On October 12, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was greeted with heckling by a crowd of Tea Party activists and libertarians at one of his Town Hall meetings. Graham was put on defensive about his voting record on issues like climate change and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. When he asserted that he is “not going to leave the Republican Party” but “grow it”, he was met with jeers and shouts of “Ron Paul!”
In response, Graham said, “I love this party; I’m not going to let it be hijacked by Ron Paul.”
The Republican Party isn’t where it is today because of party members like Ron Paul; rather, because of spineless partisans like Lindsey Graham. Lindsey Graham says “if you don’t like it, you can leave”.
This kind of “with us or against us” rhetoric is what turns people away and breaks coalition
Lindsey Graham needs to understand that I too love this party. Despite people like Lindsey Graham, I’m not going to leave the party and I’m not going to let the party be hijacked by Lindsey Graham. If you don’t like it, Lindsey, you can leave.
Kevin E. Deuwel, a RLC member, is a student at George Washington University and a native of Sacramento, California. He blogs at Free Libertas.