Lindsey Graham explodes, has ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ epiphany
WASHINGTON. As the Brett Kavanaugh nomination hearings clearly show thus far, the Republican majority in Congress are neither fighters nor in control. That was made crystal clear yet again last week when GOP lawmakers allowed Democrats to hijack the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings completely. Or almost completely.
Senator Lindsey Graham’s astonishing, truth-telling outburst cleared the air during the Senate Democrats’ disgusting, nonstop stunting, if only for a moment.
Televised clips, during which Graham explodes in spontaneous outrage at his Democrat committee “colleagues” are widely available and well worth viewing.
An “Aha!” moment
Onetime Never-Trump Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tripped over an epiphany at the conclusion of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s impassioned denial of Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s far-fetched tale.
She claimed, yet again and in person, that Kavanaugh attempted to rape and “inadvertently kill” her.
Graham explodes. He finally gets it. Unlike the trio of RINOs that halted the growing GOP tide
As Graham told Judge Kavanaugh and his Democratic colleagues:
“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s [Kavanaugh’s] life, hold his seat, and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that. Not me! [To Kavanaugh] You’ve got nothing to apologize for. When you see [Justices] Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello to them, because I voted for them. [To Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats] I would never do to them what you’ve done to this guy! This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics, and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you have done to this guy.”
That’s right. Sen. Graham voted to confirm leftist, authoritarian Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Not even the late and habitually bipartisan sop, Sen. John McCain, debased himself to that extent.
It now appears Graham has discovered that Democrats are not the collegial colleagues he was led to believe.
That his bipartisan notions harken back to the days when “I Love Lucy” was still a hit T.V. sitcom. But he’s beginning to understand, a little too late, that today’s politics is, as Carl von Clausewitz observed, “war by other means.”
Building bridges for the enemy
Graham’s stunning reality check is reminiscent of Alec Guinness’s in his portrayal of British Colonel Nicholson in the classic World War II film “Bridge on the River Kwai.” At the conclusion of the movie, Col. Nicholson, who’s commanded Allied prisoners of war in the construction of a railway bridge for his Japanese captors, is horrified to discover Allied commandos are actually trying to destroy the trestle.
When his actions to alert the Japanese lead to the deaths of attacking Allied soldiers, he bursts forth from his bizarre PTSD reverie, proclaiming just prior to his death,
“What have I done?”
Bipartisan-inclined Republicans should be having the same reaction after the Democrats’ appalling (and still ongoing) smear campaign against Kavanaugh. At least those Republicans whose cerebral synapses are still firing on all cylinders.
An unfinished job for the Tea Party
Back in 2010, Tea Party political activists were already clear on that concept. And that’s why they successfully unseated many a bipartisan-minded Republican incumbent in 2010 and 2014. Thus rendering GOP members in the U.S. House of Representatives ungovernable by then-GOP Speaker John Boehner.
Unable to cobble together legislation favorable to the Obama White House, Boehner resigned his seat in frustration.
As Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin wrote for Fox News after President Trump’s 2016 victory:
“Donald Trump won because, at the end of the day, this election was not about money raised, or slick campaign operations. This election was about one overarching theme: ending the status quo in Washington D.C.
“The myth that the Tea Party movement has run its course and is on the decline is a convenient narrative, and a clever technique to dismiss and sideline an effective political opponent… This election, however, is definitive proof not only of our ability to engage in political races and help the candidates win, but also affirm the broad popularity of our message and agenda.”
It’s very clear many Republican lawmakers in Washington still don’t get it. They have yet to have their “Bridge on the River Kwai” moment.
And that means the Tea Party’s work is far from over.
Top Images: Lindsey Graham, Fox News screen capture.
Inset, Alec Guinness in the 1957 film “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Screen capture.