Our intrepid senior U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has taken a predictable jab at Thomas Ravenel, who will try to unseat Graham this fall.
Ravenel is a former Republican candidate and state treasurer trying to run as a third-party candidate. He’s better known, though, for his conviction on drug trafficking charges, for which he spent 10 months in a federal prison, and his um, stardom in a reality TV series called “Southern Charm,” based in Charleston.
For those reasons, Graham is talking about how we don’t need a silly reality TV star when there is serious war in Syria and the Ukraine and an escalating one between Israelis and Palestinians. (The Democrat in the race is such a long shot and so unknown, I don’t know if anyone will ever address his presence directly.)
But do we really need the “serious,” “respected” Graham? Why? On foreign policy, he is a one-note drummer: the U.S. needs to be fighting more places. We should arm the rebels in Ukraine and ready U.S. troops just in case, arm the rebels in Syria, keep more troops longer in Afghanistan, send troops back to Iraq – and do whatever Sen. John McCain says. And we must call President Barack Obama weak, repeatedly, because he isn’t doing what McCain demands.
Let’s not forget that we listened to this very serious U.S. Senator and got ourselves into an unnecessary war with Iraq that is still costing us dearly more than a decade later.
Oh, notice I didn’t mention what he’s done for South Carolina. Or maybe I should mention that he helped Gov. Nikki Haley keep health insurance from up to half a million poor South Carolinians by blocking the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act while never seriously pushing his party to present a long-promised alternative.
I don’t know if Ravenel is up to the job in the Senate. But he can’t be less impressive than the all-too-serious Graham.