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Pierce writes: "There was a development in the Senate on Thursday to which more attention should be paid. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was announced as the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee."

Senator Lindsey Graham. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)
Senator Lindsey Graham. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)

Lindsey Graham Is So Deep in the Tank He Might Have Grown Gills

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

11 January 19

And now, he leads the committee that gets Trump's Federalist Society judges approved.

here was a development in the Senate on Thursday to which more attention should be paid. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was announced as the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Four or five years ago, this would be seen as a run-of-the-mill appointment out of a Republican majority. Now, though, it's a damned unnerving prospect, because nobody is really sure who Lindsey Graham is anymore. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Graham was as tough a critic as there was concerning El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago. Among other things, he called the current president* a kook, the world's biggest jackass, and a race-baiting, xenophobic bigot.

Of course, the president* remains all those things. Graham, however, has since gone so deeply into the tank that he may at this point have grown gills. His definitive performance as a lapdog was during the Judiciary Committee hearings into the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, when, red-faced with hysteria, Graham determined that the perfectly legitimate questioning of Kavanaugh regarding Christine Blasey Ford's allegations was, in his own words, "the most unethical sham since I've been in politics."

And now, Graham's running that same committee, and the early returns are not promising. Leaping onto the electric Twitter machine, Graham announced his new appointment, saying:

He has drunk deeply of the administration*'s store of purple Flavor-Aid. That last sentence confirms it. His job, as he sees it, is to stock the federal judiciary for the next 40 years with whomever the Federalist Society hands to the president* as a prospective judge. Expect more hysterics if the balance of the Senate changes in 2020.

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+72 # Emmanuel Goldstein 2019-01-11 19:24
I just pray that RBG can hang on for another two years!
+7 # Kiwikid 2019-01-12 01:51
Maybe just one year - surely Mitch wouldn't have the gall to put up a nomination for supreme court justice less than 12 months before the next presidential election! Would he?
-18 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-12 08:20
EG -- you have the essential point. This is a growing crisis. It is hard to believe that RBG could hold on for two more years. Democrats should be strategizing for her retirement now. Personally, I think they should be talking with Trump and making a deal with him to allow them or a bi-partisan select group to choose a replacement. They could have done this for the last two nominees but they refused to talk to Trump. Trump even floated the idea of nominating Obama's last pick, Merrick Garland. Trump will make some concessions to democrats and another supreme court judge is just too important for democrats not to hold their noses and deal with Trump. They won't get a good supreme court justice, only a less bad one. But that is all Obama offered anyway.
+8 # 2019-01-13 11:43
Please supply any documentation that Trump ever seriously propsed Garland.
0 # HDSMTS 2019-01-16 14:05
And every other non-Federalist Society judge on the federal bench. The SCt may get all the media attention, but the Judiciary Committee votes on every other appointment as well and those lower courts are just as important in implementing Supreme Court decisions--it was, after all, the lower courts that delayed implementation of Brown v. Board of Ed. for almost a decade throughout the South.
+44 # economagic 2019-01-11 20:18
Is it fair to say that Lindsay Graham's concept of justice for anyone other than well-to-do RIGHT-thinking males is something on the order of "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out?"
+47 # margpark 2019-01-11 21:08
Which it most likely will. Only those who have drunk deeply of the kool-aid still favor the president who acts like a fool.
+21 # Porfiry 2019-01-11 21:44
He's just about the most self-contradict ory, person there. One moment he's criticizing Trump and the next kissing his gluteus maximus.
+15 # 2019-01-11 22:56
Lindsey appears to be auditioning for AG, a position that he has long coveted. Now that the Senate has a R cushion, he likely figures that he could leave. The path is there since I believe the AG nominee will have to recuse himself, Trump will either withdraw his nomination or fire him, thus leaving an open road for the unhinged Graham.
+17 # PeacefulGarden 2019-01-12 06:14
I think Lindsey Graham should be studied by around 5 to 6 US historians. Their study should emphasize the hypocrisies, lies, and noble-then-un-n oble language that his mouth hole does when it is in front of a microphone.

The most sad thing in the world, again, something for historians to study, is when he says, "I think the American people..." followed look on his face is as if he is playing poker.

What is odd to me, is why any college educated journalist would put a microphone in front of his mouth.
+28 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-12 08:17
I think Graham has been in the tank for much longer. He's never been out of the tank. He is a gilled swamp creature. He never saw a war he did not like and want to send other people's kids and money to fight. Graham is among the worst of the worst in the senate.
+21 # The Eternal Optimist 2019-01-12 10:16
This is a horrifying scene in a horrifying drama in which for decades the Republicans (with the supine acquiescence of the Democrats) have realized that if you control the courts you can do anything you like. So they've packed the courts with "conservative judges". When they were able to simply ignore Obama's Supreme Court nominee Garland, not even giving him a hearing, we should have seen what a lock they had not only on our courts but on our government as a whole. They're killing us, and they're killing the world. If we don't stop them very soon we will truly know the meaning of regret.
+15 # futhark 2019-01-12 10:35
If Lindsey Graham maintains a residence along the coast of South Carolina, the gills may prove a useful Lamarckian adaptation to the aquatic environment in which he may soon find himself as the sea level rises.
+5 # Robbee 2019-01-12 10:49
Lindsey Graham Is So Deep in the Tank He Might Have Grown Gills, Charles Pierce, 11 January 19

- repukes used the "nuclear option" to win control of federal judiciary at all levels

as a result mostly corporations judge humans for the rest of our lives

in 2 years repukes can lose control of the senate and presidency, the ability to appoint and approve corporatist judges

in the past 2 years repukes have appointed and approved a record number of judges at all federal levels - they rubber-stamp them in "batches", maybe you heard?

regardless of committee chair, moreso than ever, the new rubber-stamp continues at a record pace!

for the next 2 years if any judge ever falls short of a 50-vote repuke "majority", the new committee chair will shed alligator tears like last year!

so don't expect a judge to undermine the repuke stone wall?

which, now that corporatist "citizens united" judges judge us humans for the rest of our lives, packing in tight as sardines, whether rgb lives or dies, reminds me to ask - did charles support dickhead's opponent in 2016? if not, does he plan to support dickhead's opponent in 2020?

and finally, does charles know that WHO HE SUPPORTS IN 2020 has LESS AND LESS TO DO WITH JUDGES, E V E R Y - D A Y ?

we lost our last, only, big chance to reverse "citizens united" in 2016 - for the rest of our lives that doesn't come around again

under the circumstances it is unclear why charles brings up judges - water under the bridge?
+8 # Kulak 2019-01-13 00:09
RR seems to think that all the Dems have to do for Trump to pick a
moderate SC justice is to talk to him, and that Trump even "floated" the idea of appointing Merrill Garland.
Anyone following the current budget/wall impasse can see that talking to a Trump is a waste of time since he lies like a rug and is only motivated by fear of criticism by the likes of Ann Coulter. RR seems to think
that Trump is more or less decent and fair-minded.
How anyone can think that after two years of Trump toxicity is beyond me.
+4 # DongiC 2019-01-13 05:22
Lindsay Graham has forgotten the meaning and spelling of the word "principle". But, he does know how to handle the term "corruption."

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