In a country packed with hyper-partisanship and gerrymandering, it’s getting more and more rare to see Senators and House Representatives pay a political price for their actions. In the 2020 election, Lindsey Graham’s hypocrisy regarding Supreme Court nominees might be the clearest example of the chickens coming home to roost other than the Presidential race itself.
It’s well documented that back in 2016, Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, backed a controversial decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to block confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland.
Garland, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia was chosen 269 days before the election. Enough of a time span that Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham both insisted the nomination process not be conducted until after the election took place.
Fast forward more than four years and liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies a mere 46 days before the next election. Republicans, with most of the main gang on board, are now doing everything in their power to confirm Ginsburg’s opposite, religious conservative Amy Coney Barrett. Lindsey Graham’s Hypocrisy, along with the rest of the party, has come full circle.
The Senate seats in many of these Republican’s States are safe and sound, including that of Majority Leader McConnell. Graham, however, is in deep trouble. He is currently tied in the polls with his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.
If Ginsburg were still alive, it’s highly likely that seat in South Carolina would still be safely in Republican hands. Nevertheless, Graham’s Hypocrisy has angered many in the state and lit a fire under Harrison’s campaign.
The Democratic challenger just smashed a record by raising $57 million in the third quarter of this year. Compare that to the previous record of $38.1 million held by Beto O’Rourke when he faced off and lost to Ted Cruz in Texas.
Graham said it best himself when he went on the air on Fox News to beg for money. “This money is because they hate my guts,” Graham said on Fox & Friends. A few hours later he told Sean Hannity, “They’re killing me moneywise. Help me. You did last week. Help me again.” Graham has clearly become a desperate man.
A recent Quinnipiac poll had each candidate receiving 48% of the vote, but the tide continues to change. Apparently, according to Graham, Harrison raised $6 million in the 72 hours following Ginsburg’s passing and when it became clear the Senator was going back on his word.
I don’t know the man’s politics or policies, but a Harrison triumph would be a bitter-sweet victory for liberals who had to lose an iconic Justice to have it happen. Hopefully, if he’s elected, he’ll accomplish great things in her memory and not practice the same hypocrisy that has enveloped much of Washington. Lindsey Graham’s Hypocrisy mustn’t be repeatable.