“Today I wrote to the FBI about made-up ‘concerns’ because I want to change the subject away from *why* Stone was arrested, namely, for lying and concealing his efforts to COLLUDE with an intelligence arm of Russia in order to benefit the Trumo campaign.” https://t.co/wepdKKw1tP
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 31, 2019
Looking forward to debate on Sen. Graham's SB 24, the Excuse Me Did You Not Notice That He's White Act of 2019https://t.co/7yXuExQzlE
— AccomplishedTheHat (@Popehat) February 1, 2019
not many people remember Gyrocopter Guy at this point but Lindsey Graham was super angry that Capitol police didn't open fire on him in a crowded tourist area pic.twitter.com/V0uLHWWRxM
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) January 31, 2019
ME: Lindsey Graham isn't being blackmailed he's just an attention-starved warmonger who knows Trump is an easy mark…
*Graham stans for America's #1 ratfucker*
ME: …huh…well you know, I HAVE occasionally been wrong before. https://t.co/wcaTucKc5C
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) January 31, 2019
Digby, at Salon, has a milder interpretation:
… Graham thinks he’s able to manipulate Trump into doing his bidding. Indeed, according to a friend who knew Graham’s thinking, he literally made that cynical calculation… Someone who has the president’s ear is in a powerful position, and today Graham is closer to Trump than any other senator.
Graham has betrayed his alleged principles and maverick reputation across the board, even as he makes half-hearted efforts to present himself to the press as an independent thinker who breaks with the president when he disagrees with him. He often falls back on his traditional conservative hawk credentials on foreign policy, coming before the cameras and sighing deeply when Trump makes one of his impulsive, ill-informed national security decisions which the GOP establishment perceives as a bridge too far. Graham will say he thinks it’s a mistake and promises to talk to the president about it. Once in a while he’ll feel compelled to weakly criticize Trump’s crude behavior or blatant racism.
… Graham is walking a fine line and has to go beyond flattery to stay in the president’s good graces. It appears he’s discovered the best way to do that is to become a vicious, conspiracy-mongering attack dog. Trump will forgive almost anything if someone goes after his enemies with the same fervor he does…
Yeah, Graham has always seemed to be most comfortable as the Man Behind the Man on the Podium — remember his long partnership with ‘Maverick’ McCain — but his antics over the last year or so have become increasingly unglued.
Perhaps he’s just another indicator that the hardcore Suthrun Treason-in-Defense-of-Slavery throwbacks feel like they’re (at long last!) losing the argument?