Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sen. Lindsey Graham then and now - the shame of it

"In a political world getting more contentious by the day, with even greater divisions and an increasing lack of civility,” [Senator Lindsey] Graham said, “Joe Biden has always stood out.”

That was then, toward the end of Biden’s term as Vice President. Graham and Biden were the best of friends according to this story in the Washington Post: Joe Biden unloads on Lindsey Graham amid signs GOP senators will target Hunter.

This is now. Graham is f*cking over his previous best friend. How low will he go?

Former vice president Joe Biden lashed out Friday at Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, a longtime friend and once-close Republican ally, as Graham stepped up efforts with other GOP senators to make Biden’s son Hunter a focus of the impeachment proceedings.

The eruption shows how bitter the impeachment battle could become — personally enmeshing a top Democratic presidential candidate — as it shifts from a process controlled by House Democrats to one in which Senate Republicans attempt to reorient the focus toward Biden’s family.

Graham (R-S.C.) requested new documents Thursday from the State Department, attempting to uncover additional information related to Hunter Biden’s activities when he was on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

“Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he’s going to regret his whole life,” Joe Biden said on CNN. Asked by host Don Lemon what he would say to his longtime Senate colleague, Biden responded, “I say: ‘Lindsey, I just — I’m just embarrassed by what you’re doing, for you. I mean, my Lord.’ ”

Biden’s reaction Thursday also reflects how deeply Washington has changed in the brief time since he left public office — with Graham now aligning himself ever more closely with Trump and Biden still insisting that Republicans can leave the Trump era behind.

I am disappointed, and quite frankly I’m angered, by the fact — he knows me, he knows my son. He knows there’s nothing to this,” Biden said. “Trump is now essentially holding power over him that even the Ukrainians wouldn’t yield to. The Ukrainians would not yield to, quote, ‘investigate Biden’ — there’s nothing to investigate about Biden or his son.”

A Graham spokesman declined to comment and said the senator was unavailable.

Joe Biden’s campaign noted Friday that Republicans had never previously raised questions or concerns about Hunter Biden’s activities, doing so only when Trump began facing an impeachment threat.

“Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress for most of the last five years and said or did nothing to indicate they thought that this warranted attention,” said Andrew Bates, a Biden campaign spokesman. “As recently as a few weeks ago, Lindsey Graham said that such an investigation would be a circus. What changed?”

He added, “Lindsey Graham has forfeited his conscience to escape a primary.”

As part of a series of tributes just before Biden’s term as vice president ended, Graham lavished praised on Biden, called him “a fierce competitor” who “never takes the fight too far.”

If Graham wants to go after children of Biden, let him also go after the children of Trump.

Lyndon Johnson would not have been surprised by Sen. Graham’s perfidy.

LBJ: Trump does not pass the hound’s tooth test.

I’ll let him speak from the grave. During The Last Days of the President, Lyndon Johnson [quoting] gave his outgoing Cabinet members a … sobering, kind of advice: “Each of you had better leave this town clean as Eisenhower’s hound’s tooth. The first thing Democrats do when they take power is find where the control levers are. But the first thing Republicans do is investigate Democrats. I don’t know why they do it but you can count on it.”)

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