Of course, this is the very same Lindsey Graham who refused to vote for the conviction and removal from office of failed, one-term former President Donald Trump on TWO separate occasions, so the senator’s thoughts on any serious issues are not exactly relevant or even welcome among anyone other than the far right-wing, tinfoil hat wearing rubes who tune into to Newsmax, OAN, and other fringe conservative media outlets.
Kathleen Parker is also a South Carolinian, and as she notes in an op-ed she penned for The Washington Post, Graham has become little more than a “circus poodle” who is willing to contort himself into any position necessary to remain in the Donald’s good graces:
“Is that you, Lindsey? The same man who staunchly defended Donald Trump through two deserved impeachments now wants to impeach a Democratic president. If bad or misinformed decisions in war times were impeachable offenses, we’d have to add a secretary of impeachment to the Cabinet.”
Graham’s current hypocrisy, Parker continues, is a mystery to nearly everyone who knows him:
“It gives me no pleasure to note Lindsey’s fall from gravitas. He represents my state. He once employed my son. I’ve praised him for courageously saying what no one else would.
“Then Trump became president of the United States, and the real Lindsey Graham was never seen again. Suddenly, he was Trump’s puppy (my puppy loves golf-cart rides, too). One day, Lindsey’s seated at the kid’s debate table saying Trump is an ‘idiot‘ on foreign policy, and to ‘make America great again’ we should ‘tell Donald Trump to go to hell.’
“The next thing you know, Lindsey and Trump are bromancing.”
The senator’s main goal in life, Parker concludes, is to remain relevant in a town where the players change with each election. And Graham the “circus poodle” can only be marginally relevant if he continues to kiss Trump’s butt on a regular basis:
“Lindsey was reelected in 2020 and doesn’t have to genuflect to the Trump base for another four to five years. But power is hard to let go. Flattery from a president, though I wouldn’t know, is likely addictive. He said as much to Leibovich: ‘I have never been called this much by a president in my life … He’s asked me to do some things, and I’ve asked him to do some things in return.’ About Trump, he added: ‘I personally like him. We play golf. He’s very nice to me.'”
Lindsey Graham was elected to represent the people of the Palmetto State. At the moment, however, he’s just an obsequious suck up to a man who is despised by a majority of the American electorate.
Maybe Lindsey should marry Trump (or at the very least agree to be his concubine) so he can constantly be in close proximity to what passes for power these days in the Republican Party.