SC Senators Differ on Direction of GOP

2009 October 30
by bc3b

WASHINGTON — The national debate among Republicans over their party’s future is nowhere sharper than in South Carolina, where Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint pursue distinctly different visions for restoring GOP primacy at the polls.

Graham and DeMint, who profess to be friends and live within an hour’s drive of each other in the conservative Upstate, prescribe conflicting cures for the Republican ailments that led to sweeping defeats in the last two national elections.

Graham, a Seneca Republican elected to his second term last year, says the party must stop alienating young people and Hispanics and start promoting pragmatic, “center-right solutions” to the country’s most pressing problems.


Graham joins many other analysts in predicting a GOP rebound in the 2010 elections, but he says shifting demographics among younger, more diverse voters will challenge Republicans over the next decade or two.

DeMint, a Greenville Republican seeking to win a second term next year, believes that young voters and ethnic Americans will flock to GOP candidates if they push plain conservative principles and offer a stark contrast to Democrats.

Full article.

Hat tip: The Herald, Rock Hill, SC

17 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 October 30 6:02 am

  2. 2009 October 30 6:16 am
    mulletover permalink

    “Graham………..start promoting pragmatic, “center-right solutions” to the country’s most pressing problems.”

    In Graham’s convuluted thinking, his solutions are center-right. Everyone else would define them as center-left, or left. Odd state, SC. Demint and Graham, both elected in state-wide races. NC the same. One conservative and one leftist.

  3. 2009 October 30 6:19 am
    bc3b permalink

    DeMint and Graham represent the choice facing the GOP. Will it become more conservative? Will it become more moderate? Will it remain the same as it is today with leadership and Congressional members that are out of step with the base of the party.

  4. 2009 October 30 6:25 am

    the country’s most pressing problems.”~~~~~~~

    ~~~Can be laid at the doorstep of the interventionist big brother politicians,whose only goal in life is more bureaucracy.

  5. 2009 October 30 6:27 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Amen to that IP727.

  6. 2009 October 30 6:28 am
    mulletover permalink

    The country is moving more conservative, and quicker than anyone predicted. Rove just pointed out on Fox that McDonnell is winning VA by 14% in a state obama won by 6%. That’s a 20 point swing in a state supposedly going blue.

    After Tuesday, Axlerod will be have to be confined in a rubber room.

  7. 2009 October 30 6:35 am
    mulletover permalink

    Do you support Fox News or the White House? Send this one around.

    NPR poll

  8. 2009 October 30 6:43 am
    justrand permalink

    thx for the poll link, mulletover. I just voted and noticed it is 2:1 FOR FoxNews out of nearly half a million votes! and this is on NPR

    I mention the results so far because it will interesting to see the FINAL results. Sooner or later some Leftwing nutjob will use a “Bot” to pump thousands of votes in, if history is any judge.

  9. 2009 October 30 6:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    In watching Graham on FNC, I get the impression that he is (as they would say in South Carolina) a couple of dozen bricks short of a full load.

  10. 2009 October 30 7:06 am

    Methinks lucy graham might be a little light in the loafers.

  11. 2009 October 30 7:13 am
    brucefdb permalink

    You’re not saying he would like Barney’s Fwank are you?

  12. 2009 October 30 7:20 am
    mulletover permalink

    Boehner just pointed out that the word “shall” is in Pelosi’s health bill 3,425 times, an indicator of the tremendous power being assumed by the federal government in the health care arena.


  13. 2009 October 30 7:24 am
    justrand permalink

    get used to that word, mullet! In Newspeak terms: “Freedom is slavery”. Mandating that people “shall” do various things, frees them up to concentrate on other things…it’s actually quite liberating, don’t you know.

  14. 2009 October 30 7:24 am

    Barney’s Fwank :lol:~~~~or anyone else’s for that matter.

  15. 2009 October 30 7:26 am
    mulletover permalink

  16. 2009 October 30 7:33 am
    justrand permalink

    thx for that helpful chart, mullet! I, for one, intend to print it out and take it with me to help me spot terrorists! I’ve already got my cell phone set with a Speed-Dial to the DHS tipster line!

    It’s so much more peaceful when you stop resisting…

  17. 2009 October 30 7:41 am
    mulletover permalink

    Secretary Napolitano will be proud of you, JR. You have seen the light……of the halo.

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