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posted at 10:21 pm on August 26, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

A small group called Carolina Conservatives United, one of dozens organized loosely under the flag of limited government, low taxes and strict adherence to the Constitution, sent out images last week of a milk carton bearing Mr. Graham’s face and asked Gov. Nikki R. Haley to issue the state’s version of an Amber Alert to find its missing senator.

“Lindsey Graham has not been seen in the state of South Carolina for most of the last two years,” said Bruce Carroll, the chairman of the group.

Conservatives in South Carolina are eager to oust Mr. Graham, who has enraged the far right for, among other things, reaching across the aisle on immigration and supporting President Obama’s nominations for the Supreme Court.

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“In order to run a successful grassroots campaign and defeat established incumbents with all their advantages, the candidate needs to be compelling,” said Matt Hoskins, spokesman for the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that frequently targets GOP senators it views as too moderate. “More times than not, the candidates who defeat incumbents are exceptional candidates.”

The problem for tea-party activists is especially acute in South Carolina and Tennessee. It’s not that Sens. Graham and Alexander haven’t drawn challengers—Graham, in fact, has three of them. It’s that conservatives say the candidates who have emerged lack the profile, message, and skill to defeat an incumbent…

Three candidates have already stepped up to take on Graham in the Palmetto State: state Sen. Lee Bright, social-conservative activist Richard Cash, and Nancy Mace, who was the first woman to graduate from the Citadel. She is considered the strongest of the trio, but thus far, few consider her a serious threat to Graham, despite his outspoken advocacy for immigration reform.

“The early stages of her campaign indicate she might not be ready for prime time,” said Chip Felkel, a veteran South Carolina GOP strategist.

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Kim Severson of the New York Times has more reporting today on Graham’s challenge in South Carolina, where tea party groups have taken to calling the hawkish Republican “a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood.” But despite their common antipathy for Graham, the 40-plus tea party and libertarian-leaning groups in the state must first hash out “a civil war of their own,” Severson reports, as they can’t decide on a common candidate.

The most promising choice is Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel, but GOP strategists say the marketing executive, who has never run for office, “might not be ready for primetime.” Indeed, running against a well-funded and high-profile incumbent like Graham will be no easy task. He’s faced the tea party’s ire since its inception — it flushed him down a toilet in 2009, at least in effigy — but so far remains largely unscathed.

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South Carolina boasts more Tea Party politicians than any other state in the country, signifying that, if unified, a Graham challenger could rally significant support. Conservatives point to the election of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as evidence that you can ride a wave of Tea Party support all the way to the Senate.

“South Carolina is a funny state,” Paul Anderko, president of the GPS Conservatives for Action PAC, told the Times. “Sometimes incumbents do go down in flames.”

And while the Bob Bennett example can be instructive — he was widely viewed as one of the Senate’s most reliable conservatives until he was ousted by conservatives in 2010 — it is hardly the rule. After all, just two years later in Utah, the supposedly similarly endangered conservative Sen. Orrin Hatch won in a landslide.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is returning to South Carolina on Monday, making his second trip in as many months to the state that hosts the first presidential primary voting in the South.

Paul, a darling of tea party and other conservative Republicans, is coming back to South Carolina to take part in a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, a friend from the GOP congressional baseball team…

The 50-year-old eye doctor was last here in late June, when he raised money for the state Republican Party and met with tea party-leaning activists. One of those meetings, Paul said, was with state Sen. Lee Bright, a Roebuck Republican who is mounting a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Bright officially announced his candidacy earlier this month. During a winter tour around the state, he said Graham’s criticism of Paul’s 13-hour filibuster over the government’s use of drones pushed him toward running.

“If we don’t get behind Rand Paul and what he is trying to do and the Ted Cruz’s of the world, I don’t think we can survive,” Bright told Glenn Beck as the talk show host auditioned people to challenge Graham. “We’re at the tipping point.”

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williamg on August 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

LOL! I haven’t seen those guys in ages.:)

Good evening, williamg. :)

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

The Wizard – Uriah Heep

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Rainbow Demon – Uriah Heep

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Mystery Science Theatre 3000…..you gotta Love it!

williamg on August 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on August 27, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Graham is the second most disgraceful “Republican” in the Senate, right between McCain and Rubio.

VorDaj on August 27, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Well, I’m digging my grave

Murphy9 on August 27, 2013 at 1:11 AM

If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Mountain Time – Bonamassa

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always.

Live in the moment.

“Keep yourselves where the light is.”

Goodnight, Paladin. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Nite Jackie. Nice music. Sleep/write well :)

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Am I the only one who saw the YouTube of Miley Cyrus’ performance last night at the MVAs who has an “Achy Breaky Heart”?

TXUS on August 27, 2013 at 1:26 AM

For bluegill when she shows up

RickB on August 27, 2013 at 1:29 AM

For bluegill when she shows up

RickB on August 27, 2013 at 1:29 AM

I saw that and thought it was beautiful.

I think Palin seems like a great mom.

bluegill on August 27, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Kim Severson writes in the New York Slimes and calls those who believe in America’s founding principles as “far right.” So what does that make her and why should we pay any attention to what she says? She wouldn’t know an American patriot if she looked up from her liberal cespool and saw one.

devan95 on August 27, 2013 at 6:01 AM

good morning HA

buh-bye grahamnesty…

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 6:21 AM

another news flash, zimmerman is asking for the state to pay for his legal fees as per law when the defendent wins his case
-mika and joe not too happy about that…

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 6:32 AM

oh goody, dear leader going to have a campaign rally at the lincoln memorial tomorrow….not just a nice speech commemorrating the 50th anniversary of mlk speech…noooo, it’s going to be a campaign speech promoting his economic agenda and the obstructionist gop…

wonderful

we already know what the lsm is going to say

what a wonderful speech, he was so presidential, yada yada yada…

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! The talk at water coolers around the country yesterday was the Mideo Music Awards Program, and Miley Cyrus’ “performance”. Garbage like this out of this little brat, makes you realize what a wonderful, precious lady Annette Funicello was. “Spare the Rod and Spoil the Miley”. My take.

kingsjester on August 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM

kingsjester on August 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM

sad state we live in….

good take KJ

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM

A number of misstatements about South Carolina politics.

The idea that incumbents get beat here is hilarious. We’ve had two Governors go down to defeat for reelection since they were eligible for two four-year terms, but they were consecutive and neither was threatened in their primary.

No elected Senator has been defeated for reelection in South Carolina since, well, a very long time. Several appointed Senators were rebuked, though.

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Tea Party identification by voters is down near 5%, but South Carolina has elected many Tea Party/reform-minded officeholders, including DeMint, Sanford, Haley, Gowdy, and Scott.

Mace is indeed the strongest opponent for Graham and she indeed needs a steep learning curve at running – and about $2 million to make it an honest race. This is part of why established Republican politicians haven’t rushed to challenge Graham: it takes a lot of money, and the candidate and his in-state donors are taking a risk since SC Republicans do not usually favor those who challenge their safe seats (unless, like Gowdy, they manage to win).

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Those who complain about Graham better loosen up their checkbooks pretty soon, or else get used to him for the next six year term.

Adjoran on August 27, 2013 at 6:58 AM

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on August 27, 2013 at 7:02 AM

msdnc hack just lied saying that w did not get un approval to go into iraq….he did have approval…

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 7:07 AM

WASHPOST: Obama mulls 2-day attack using cruise missiles or long-range bombers…

top of drudge

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 7:08 AM

WASHPOST: Obama mulls 2-day attack using cruise missiles or long-range bombers…
top of drudge

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 7:08 AM

I cannot believe how tone-deaf this administration is. They are elevating Putin to near God status around the world by supporting the FSA and Al Nusrah.

No one supports this.

hawkdriver on August 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

hawkdriver on August 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

*sigh*
we’re screwed aren’t we HD….

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

*sigh*
we’re screwed aren’t we HD….

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Blued … and then tattooed.

hawkdriver on August 27, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Ugh

cmsinaz on August 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

HotAir is getting killed by The Blaze in traffic count. Even Twitchy is beating HotAir now. HotAir is on downwards trend, and those other two are on upwards trend.

I hope TBTB are thinking about injecting some new blood into the HotAir blogging lineup. The “play it safe” strategy is not working. An unapologetic conservative would be nice. Someone not from Townhall.

The real action and draw at this site is the comment section.

HotAir was once bold and head-turning. Now it feels staid and like the site is stuck in a rut. The owners ought to consider giving someone new control of editorial decisions.

I offer these thoughts because I care about the site.

bluegill on August 27, 2013 at 7:49 AM

*TBTB=TPTB (the powers that be)

bluegill on August 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I cannot believe how tone-deaf this administration is. They are elevating Putin to near God status around the world by supporting the FSA and Al Nusrah.

No one supports this.

hawkdriver on August 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Not to mention, who the hell starts an attack by announcing that it will be of limited duration? And what are US objectives in doing so? It isn’t like Syria is a pushover when it comes to AAW.

This is just a stupid idea. Sadly, I’m not surprised that Hagel and the political generals/admirals are offering no objections.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

The offer no objections cuz he’s the FBP. He announces a 2 day shoot so people can’t say he’s starting another war. It’s just for 2 days and nothing more, see. Mr. Felkel in SC needs to understand that it’s the professional politicians we are tired of. Our country was set up to have citizen representation not get in, get yours and stay for 40 years.

Kissmygrits on August 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

HotAir was once bold and head-turning. Now it feels staid and like the site is stuck in a rut.

A rut would intimate that their is another understood path (goal, agenda) and somehow HA has slightly gone off message. WRONG. There are no conservative posters here anymore and that is not accidental. Even MKH is married to a hardcore leftwing activist and is starting to squish. Conservative commenters are outnumbered about 5 to 1. I would not be surprised to find out that Michelle Malkin saw the writing on the wall and rather overhaul everything just decided to bail and concentrate on her own thing. The long decline started the day ed signed on.

peacenprosperity on August 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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