Lindsey Graham can win in ’16 … depending on what you mean by ‘win’

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I know this news may shock you, but a lot of people who run for president of the United States never have an actual shot at winning. On rare occasions, they even have the humility to realize it.

Sometimes they run to make themselves more famous, and thus more marketable. Others, though, do it because they think they have something important that needs to be said. Sen. Lindsey Graham may fall into that second category.

Graham says that there’s a “98.6 percent chance” that he will run for president, even though he has to know that there’s a 99.6 percent chance that he would lose. However, he seems genuinely motivated by the opportunity to say some things that need saying, at least in his mind.

On foreign policy, he wants to push the country and his party even further to the right, having seldom if ever encountered a situation that couldn’t be improved by bombing or invading another country. Running as a Republican, that’s not exactly a message that will be unwelcome, or that needs another person to say it.

But on immigration?

“If I were the president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” Graham said.

“You would have a long, hard path to citizenship… but I want to create that path because I don’t like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help,” he added. “That’s not who we are.”

That’s exactly right. Without a path to citizenship, we consign 11 million people to perpetual second-class citizenship, eligible to do the hard, dirty jobs that the rest of us don’t want to do while never having the chance to get a college degree, vote or become full-fledged members of society. As Graham puts it, “that’s not who we are.”

And if the Republicans don’t change their party line on that issue, Graham says, they commit political suicide. “The only way we lose (in 2016) is if we beat ourselves,” Graham says, “and we’re getting creamed with non-white voters.” Given demographic trends, the situation will  get worse with each additional presidential cycle.

That is not going to be a popular position in GOP presidential debates, to say the least. The modern Republican Party is built on a foundation of rigid conformity to the party line, and it does not tolerate apostasy very well. Just ask Marco Rubio, who has had to beat a hasty retreat on immigration in order to return to the good graces of the party base.

But somebody in the party has to push back. Somebody in the party has to say the things that need to be said and more importantly that need to be heard, and that person is almost always somebody like Graham, who doesn’t stand a real chance of winning and thus risks little by offering candor. (Bernie Sanders is playing a similar role for the Democrats this cycle.)

Graham would not make a good president. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t do his party and his country a great service by playing a very different but necessary role as speaker of inconvenient truths.

 

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LeninTime
LeninTime

It's not in the interests of the frauds that pass for 'leaders' in the West, starting with Barack Obama, to recognize the Allies' debt to the Soviet Union in World War II.

So they make sure the comemmoration gets ignored, the better to keep their people in ignorance.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Funny stuff from Mack Butler's highly amusing Facebook page:


To clarify HB 592 only encourages debate on scientific theories! Nothing is mandated. I don't understand all the profanity laced emails from a few liberals I'm receiving about this bill. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex


@LeninTime 

Jeez, these guys still roll tanks down the street in celebration?

Someone get Shirtless Wonder a press agent.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

elizabeth warren may not like big bu$ine$$ but $he'$ doing pretty good off of them.

fedup52
fedup52

@IReportYouWhine#1 I hate most of my customers (big businesses) but happy to take their green backs.  Happiness depends how much I can screw them out of their account into mine.

You cons really don't understand how capitalism works.  Pathetic smucks.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

David Cameron will use the Conservative Party’s first majority in the House of Commons for nearly 20 years to “deliver” on a radical agenda to cut welfare, shrink the size of the state and re-define Britain’s relationship with Europe.


So now it's considered "radical" to contribute to society, keep law and order and pay your bills, eh?


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/unshackled-from-coalition-partners-tories-get-ready-to-push-radical-agenda-10237611.html

honested
honested

@IReportYouWhine#1 

Is it radical to pursue policies that stifle living wages, enhance poverty and above all ensure wealth transfer to the top?

Nope, it's just following the 'American Model'.

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

@honested @IReportYouWhine#1


stifle living wages - From the party that imports millions upon millions of low wage foreigners.


enhance poverty - From the party that steals 90% of their charity money for themselves.


ensure wealth transfer - From the party whose presidential candidate takes bribe money from our enemies and is a hillionaire.


Think, man.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@IReportYouWhine#1 

From the party that imports millions upon millions of low wage foreigners.

Ronaldo Reaganendez' 1986 amnesty says, "What?"

Kamchak
Kamchak

@IReportYouWhine#1 

And how many of the estimated 10-20 million illegals currently here in the U.S. came here in the 80s, sport?

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

@Kamchak @IReportYouWhine#1


There was just one problem — the 1986 reform didn't work. The law was supposed to put a stop to illegal immigration into the United States once and for all. Instead, the exact opposite happened. The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the country soared, from an estimated 5 million in 1986 to 11.1 million today.


We call this "learning from your mistakes," not doing them over and over again.


We're not insane, like you are.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@IReportYouWhine#1 

Do you have any data on the industries directly affected by illegals such as construction, lawn services, hotel/motel workers, etc.?

Thanks in advance.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@IReportYouWhine#1 

Comprehend much?

My dear, sweet, kind, clueless Andy-poo -- I've worked construction since the late 70s, so I was on the front lines and witnessed first hand the issue of illegal immigrants and their role in stagnant wages.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@IReportYouWhine#1 

 average income

Three guys are in a bar -- two minimum wage earners and Bill Gates.

The two minimum wage earners per year -- $7.25 x 2080 x 2 = $30,160

Bill Gates per year -- $3,710,000,000

$3,710,000,000 + $30,160 = $3,710,030,160

$3,710,030,160 divided by 3 = $1,236,676,720

Average yearly income for the 3 guys in the bar = $1,236,676,720.

My dear, kind, sweet, gentle, thoroughly brain-washed Andy-poo -- those two minimum wage earners do not make $1 billion plus per year.

Just sayin'.



PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@IReportYouWhine#1 

Got to love seeing someone who wouldn't know the difference between a Member of Parliament and a Privy Counsellor think UK politics is similar to the US.

Normd
Normd

I keep wondering how a blog about anything else always ends up on Hillary...but then I get it.  The GOP is afraid of women and a strong woman like Hillary makes 'em wet their pants...I think I'll buy some stock from the makers of Depends...it's a long time to November 2016...lol

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@Normd I keep wondering why a blog which hasn't ended up all about Hillary is considered to be one by you.

honested
honested

@Normd 

Got to give 'em a break.

After all, this last week was "sure losers announcement week" in which the kooks who don't have a chance get their 15 minutes before they go back into hiding for 4 years.

Next come the really scary ones (likely 2nd place finishers) that remind Americans why the prefer Democratic Presidents.

In the meantime, they will keep carping about President Clinton because they have been conditioned to do so.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

par for the course from these sociopaths, not sure why anyone would be surprised... but still. Pretty gross stuff.


http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/05/08/gov-scott-concedes-that-earlier-medicaid-support-was-a-ruse/


TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Gov. Rick Scott, after his mother’s death in 2013, went on TV to explain his decision to drop his strongly-held opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Scott said his mother’s death changed his perspective and he could no longer “in good conscience” oppose expanding health care coverage to nearly 1 million Floridians.

Scott conceded this week that was all a ruse. He now says his support for Medicaid expansion was a calculated move designed to win support from the Obama administration for the state’s proposal to hand over control of Medicaid to private insurance companies. At the time, he denied that his support was tied to a deal with the federal government.

Now that he’s succeeded in privatizing Medicaid, Scott is again railing against Medicaid expansion and is suing the federal government for allegedly forcing it on him.

---


Other pulling off a double cross and using his own mother's death to make the lie seem credible, I'm sure he's a really great guy, though.

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@Visual_Cortex Gee, I'm wondering who is lying here. Here's the rest of the story NOT quoted by Visual:

"Gov. Scott’s office, in response to the story, put out a statement Friday afternoon that reads:

“The AP incorrectly characterized the Governor’s comments yesterday.  The Governor was asked by an AP reporter whether or not his support for Medicaid expansion in 2013 was a ‘lie.’  Governor Scott answered the question by discussing that he came out in support of Medicaid expansion, only if it was fully federally funded, at the same time the federal government granted Florida a waiver to let the state reform its Medicaid system.  Unfortunately, the AP editorialized the Governor’s statement.”

It's always cherry-picking season for many people on the Bookman blog.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Today's howler from the Fox "News" homepage:


'ANTI-WHITE RACISM'?


(look, "some people say," all right?)

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

and I'm sure it's just a coinkiedink that this garbage story just happens to appear just below a pic/story about that uppity Baltimore prosecutor.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Why would any sensible person give that filthy propaganda outfit gratuitous click-thrus?

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

 Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in a 15-page “Interim Progress Update” released on the one-year-anniversary of the committee’s creation, blamed the Obama administration for delays in the panel’s probe.

“It is difficult to conduct a fact-centric congressional investigation when the Administration impedes the Committee’s progress by repeatedly failing to answer the Committee’s requests or to provide information in a timely manner,” wrote the South Carolina Republican.

“The largest impediment to being able to write the final, definitive accounting of what happened before, during and after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi is the Executive Branch itself.”


Any questions?


http://www3.blogs.rollcall.com/218/benghazi-news-gowdy-huma-abedin/

IReportYouWhine#1
IReportYouWhine#1

The only thing that's warming is the space between your ears. The government has rotted your mind and the composting process is at work.

JoelEdge
JoelEdge

"we consign 11 million people to perpetual second-class citizenship,"

Then they can go back to heir home country and be first class citizens. With all the talent and potential that these people (supposedly) possess, I'm surprised Mexico, Honduras, etc. aren't shining examples of dynamic growth with well fed populations and superbly educated children.

dbm1
dbm1

@JoelEdge 

The political systems of those countries are doing a lot to hold them back.  We can't fix their political systems, but we can fix ours.  One fix we need to make is to recognize people's right to come here.