Barely two hours after the now-celebrated outburst of Sen. Lindsey Graham Thursday denouncing Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee for their treatment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavenaugh, Democrats in Graham’s homestate of South Carolina were already raising money to defeat the three-term senator—even though he is not up for election until 2020.
Recalling how accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford recounted how she was “held down on a bed and groped while a drunk Brett Kavanaugh tried to take off her clothes,” an on-line solicitation from the South Carolina Democratic Party decries how “Lindsey declared that Kavanaugh was a victim” and “threw a tantrum during a Senate hearing.”
“We have to beat him and Republicans like him,” concludes the Democratic missive, “Donate if you can and help us defeat Lindsey in two years.”
Even conservatives in the Palmetto State who have disagreed with Graham’s maverick stances on issues such as campaign finance and climate change rallied to his defense.
To a person, they predicted Graham would emerge even stronger as a result of his spirited remarks on the Kavanaugh nomination.
“Lindsey Graham took a beating at home for voting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor because as he said they were qualified, not that he liked their qualifications,” former State Republican Chairman Katon Dawson told Newsmax.
Dawson added that “Senator Graham plays fair and he saw the Democrats not doing that, So he called them out for it and South Carolina voters will reward and praise him for his conduct today.”
“Lindsey is astute and street-smart,” concluded former Rep. John Napier, R.-S.C., “He is very much in tune with the majority of South Carolinians in wating to see fair play.”
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