Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently told Politico the following:
“If we lose this election there is only one explanation — demographics. … If I hear anybody say it was because Romney wasn’t conservative enough I’m going to go nuts. We’re not losing 95 percent of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we’re not being hard-ass enough.”
The thing is, he’s absolutely right. People will say that Romney wasn’t conservative enough, and the reason will have been that when you try to tell people that the issues that matter to them shouldn’t matter to them, so vote against those things, you inevitably will lose.
The same goes for the gender gap. The same goes for LGBT Americans, despite the ridiculous “feelings” that the Log Cabin Republicans have. Telling young, non-white, non-straight, non-Christian non-men that really they ought to be worried about taking care of old, white, straight, Christian men is not a winning strategy, at least not long term.
The problem, of course, is that Graham is a part of this very issue he’s complaining about. He’s stood rock-ribbed with every filibuster and supported his party in their every nutty idea. He’s not some sort of stand out figure in a sea of ridiculousness, he’s an elder statesman of the GOP who could be counted on time and time again to make the decision that has lead to the situation he now decries.
But, of course, he’s up for re-election in 2014 and it’s never too early to start positioning yourself as a moderate. But let us not forget that this is a guy who sits next to Jim DeMint, King of Hardasses, every day at work and has yet to turn to him and say, “You’re being a racist prick and this will make minorities think we’re Klansmen. I’m not voting with you, buddy.” Rhetoric is the least weapon in Lindsey Graham’s arsenal, and it’s the only one he’s willing to employ, ideally during a time when everybody is busy talking about tomorrow’s election.