Lindsey Graham: Elections Only Have Consequences When Republicans Win
Here’s Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on NBC’s “Meet the GOP” this morning.
“In a democracy, when you run on something, you do have an obligation to fulfill your promise. [Gov. Walker] didn’t take anybody by surprise, he’s doing exactly what he said. There was a referendum on this issue and the unions lost, and the Democrats in Wisconsin should come back to Wisconsin to have votes.”
Strange, I seem to recall that back in 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain laid out very different proposals for health care. Obama’s plan included a public insurance option and McCain’s did not. Their plans were scrutinized for months, they spent most of a presidential debate talking about them, and Obama promptly won the election — with Democrats adding to their majorities in both chambers of Congress.
In short, there was a referendum on health care and the Republicans lost.
But that didn’t stop the Teabaggers from staging ugly riots at town hall meetings. And it didn’t stop the Republicans in the Senate from steadfastly refusing to allow an up or down vote on health care legislation.
Republicans like Lindsey Graham.
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the health care bill passed last night by the House of Representatives is “dead on arrival to the Senate.”
Graham argued that the House bill was “written for liberals, by liberals.
“Just look at how it passed; it passed 220 to 215. It passed by two votes. You had  Democrats vote against the bill,” Graham told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer Sunday.
He also admitted that if it were to come down to it, he would join his independent colleague Senator Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., in filibustering a bill including the so-called public option should it come to the Senate floor.
I really don’t think Lindsey Graham should be lecturing us about how democracies are supposed to work.