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Lindsey Graham '08?

  1. Mar 13, 2005 #1
    I was just talking to a friend about '08, and the thought occured to me that Lindsey Graham, one of the (seemingly) most intelligent, competent, likable, pragmatic and prominant Republicans out there, has had no talk centered around the possibility that he might run in '08. I've not heard a single person talk about this possibility, but I really can not think of any reason why not.

    What do ya'll think of his chances of possibly running in '08? I think he'd be a great Candidate, and with not being a complete moron (as Bush is), could probabally win the Country VERY easily (unless the Democrats choose Bayh or Warner). Is there something about his past that would preclude him from running for President? I mean, Clinton slept around all the time, and Bush was an alcoholic and a cokehead, so what could Graham have done that was so bad?
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2005 #2

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    If he could get enough exposure in the next four years, perhaps, but like Barack Obama on the Dem side, what is his political experience? (Bush only had five years as a Governor, but had the family name.)
    Geez - Sounds like Southpark's giant douche versus a turd sandwich! :rofl: Like I said about Biden, what ever he's done, as long as he repents, that's what's important! Or maybe he could get Doug Wead to release some tapes...
     
  4. Mar 13, 2005 #3
    Lindsey Graham was elected to the SC state senate in '92, the US House of Representatives in '94, and the US Senate in 2002. He's not like Obama, who went straight from State Senator to US Senator; he'll have had at least 16 years as a legislature by the time '08 runs around.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2005 #4

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    That is significant -- I'll have to take a closer look at him...
     
  6. Mar 14, 2005 #5

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    What about James Byrd for the democrats? I've always loved that guy - I even just love watching him on C-Span. It's like watching Cicero pontificating amongst apes.
     
  7. Mar 14, 2005 #6

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    Having Lindsey Graham run for President is a little scarier than having Bill Frist run. Graham's even further to the right and might be tougher to beat in a campaign than Frist.

    Both of the two front runners I'm most interested in (I'm pro-Hagel and anti-Frist) need to buy some charisma lessons. Right now, both look a lot better on paper to their respective supporters than in their public appearances. Giuliani would whip either of them.

    If he has a personality, Lindsey Graham could replace Bill Frist as the darling of the religous right and of groups looking to repeal affirmative action. So far, he's managed to hold true to the political traditions of South Carolina Republicans.

    Lindsey Graham managed to make a name for himself with an impressive performance at Bill Clinton's impeachment, so he at least has some potential in the public appearance area.
     
  8. Mar 14, 2005 #7

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    If this is the case, and on the "culture war" scale Frist is a nine, that means Graham is a 10! If we are truly to "let the healing begin" in this country, this is not what is needed. And to back this up, this is why I'm not too crazy about H. Clinton being on the Dem. ticket. Hmmmm, I hadn't thought about James Byrd...
     
  9. Mar 14, 2005 #8

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    He has one problem that's sure to trash his chances with conservatives - during his campaign for Senator, contributions from lawyers were nearly twice as high as any other group that contributed money to his campaign. Wasn't that one of problems conservatives had with John Edwards?

    (Okay, I'm just being silly :rofl: )
     
  10. Mar 14, 2005 #9
    Uhh...
    I don't think a former KKK member would fly with too many traditional Democratic voters.

    Just imagine Byrd vs. Guliani, with the south going Democratic and North-East lining up to vote Republican!

    Who wouldn't love a map like THIS http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/wasteofo2/Byrdvs.jpg

    By the way, I think you're thinking of Robert Byrd, the EXTREMELY old Senator from West Virginia, right?
     
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  11. Mar 15, 2005 #10

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    Indeed I am. One of the most eloquent Americans in public life.
     
  12. Mar 15, 2005 #11
    There are going to be many people on the Repulican side who are going to try to run for the nomination. I don't know very much about Graham, but he doesn't sound like he would be that bad of a candidate. Guiliani might be a better candidate. I don't know. It depends on how their agendas jive with the public's agenda.

    Waste, that would be pretty funny to see the North go Repulican and the South go Democrat! That map would certainly irritate the living daylights out of the teachers at my school...all except for two of my teachers are democrats...and the majority of the student body is republican.

    As far as the Democratic ticket goes, I don't favor Hiliary Clinton as a candidate. I don't like her policies. Not to hold this against her, but I don't know if the majority of the nation is ready to have a woman president. I would LOVE to see a woman President, but I'm not sure the majority of the popualtion shares my feelings. The democrats seem like they are still trying to bounce back from their defeat in this last election. I'm not so sure there are going to be a ton of candidates fighting for the nomination. Then again I could be wrong...politics is a strange unpredicatble animal.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2005 #12
    I wouldn't count on that AT ALL buddy.

    All these guys are pretty likely to run:

    Joe Biden
    Evan Bayh
    John Edwards
    Bill Richardson
    Mark Warner

    And possibly:
    John Kerry
    Wesley Clark

    And you know there'll be a few random people who know one would predict too.
     
  14. Mar 15, 2005 #13

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    If the Dems would put up a Western Democrat, like Richardson, Harry Reid, Ben Nelson, Janet Napolitano, or Bill Owens (oh, wait, he's Republican, it's just hard to visualize him as a Colorado Republican) I might flip sides (again), especially if the Republicans nominate Frist or someone like Lindsey Graham.
     
  15. Mar 15, 2005 #14

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    Janet rocks! Very smart and doing a great job finding compromise in a largely Republican legislature--still the Republicans are doing their best to replace her with one of their own. If someone like Frist get's the Republican nomination, I'll flip all right, and not the way you're talking about...I don't think I can take too much more bible-thumpin' :yuck: When reading/posting the speech by Richard Lamm about illegal immigration, preserving a common language, etc., I found it interesting he was neither party, though I can't remember what party now...
     
  16. Mar 15, 2005 #15
    What about Bayh?
     
  17. Mar 15, 2005 #16
    Waste, like I said I wasn't sure what the democrats are planning on doing for '08. Thats why I said I might be wrong.

    I'm not sure who is going to win the nomination. Who is most likely to win the nod?
     
  18. Mar 15, 2005 #17
    I have no idea, and there's no real point in guessing either - in 2001, who would've guessed that John Kerry would be the Candidate, and brutally destroy Gephardt in Iowa?

    Pointlessly, I'd guess that it'll be Bayh, but who knows...
     
  19. Mar 15, 2005 #18
    Very true. What do you think the probablitiy of Hilary Clinton winning the democratic nomination for president is? Just curious.
     
  20. Mar 15, 2005 #19
    15% ish.

    She's got a relatively huge core of dedicated supporters, and alot of people who really like her but don't think she could win. It really depends on how well she campaigns and who her opponents are - but I think most people will realize that she couldn't win (unless the Republicans choose someone HORIRBLE), and vote against her for that reason, just like Howard Dean...
     
  21. Mar 16, 2005 #20

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    Bayh would be a good choice, as well.

    What a contrast to Bush and Gore! A famous senator's son who's actually better in the offices he's held than his father was (rather than just riding on the coat tails of their daddy's names the way Gore and Bush did).
     
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