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Defeated McCaskill confirms Lindsey Graham’s renewed conservatism is REAL

(National SentinelRe-transformation: By the time Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina threw his hat into the crowded field of GOP presidential contenders during the 2016 election cycle, most conservatives had long written him off as a committed RINO.

And that’s how he would govern if he were elected president, conservatives said. We’d seen him cross over to the Democrats on far too many occasions, especially when it came to the issue of immigration.

While he was never full-on in support of open borders, he would often side with Democrats who wanted to provide a ‘path to citizenship’ for illegal immigrants who had broken our laws to get into the country — a path that would give the party of the donkey millions of new supporters. It was an approach that earned him the nickname “Lindsey Grahamnesty.”

But in recent weeks we’ve seen a distinctly different Sen. Graham. He appears as though he’s regained his conservative bona fides. He’s no longer portraying himself as the squishy RINO he had become. He’s a staunch defender of POTUS Donald Trump. And he’s not giving an inch border security.

The turning point seems to have been the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings, which saw him launch into an epic condemnation of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee who had obviously conspired to derail Kavanaugh’s nominations by any means necessary, including destroying the man and his family.

Who can soon forget this:

Was it just a one-time show? Or was that a (re-)defining moment for Graham?




Judging by what defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said during an interview with NPR on Friday, we can deduce that the latter is true.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported, McCaskill said said she is irked that Democrats turned Republican senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) into an enemy during those hearings.

“People have black armbands on around the Democratic caucus, because it feels like we’ve lost Lindsey Graham,” she said. “He is someone who was willing to step outside that bubble from time to time and really do the hard work on issues like immigration. We’re mourning right now because we fear he’s gone.”

Further evidence of just how deeply the Democratic deceit involving Kavanaugh affected Graham, he even traveled to Missouri to campaign against McCaskill on behalf of GOP Sen.-elect Josh Hawley — though in the past he never campaigned against an incumbent senator.

“I like Claire, but I love the country more,” he said after delivering remarks during a Hawley rally.

He also didn’t give her a free pass for not publicly piling on Kavanaugh during his confirmation battle, saying she is “somebody that quietly sits on the sidelines while the mob gathers.”

Graham’s also got a new reputation as the “Trump whisperer” — a nickname given to him by The Blaze‘s Pat Gray — because he has become an ardent defender of, and unofficial adviser to, POTUS Donald Trump after becoming one of the original #neverTrumpers during the 2016 election cycle.

“I regret that he didn’t have more time with President Trump,” Graham told The Associated Press in September after his longtime friend, the late Sen. John McCain, a vocal #neverTrumper, passed away from cancer.

The South Carolina Republican noted McCain was able to forgive his captors during the Vietnam War. “Who knows what would have happened over time?”

If nothing else, the re-transformation of Graham from a RINO back into a rock-solid conservative, especially on the issue of illegal immigration, is more proof that the Left destroys everything it touches, including long-standing relationships.

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4 Comments on Defeated McCaskill confirms Lindsey Graham’s renewed conservatism is REAL

  1. As Christians we are required to believe in redemption and forgiveness. As pragmatic politicos we accept allies where we find them. Lindsey Graham has shown himself to be a thoughtful and right thinking public servant. I tend to think John McCain had him fooled.

    Fortunately the good folks in Carolina have shown him the light. He is with and for us now. I believe him and am grateful for his assistance, happy to have him on our side. Lindsey is no hack politician. He is flag officer material and I will gladly follow him, volunteer to follow him where ever he will lead me. He’s in the fight and lucky we are to have him

  2. Gregory Jordan // December 1, 2018 at 4:16 pm // Reply

    I’ll believe it when I see some of his votes on things that matter. Until then it’s theatre as far as I’m concerned.

    • People have short memories. Graham has been a betrayer of conservatism for many years. He attacked Trump numerous times the past 2 years. He is an amnesty fanatic. We do not take seriously any analysis from McCaskill.

  3. @Gregory — yeah but his indignation and seemingly genuine convictions and fiery rhetoric might have helped solidify support for Kavanaugh. Don’t forget that Flake, Collins, and even Democrat Manchin ended up voting to confirm, and public opinion was strongly in-line with Graham’s sentiments and disfavorable toward the sleazy underhanded Democrat tactics.

    Hopefully this paradigm shift “took.” It’s not the first indicator in recent weeks that Graham finally found a backbone and has buried some old tired hatchets and axes to grind. I’m inclined to be optimistic.

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