Maybe it’s just ‘crazy time’, but I sure would like to know why Senator Graham made the following statements to The New York Times as part of a profile in Sunday’s magazine written by Robert Draper.
Graham argues throughout the interview that the Republican Party has moved too far right and that it will eventually move away from the fringe and join him in the political middle.
This is no surprise to anyone. Graham has always been a middle of the road guy. Lately, he has been whipped into shape by that ‘soon to be dead’ (as he describes it) Tea Party that he speaks about. Gosh, it must be so uncomfortable for him. He can hardly keep that RINO (Republican In Name Only) hat off his head.
“Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement’s at,” Graham said as Cato drove him to the city of Greenwood, where he was to give a commencement address at Lander University later that morning. On four occasions, Graham met with Tea Party groups. The first, in his Senate office, was “very, very contentious,” he recalled. During a later meeting, in Charleston, Graham said he challenged them: “ ‘What do you want to do? You take back your country — and do what with it?’ . . . Everybody went from being kind of hostile to just dead silent.”
In a previous conversation, Graham told me: “The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.” Now he said, in a tone of casual lament: “We don’t have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.” Chortling, he added, “Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today”, says Jordan Fabian of The Hill.
Senator Graham, why don’t you get in line behind Arlen Specter and Charlie Christ so you can flip yourself.