The GOP Looks a Little Flushed Lately


In April, former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) switched his party affiliation to caucus with the Democrats after being targeted by right-wing activists and others within the GOP. Shortly before his departure, an anti-Obama tea party rally focused its attention at Specter, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh demanded that Specter be “flushed” out of the party. A campaign with the theme “Benedict Arnold” subsequently harassed Specter for voting for the stimulus.

Now, after voting to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and expressing a willingness to build a compromise approach to clean energy legislation, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears to be the new target of tea party activists. At a Graham town hall in Greenville yesterday, activist Harry Kimball of “RINO HUNT” protested by constructing a display that depicted Graham, as well as moderates like Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), being flushed down a toilet:

KIMBALL: This is for every RINO who has failed to represent us. […] [the toilet represents] flushing them, flushing them.

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One attendee of the event asked the senator, “when are you going to announce that you are switching parties?” The question drew loud applause from the crowd. Graham defended himself, and denounced the influence of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) on the Republican party:

GRAHAM: I’m going to grow this party, I’m not going to let it get [inaudible], I’m not going to let it be hijacked by Ron Paul. […] I’m going to find people in Maine, Delaware, Illinois, other places–

AUDIENCE: Move there!

GRAHAM: That can win as Republicans, and I’m going to go up, and we’re going to move this party, and this country forward, and if you don’t like it, you can leave.

Graham’s fellow South Carolina senator Jim DeMint (R) was an outspoken proponent of ejecting Specter from the Republican Party. DeMint told a conservative blogger Specter “cut our knees from under us.” He added that conservatives in the Senate need to aggressively “go after” Specter and other GOP moderates.

Update According to the newspaper The State, Graham repeatedly responded to those who accused him of being a “traitor” to “chill out.”

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31 responses to “The GOP Looks a Little Flushed Lately

  1. Looks like the teabaggers are mad because Lindsey-poo “votes like a girl.”

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    • 😆 i, for one, am very glad you couldn’t.

      • writechic

        OMG, Lindsey has never looked better! He obviously missed his calling in burlesque or the drag queen circuit.

      • The teabaggers can smell weakness and they’ve pounced like sharks on a wimp like Lindsey Graham.
        They don’t care what he says or does, they have a taste for blood that must be fed.
        Republicans like Lindseypoo fanned the flames of these teabagging freaks and they should have expected this.
        I love it.
        The Democrats just laugh at the baggers, so they’ve turned their focus to fraidy cat Republicans.

        • it’s a bit of poetic justice. the whole teabagger crap started with capt underpants’s choice for veep. princess stirred up the white trash element, and the teabagger movement was born. now, capt u’s little boyfriend is one of their targets, and it won’t be long until they turn their sites on capt u. how amusing to watch them eat their own.

  2. writechic

    How awesome that the Senator from South Carolina is having to deal with the monsters he helped bring out of the woodwork.

    Love his lame response, if you don’t like the party, the country, leave it. So weak.

    • payback can be such a mofo! dr. frankenstein, meet your monsters. lindseypoo, suzie q, and limpy may not have been stoking the flames, but they never came out and condemned the behavior of the teabaggers. i guess they don’t care who they attack, unless it’s them.

  3. I keep hearing Circus music— is it coming from the big tent???
    It would be comical if it were not so pathetic.

  4. Clean energy legislation is now “fightin’ words”?

    Toxic sludge is REALLY where it’s at— that explains the Rush Limbaugh factor!

    • everything is fightin’ words. if the dems said the sky is blue, the teabaggers would say it’s green. and then they would hate the sky, because they don’t like anything that’s green.

  5. jeb

    I for one support their flushing efforts and hope they keep flushing until all the turds are gone.

  6. after a long day – i knew you could entertain me — lindsay poo is looking very natalie wood “let me entertain you”

  7. down here, neon vincent!! sorry, only 10 comments allowed in a thread.

    thanks for the link. i heard something on tv about the jew comment, but i missed who it was about. can’t say it surprised me. my sisters and i went to south carolina a few years ago with thoughts of moving there. we were driving around and looking at houses with a real estate agent. my sister asked her where to meet single men, and the agent replied that church is the best place. i said that i was jewish. she got flustered and the next thing out of her mouth was about the number of banks around. 🙄

  8. was it the word flaming next to lindsey

    also the jewish comment was from some local politicians in so carolina, in defense of uber-douchebag jim demented

    • yes dcAp,
      it was flaming, but neon vincent already got it, so all i can offer you is an honorable mention. 😉

      i know it wasn’t jim demented who said the remark, but i wouldn’t put any money on him chastising the morons who said it.

  9. I fucking hate Jim DeMint. I think he’s just pure scum and dog shit. I always give him crap on Twitter. My hope is that he spontaneously combusts so then the people in SC can know what burning, rancid, maggot infested dog meat smells like. And I apologize to scum, dog shit and burning, rancid, maggot infested dog meat for the hurtful comparison to DeMint.