A few days ago I wrote a post in which I made notice of Lindsey Graham’s sudden shift to the right following John McCain’s death. It was merely an observation.
Many of the republican senators are not conservative. Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, Maine’s Susan Collins, and Arizona’s Jeff Flake are but a few of the GOP lawmakers who have betrayed their party base repeatedly.
But Lindsey Graham is different. Graham had been a very conservative voice when he was in the House of Representatives. It was Graham who called for the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He was one of the House managers who presented the case for impeachment in the Senate trial.
The good senator from South Carolina was one of my favorite conservatives, until he moved to the United States Senate. And then suddenly, he became an apostate to his conservative base.
Why Graham’s shift to the center occurred was a mystery at the time. I was disappointed in this man who appeared to develop a change in his values over night. I didn’t know if he had bought a ticket on the Establishment’s power train, or like so many other elected officials, become a victim of blackmail.
Something was definitely different. Since his 2002 election to the senate, Graham had taken the chameleon challenge.
During his senate days, Graham became best pals with John McCain. He gave a tearful senate tribute to McCain upon his death. So, one would assume that he dearly loved the senator from Arizona who had been a traitor to his own party.
But I’m not so sure about that. Was McCain Lindsey Graham’s best friend or the bully who kept Lindsay in tow?
Relationships and friendships are often very complicated. And we know, without a doubt that John McCain was a very complex man. We have seen the videos of his tirades against those individuals who questioned him.
For all of the endearing testimonials that were showered upon McCain’s memory, John McCain was not a nice man. He was not to be challenged, called into question, or upstaged. Lawmakers treaded lightly around McCain.
Perhaps, it was no coincidence that when the conservative Lindsey Graham arrived in Washington, he made a sharp left turn, just as it was no coincidence that when the very conservative and brilliant Marco Rubio arrived in the senate, he walked back his conservative platform and immediately joined the Gang of Eight, which I contend has forever tainted his political career.
And to support my contention that Graham became McCain’s wing man, I point to events since McCain’s death in which Lindsey has taken his rightful conservative position back and become a voice for both President Trump and the conservative movement.
Graham is now a vocal advocate of “Making America Great Again.” He is openly accusing
the Left of instigating a soft coup against President Trump. And remember, when McCain was alive, Graham was very critical of Trump.
I can only speculate, but I am asserting that John McCain was not only a bully who manipulated republican lawmakers but intimidated them with whatever information he could gather on them.
And I am wondering if Lindsey Graham became his wing man in defense of his own political survival. Just how influential was John McCain with his ruthless tactics? Only time will tell.