There is a lot of attention being focused on primary challenges to sitting Republican Senators this election cycle. Before the races started heating up, many conservatives across the country were most looking forward to unseating South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. And yet, almost no national attention has been given to the race. This should change, as all polling shows Graham vulnerable to falling beneath the 50% runoff threshold.
While Lindsey Graham isn't part of the McConnell-Cornyn leadership (from behind) team, he does more than his part to neuter conservative, small-government efforts. Consider the following:
1-Graham, with the possible exception of John McCain, is the number one GOP amnesty cheerleader.
2-Graham, again with the possible exception of John McCain, is the most infamous anti-civil liberties member of the Senate. Whether it is indefinite detention, drones, warrant-less wiretapping, metadata spying, restricting journalism, or airline pat downs, Graham is firmly on the side of the police state.
3-Graham supports a reckless and costly foreign policy in which every intervention is a good intervention. This includes arming and funding enemies of America and ceding sovereignty to the United Nations.
4-Graham is a fiscal squish who supports raising taxes, including the internet sales tax, has supported "cap and trade", has suggested nationalizing banks, voted for TARP and No Child Left Behind, and votes for debt ceiling increases but against conservative budgets.
5-Graham is not a strong defender of the 2nd amendment and believes it is up for debate.
6-Graham consistently approves of Obama's radical and unqualified judicial and cabinet nominees.
7-Graham sticks out like a sore thumb among a state delegation that includes Trey Gowdy, Mark Sanford, Joe Wilson, Mick Mulvaney, Jeff Duncan, and Tim Scott.
8-Graham enjoys working backroom deals with dirtbags like Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin while publicly berating conservatives like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee.
Those are just some of the reasons why Lindsey Graham absolutely must go.
It puzzles me why conservative groups like the Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks, etc. are not yet involved in this race. Hopefully their involvement is not too far off.
For South Carolinians, the best anti-Graham candidate to support in my judgement is State Senator Lee Bright. There are other good candidates as well, but Bright stands above the rest.
Since being elected to the State Senate in 2008, Bright has compiled a very impressive 100% voting record from the SC Club for Growth. He has led the fight against federal intervention into healthcare and gun rights. Bright has the best name recognition among the challengers, as well as the best ability to articulate his case, and boasts the endorsements of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Rep. Steve Stockman. Bright has had made crystal clear that he will stand with Paul, Cruz, and Lee, just like former Senator Jim DeMint. And unlike the other candidates he has a record to back up his words. Here is his website and his Facebook page. Check him out and help him if you can.
My support of Bright should not be construed as an endorsement by Erick Erickson, although I urge him to join me. It has come to my attention that a few of another candidate's supporters had a collective conniption after seeing another diarist endorse Bright, which led them to mistakenly berate Erick.