Election 2016 Foreign Policy

Graham: I May Run for President if No One Warmongers Enough


While Team Cruz believes running on neo-con foreign policy will separate him from the rest of the pack in 2016, Lindsey Graham is now floating the idea of running for president.

During an interview with The Weekly Standard, Graham took a shot at Marco Rubio and said he may run for president.

“If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking​—​me and McCain have been talking​—​I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said.

On Rubio:

I asked Graham about Rubio. Hasn’t he been making many of the arguments you’d be likely to make? Graham wasn’t impressed. “He’s a good guy, but after doing immigration with him—we don’t need another young guy not quite ready,” said Graham. “He’s no Obama by any means, but he’s so afraid of the right, and I’ve let that go.

“He’s no Obama.” Gee golly that’s high praise.

For Lindsey Graham to accuse someone else of being “afraid of the right” is laughable. Graham has always been very conservative, but he committed himself to going full wingnut to fend off a primary challenge. But I digress.

Lindsey Graham is one of the biggest warhawks who ever hawked. His answer to every situation is boots on the ground and when he says he may step into the ring if no one talks about foreign policy the way he does, what he means is only a true warmonger will satisfy him.

It’s increasingly clear that the Republican field in 2016 will be dominated by neo-con foreign policy and, as I said earlier this week, everyone will run as the anti-Rand Paul.

I don’t think running on foreign policy is going to work out as well as Republicans apparently believe it will. They’re still the party of George W. Bush and their renewed allegiance to neo-con foreign policy just drives the point home. That is if giving standing ovations to Dick Cheney after he accuses the president of being soft on “terrsts” wasn’t a clear indication.