Lindsey Graham’s Sordid Self

November 2nd, 2009 Carter Clews

It was the late, great journalist Norman Mailer who once observed, “The desire for success lubricates secret prostitutions in the soul.”

Which brings us to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Once the hero of the conservative movement for his courageous stand against the libidinal Bill Clinton in the House impeachment proceedings of 1998, Lindsey has since evanesced into a mere shadow of his once-stalwart self. Or, for that matter, of any other wannabe leader with scarcely a thimbleful of testosterone flowing through his anemic system.

Today, Graham is little more than the ever-eager turn-to guy whenever the hard left needs a squishy sycophant to carry its water through the corridors of Congress. As evidenced most recently by his teaming up with liberal totem John Kerry to co-author a New York Times op-ed endorsing the highly controversial, disastrously costly cap-and-trade legislation.

As the green web site Grist.com breathlessly enthused:

“It’s hard to overstate the significance of this joint declaration. It ensures that the Senate bill will be bipartisan. It demonstrates that there is a pathway to 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. And it establishes comprehensive energy and climate legislation as the next item on the Senate agenda after health care reform, meaning there is a very real shot at Senate passage prior to Copenhagen.”

In short, in one fell stroke, Graham betrayed scores of his Senate colleagues and tens of millions of Americans who know that the cap-and-trade bill will paralyze American industry and cost the average household as much as $3000 a year.

Carter Clews is the Executive Editor of ALG News.


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    It is a profile in courage for a republican to be bi-partisan these days......and it takes BOTH parties to govern this nation.
  • billyhallowell
    It does, indeed, take both parties. That I will agree with. Beyond that, it takes everyone coming together (the Greens, Constitutionalists, etc.). Right now, we have one party dominating. It's not healthy for our democracy. Remember, Urban Conservative publishes multiple perspectives on these issues. Don't assume every contributor and/or I agree with every piece published.
  • davidwwalters
    Thanx Billy for setting me straight. As for Lindsey, he is one of more than just a few republicans i have respect for.
    As to the Cap and Trade legislation, it would be good to find a way to turn our nation's power sources away from the traditional soot emitters for many reasons. Even if it were proven some sort of cosmic design were behind the melting of the earth's glaciers, it would seem prudent to limit greenhouse gases which will exacerbate the problem.
    Yes, it will cost the traditional industries and they pay their lobbys in congress to protect their interests. But we as a nation can help fledgling energy industries replace their "dirty" big brothers in the energy mix. It's time Billy.
  • noahjohns
    Its also takes courage for the party in power to sit down with the minority party and ask them for their ideas. Unfortunately, the Democrats only seem interested in painting the GOP as the party of "no" and ignoring their take on issues ranging from health care to cap and trade. They seem bent on ramming a government take over of health care down our throats as well as an energy policy that stands to wreck the world economy for vitually no environmental gain.

    Courage is admitting that you do not have all the answers and that the other side may have something to offer to the debate. The White House seems more interested in debating Fox news, accepting dubious Peace Prizes, getting in lots of rounds of golf for President Obama and demonizing anyone who dare disagree with their agenda as "unpatriotic", partisan or out of the mainstream.