GOP’s Lindsey Graham promises partial govt. shutdown over Benghazi

Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threw a sissy fit today promising what amounts to a partial government shutdown if the Obama administration doesn’t agree to his demands regarding the GOP’s never-ending “Benghazi” conspiracy theory.

Specifically, Graham vowed this morning to “block every appointment in the US Senate” until two things happen:

1) The Obama administration lets “survivors” of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya testify before Congress; and

2) Democrats in Congress permit the GOP to form a “super committee” to organize as super witch hunt in order to milk this tragedy for all of its political worth.


As part of his ongoing Benghazi hissy fit, Graham has now said that he will not permit any more senior government positions to be filled, stopping the US Senate to do much of its important daily business, keeping the federal government running smoothly, unless the far-right fringe of the GOP yet again gets its way.


“We’re just beginning on Benghazi,” Graham tells Fox News.

Some girls never learn.

You’ll recall that the Republicans have been obliterated in the polls after shutting the government down for over two weeks in order to appease the Tea Party fringe that controls the GOP.  Sadly, Graham’s threat to selectively continue the shutdown, by refusing to appoint heads and top staff of various government agencies – which are already severely backlogged – is also in order to appease the Tea Party fringe.

Graham faces a challenge from the Tea-Party right in next year’s elections, amid ongoing complaints from Tea Partyers on a variety of issues, including the fact that some (many?) think Graham is gay.


Graham is a proud “lifelong bachelor” who does a rather unconvincing job of explaining that he’s not gay.  And Graham is an anti-gay bigot to boot, opening himself up to accusations of hypocrisy (and of being a security risk, as is potentially anyone with something to hide that they fear could destroy their career).  Just a few months back, Tea Party favorite Nancy Mace, Graham’s 2014 primary challenger, called Graham a “nancy-boy,” a not-so-subtle slur for a man who is effeminate.

That wasn’t the first time the Tea Partyers gay-baited Graham.  In 2010, a Tea Party really speaker had this to say about the good Senator:

“Barney Frank has been more honest and brave than you. At least we know about Barney Frank, nobody’s going to hold it over his head. Look, I’m a tolerant person. I don’t care about your private life, Lindsey. But as our U.S. senator, I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen, I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.”

In response, Camp Graham has decided to butch things up in order to push Campy Graham off the radar screen, at least until after the 2014 elections.

Lindsay Graham chick-fil-a

Lindsey Graham celebrating the anti-gay Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

And it makes sense that in addition to the overt gay-bashing, a tried and true way for closet cases to convince the public that they’re not in fact gay, Graham seems to be playing to his other manly-man strength, defense issues.  Thus the overt fixation on Benghazi.  Benghazi is, for lack of a better word, Graham’s electoral beard.  And Graham has made no secret about tying Benghazi to his re-election efforts.  Below is Graham’s campaign Web site only two months after the Benghazi attack:

Lindsey Graham campaigning on Benghazi, Libya tragedy

Lindsey Graham campaigning on Benghazi, Libya tragedy

Visualization courtesy of reader Naja Pallida.

Sorry, the disguise isn’t working. (Visualization courtesy of reader Naja Pallida.)

It’s been over a year since the Benghazi attack, in which four Americans were killed, including US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. It was one tragedy. Not one of our largest. And most of the country has moved on.

The problem for Graham, and the GOP at large, is that the Tea Party/conspiracy fringe that controls the Republican party has not gotten over “Benghazi,” and never will.

And while portraying himself as some kind of fringe kook might help Graham win re-election in South Carolina, he’s only reinforcing the national meme that the Republicans are controlled by Tea Party maniacs. And that’s a message that Republicans worried about their party’s future would like to remain in the closet for good.

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50 Responses to “GOP’s Lindsey Graham promises partial govt. shutdown over Benghazi”

  1. Butch1 says:

    Retire and do not work past the amount allowed. That will stop them taking income taxes.

    Of course you pay taxes on everything you buy. We do not have a state income tax ( per say ) There is a sales tax, though.

    That’s the only way I can think of as a senior.

  2. Milo_Bloom says:

    As I said, good luck. Fact remains that the government takes; that’s what they do. Our best bet is to stop them from getting the money in the first place.

  3. Butch1 says:

    We all need to make them understand that they WILL keep their filthy hands off of OUR Social Security retirement money. It is entirely ours and it is not their to do anything with. So all they have to do is keep their hands off of it. Take the cap off of it and just create jobs where people can put money into they system and keep it going. They also need to stop stealing money from it like they’ve been doing for decades without repaying us back. These thieves are unbelievable. They steal from us then, change the name from retirement to entitlement and now want to slash away at it and eventually try and get us to put our checks in the stock market! It isn’t going to happen. I remember what happened to my 401-K and I will not let this government do that to my Social Security. It’s just fine the way it is if we can keep these weasels away from it.

  4. Milo_Bloom says:

    Good luck with that; I have pretty much given up the idea that SS will be around when I retire. At this point it’s just a way to tax me that much more to pay for thee government’s extravagant lifestyle.

    Slowing the government down is only a small step: stopping them is the answer.

  5. Butch1 says:

    His winter apparel. It also doubles as a lamp shade at his home when he’s not wearing them to those special balls he attends for “unmarried” bachelors. ;-) ( I guess that is redundant. Oh well . . . )

  6. Butch1 says:

    When we find something really juicy dragging him out of the closet. ;-)

  7. Butch1 says:

    As long as my SS checks keep coming. These cretins look for any excuse to slow things down.

  8. Butch1 says:

    Get over it, Miss Pettipat. He’s running again for Senator and has to have some limelight so this is what this little cretin is up to. Let . . . it . . . go . . . and go sip on a Mint Julep.

  9. Milo_Bloom says:

    Funny, I find myself not caring why the government gets itself stuck anymore. As long as it as it gets stuck ;-)

  10. UFIA says:

    He isn’t admitting that he is openly gay.

  11. maria says:

    Damn! We’ll have to drag him kicking and screaming into the 20th Century and get him into a Playtex corselette before we can drag him into the 21st Century and into a Maidenform control panty.

  12. Abra9867 says:

    I thought that was a typo in the article and giggled my ass off.

    Does anyone know where to find that copypasta listing all the embassy dead under Shrub’s reign?

  13. Indigo says:

    But think what a wonderful challenge it would be to his constituency, are they ready to endorse sexual diversity? Wouldn’t that just be the frosting on a cupcake!

  14. karmanot says:

    Republican twerking is so unpleasant.

  15. karmanot says:

    That’s next. Soon to follow will be the re-opening of the Fanne Fox and Wilbur Mills scandal.

  16. karmanot says:

    Yep, only just.

  17. karmanot says:

    Kind thought Indigo, but the metamorphosis of a slug is not the same as that of a dragonfly.

  18. karmanot says:

    Graham, almost akimbo.

  19. karmanot says:

    Yep, Graham dropped his lace fan many a year ago.

  20. karmanot says:

    That avatar of Graham makes him look like a gopher. When will he ever just go away?

  21. cole3244 says:

    we’re just like other nations with war criminals justice only comes to the vanquished, but our day will come to be sure.

  22. samiinh says:

    Love it John. Graham throws a “sissy” fit.

  23. FLL says:

    Someone needs to tell Graham that wearing this kind of stuff just can’t be good for your circulation.

  24. heimaey says:

    I thought that too, but you’ll get crap for anything.

  25. FLL says:

    This has to be a primary-season bluff on Graham’s part. A government shutdown over Obamacare was the Tea Party’s magnum opus, and it failed miserably. Benghazi? Who, other than a few fringe windbags, is even still talking about Benghazi? Senator Graham seems to have a penchant for lost causes. He may worry that his reelection campaign is a lost cause. Somehow, I don’t think Graham has to get “the vapors” and start fainting yet. He’s got a huge war chest and his opposition is split between three unknown Tea Party candidates. Oh, wait. Graham just fainted anyway. Someone get the smelling salts. If he would only stop wearing those stifling corsets.

  26. Houndentenor says:

    The problem is that I can’t imagine anyone actually admitting in public that they had sex with him. I mean really there isn’t enough alcohol in the world to make that whiny troll appealing.

  27. Houndentenor says:

    I’m sorry now that I supported the Pelosi/Reid decision to tackle important issues facing Americans rather than start investigating the Bush administration. It’s clear that Democrats care more about America than they do about partisan posturing. Since the GOP is happy to grandstand over absolutely nothing, it seems that such a gesture was wasted.

  28. Houndentenor says:

    So he wants to haul some PTSD survivors in front of the Senate? I hope a few of them show up to tell Graham to go fuck himself. Now that would be some must-see TV.

  29. I’m suspecting I’ll get some crap for it, but we’ll see :)

  30. BeccaM says:

    The GOpers are just crapping themselves silly in their irrational and unceasing attempts to turn the Benghazi attack into another Whitewater.

    As for Senator Lindsey “Mah Lawdy!” Graham, every time I see him, I imagine him wearing a Stinky Joe Besser Fauntleroy suit and drawling, “I’ll give y’all such a piiiinch!”

  31. kladinvt says:

    “Electoral beard”….good one!

  32. jomicur says:

    In short, he hopes that keeping the government shut will help him keep his closet door shut. Good luck with that, Miss Lindsey.

  33. The_Fixer says:

    There should be some mechanism in the Senate to deal with the likes of Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and others whose only goal is to throw a monkey wrench into the works of government.

    This is getting ridiculous. These people need to be marginalized and put out of the process.

  34. heimaey says:

    I prefer Sissy Fit.

  35. cole3244 says:

    i’m still waiting on the investigation into the two illegal gulf wars, bushco 1 & bushco 2, care to testify general powell.

  36. kingstonbears says:

    Oh gawd!!!!!! LOLOL

  37. Whitewitch says:

    Just their lame attempt to keep up the hatred for Ms. Clinton. Little do they understand, most of us “liberals” would prefer if Ms. Clinton did not run…so they once again are missing the mark.

  38. JayRandal says:

    Miss Lindsey is suffering from vapors again which Southern belles prone to do. Until voters in SC fully realize he is creepy he remains in Senate. Love of his life is fellow Sen. McCain whom he wants badly.
    Graham as closeted can’t fulfill his desires of love. If he was NOT bigoted against Gays I might feel sorry for him but he is a hypocrite.

  39. Strepsi says:

    Yep, and for Hillary 2016 expect the GOP to bring new Whitewater charges and a certain cum-stained dress out of retirement.

    They’re like Miley Cyrus, they can’t stop. They won’t stop.

  40. Strepsi says:

    Seriously, what some people call my “amazing gaydar” I just call “having eyes and ears”….

    I mean, “Lindsay Graham” — it’s only slightly less butch than “Beverley Lesley”.

  41. Indigo says:

    Please do!

  42. Indigo says:

    You know . . . that could easily happen. O Gaud!

  43. I actually read that as “sissy fits” at first. I may have to use that….

  44. Monoceros Forth says:

    Just wait two years until the 2016 election is in the offing. It’ll be the ’90s all over again.

  45. says:

    That’s right gurl!!! You show ’em!!!!

  46. Indigo says:

    They could even tap into the scandal potential from the Clinton era Whitewater controversy once again.

  47. Indigo says:

    Wait a minute! Lindsey is gay, isn’t he? I mean . . . that’s not really an issue anymore except among really nutty right wing cases . . . oh, wait. I see it now, he might have a problem there. We should work harder to encourage him to come out proudly.

  48. heimaey says:

    These guys really love throwing hissy fits.

  49. Monoceros Forth says:

    Oh, for the love of–what GOP obsession is next to make its reappearance? Is there going to be a Republican push to reopen investigation of Chappaquiddick?

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