Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Lindsay Graham, He Talks The Talk

But he just can't walk the walk.

Senator Graham (R-SC) is a member of the gang of fourteen, he stood with John McCain in objecting to the Presidents ideas about torture and legal protections, he is even now questioning the state of affairs in Iraq.

"We're on the verge of chaos, and the current plan is not working," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in an Associated Press interview. U.S. and Iraqi officials should be held accountable for the lack of progress, said Graham, a Republican who is a frequent critic of the administration's policies.

Asked who in particular should be held accountable - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, perhaps, or the generals leading the war - Graham said: "All of them. It's their job to come up with a game plan" to end the violence.

The trouble is, Lindsay is all talk, and no action. He like to think of himself as a voice of reason, a sane nonpartisan Senator in a hyper partisan DC. The truth is, while he claims to stand for his principals, when the chips are down, he folds. He (and McCain) folded, and gave the President the power to torture, to imprison for ever, to arrest without judicial review, then claimed this is what they wanted all along.

Sen. Graham (R-SC) now wants to find someone to blame for this failed invasion. He just needs to look in a mirror. He, and all the other Senate republicans (and a few democrats), have failed to perform any oversight. They have refused to do their job, and assure that the administration was staffed with qualified people, they have refused to look into shortcomings in performance, they have excused failures great and small.

He, like every Republican in D,C has been a rubberstamp for the policies, plans, and schemes of the Bush administration. While he likes to pretend that he has stood apart, the truth is, he has talked the talk, but when pressed, he was unable to walk the walk. When it was time for the hard choice, when it was time to take actions, Lindsay couldn't do it, he fell in line and joined the other Republicans in DC and rubberstamped whatever he was told to stamp.



Trenchy said...

I saw LG at Starbucks last week... I wanted to say thanks for trying to take a stand on Iraq and I also wanted to say please do not take the cap off of social security taxes... I was having a tough time trying to figure out how I could approach two broad subjects at once and then I reailzed he was wearing a "LG for Senate cap AND shirt" and then I laughed and thought... what's the point?

Anonymous said...

I voted for him based on recommendations of friends from Anderson who know him well (moderate Democrats), in spite of my reservations about his salacious role in the Clinton impeachment. Still, never having been a fan of the Reagan Clone from Hope, I swallowed my doubts and pulled the level. And damn if he didn't turn out to be just as bad as I feared! DeMint just babbles incoherently in the corner about Jesus and gay teachers, not really doing any harm, since nobody has any idea that he's there anyway. But Graham has positioned himself as a leader. Only he's not really brave enough to lead.

Never again, bro. Never again.

dancewater said...

I ran into Graham in the halls of the US Senate last month and told him about my concerns about the bloodbath (which we now know as a genocide) in Iraq. He pats my on the shoulder and says "I think I know what I am doing."

So, everytime a news article comes out where he criticizes the ongoing plans in Iraq, I print it up and ask him how come HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING?

yeap, he started this mess and he is as responsible as anyone.

Some people were fooled by the McCain/Graham act about standing up to Bush on torture, even a friend of mine who is a school teacher and a Democrat and should know way better!