The Arlen Specter of the south feels the heat

Lindsey Graham reportedly says in a forthcoming profile in the New York Times that the Tea Party movement is “unsustainable” and will “die out” because it lacks vision. What Graham means, of course, is that the movement doesn’t share his centrist vision. (Graham has felt the wrath of the movement in South Carolina where, for example, he was censured by the Lexington County Republican Party for supporting climate change legislation).
Graham also states, according to Politico, that the GOP has shifted so far to the right that Ronald Reagan would have trouble getting elected in today’s party. This is a ridiculous claim. The Republican party’s most recent nominee for president, Graham’s pal, John McCain, is well to the left of Reagan as, of course, is Graham. McCain also looks to be on the brink of beating off a challenge from the right in conservative Arizona.
Graham is obviously preening for the New York Times. What else is new?
I don’t know whether the Tea Party movement will die out. But I sure hope it hangs on long enough to take down Lindsey Graham.
JOHN adds: I love the phrase “climate change legislation.” Anyone who thinks we can legislate a change in the climate is, in my view, a fool. Which sums up Lindsey Graham pretty well.

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