A thoughtful conservative
Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has made a compelling argument against Trumpism, and casts doubt about the likelihood of a Trump victory in the US presidential election in November. In a recent interview on David Axelrod's The Axe Files podcast, the South Carolinan lawmaker suggests this election cycle will come down to demographics, and that the Republican front runner is alienating the two most significant voting blocs - minority voters and women.
Back in Congress and on a separate issue, Graham recently asked some excellent questions to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the FBI's recent (now apparently rescinded) demand that Apple invents technology allowing it to hack into iPhones. The Senator has changed his mind on weakening data encryption and appears now to be siding with the tech community against the Obama administration. This new position is at odds with Trump's call for a boycott of Apple products.
Graham's background is fascinating and in any other election cycle may have stood him in poll position for a presidential run. For example, he raised his sister when his parents died and was the only Republican Congressman on the House Judiciary committee to vote against Clinton's impeachment. Yet the current Republican tendency to celebrate no-nothingness and to flirt with fascistic oratory leaves little room for Graham's civil brand of conservatism. I can't help feeling that Graham would have done a better job of holding Trump to account than either Marco Rubio (who resorted to penis jokes) or Ted Cruz (who is further to the right of Trump on many issues).