Quote of the day

posted at 10:00 pm on July 24, 2009 by Allahpundit

“In an interview with POLITICO Thursday, the South Carolina Republican defended his decision to back Sotomayor by laying out a broad critique of conservative activists who push ‘ideological purity’ and refuse to cooperate with a Democratic Congress and White House.

‘If we chase this attitude … that you have to say ‘no’ to every Democratic proposal, you can’t help the president ever, you can’t ever reach across the aisle, then I don’t want to be part of the movement because it’s a dead-end movement,’ Graham said.

‘I have no desire to be up here in an irrelevant status. I’m smart enough to know that this country doesn’t have a problem with conservatives. It has a problem with blind ideology. And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy.’”


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Want to win in the future? Hispanics. Realpolitik.

AYNBLAND on July 24, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Oh, every Judas once loved a Jesus
But oh betrayal will seize us
Caught in the middle
Of a dangerous riddle
You may end up in hell
If your principles you sell
There may come a day when you trade your soul away!

PercyB on July 24, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Lindsey Graham:

I’m smart enough to know that this country doesn’t have a problem with conservatives. It has a problem with blind ideology. And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy.

If you are smart enough to know our country has a problem with blind ideology, why are you voting to place a blind ideologue on the US Supreme Court?

Lindsey Graham:

I have no desire to be up here in an irrelevant status.

Ah… I see. Lindsey comes before ideology, party and country. Thanks for making that perfectly clear.

Loxodonta on July 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM

I’m so sick of people like Graham who think giving the opposition what they want is a virtue. Somebody needs to tell these people that real virtue is in believing in something and standing up for those beliefs. If i wanted someone who will just rubberstamp whatever the opposition wants, i’ll just vote a monkey into office.

clearbluesky on July 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Guy looks like a freaking

I don’t even know

a creepy doll face

blatantblue on July 24, 2009 at 11:49 PM

As the great Bob Grant said

a fake
phony
fraud

blatantblue on July 24, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Gosh I f*cking love Bob Grant

wish he was still on the radio

blatantblue on July 24, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Graham needs to break out the dictionary and look up the word, ‘quisling’. As for me, I’m heartily sick of hearing Republican elected officials talk about ‘reaching across the aisle’, as if bipartisan compromise is the magical solution to every problem. It isn’t. Moral and political challenges aren’t always nuanced and gray. Sometimes there’s a clearly defined right and wrong, with principles at stake and lives on the line. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a stand.

troyriser_gopftw on July 24, 2009 at 11:53 PM

I would ask the the voters in Mr. Graham’s state make him irrelevant by voting him out of office. That way he will have met his dead-end.

boomer on July 24, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Just vote for the imminently incompetent bimbo and shut up, Lindsey.

Trying to explain a stupid, pandering vote is never a pretty thing.

profitsbeard on July 24, 2009 at 11:54 PM

OT-3 arrests at San Jose hospital in death of Border Patrol agent. Dems working on amendment to Obamacare that will prohibit required reporting to police of gunshot wound victims.

califdreamnred on July 24, 2009 at 11:56 PM

Mark Levin ripped Graham pretty hard today.

therightwinger on July 24, 2009 at 11:57 PM


Dems working on amendment to Obamacare that will prohibit required reporting to police of gunshot wound victims.

califdreamnred on July 24, 2009 at 11:56 PM

No freakin’ way?

thomasaur on July 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

No freakin’ way?

thomasaur on July 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

I’m not even going to try to verify that

it sounds perfectly plausible

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 12:03 AM

I understand your viewpoint and can even be tempted to agree: we’re past the minority-voter tipping point, so we must pander.

But honestly, I think our only hope is an aggressive nativist approach that brings millions of white working-class and middle-class voters back into the fold.

Hispanics aren’t stupid: they know that the Dems will always offer them more political power and more “benefits” than Repubs will. They will sell their votes like whores. The idea that we can win them over because of their “family values” and “work ethic” is just a George W. Bush fantasy.

guntotinglibertarian on July 24, 2009 at 11:41 PM

I agree with the last paragraph. As for the first two:
1. No we are not a minority. Republicans are, but conservatives are not. It’s time to quit acting like the whipped dogs the media want us to be.
2. We don’t have to pander to or exclude anybody. We don’t have to be nativist. Conservative principles can and do appeal to Latinos and blacks just as they can appeal to whites.

ddrintn on July 25, 2009 at 12:04 AM

No freakin’ way?

Probably shouldn’t give them any ideas but it’s a sad state that we might even think it’s possible.

califdreamnred on July 25, 2009 at 12:04 AM

I CANNOT STAND TO WATCH meely mouth GRAHAM.

There is only one thing worse than a Democrat…and that is a Republican that acts like a Democrat.

South Carolina..come on, you can do better than that! Glen Beck should take your star away!

purgatory on July 25, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Jim Treacher on July 24, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Twits may twitter. Isn’t that tweet?

At least a Treacher who treaches treats us to a treachable moment — or is that too treacly?

Terrie on July 25, 2009 at 12:35 AM

Has Graham ever rejected a judicial nominee at any time in his career? If so, what were his reasons? And if not, it would be nice if someone in the media would ask him under what circumstances he would reject one.

Buddahpundit on July 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

I’m smart enough to know that this country doesn’t have a problem with conservatives. It has a problem with blind ideology. And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy.

Dear gawd…it’s as if I’ve been saying this all along. ‘Cause I have.

And tru dat, Sen. Graham. Unity and cohesion, with set goals inclusive of all Americans, is what will put the GOP back on top.

Boehner/Graham 2012

JetBoy on July 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

‘I have no desire to be up here in an irrelevant status.

But isn’t that exactly what you are irrelevant except when you support the left. What a DICC, Democrat in Conservative Clothing. (Borrowed from a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing)

chemman on July 25, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Boehner/Graham 2012

JetBoy on July 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Dear Jetboy: Possibly/But absolutely not 2012

Now, let’s take one step at a time:

Hope for Change in 2010! Yes we can!

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 1:10 AM

Boehner/Graham 2012

JetBoy on July 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Dear Jetboy: Possibly/But absolutely not 2012

Now, let’s take one step at a time:

Hope for Change in 2010! Yes we can!

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM

JetBoy on July 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

You’re a Charlie Crist fan too, right? I think the Republicans should run Crist/Graham. I can see absolutely nothing that would possibly go wrong with that ticket. I mean, the great thing is that Graham is unmarried, so he doesn’t have to worry about presenting a set of tax returns. And Crist has made so many great friends in Florida, I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to get in front of a camera and tell everyone about what a super guy he is.

Yup… sounds like a couple of winners to me.

Siobhan on July 25, 2009 at 1:18 AM

Ya know, he gained an ounce of credibility with his questioning of her – then lost 100 pounds of it by then promptly rolling over and going back against his own comments during the questioning.

Can’t be rid of him soon enough.

Midas on July 25, 2009 at 1:22 AM

I find Graham irrelevant whether the GOP is in the minority or the majority.

myrenovations on July 25, 2009 at 1:37 AM

The Palmetto tree was used to slow down British cannonballs and they would fall to the ground. The Blue Coats would gather them up and fire them back.

So Lindsey, where the hell are your Palmetto trees and what have you done with your cannonballs?

Limerick on July 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM

Boehner/Graham 2012

JetBoy on July 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Lindsey Graham is not so bad
If you like the Martguerita
And don’t think his calling Americans bigots is so sad
Then he’s a pretty good for a Senorita

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 25, 2009 at 1:58 AM

Mr. Limerick never hangs around
When he hears this mighty sound……..
“Here I come to pontificate all day!!!”
That means that Prissy Lissy Graham is on his way.
Yessir if there is a camera anywhere in sight
Prissy Lissy Graham will hop on the very next flight

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on July 25, 2009 at 2:02 AM

Meanwhile a border patrol agent is gunned down in cold blood as the GOP rubs Sotomeyor’s feet.

Limerick on July 25, 2009 at 2:23 AM

Can someone tell me when Kennedy, Kerry, Reid, or any of those ba$tards reached across the aisle to help republicans? Graham is too stupid to compete in the Special Olympics.

cjs1943 on July 25, 2009 at 2:39 AM

If there is a fund to defeat this fool, then let me know because I want to contribute.

Money is the only thing that gets these people’s attention. Just ask Soros.

Joe Pyne on July 25, 2009 at 2:40 AM

And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy.

Relevant to what? The Gestapo?

How do you satisfy the needs of the people by not satisfying the needs of the people?

Seems to me he needs power and the people are not satisfying his need.

entagor on July 25, 2009 at 2:49 AM

Graham is too stupid to compete in the Special Olympics.

cjs1943 on July 25, 2009 at 2:39 AM

Of course, we all know that the Special Olympics is not for stupid people, but for people with intellectual disabilities, many of whom are really quite smart:

People look at you.

They Stare. They all stare.

They point at you.

They shout things.

They make you feel different.

It’s …

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 4:11 AM

BREAKING NEWS!!!

President Obama has decided to put all the birther rumors to rest and has authorized the release of his official long form Birth Certificate

Joe Bloggs on July 25, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Sure thing bub- vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice whose views make her ineligible even to serve jury duty.

That’s exactly what America needs right now.

Jeez, is it any wonder Republicans have been voted out of power?

Jay Mac on July 25, 2009 at 4:25 AM

There is something… problematic with Graham.

Jim Demint of South Carolina is so much better a politician.

Hey Graham… did you seriously announce voting for an admittedly sexist Supreme Court Justice?

scotash on July 25, 2009 at 4:33 AM

The Senator from SC is only looking out for himself and the nearest network camera. He’s just a smoother version of Arlen Snarlen, the former Republican Senator.

JAW on July 25, 2009 at 5:30 AM

BREAKING NEWS!!!

President Obama has decided to put all the birther rumors to rest and has authorized the release of his official long form Birth Certificate

Joe Bloggs on July 25, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Ahhh…written in ebonics no less. Well I’m convinced.

Jeff from WI on July 25, 2009 at 5:45 AM

Don’t like her one bit, but I accept Instapundit’s argument:

Sotomayor basically replaces Souter’s vote, but she isn’t smart enough to talk Kennedy into voting with her. More 5-4 votes are likely to go our way as a result.

Not a win, but probably an improvement. If it’s true, Obama outsmarted himself this time.

Strick on July 24, 2009 at 10:14 PM

I think you may be right. Early on I sensed her wishy-washy style of judicial activism might work to our advantage.

She’ll be in the majors where she might actually learn something about the proper application of the law.

davidk on July 25, 2009 at 6:39 AM

This is Senator Graham trying to assert his independence from Rush Limbaugh.

Another victory for the MSM over the weak minded.

Johnson on July 25, 2009 at 6:43 AM

Wait? Am I supposed to be offended or scream, “Hell yeah!” If he had principles I might know. But those greedy doctors cut them out. Please Dear Leader, heal this man and let him know his lonely days and nights with “irrelevant status” are no more. Let him hoist a beer with Professor Gates.

FeFe on July 25, 2009 at 7:00 AM

I can not believe people are making such a big deal out of this. Graham was one of the few Republicans who even made the woman squirm a little during confirmation. There is no way to stop her. Back when Ginsburg was confirmed most Republicans voted for her without anyone really caring one way or the other.

I probably would not vote for her and if there was some way to stop her I might even support a filibuster, however, she is going to be confirmed so all this Graham bashing is just gratuitous.

Graham is far from perfect, but when it comes to things like Obama’s spending policies he says no, and right now that is what I care about the most.

Terrye on July 25, 2009 at 7:05 AM

Hey Ed and Allah

Delete LGF from your blog roll already.

Last night Charles Johnson wrote this

I’m far from from perfect in this, and I probably ban people sometimes who don’t fully deserve it. But the alternative is to become like Free Republic or Redstate or Hot Air, where the comments are completely out of control and reeking with hatred and extremism.

Hilts on July 25, 2009 at 7:16 AM

Lindsey Graham is the sort of person who, if sentenced to prison and raped repeatedly, would decide not only that he’d better learn to enjoy it, but that he needed denounce others who fought against being raped on the grounds that they should just learn to enjoy it so everyone could get along.

During WWII those that helped the Nazi’s got called collaborators – here we call them moderates.

babylonandon on July 25, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Hey Ed and Allah

Delete LGF from your blog roll already.

Last night Charles Johnson wrote this

Agree. LGF has turned left and has decided to limit free speech and we’ve got enough of that Fascist behavior going on in this country. Don’t change anything and just let the free unabridged discussion roll on.

rplat on July 25, 2009 at 8:16 AM

There is no way to stop her.

Terrye on July 25, 2009 at 7:05 AM

Incorrect. The GOP could stop her, if they wanted and had the guts. But, they are gutless morons who want to insure their irrelevancy, so they are allowing this unqualified joke to get on the SCOTUS.

progressoverpeace on July 25, 2009 at 8:17 AM

progressoverpeace on July 25, 2009 at 8:17 AM

What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?

What makes the Hottentot so hot?

What puts the “ape” in apricot?

What have they got the GOP ain’t got?

Loxodonta on July 25, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Graham simply epitomizes the declining state of this poor sick Republic.

rplat on July 25, 2009 at 8:24 AM

I bet it’s comforting for South Carolinian’s to have Mr. Rogers as Senator.
To think this was the state that started a war.

Jeff from WI on July 25, 2009 at 8:33 AM

purgatory on July 25, 2009 at 12:06 AM

+1

what a putz

cmsinaz on July 25, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Bottom line:

Lindsay = “most eligible bachelor” in DC (vomit)

Sonya = single?

I think Lindsey is in love.

stenwin77 on July 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

“It has a problem with blind ideology.”

Like Democrats?

drjohn on July 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy.’”

Democrat light.

Johan Klaus on July 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Terrye on July 25, 2009 at 7:05 AM

“Stand for something or fall for anything”.

Johan Klaus on July 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Graham’s pragmatic perspective is enlightening.

I don’t want to be a part of this movement because it’s a dead-end movement.”

Some of these guys love themselves too much to suffer the price of freedom. May they change and fast.

balkanmom2 on July 25, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Graham needs to go. I hope there will be a conservative running against him who will stand on principle.

FloridaBill on July 25, 2009 at 11:17 AM

So Lindsey, where the hell are your Palmetto trees and what have you done with your cannonballs?

Limerick on July 25, 2009 at

Goober Lindsey Grahamnesty had his “cannonballs” gilded, mounted on a walnut plaque and presented it to Ogabe. Ogabe was unimpressed by the gift and gave Grahamnesty a bass fishing video…on Betamax.

SKYFOX on July 25, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I agree that we alienate the Latino vote at our own peril. The question (for me) is how conservatives can reach out to Latino voters and shed our reputation as racists without compromising our principles.

There is no way because it is the principle (rejection of race based politics and support for immigration inforcement) that is responsiblle for such a “reputation” (in reality just a name calling out of dislike) among those hispanics who don’t give two cents about conservative ideas. Among those who do we don’t have such a reputation.

Hey Ed and Allah

Delete LGF from your blog roll already.

Last night Charles Johnson wrote this

I’m far from from perfect in this, and I probably ban people sometimes who don’t fully deserve it. But the alternative is to become like Free Republic or Redstate or Hot Air, where the comments are completely out of control and reeking with hatred and extremism.

Yeah because every time VB, Robert Spencer, Tea Parties etc came up there, there is so much love and moderation. Johnson is not a 100% leftist but he sure digs their Orwellian hypocrisy.

Alexey on July 25, 2009 at 12:07 PM

The Classical Liberal – Elections Have Consequences:

Back to the Establishment … Lead by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), many Republican senators are going to vote for Sonia Sotomayor. Sure … Graham said he was opposed to Sotomayer, BUT he’s changed his mind, saying “elections have consequences.” Yes they do, Graham. You’re one of them!
[...]
How much longer will conservatives continue putting up with this crap? I don’t know … Can we trade Lindsay Graham for a pack of gum or something?

As far as I’m concerned, a “Nay” vote for Sotomayor is a “Yay!” for Hispanics and Latinos, since giving her a lifetime appointment on SCOTUS means the dim bulb will be “representing” and embarrassing them for the rest of her life.

(That piece takes a shot at Allah too, and rightly so! h/t RS McCain)

Rae on July 25, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Blind ideology… that we should appoint judges that respect the Constitution is blind ideology.

You are a preening egomaniac, Graham. You wouldn’t fight a cold if it gave you a plush committee assignment.

spmat on July 25, 2009 at 2:04 PM

The Party machine has decided that RINO is the answer. Either bow your heads or break the machine.

Chris_Balsz on July 25, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Want to win in the future? Hispanics. Realpolitik.

AYNBLAND on July 24, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Baloney. Quit pandering to us, it makes you look stupid. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best hope for this nation is the European American resurgence. White Christian America is what transformed the world. Within the white vote lies our best hope. There’s nothing racist about pointing out the obvious. Again, I have to state my disclaimer for the liberals that read this blog – I say all this as a brown skinned Mexican American!

True_King on July 25, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Dear Maverick Senator Suck@ss,

Please leave the party.

See ya’
Me

Mr. Grump on July 25, 2009 at 4:30 PM

those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy

First step to becoming relevant: get rid of Limpy Graham.

Dollayo on July 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

I think Graham’s getting a tingle up his leg for this latina! Could this make Graham go straight or Democrat?

Cybergeezer on July 25, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Speaking of purging the RINOs, and the Hispanic vote, Rubio is struggling.

Put your money where your mouths are already!

Rae on July 25, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Okay, here’s how it goes . . .

Arlen’s gone . . .

Lindsey should go next – quit or lose the next contested GOP primary, whatever . . .

And then its out the door with Susan Collins and (that other one . . . what’s her name), and they can carry John McCain on their shoulders as they leave…….

Spring cleaning never felt so good!

seanrobins on July 25, 2009 at 7:51 PM

I don’t think we should fight on the Sotomayor case. We can nail Obama on universal heath care and the ever increasing deficit. If we pass on this and vote for her, we don’t look like partisan hacks, which is a good way to entice independents. If we continue to hammer away on our fiscal policy we’ll have no problem come 2010.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 26, 2009 at 4:34 AM

Spector/Graham for 2012!

If we pass on this and vote for her, we don’t look like partisan hacks, which is a good way to entice independents.

It is not partisan to stand your principles.You can make a good case for not supporting the wise latina and that the ones supporting her are the ideological partisans.

BTW, it’s the caving that is making you irrevelant,Graham!

conservativegrandma on July 26, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Sometimes the Left, for all their deceit, is smarter about politics than we on the Right are.

Graham is no coward, politically or professionally. He is the only member of the US Senate who has spent time in Iraq–while serving in our Armed Forces. While most of his past military service consists of JAG work, which can’t be too serious as military service goes if Joe the Moron VP got his son into it in contrast with Sarah the Fearless whose son went into regular duty, it is still a higher degree of military duty than most of his peers and many of us who criticize him.

Stop analyzing Graham’s words. His logic is correct that Republicans cannot win in this case, and he is leaving the door open for Sotomayor’s potentially hidden conservative tendency (that the left fears) to emerge. This is the best candidate the Right can expect Obama to appoint.

You can rally the public to block legislative action in order to beat Obama. You cannot rally the public to block a SCOTUS appointment. Graham knows that it is foolish to fight open battles you cannot win. You provide strong opposition so the other side knows they can take nothing for granted, make them pay dearly for every mistake and presumption, but ultimately politics is a subtle battle that cannot be won in open combat while in the minority. Especially when conservatives are ‘handicapped’ by playing by the rule of law.

rwenger43 on July 27, 2009 at 12:04 PM

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