Lindsay Graham for President?

Here’s another possible person to throw into the 2016 Republican presidential nomination clown car: Sen. Lindsay Graham. In an interview with the Daily Caller, he said that he’s very disappointed in the current potential field because no other candidate gets the hard-on he gets over every war anyone suggests. And he might just jump in the race.

Graham has long been one of the most active and outspoken hawks in Congress. He has been a voluble critic of the Obama administration on a wide variety of national security issues—Guantánamo Bay, Benghazi, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Russia, Iran, and others. Unlike many of his colleagues, Graham often first seeks to engage the administration privately as it debates policy with the hope that he can help shape the outcome rather than just criticize it after the fact.

But Graham no longer trusts Obama enough to engage him on these matters.

In our interview, Graham repeatedly spoke of the challenges that will face the next president because of the mistakes made under Obama. And he suggested that he might just be the one to fix them.

“If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking​—​me and McCain have been talking​—​I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said.

Yeah, because Ted Cruz is just not quite hawkish enough for him. I think it would be great if Graham ran. He’d have no shot at all because the moderates think he’s too extreme on foreign policy and the conservatives think he’s too squishy on everything else because, every once in a while, he actually has a coherent thought.

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  • Doug Little

    I’ll bet John Stewart is salivating at the prospect, Lindsay is one of his favorites.

  • daved

    I imagine that the recurrent suspicions that Graham is gay would also sink him with the conservative base.

  • D. C. Sessions

    daved, that might be a problem in getting the nomination, but it wouldn’t have any effect in the general election.

  • daved

    DCS, I agree with you, but given the makeup of the GOP base these days, it seems like an insuperable obstacle to getting the nomination.

  • petemoulton

    I could never bring myself to vote for the hysterical Ms Lindsey. For anything. There’s just no way he could do any serious presidenting from under his bed.

  • dingojack

    “… if nobody’s out there talking​—​me and McCain have been talking​…”

    *ahem* Senator break it into two sentences:

    McCain has been talking. I have been talking.

    Therefore: ‘McCain and I have been talking’ or ‘I and McCain have been talking’.

    What are you a troglodyte? (‘Me have been talking’? Ug!, it shows the kind of president this fool would make). @@.

    Dingo

  • raven

    Graham has long been one of the most active and outspoken hawks in Congress.

    The More Wars platform.

    I don’t see that this is going to be too popular.

    1. The last few wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya didn’t accomplish much. Bush’s mistake destabilized an unstable region. Libya is in the midst of a civil war.

    2. We are suffering from Vietnam War syndrome. War weariness. If we do have to fight somewhere, it is going to be hard to get enough support.

    Bush made us less safe, not more safe!!! It was counterproductive.

  • raven

    The loose cannon and dark horse is Russia/Putin.

    No one really knows what he is doing. IMO, it is just a tribalism tactic, fighting wars to distract the Russian people from their problems, one of which is an authoritarian leader named…Putin.

    A lot of the former Soviet empires conquests are now NATO members and we can’t really afford to abandon them. In a worse case scenario, we could end up fighting WW 2.5 or III over Latvia or Poland or something.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The last few wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya didn’t accomplish much.

    On the contrary — not only did they get Shrub reelected, they’ve been the only economic stimulus packages that Congress would support.

    Besides, they made a lot of people buckets of money, and those people contribute to politicians. It matters.

    MOAR WAR!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’d be bizarro FDR:

     

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ FDR

     

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!!!” ~ Lindsay Graham

  • colnago80

    Re daved @ #2

    I imagine that the recurrent suspicions that Graham is gay would also sink him with the conservative base.

    Doesn’t seem to be an issue with switch hitting Rick Perry.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … every once in a while, he actually has a coherent thought.

    Citation(s) desperately needed.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    petemoulton @ 5

    Ms Lindsey

    Seriously?

  • D. C. Sessions

    TL, we might as well accept that this kind of jerkosity is going to be with us for a long, long time.

  • Loqi

    What’s the current record for number of wars started during a single term?

  • vmanis1

    I don’t really care whether Sen Graham is gay or not, though I do find Charles Pierce’s appelation, Sen. Huckleberry J. Butchmeup, quite amusing. But just imagine, suppose the unlikely occurred, and he actually became president. Suppose further that Sen McCain became ill or incapacitated. Then the U.S. would be in serious danger, as President ButchmeupGraham would be bereft of even the dim warmongering thoughts he gets from Sen McCain. It would be the Terry Schiavo case all over again, though this time it would not be the president advocating the brain-dead, it would be the president being the brain-dead.

  • vmanis1

    …advocating for the brain-dead…

  • freehand

    raven: Bush made us less safe, not more safe!!! It was counterproductive.

    .

    Counterproductive? Trillions were spent, billions of which made it into the pockets of the already-rich. Sounds like “mission accomplished” to me!

  • otrame

    vmanis1, it wouldn’t be the first time. My ex (an internist and cardiologist), not a man who paid much attention to such things, wandered into the living room one day during Reagan’s second election and saw a sound clip, where Reagan was fumbling around with an answer to a question, glancing nervously at his wife. My ex’s remark was “He’s got Alzheimer’s.” I asked him later if he was serious and he said, that though he obviously could not diagnose from a distance, it looked a hell of a lot like it to him. He also said he would be willing to bet the man’s doctor’s were worried about it.

    It is likely that at the very least we had someone else running the country in his second term. The rapidity with which his diagnosis was announced after the end of his second term is suggestive.

    Still, the idea that “the President” is a single entity who makes decisions has often been questionable, whether there was something medically wrong with the president or not. ***coughBush2cough***

  • Nick Gotts

    We are suffering from Vietnam War syndrome. – raven@7

    No, that’s the Vietnamese: still being born with disabilities caused by Agent Orange, and blown up by faulty American bombs.

  • dingojack

    “… blown up by faulty American bombs….”

    What are they supposed to do then?

    Dingo

  • Nick Gotts

    dingojack@21,

    I guess you’re joking, but in fact I’ll correct my statement – I believe it’s mostly American mines that are still killing Vietnamese people – and unlike bombs, they were not supposed to explode immediately on deployment.

  • colnago80

    Re Nick Gotts @ #20

    Well, currently, the situation between Vietnam and the US is let bygones be bygones. Vietnam is depending on US support to keep China off their backs. It should be recalled that Chinese troops invaded Vietnam shortly after the fall of Saigon on the excuse that the latter wasn’t paying back the debts incurred during the Vietnam War. They were as unsuccessful as France and the US were in bending the Vietnamese to their will and soon withdrew. I don’t know about Great Britain but one can find clothing made in Vietnam for sale in American stores like Target.

  • dingojack

    Nick – I say again (only a little bit LOUDER this time): what are they supposed to do, then?*

    :) Dingo

    ———–

    * Mining places (or bombing them) always leaves the dangers of unaccounted for and unexploded materials. Unfortunately the effect of these materials on the local population (most of the injured or killed in places like Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia are too young to even have parents who remember the war) is so terrible that facetiousness is the only recourse.

    If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry…

  • dingojack

    SLC – It should also be noted that Chinese attempts to invade and hold Namviet (a precursor to the modern state) in the 10th century was just as unsuccessful. Those who do not learn from history….

    Dingo

  • freehand

    dingojack: Those who do not learn from history….

    .

    And those who do learn from history are condemned to watch others repeat it.