Graham protests GOP retreat into irrelevance, to little avail

After announcing his intention to vote in favor of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court — the only Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to take that step — Sen. Lindsey Graham took a lot of heat from conservatives angry that he had broken party ranks.

In an interview with Politico, Graham defended his decision and returned fire at his critics on the right:

“If we chase this attitude … that you have to say ‘no’ to every Democratic proposal, you can’t help the president ever, you can’t ever reach across the aisle, then I don’t want to be part of the movement because it’s a dead-end movement,” Graham said.

“I have no desire to be up here in an irrelevant status. I’m smart enough to know that this country doesn’t have a problem with conservatives. It has a problem with blind ideology. And those who are ideological-driven to a fault are never going to be able to take this party back into relevancy.”

That isn’t the view of people such as Brian Darling, director of Senate relations at the conservative Heritage Foundation. Darling claims that by supporting Sotomayor, Graham is signaling that President Obama is “free to nominate an individual with extreme views if that nominee has an Ivy League education and some experience on the federal bench.”
Just to add some context, a new Fox poll puts the American populace at 40 percent Democratic, 34 percent Republican and 20 percent independent, with those independents overwhelmingly approving of Obama’s job performance (54 percent approve, 36 percent disapprove, an 18-point differential.)
Overall, Obama is viewed favorably by 62 percent, with only 33 percent disapproving. Fox’s numbers for Sarah Palin, by the way, are harsh. She draws approval from 38 percent, disapproval from 51 percent. I’m pretty sure she would disagree with Graham on the Sotomayor nomination, which is why that 38 percent still likes her.
Then again, I’m also pretty sure Palin will never be a position to vote on — or more importantly, to make — such a nomination.

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Normal

July 24th, 2009
11:00 am

Lindsey Graham… The voice of the Moderate Republican??!!,
Who’dthunkit?

RW-(the original)

July 24th, 2009
11:01 am

I sure wish we could get to the point where people could distinguish between voting for and supporting judicial nominees. Republicans generally understand that if the nominee is qualified then you vote for them even if there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hades you would ever have made them your pick were you to find yourself in the position of making that pick.

Of course we certainly can’t expect someone that uses any snippet of news possible to take a shot at Sarah Palin to understand that.

TnGelding

July 24th, 2009
11:01 am

What is Graham’s approval rating? He usually calls them like he sees them. I thought McCain should have picked him to be his running mate. He’s certainly right in this instance. Blind ideology helped get us into our current difficulties, some would classify as a mess.

Normal

July 24th, 2009
11:03 am

I am glad that at least one Republican has pushed away the mantle of the neo-conservative. If more follow suit, we might have a Party that can do some good. The talibabtists are going to have to be put back in their place. We have too much to fix and we need evrybody to help.
Once it’s fixed, then we can argue other things.

RealityKing

July 24th, 2009
11:04 am

Our progressively liberal President and ideological-driven 111th Congress are doing a fine job at bring the republican party back into relevancy..

George American

July 24th, 2009
11:07 am

By siding with Hussaine Oblunder and nominating this “wise (cough and laugh) Latina woman(?)” our old pal Lindsay has given his conservative southern brothers the finger.

There will be hell and his job to pay.

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
11:09 am

Note the gratuitous Palin reference.

And pretty much any mention of her these days is ‘gratuitous”. It’s like mentioning a sex toy when talking about shopping for a new car. Ok, maybe not quite like that. :lol:

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Is he tacking left as a prelude to bigger things?

booger

July 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Can’t have a conversation without bringing up Palin, can you? I know, you know, and most people know Palin will not be a nominee for president, yet when you want to compare and contrast Obama with someone, out she comes. This is a not so subtle way for you to marginalize the entire party.

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:10 am

When did Graham become a Republican?

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
11:11 am

booger: really, though, don’t need Palin to marginalize the Republicans at this point. Even without her, they’re doing just fine in that department.

Just sayin’.

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:14 am

Obozo is on a damn the torpedoes hellbent crash landing into the happy perch once occupied by no other than Dhimmi Carter, bookman says the Repugs are irrelevant, you got to admire his toe the party line roboticism.

Fetch.

Good doggy.

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
11:16 am

Thanks for posting that @ 11:14, Whiner! You’ve been wrong all along, so it’s good to know that Obama’s going to keep taking us to the heights the country wants to go. Great news!!

md

July 24th, 2009
11:17 am

“Blind ideology helped get us into our current difficulties, some would classify as a mess.”

And blind ideology continues with a one sided gov’t. The “mess” is likely to continue as well.

@@

July 24th, 2009
11:18 am

What I found most interesting was how Sotomayor had to disavow her liberal credentials to win favor. Of course it’s easy to say one thing and end up doing another when looking for votes/support.

The Transformer — from SCOTUS to POTUS or vice versa.

Normal

July 24th, 2009
11:18 am

Whiner, you may be correct,(nearly said “right”) Lindsey’s home page says South Carolina Senator and nowhere mentions the word “republican”.
Hmmmmm..

booger

July 24th, 2009
11:19 am

ByteMe,

If you believe that, then that’s all the more reason for Jay to move on to new territory. It,s actually getting a little embarrassing.

If VP candidates are that interesting, think how much more interesting a real VP, like Biden could be. I’m not sure Jay knows how to spell his name, at least I have never seen him try.

RW-(the original)

July 24th, 2009
11:19 am

Just to add some context, a new Fox poll puts the American populace at 40 percent Democratic, 34 percent Republican and 20 percent independent, with those independents overwhelmingly approving of Obama’s job performance (54 percent approve, 36 percent disapprove, an 18-point differential.)
Overall, Obama is viewed favorably by 62 percent, with only 33 percent disapproving.

I’ve gone back and forth to the link five times now and can’t find this current “62% overall approval” number. It very clearly says the overall number is 54% which is down from 62% last month. If you click to the full poll results the Independent number is the same as the overall 54% approval number, but it’s down from 66% a month ago.

Brad Steel

July 24th, 2009
11:21 am

Palin is the cover girl for the strategic blunders, half-wit stupidity, and cynical bend to the GOP.

Thanks, Jay, for reminding the GOP and the wingnutters that they need to get in the game or remain irrelevant.

RW-(the original)

July 24th, 2009
11:25 am

Never mind my 11:19. I found the bait and switch from an approval number to a viewed favorably number. Nice fun with numbers gymnastics Jay B.

Imbedded links in articles

July 24th, 2009
11:25 am

RW has a point.

Like those of other blogs, imbedded links to assertions or references would enhance the credibility of the opinions.

TnGelding

July 24th, 2009
11:26 am

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:14 am

It was Graham that said he didn’t want to end up being irrelevant.

Doggone/GA

July 24th, 2009
11:28 am

“Of course it’s easy to say one thing and end up doing another when looking for votes/support.”

Sure…and exactly the same thing was said about Roberts too.

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
11:28 am

ByteMe –

“It’s like mentioning a sex toy when talking about shopping for a new car.”

you say that like it’s a bad thing …

Bud Wiser

July 24th, 2009
11:32 am

That is because the 62% number is fiction.

Obowo cracker eaters just make stuff up, and we are supposed to believe it is true, simply because they say it, plus the fact that they will tell us that they actually believe they are smarter than the rest of us, and again, just because they say so, so, we had better believe everything theysay, because it MUST be true!

Take this global warming thing; everyone has heard about the record cold temps for July in Nashville last week, capital of GreenJeans Gore home state, a state, by the way, that had they voted in majority for Gore in 2000, HE would have been president, and not GW Bush.

The (green)Gashouse Gang of the 21st century still stick to their smoking, but empty guns. Every ’scientific data’ they can toss has been, or can be refuted by someone else. All Gore wants to do is get himself and his buddies in on the ground floor of the carbon credit ripoff, making themselves so rich as to make Bill Gates look like a street corner pencil peddler. And Obowo is paving that highway with cap and trade.

Amazingly enough, there are still plenty of idiots that haven’t a clue, but believe firmly in their hearts that one day they and their children will frolic naked through Elysian Fields made possible because of Gore and Obowo, and everything in life will be free because someone else, NOT them, will be paying for it.

Oh wait, I just described the basic garden variety dimwitocrat!

jt

July 24th, 2009
11:34 am

When did Graham become a Republican?

When the republican party betrayed their base, grew and empowered the federal goverment, spent like drunk sailors, and otherwise emulated/morphed into the democratic party.

Graham fits in quite nicely with Steele, Snowe, Chambliss, Isackson etc…….ad naseum.

Kennedy bootlickers all.

Normal

July 24th, 2009
11:34 am

USinUK…Manual shifting make ME smile…

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:34 am

TN- If Graham keeps on with it, he won’t have to worry about being “irrelevant.”

I mean, Dhimmi Carter was never “irrelevant,” after all, he gave rise to Ronald Reagan.

Part Duhx?

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
11:36 am

“everyone has heard about the record cold temps for July in Nashville last week”

huzzah!!! cold weather in Nashvegas = no climate change!!! calloo, callay!!!

(meanwhile, just ignore the fact that the UK had record temps a few weeks ago and that Eastern Europe is currently in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave … it was cold in Nashville, so that’s good enough for me)

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
11:37 am

Normal –

“USinUK…Manual shifting make ME smile…”

speed bumps, babbbeee … s’all I’m sayin’

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:38 am

I yield the Misses Popularity contest to bookman-

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8 (see trends).

And I rule.

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
11:40 am

booger: yes, I actually do believe that. Bringing her up between her regularly scheduled screw-ups is unnecessary. We all remember her. I’d rather make fun of Inhofe anyway. He’s not pretty, but he’s pretty screwed up.

USinUK: I was just making my own gratuitous sex toy reference. :)

RW-(the original)

July 24th, 2009
11:40 am

Just this morning it was 64 degrees and now it’s 82. Take that climate change deniers!

And….

Is this lefty site calling our VPOTUS a liar?

TnGelding

July 24th, 2009
11:41 am

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Disavowing one of your own. Tsk, tsk, tsk. He’a a Republican, and a good citizen. He sees the world as it is; diverse, volatile and changing.

http://lindseyograham.wordpress.com/

TnGelding

July 24th, 2009
11:43 am

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:38 am

Did someone say irrelevant?

getalife

July 24th, 2009
11:44 am

Mavericky but I want to see his birth certificate.

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
11:44 am

“64 degrees and now it’s 82″

in Atlanta??? in July??? what the heck is going on???

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
11:45 am

md

July 24th, 2009
11:50 am

““64 degrees and now it’s 82″

in Atlanta??? in July??? what the heck is going on???”

Must be the start of the next ice age. Quick, lets start a hedge fund selling heating supplies.

Paul

July 24th, 2009
11:50 am

Sen Graham is not only showing the difference between the philosophy he represents and that of ideologically conservative Republicans with this vote

He’s also clearly demonstrating his adherence to principle and class in contrasting his ‘yea’ vote for a qualified nominee with the ‘nay’ votes for Justices Roberts and Alito, cast by then-Senators Obama and Biden.

Tom

July 24th, 2009
11:52 am

The Republicant party has always been that way. Gawd forbit any of those intellectual/moral/ethical goose-stepping goons of conformity discover and utilize a tiny bit of brain matter. They are commited to destructioon of all things positive – regardless of the cost to the nation. So utterly ignorant that they consistantly vote against their own self-interests. Really should be eradicated.

@@

July 24th, 2009
11:52 am

DoggoneIt!

“Of course it’s easy to say one thing and end up doing another when looking for votes/support.”

Sure…and exactly the same thing was said about Roberts too.

don’t you wish you could say that about POTUS Bush? While he chose to ignore the polls, Obama chose to shove his in the direction of those who were waiting patiently.

I Report :-) You Whine :-(

July 24th, 2009
11:56 am

Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004.

Aah understand, this means we need to be more like the democrats, I got it, sure thing.

getalife

July 24th, 2009
11:58 am

I think it is Hatch that votes to give Presidents their picks for the SC so there are two.

Scooter

July 24th, 2009
12:02 pm

Tom, what has a Repub. done to you to cause your hatred?

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
12:06 pm

Paul: Obama was clear on Roberts:

Obama said he was skeptical of Roberts’s “deepest values,” his “broader perspectives on how the world works” and his “empathy.”

According to Obama, the chief justice nominee told him that “he doesn’t like bullies and has always viewed the law as a way of evening out the playing field between the strong and the weak.”

But Obama didn’t believe it.

“He has far more often used his formidable skills on behalf of the strong in opposition to the weak,” Obama said.

Obama’s assessment: “he seemed to have consistently sided with those who were dismissive of efforts to eradicate the remnants of racial discrimination” and “seemed dismissive of the concerns that it is harder to make it in this world and in this economy when you are a woman rather than a man.”

Although Obama did not specify what evidence he had for these judgments, he was probably referring to cases such as one in 1990, when as a Justice Department official, Roberts opposed the use of racial preferences by the Federal Communications Commission in awarding broadcast licenses, and in 1982, as a Reagan administration lawyer, when he opposed lowering the standard in voting rights cases from needing to prove a racially discriminatory intent to only needing to show a discriminatory effect.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16640635/

His criticism of Alito was similar in speeches he made at the time.

If nothing, he is consistent on his view of judges.

Doggone/GA

July 24th, 2009
12:06 pm

“don’t you wish you could say that about POTUS Bush? While he chose to ignore the polls, Obama chose to shove his in the direction of those who were waiting patiently”

Is it just me, or does this make no sense whatsoever as a response to my remark about Roberts?

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:08 pm

GRAHAM IS DEAD WRONG. NEVER CROSS THE AISLE FOR THIS POTUS POS! :roll: just sayin’ :-)

Mr. Snarky

July 24th, 2009
12:08 pm

“When did Graham become a Republican?”

He seems to have a brain, so I guess he’s a RINO. Good for him.

booger

July 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

Tom,

Apparently there is a correlation between using ones brain matter, and engaging in name calling and childish behavior. Not just referring to you, it shows up a lot.

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

EXPAT: It’s aLgOrEs version of Global Warming! That fool may have won, but we didn’t let him in office! Hahaha!

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:11 pm

No Mr. Snarky, he’s moron! As is ANYONE who back ANYTHING Barry does or says! Just sayin’! :roll: ;-)

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:12 pm

Oh, do you all know I don’t like Barry? :-)

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

GtG -

“That fool may have won, but we didn’t let him in office! Hahaha!”

yep. that’s sumpin’ to be proud of, all right.

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

That cop arrested Barry’s friend, so he’s stupid!

Mr. Snarky

July 24th, 2009
12:14 pm

Gandalf the Dumb, if you’re an example of intelligence, then I want to be stupid.

Paul

July 24th, 2009
12:14 pm

ByteMe

I was contrasting Sen Graham’s voting for judges who are the President’s pick, basing it on whether or not they are qualified. Not if they agree with them or not. Sen Graham said Judge Sotomayor wouldn’t have been his pick, he disagrees with her philosophically, but she’s the President’s pick, she’s qualified and he’ll vote for her.

I believe Sen Hatch takes the same stand.

Sen Obama didn’t just have a different view on judges, he had a different view of the role of the Senate in confirming. And, Sen Obama later stated an ideological litmus test.

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:14 pm

Soda my ear! She a flamin’ liberal!

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:15 pm

Mr. Snarky, You got your wish!

@@

July 24th, 2009
12:15 pm

I’ll explain, DoggoneIt.

Sotomayor is bent towards liberal ideology. POTUS Obama got elected by the same bent…

over. Many of those leftist bents feel as though he’s missed the target.

I wasn’t talkin’ as much about Sotomayor as I was talkin’ bout Obama.

Like Paul so often says….BOHICA!

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:17 pm

EXPAT: winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing! It was for the best we didn’t let AlGoRe in the White House, he would have gone solar!

Scooter

July 24th, 2009
12:18 pm

Doggone @ 12:06, no it’s not just you. But I read alot here I don’t understand. ????

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:19 pm

BOHICA! Barry is one giant SNAFU!
One
Big
A$$
Mistake
America!

Doggone/GA

July 24th, 2009
12:20 pm

“I’ll explain, DoggoneIt.”

Sorry, but your “explanation” is as nonsensical as your original comment. And I don’t know what “BOHICA” even means, and can’t say I’ve ever seen it before…but then I tend to skip over a LOT of what Paul says.

booger

July 24th, 2009
12:20 pm

Mr. Snarky,

This is your good fairy, Your wish to be stupid is hereby granted.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

Well, this Graham needs to be voted out of office pronto. Any so-called Republican that says anything but No to anything this Obama does is nothing but a Trader. Have a good p.m. everybody.

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
12:22 pm

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
12:23 pm

Paul: He says he doesn’t agree with her “philosophically”, but I haven’t seen anything more detailed on this, have you? I wonder what “philosophy” he disagrees with her… based on her judicial record or her speeches…?

As far as Obama: again, he’s consistent. There’s no bait-and-switch going on.

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

That redneck convert got it right!

One
Big
A$$
Mistake
America

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

Redneck: what’s he trading? I think the word you wanted was “Traitor”.

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:25 pm

Like Trader Joe’s? WE Have Traitor Barry’s!
One
Big
A$$
Mistake
America

@@

July 24th, 2009
12:26 pm

DoggonIt, I’ll say the same about skipping over your LOTS.

Now since 3 of my last five posts have failed to appear…

AND since it no longer bothers me that they don’t, I’ll take my leave until later.

Scooter

July 24th, 2009
12:28 pm

Snarky, you might want to back out of that minefield!

Dusty

July 24th, 2009
12:40 pm

OH come on.. Bookman thinks he has found a Republican he can “harp” on. Graham made a smart move. (Bookman tries to make it sound otherwise.)

Graham KNOWS that Sotomayor is going to get to the Supreme Court. He doesn’t waste his time. He is acting like a fair-minded -reach- across- the- aisle mover of a fairly qualified woman lawyer. It could be worse. She could have graduated from UCLA.

Now Graham is free to loudly protest and vote AGAINST any SOCIALIZED MEDICINE BILL that comes before Congress. There will be no “reaching across the aisle” then. He will be known as the fair politician who responsibly rejects a witch doctor bill of bad booboos. Now that is when the errrrr..mud hits the fan.

Give Graham credit. He is not showing all the cards in his hand. It is a smart move. And we haven’t seen many in Congress. Keep an eye on him We definitely need a good Republican SMART SOUTHERNER for President.,,,not another Oscillating Obama foot-in-mouth socialized medicine man.

Mrs. Godzilla

July 24th, 2009
12:41 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham will never run for national office. Mark my words.

I suspect he has read the writing on the wall in his home state and
is making an effort to reach across the aisle. Good for him.

Paul

July 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

ByteMe

Isn’t that enough? Philosophically? What Sens Obama and Biden were speaking of was also a philosophical difference of opinion, exemplified by the decisions.

Bait and switch? Given Judge Sotomayor’s testimony, many opposed to her would make the same claim! But that seems par for the course, now, for Supreme Court nominees.

Again, the larger issue seems, to me, to be the criteria by which a Senator decides whether or not to vote to confirm a nominee. With the Grahams it’s whether or not the judge the president has nominated is qualified. With the Obamas and Bidens it’s not if they’re qualified but also if they agree philosophically and ideologically.

Ild-way Ill-bay Iltner-hay

July 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

Rasmussen has Obumbler far lower than the polls jay sites. Why should anyone be surprised that Obumbler took a swipe at the Cambridge police. If i’m a Cambridge cop, I’m just happy Obumbler hasn’t dispatched Billy Ayres to bomb police headquarters to avenge Fred Sanford’s goodt name.

Scooter

July 24th, 2009
12:47 pm

Dusty, I take offense, I graduated from UCLA! (Upper Clarkston Lower Avondale)

Dusty

July 24th, 2009
12:48 pm

Well, true, RedNeck,

Graham does not appeal to the trailer park, food stamp crowd. I mean he is INTELLIGENT.

I give you credit. You do a grand job of the undercover lib agent parody poop assignment. You do give us a laugh, kinda like those comics who act like stupid clowns.

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

Dusty –

“Give Graham credit. He is not showing all the cards in his hand. It is a smart move. And we haven’t seen many in Congress. Keep an eye on him We definitely need a good Republican SMART SOUTHERNER for President.,,,not another Oscillating Obama foot-in-mouth socialized medicine man.”

soooooooooooooo never gonna happen … and I actually kinda like Graham, but if you’re backing him, you’re money is on the wrong horse.

Dusty

July 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

Scooter,

Accept my apologies. I nominate you for the Supreme Court.

N.J.

July 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

Depends on which FOX NEWS poll you are looking at. The Fox News Dynamic poll has three components , one is general, the second is job rating and the third is “favorability rating. Obamas latest FAVORABILITY rating on the Fox Poll is 62 percent:

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 21-22, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

“I’m going to read you the names of several individuals and institutions. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one. If you’ve never heard of an individual or institution, please just say so. Barack Obama.”

.

Favorable 62%

Unfavorable 33%

Unsure 5%

http://www.pollingreport.com/obama_fav.htm

Of course those who count every single point drop in a poll neglect the margin of error in a poll.

If someone has gone from 63 to 59 in a poll that has 4 percent margin, for example, there has statistically been no change in their rating.

Dusty

July 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

USinUK

Whenever you advise against something, I know it is the right move for Republicans. Brainwashed libs can point us conservatives in the right direction even though it is not a good move for us to read too much propaganda.

Graham surely does have you fooled.

I don’t bet on horses but the Southern racetrack is the best place to place a bet.

md

July 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

“soooooooooooooo never gonna happen … and I actually kinda like Graham, but if you’re backing him, you’re money is on the wrong horse.”

I believe the same was said about our current leader 3 or so years before the election.

TnGelding

July 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
12:17 pm

If you still think it was for the best, then you need to be locked up for your own protection.

USinUK

July 24th, 2009
1:06 pm

dusty and md –

“Whenever you advise against something, I know it is the right move for Republicans”

unless he suddenly sprouts himself a wife, the whispering campaign will be what prevents him from being POTUS. and, darlin’, that whispering campaign isn’t coming from the left side of the aisle, either … check out the right wing blogs everytime Graham does something centrist, there’s more than one reference to wrists being limp and closet doors …

TnGelding

July 24th, 2009
1:08 pm

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

Votes? But that’s just the genius of Redneck.

Trust me

July 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

Scooter

July 24th, 2009
1:19 pm

USinUK, I’ll have to think about your 1:06 for a while. ???

Northern Songs, Ltd.

July 24th, 2009
1:28 pm

This place was so much nicer yesterday when we were talking about baseball.

ByteMe

July 24th, 2009
1:31 pm

Northern: one time we got on a discussion of which rides were the best at Disney World. Sometimes it clicks, other times people just feel like pissing on each other.

Scooter

July 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

ByteMe, Yeah and I think everyone ran out of piss!

Paul

July 24th, 2009
1:38 pm

Scooter

But not vinegar!

RW-(the original)

July 24th, 2009
1:39 pm

NS, Ltd.

DeWayne Wise, the guy that made the saving catch in the 9th, was playing for the Braves in 2004 when Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game against them. There have only been 18 in history and this guy has been on both sides of one.

Better?

Northern Songs, Ltd.

July 24th, 2009
1:40 pm

Paul and getalife – Hatch has announced he is voting against Sotomayor.

Northern Songs, Ltd.

July 24th, 2009
1:41 pm

RW – thanks, and nice bit of trivia that.

Gandalf of Gwinnesia

July 24th, 2009
1:41 pm

One
Big
A$$
Mistake
America

josef nix

July 24th, 2009
1:43 pm

UAinUk–thanks for bringing up the “limp writst…closet doors.” I wanted to but thought better of it. That is why Graham has reached the pinnacle of his political career His own party members call him the “Pink Elephant” and his Democrat opponent was able in the campaign to call him “light in the loafers” and do it unchallenged.

I have no idea whether or not Sen. Graham is gay. But if he is give him his credit for not having a “show wife,” unlike many of his colleagues, Democrat and Republican alike. Rest assured, though, were he to toss his chapeau into the POTUS ring, the Democrats–many of them “liberal” bloggers here, would have a field day with these rumors.

I have plenty of reasons for not voting for him should he run, being GOP the top one. But since gay rights (what a term to be forced to use in this day and age!) is my deciding factor, Fierce Advocate is certainly not getting my vote next time around either. And whether or not we want to admit it, the GOP is doing a better job of courting the disenchanted element in the gay population. I wonder if perhaps this might not be prepping the party loyalists for accepting the “light in the loafers Pink Elephant.

thomas

July 24th, 2009
1:43 pm

How did this intro go from talking about Graham voting like he should have based on the qualifications of a judge, instead of ideological basis, to talking about Palin?

Is she now in congress?

Or is it possible Bookman spent some time behind a locked door with his active imagination before he wrote this?

Jay you are going to go blind or get hairy palms……..

Joey

July 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

The evidence on this blog is that not a single Republican is being pursuaded by Jay’s endless statements and pronouncements of the Party’s demise.

That is unless Normal is a Republican waiting for and wanting the Party to come back to him.

The Progressives/Liberals/Democrats posting here seem to be unanimous (over and over again) in their agreement with Jay regarding the death of Conservative Republicanism.

Today’s post brings to 431 the total number of celebrations by Jay of the GOP’s passing since November 4, 2008.