Columbia, SC — Former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings was the typical Washington politician who was more self-serving than a representative of constituents from this state. At one time he was considered a “conservative” Democrat.
However, the label “conservative Democrat” became just a name with an undeniable allegiance to the socially-left philosophy of the Democratic Party. Sen. Hollings was savvy enough to realize that conservative South Carolina would not continue to re-elect a candidate who was diametrically opposite to the beliefs of his constituents. So he would become more and more conservative as the election cycle approached.
This strategy served him well, and he evolved into one of the good-ol’-boy mainstays of Washington. Only when he realized that his re-election days were numbered did he say goodbye to a lifestyle that he loved.
Sen. Lindsay Graham learned well from Fritz. He has every intention of staying in Washington no matter what the cost. He will do whatever his buddies like John McCain tell him to do and enjoy all benefits, TV exposure and power that he truly cherishes. All he has to do is become a little more conservative as the next election approaches.
Just because Graham is a Republican doesn’t mean he represents the values of conservatism. What conservatives need is another Jim DeMint, not another Fritz Hollings. Graham needs to be permanently retired from elective office. Keep this in mind when the election cycle returns.