Under pressure from Tea Party activists, Charleston GOP censures Lindsey Graham for bipartisanship effort to preserve our national security

First Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced his breakthrough Senate climate partnership with John Kerry (D-MA).  Then Teabaggers tried to “flush” Graham out of GOP, calling him “traitor” and “RINO” and “wussypants, girly-man, half-a-sissy.” Graham responded, “We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys.”  But the Tea Party activists weren’t done, as this Think Progress repost makes clear.

On Monday, the Charleston County Republican Party’s executive committee “took the unusual step” of officially censuring Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The local GOP committee admonished Graham for stepping across party lines to work with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on a bipartisan clean energy bill and other pieces of legislation. The censure stated that Graham’s “bipartisanship continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom.”

Part of the fury from the right against Graham is being spurred by the oil and coal industry. The oil company front group “American Energy Alliance” has blanketed South Carolina with ads smearing Graham for seeking to address climate change.

The pressure against Graham has also stemmed from his criticism of hate radio and Fox News host Glenn Beck. “Only in America can you make that much money crying,” said Graham, mocking Beck in early October. Beck has responded with a slime campaign against Graham that he typically reserves for liberals. The leader of the Charleston Republican Party, Lin Bennett, is also a member of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 organization in South Carolina. According to its website, the Charleston GOP claims to work closely with tea party groups and Beck’s 9/12 activists in selecting its favored candidates.

Will Graham be able to stand up to the angry backlash being cultivated by far right voices and entrenched corporations interests? At a Graham town hall in Greenville last month, activist Harry Kimball of “RINO HUNT” protested by constructing a display that portrayed Graham, as well as other GOP moderates, being flushed down a toilet:

KIMBALL: This is for every RINO who has failed to represent us. […] [the toilet represents] flushing them, flushing them.

Watch it:

Graham’s spokesman defended his boss to reporters yesterday, claiming the senator has a “90 percent conservative voting record.” Unfortunately for Graham, that may not prevent him from being “Scozzafavaed.”

In Beaufort, South Carolina, a crowd of tea party activists displayed signs which “bore messages such as ‘downsize D.C.’ and ‘Rush and Glenn for president‘ — an apparent allusion to political talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.”

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3 Responses to Under pressure from Tea Party activists, Charleston GOP censures Lindsey Graham for bipartisanship effort to preserve our national security

  1. Chris Dudley says:

    Lin Bennett, the county republican chair said: “We have a state platform that if you want to run as a Republican in our state part of that platform includes ideals and goals we would like to see and one of them is smaller, and less government intrusion into people’s lives,”

    And, she considers cap’n trade to be an intrusion. When I was in middle school I attended a combined middle-high school. It was as if the final plague against the Egyptians was happening over again when I was there. It was coincidence that first born sons were dying in car accidents and some of meningitis and cancer but what made it really add up were the boys who just disappeared as they reached draft age. The haunted gaze in the eyes of the younger brothers was hard to meet and for us younger firstborns there was an ominousness that was unspoken but felt; a intrusive breath of mortality when boys should be feeling limitless and free.

    The foreshadowing did not manifest for boys my age and our deaths where spread out in time and mostly suicides since people had started wearing seatbelts though the suicides have been flashy, perhaps to counter the anonymity of just disappearing as the boys ahead of us would do.

    When I think of government intrusion, I think of the foreboding of those days. We knew of the boys coming back in body bags but we knew and had admired the boys who we never saw again and of whom we never learned their fate. The use of the draft to supply bodies for a war that no one understood must have been a little taste of what it was like to live under Stalin.

    It seems likely to me that failing to reverse global warming will bring back a draft in this country for wars that also seem futile and pointless. More so because, having missed the opportunity now the avoid them, they will have an added layer of stupidity.

    The level of government intrusion that feels like a biblical plague seems to me to be the thing to be most avoided. I’m sorry Bennett is so caught up in trivialities that she fails to see this. Her party does not seem prepared to lead on the issue of government intrusion at this time.

  2. Leland Palmer says:

    Paraphrasing Monty Python:

    Angry lemmings hooked on propaganda are no basis for a system of government! :)

    Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical media ceremony!

    Seriously, though, it’s a good question whether Graham will be able to weather the storm.

    Hopefully, though, he will sleep better at night.

  3. Edward says:

    What about the ideals of the human species survival?