This election year, Lindsey Graham has the weakest foothold of all Republican incumbents in the U.S. Senate, according to results of a poll released on Sept. 7. The 2014 “Battleground Tracker,” conducted by YouGov.com on behalf of the New York Times and CBS News, finds the South Carolina senator to have confirmed support from only 37 percent of voters in the state. Another five percent say they are currently leaning toward the incumbent, but can’t confirm their votes for Graham.
On July 31, the House of Representatives voted 225-201 to file a lawsuit against the president because, they say, Obama abused his power by issuing multiple executive orders. No Democrats voted for it, of course, and all but five Republicans did.
But Speaker Boehner and other House Republicans must think the public is ignorant - Obama's issued far less EOs than other presidents. And this Congress keeps setting records for lowest productivity every year, leaving the president with no other choice but executive orders.
They go right into his very own pockets -
Millions use Twitter to communicate, pontificate and extrapolate, and so do political campaigns simply for its provision of a cost-free stump to stand on and speak to voters. And so does Thomas Ravenel, the newly-declared candidate for U.S. Senate in the race to unseat Lindsey Graham, with his @ThomasRavenel account.
But sometimes, though, those uncensored Twitter accounts can be used to issue strange comments and offer questionable links. And that’s what it appears the already-confirmed-to-be-questionable T-Rav did just the other day from his.
On the evening of July 10, Ravenel (or someone using his account) quickly submitted 12 tweets in rapid succession. Each of the tweets went to three different persons, and each message offered a link of a URL-shortening and redirecting format.
Chris Lawton, an upstate Republican and Greenville Tea Party member, publicly requested on July 12 that the South Carolina Republican Party censure its incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham. He provides a long list of complaints, complete with documenting links, in today’s posting on Libertarian-leaning FITS News, too.
There are many irregularities in Lawton’s complaints, though. For example, they take an ends-only stretch, hitting both ends of the pole without stopping once in the middle. Graham’s wrong for not supporting appointment of a water-torture approving judge, for example (yes, the censure actually says that), and he’s wrong for not actively discriminating against Muslims (yes, it says that, too) – but Graham’s also wrong for supporting the NSA’s spying on citizens. So which is it, Lawton? Is the senator “Liberal Lindsey” or far-right neocon?
Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama on July 8. The charges, she specified in her op/ed to Breitbart News, would be based on current transport of minor-aged illegal immigrants to California. What Palin overlooks, however, is that these circumstances result from legislation originating from former president George W. Bush.
House Speaker John Boehner’s repeated threat to sue President Obama isn’t just laughed at by the White House alone. And not just by national media. And not just by your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, in-laws, and practically everyone else on the planet, either. Even far-right activists like Erick Erickson are criticizing Boehner for this latest antic.
Typical of his M.O., Erickson doesn’t pull any punches in his criticism, either. In a July 7 entry, the Editor in Chief of RedState.com says this latest, pointless trick only demonstrates that Boehner (and all House Republicans, he specifies) are absent of any “testicular fortitude(.)”
Unemployment in the U.S. is currently at its lowest rate in six years, which would ordinarily be an indicator of economic improvement. That’s not how Charles Payne of the Fox Business Network takes it, though, Media Matters recently reported. According to Payne, this recent job growth could be bad because, he said, it’s putting the stock market at risk.
See Payne’s Twitter message from July 3: