Even if we admit, though, that some of those floored by President Barack Obama’s foreign policy might be back in a hawkish state of mind, that doesn’t mean their appetite is for Graham’s specific views.
To recap recent events: in 2010, Senator Graham called for a pre-emptive strike against Iran. In 2013, he implored his colleagues to get behind President Obama’s targeted killing program. That same year, Graham told South Carolinians that if the U.S. did not intervene in Syria, they could expect war to come “in the belly of a ship in the Charleston or New York Harbor.” And when news broke about the surveillance programs at the NSA, which many critics argue infringed on civil liberties, Graham stood on the Senate floor to say he was “glad” the NSA was gathering records.
Where does this leave Graham and his presidential ambitions? We’ll see where the wind blows over the next two years. But to the senator I would say this: good luck taking your message beyond the friendly avenues of Charleston and Columbia.
Some will undoubtedly say stranger things have happened. I wouldn’t be so sure.