“The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.”and:
“Everything I'm doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement's at ”
Why is Graham “reaching out” to a group that he believes will die out and who, by his own admission, he shares none of the values of? I answered that question in my previous post:
How long are we going to stomach the Snowes, Collins and Grahams in our midst simply because the stick an (R) at the end of the names? These people are politicians for pity sake. They aren't going to change unless the one thing they actually care about, their re-election, is threatened.Graham is looking around and suddenly he has noticed the demise of long term RINOs like himself who failed to take the electorate seriously. What do you think Graham cares more about (a)being re-elected or (b)amnesty for illegals?; (a) being re-elected or (b) Cap and Trade?; (a) being re-elected or (b) Gitmo? If you picked (a) all three times give yourself a gold star.
Graham doesn’t face re-election until 2014. We will see, by his voting record, between now and then whether he takes the Tea Party seriously or whether he is just shining them on. My guess is that he will put his re-election chances ahead of any ideology he might have. No way he wants to be the next Murkowski.