Video: Lindsey Graham heckled at South Carolina town hall

posted at 7:19 pm on October 13, 2009 by Allahpundit

A video companion to our Headlines thread about him repeatedly urging the crowd last night in Greenville to “chill out.”

One man told Graham he had “betrayed” conservatism and made a “pact with the devil” by working with Democrats, and asked when Graham would switch parties.

Graham said he’s not going anywhere and instead would grow the party, defending his conservative credentials on such issues as abortion and guns, and calling the view of Libertarians who believe President Bush was a war criminal “nuts.”

“We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys,” Graham said to more shouts.

The second clip shows the crowd yelling at him about cap and trade, the first clip has them screaming that he’s a phony Republican. The audio’s poor but you can make out him lecturing them about building the party and how, if they don’t like it, they’re free to leave. So why am I on his side? Watch the first clip and see for yourself who it is that’s heckling him and what they think about, oh, say, George Bush. I’ll take Grahamnesty over these tools any day of the week.


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Somebody pointed out that you have to read the whole bill to find out if its a good bill..but you don’t have to read the whole bill to accurately conclude that its a bad bill.

The same is true of politicians, you can look over their whole voting record and see how many of their votes support conservative policies, and accurately conclude if their record matches their rhetoric. If they claim to be conservative on social issues like guns and abortion, that great, but if they vote for unbelievably destructive economic policies like cap and trade..the healthcare rip off or the unread stimulus bill, one can accurately conclude that they are bad at conservative principles, and don’t represent those values.
Graham doesn’t get it imo.

Itchee Dryback on October 13, 2009 at 8:50 PM

The choice is not between Graham and some Ron Paul caricature. It’s between Graham and a solid conservative who doesn’t push Amnesty and Cap and Trade. Surely there’s somebody better than this to represent South Carolina.

DaMav on October 13, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Actually Dark Star,

Napoleon was from Corsica. Like Hitler wasn’t German, he was Austrian by birth.

Just sayin.

catmman on October 13, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Ron Paul and Shamnesty.

Both equally worthless.

catmman on October 13, 2009 at 8:59 PM

Ron Paul and Shamnesty.

Both equally worthless.

Paul voted against the Reagan amnesty. He also opposed McCain’s plan.

Spathi on October 13, 2009 at 9:01 PM

They won’t take people seriously until they’re doing this outside their homes (compounds, whatever) with effigies and torches, sweeping the police aside…

I won’t bother because I’m pretty sure we’re F-ed anyway, but it’s nice to come here and talk about it…er, therapeutic.

But, how people are containing their rage out there is beyond me. They’ll fight over every little petty thing from scarce Christmas toys to getting cut off in traffic, but I guess it’s the jail thing that dissuades them from going berserk.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 13, 2009 at 9:20 PM

DaMav on October 13, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Sure there was. Graham had a primary challenger in 2008. But the other guy lost because people were more focused on the “big stories”. How many bloggers focused on whether Clinton was a racist or Obama hated white people instead of what was happening within their own party?

When people pay more attention to the media circuses than what’s happening locally, they can’t complain about the results.

Siobhan on October 13, 2009 at 9:25 PM

So why am I on his side? Watch the first clip and see for yourself who it is that’s heckling him and what they think about, oh, say, George Bush. I’ll take Grahamnesty over these tools any day of the week.

Allah … do you remember when you told us to tell you when you were being a “hideous candy ass”?

Well you’re doing it now.

Just the very fact that Grahamnesty uttered the words “Angry White Men” means that he’s absorbing … hook, line, and sinker … the rhetoric of the main stream media. He sees his role as somehow “taming” that media rhetoric so that the GOP has a better reputation in the future. The way he does that is by being in “visible” opposition to the more hard core elements of his own party.

The problem with that is Grahamnesty is too stupid to realize that the media is NEVER going to be on our side or even approach our side in an objective manner.

The media is four-square behind the Socialists and Grahamnesty, of all people should know this. His boyfriend, John McCain was hailed as a “maverick” by the liberal press right up until the time they managed to get him nominated for President. Then they turned on him with a vengence, accusing him of adultery, of being erratic, of being too old, of being an intellectual lightweight, of being angry.

Grahamnesty is too dumb to see that he’s not “tempering” any rhetoric or criticism on the other side – he’s merely giving them ammo to fire at us. And quite frankly – it’s pretty cowardly – sucking up to the liberal press the way he does sometimes – trying to make himself look like some great statesman when in fact – he’s not a very talented at all.

Do Ronulans like him? Nope. Then again – I’m not a Ronulan and I don’t like him. I think I just found something positive about Ronulans.

HondaV65 on October 13, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Allah, I need to call you out for defending this man against the indefensible, just becuase he was heckled by some Ron Paul supporters. Facts are facts Allah. And the fact is that Lindsay Graham and his collections of statists (not Statists) has hurt the republican party and the United States of America far more than Ron Paul has. Funny I don’t like Ron Paul for the same reason that you don’t like him, but I can see the trees in the forest for what they are.

paulsur on October 13, 2009 at 9:34 PM

The RINO needs to be capped and traded.

He’s a Dem-lite dipsh*t.

profitsbeard on October 13, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Lindsay Grahamnesty is everything that is wrong with the Republican party. Hell, even the name “republican” means nothing anymore. Even Rush says he’s conservative. Lindsay and his special friend Juan McLame might want to pay attention to what’s happening to their buddy Charlie Crist. Marco Rubio might be underperforming in raising cash, but he’s blowing Crist out of the water where it counts — in public opinion votes!

sabu on October 13, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Paulbots, Ronulans and assorted Paulinistas…

just worthless.

catmman on October 13, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Ron Paul and Shamnesty.

Both equally worthless.

catmman on October 13, 2009 at 8:59 PM

+1000

Opposite sides of a counterfeit coin.

infidel4life on October 13, 2009 at 9:48 PM

I’m glad that he thinks social security is so great when he doesn’t pay into it. Please some fiscal conservative run against this ass. PLEASE!

Socmodfiscon on October 13, 2009 at 10:13 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

I am SICK to DEATH of these so called
American conservatives who as soon as pelosi
waves her evil majic wand
they instantly turn into LIBERAL TRAITORS
and then subsecuently VOTE
TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS..

No NO more..
they ALL must be thrown out
and i do mean ALL of them..

veteranoutrage on October 13, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Graham is absolutely awful on a couple of big issues, but he’s not a Democrat

Yes, the big issues…aka, the ones that really matter. And sure, he’s against abortion NOW, but I guarantee you if there was ever a vote to repeal Roe v. Wade, and he had to take a stand, he would vote with the Dems.

trying to work with them as a member of the minority party isn’t evil.

BadgerHawk

He doesn’t have to be evil to be wrong…or clueless. And evil or not, working with the other side to fuck the country sure isn’t good, and that’s what Lindsey “Goober” Graham specializes in. With Republicans like him, who needs Democrats?

xblade on October 13, 2009 at 10:29 PM

He and the governor need to find other work. Rudy Guiliani has better conservative credentials than Graham.

pgrossjr on October 13, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Graham and Snowe: 2 peas in a pod. Everything that made me declare Independent.

HAnthonyWayne on October 13, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Graham needs a good primary challenge. A very good one.

WannabeAnglican on October 13, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Graham needs a good primary challenge. A very good one.

WannabeAnglican on October 13, 2009 at 11:01 PM

.
Lindsey Graham is not up for election until 2014.
.
Jim Demint is up for election in 2010, and needs to retain his seat.
.
Unfortunately Graham is safe for 5 more years. He was reelected in 2008.

Dasher on October 13, 2009 at 11:50 PM

Too bad someone didn’t punch Grahamnesty in his mouth.

nelsonknows on October 14, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Lindsay Graham is another sackless eunuch traitor. If mccain and the traitor wing of the party wins the outcomes of the elections will be pointless. We now have a one party system. Put them all up against the wall. Our democracy is a sham. We have an oligarchy. These soft spoken gender confused traitors will bring their own downfall.

Jerricho68 on October 14, 2009 at 12:23 AM

It’s RINO season.

Jerricho68 on October 14, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Graham is dangerous because he has begun to believe the bull he is selling. Moderates don’t win dog fights, and we are in a dog fight for sure. It should be him that hopes to get into the “tent” as he puts it, and us deciding whether he does or not. He is worse than useless. He is the guy on the bomb squad that has the case of nerves.

Not good

archer52 on October 14, 2009 at 12:32 AM

Genteel Guy
but, definitely not a Conservative fighter for our future!
Democrats chew his type up, and spit em out both sides of their mouth. Furthermore, this “Tip O’Neal” resurection
into modern day sainthood, as justification for sleeping with enemy, disrespects the SC voters with DEMO-LITE BRAND “Smoke n’ Mirrors”!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on October 14, 2009 at 12:47 AM

The “fix” to social security was a decrease in future benefits with an immediate increase in taxes. These revenues were spent and replaced with IOUs. This has lead to a greater national debt and no increased security wrt the non-existent trust funds.

Is this the best example he could come up with?

Laurence on October 14, 2009 at 1:40 AM

Just saw Claire McCaskill on Bill O’Reilly. Missouri is indeed forunate to have such a good shepard. The woman reminds me of Boxer from California.

Dire Straits on October 13, 2009 at 8:36 PM
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I live in Missouri and I hate that woman. She is evil just like Nazi Nancy.

ms on October 14, 2009 at 4:00 AM

We need POLITICIAN REFORM. Any of them not upholding the Constitution should be removed from office and tarred and feathered. Something tells me Lindsey would like the feather part…..

adamsmith on October 14, 2009 at 7:21 AM

I think Graham has made mistakes in voting for Sotomayer, in supporting this year’s cap and trade bill and in not backing off so-called immigration reform. But historically Graham has been very good on military, pro-life and fiscal responsibility issues, and I give him credit for facing the Town Hall crowds he has. Also, Graham is no RINO; he is just restrained and a bit old fashioned in his ways. This business of calling pro-military, pro-life fiscal conservatives “RINOs” and asking about switching parties is just nonsense. And that is doubly so as to McCain, who not only voted against Sotomayer, is opposing this year’s cap and trade bill and has backed off so-called immigration reform, but also voted against all of Obama’s bailout bills, all of Obama’s deficit spending bills, and many of Obama Adminsitration nominees (Geithner, Sibellius, Kagam, Koh) and has been a voice of responsibility concerning foreign policy.

Phil Byler on October 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM

This business of calling pro-military, pro-life fiscal conservatives “RINOs” and asking about switching parties is just nonsense. And that is doubly so as to McCain, who not only voted against Sotomayer, is opposing this year’s cap and trade bill and has backed off so-called immigration reform, but also voted against all of Obama’s bailout bills, all of Obama’s deficit spending bills, and many of Obama Adminsitration nominees (Geithner, Sibellius, Kagam, Koh) and has been a voice of responsibility concerning foreign policy.

Phil Byler on October 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Unless each of them votes against EVERY bill raising taxes, short of funding a war, then they are neither conservatives or Republicans. McCain and Graham are contributing to the country down the road to socialism by putting their brakes on, but leaving the Dhimmicrats to steer. They do nothing to help the situation by claiming their fellow conservatives are angry white men who are out of touch with American values. They have netrayed conservatives far too many times to have earned our trust or support. If they cannot recognize what tools they are, then they are both stupid as a box of rocks.

The more they open their mouths to tell us we are being unreasonably angry to be taxed to death and interfered with by our government, the more they support deadly socialism of the Dhimmicratic party.

Subsunk

Subsunk on October 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM

The Republican party had better think twice about alienating Pualians so quickly. I have news for you, go to a college campus, and you can plainly see that libertarianism is the future of the right, not conservativism. Abortion is only important to the religious types, and they are declining in number. Hell even Beck, the most popular righty on TV refers to himself as libertarian, not conservative. Gay marrige and abortion are luxury issues when the Dow is at 14,000 and unemployment 5%. We all pay taxes so we all care about tax rates, debt, etc. Most of us are not gay or planning an abortion, its an abstraction not an issue. Plus if Bernanke’s policies destroy the dollar, Paul is going to look pretty damn smart for a change.

snoopicus on October 14, 2009 at 8:32 AM

A wimpy white man chided “angry white men”?!

Da noive.

Akzed on October 14, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Somebody pointed out that you have to read the whole bill to find out if its a good bill..but you don’t have to read the whole bill to accurately conclude that its a bad bill.

Actually you have to read the whole thing and connect the dots. One must use their reading comprehension and analytical thinking skills a little and of course the bull dip detector is useful too.

I haven’t read the senate bill yet, it doesnt exist. But when it does I will.

dogsoldier on October 14, 2009 at 9:25 AM

This business of calling pro-military, pro-life fiscal conservatives “RINOs” and asking about switching parties is just nonsense.

If said person supports amnesty for illegals, crap and tax, and obamunist care that defines said person as a socialist, never mind a RINO. Conservative values in all things, not just when they are convenient.

dogsoldier on October 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM

This business of calling pro-military, pro-life fiscal conservatives “RINOs” and asking about switching parties is just nonsense.

Phil Byler on October 14, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Fiscal conservatives don’t support the fiscal catastrophe of cap-and-trade.

He’s a RINO, all right, in supporting that non-reality-based liberal wet dream of a boondoggle.

Edouard on October 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

To subsunk re post at October 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM:

You complain that while McCain and Graham are putting the brakes on the Democrats by voting against deficit spending bills, they are allowing the Democrats “to steer.” That is not a fair criticism. The Democrats have the White House with a headstrong radical in Obama as President, and the Democrats have commanding majorities in Congress with hard core lefties in Pelosi and Reid as Majority Leaders. The Democrats are able “to steer” no matter what McCain, Graham, you, my military sons and me say.

Phil Byler on October 14, 2009 at 2:20 PM

To dogsoldier re post October 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM:

McCain admantly opposes ObamaCare, so much so that the New York Times is accusing him of “throwing bombs.” In fact, McCain during the 2008 campaign had the most conservative, free market oriented approach to health care of all the candidates. Insofar as I know, Graham likewise does not support ObamaCare.

McCain opposes this year’s cap and trade bill. I thought Graham would do the same, but that is his mistake.

McCain has withdrawn his support for the 2007 immigration bill, saying law enforcement must come first and that the current problem with immigration stems from the failure to enforce the law enforcement provisions in the Reagan-era immigration law. Graham has kept talking about immigration reform, which again is his mistake. Law enforcement must come first.

I don’t agree that immigration reform, cap and trade and ObamaCare by themselves define a socialist, although health care is an important indicator. But on health care, neither McCain nor Graham can be faulted.

Phil Byler on October 14, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Graham is a despicable toolbag!

MCGIRV on October 14, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Ron Paul Responds to Lindsey Graham

“I was a little bit surprised I was on the verge of taking over the Republican party. That’s pretty amazing… “

Heh.

WSJ: Ron Paul vs. Lindsey Graham on the Future of the GOP

“My first reaction would be, ‘What does he have against the Constitution?”

Good question!

Rae on October 14, 2009 at 7:57 PM

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