."

    How so? Because I'm looking objectively at the evidence, waiting to see what is actually proposed, and refusing to engage in hyperbole, hysteria or broken analogies comparing this to Bush's Iraq War? Because I'm listening to what is being said, watching what is happening, paying attention to everything that is being done as a whole and unwilling to engage in a freakout over fevered fears of slippery slopes and imaginary scenarios that are extremely unlikely to occur? Because I recognize that sometimes we're stuck acting in ways I don't personally like in order to protect our interests and respond to indications of escalating willingness to commit atrocities? Or maybe because you're just a silly Teatroll looking to mischaracterize what I've said?

    August 30, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    I will be considering anyone ELSE, myself. Graham has not been adequately conservative in his voting record.

    August 30, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Because I recognize that sometimes we're stuck acting in ways I don't personally like in order to protect our interests and respond to indications of escalating willingness to commit atrocities?
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    My sentiments exactly.
    This is why I can express my wishes that we NOT engage yet understand the decision and the need to make a "statement", so to speak.

    August 30, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    Maybe he and Bradley Manning should become friends. They have so much in common.

    August 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |