WASHINGTON: South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham has been a reliable, reach-across-the-aisle kind of Republican in the mold of the late Senator from Arizona, John McCain. In fact, during the recently concluded hearings for confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Graham made a point of saying he voted for two of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court picks.
But his full-throated defense of Kavanaugh during the hearings has forced a reassessment of the South Carolina Senator by the opinionators of the press.
The search for “nuance”
Frank Bruni of the New York Times, for instance, issued this observation:
“I can’t think of another Republican whose journey from anti-Trump outrage to pro-Trump obsequiousness was quite so illogical or half as sad, and his conduct during the war over Kavanaugh completed it. For the president he fought overtime, he fought nasty and he fought without nuance.”
It’s clear Bruni wasn’t listing to the hyperbolic vitriol uttered by Democrats and their drooling, schizophrenic constituencies in regard to President Trump and his high-court nominee.
See if you pick up on any “nuance.”
- Kamala Harris (D-Calif.): “If Trump gets what he wants… We’re looking at a destruction of the Constitution of the United States.”
- A measured statement by the folks at The Women’s March: “Trump’s [Supreme Court] announcement today is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States.”
- Former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe: “The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.”
The vicious attacks on Kavanaugh’s character, based on no evidence, included a demand by one Democrat for Americans to suspend the presumption of innocence – something Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte never suggested.
Stalin would be pleased
When fake-news CNN personality Jake Tapper asked Hawaiian Sen. Mazie Hirono if Kavanaugh was entitled to the “same presumption of innocence as anyone else in America?” her answer is:
“I put his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases… he’s very outcome-driven, he has an ideological agenda.”
It provoked dark echos hearkening back to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s show trials of the late 1930s, where political differences proved the determining factor concerning guilt or innocence.
A man in full
This prevailing attitude among Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats proved too much for Graham.
“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” says Graham angerly. Turning to Kavanaugh, Graham added, “God, I hate to say it because these have been my [Democratic] friends, but let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process. You came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”
Graham’s outburst may have saved Kavanaugh’s nomination. And this proved too much for the superficial guardians of America’s dominant liberal culture.
That’s so gay
HBO’s Bill Maher angerly noted that “Lindsey Graham needs the stabilizing influence of his dead boyfriend,” insinuating the late Sen. John McCain and Graham were homosexual lovers.
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” did a skit in which Kate McKinnon, playing Graham, says:
“I know I’m supposed to shut up, because I’m a single white male, 5’ 10, uncut.”
The Advocate, a gay online journal, said the line was a “reference to how gay men will describe themselves on dating apps like Grindr.”
Graham, who is single, has been accused of being a closeted gay for many years. And you can be sure the arbiters of our liberal, politically-correct culture will suspend the rules declaring gay jokes and slurs off limits where Graham is concerned. Especially as we near the midterm elections.
“I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men. I’m sure hundreds of ’em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge – but I ain’t available. I ain’t gay. Sorry.” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham
Getting mad and even
You see, Graham has vowed to campaign against the very Senate Democrats that besmirched Justice Kavanaugh’s good name.
In an interview, Graham told Fox News:
“I’ve never campaigned against a colleague in my life. That’s about to change. I’m going to go throughout this country and let people in these purple states, red states, where Trump won know what I thought, know what I think about this process.”
“I hope everyone running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question, ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated? Do you want an outcome so badly that you would basically turn the law upside down?”
At a time when the party of Lincoln is so bereft of courage, it appears Graham, a reformed never-Trump Republican, will join the president’s campaign to “draining the swamp.”
“I’ve never been more pissed in my life,” said Graham. Unlike most of his Republican colleagues, it appears Lindsey Graham has a pulse.
Top Image: Sen. Linsey Graham lashes out at Democrats
during Brett Kavanaugh hearings. CNN screen capture.