The GOP Little Shop of Horrors (candidates field) increased when Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) decided he would seek the party's presidential nomination.
"I am running because I think the world is falling apart," said Graham, in a clever use of the political "Chicken Little" pitch.
Please Lindsey, don't do us any favors.
The U.S. Senator made the statement of his intention to run for president in a TV interview last month on "CBS This Morning," and said he would officially announce his candidacy from his hometown of Central, South Carolina as of June 1.
During an Iowa Republican Party Forum Graham quipped he sought the world's top job because as he put it, "You get a house, a car and a plane. It's a pretty good gig."
Is there a specific word in the English language for a person who attempts to be humorous to show artificially they're witty and humble, but in doing so instead reveal the Freudian truth they're a materialistic, grasping glory hound who can't perceive the ludicrousness of their own accidentally truthful remarks.
I think the word for that is simply a "buffoon."
What's important is that Lindsey Graham is a noted war hawk who like Big John McCain never saw a war he didn't like. In fact Graham has quite a military service record unlike most Republicans (excepting McCain) who have avoided service, particularly combat, like the plague. In 2004 Graham received a promotion to colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in a White House ceremony hosted by then-President George W. Bush, himself a National Guard vet who skipped meetings to work on political campaigns and to avoid having to serve in Vietnam.
During his active duty Graham was mostly a military attorney and a judge advocate in his home state of South Carolina where he briefed pilots heading to combat during the Gulf War on the laws of war. He also served for short periods in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thus, he gave advice and counsel on what he didn't personally experience himself, war up close and personal.
If elected president he (like George W. Bush) will be only too happy to send soldiers to do what he managed to avoid himself.
Now that's patriotism.
Graham is renowned for his "Interventionist" military stance along with McCain and former "Ultra Conservative" Democratic Senator Joe Liberman. The three were labeled "The Three Amigos." That means potentially that if Graham were elected president and McCain vice president, literally any country in the world could find itself at war with the U.S., with perhaps the exception of Israel and Switzerland.
Make that just Israel.
As mentioned above Graham is noted for his predictions of Armageddon that don't come true. He predicted that if the U.S. didn't invade Syria the "World would blow up."
It hasn't. It's still here.
He also said "Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war."
Isn't it marvelous when a politician expresses admiration for the Constitution but only if it's convenient? Graham has been a strong advocate of emergency powers (National Defense Authorization Act) in which the government could throw you in jail and toss the key and leave you to rot in the Bastille without trial or attorney based merely on suspicion.
This from an attorney.
Graham in the past stated that taxes need to be raised to get the country out of debt, but during his presidential run watch him say "No new taxes" and leave out the last part, "unless I'm elected."
That tactic if you'll recall worked wonders for George Bush Senior.