Politics & Government

Graham swings at the far right

President Obama's foreign policy deserves Republican support.

FOX News Channel's Glenn Beck deserves to be ignored.

And those people who think Obama was born in a foreign country and is not legally the president - "crazy."

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, in an interview with The Atlantic magazine, did what few Republicans seem willing to do. He took on the far right, and he talked about finding common ground with the president on a issue where agreement can be easily found: national security.

Graham said Republicans need to rally behind Obama when it comes to the war in Afghanistan.

"There is a chance for the loyal opposition to become President Obama's biggest ally," Graham said as the administration faces a difficult decision on whether to send as many as 40,000 troops to Afghanistan. "The Republican leadership must stand behind this president, and if he loses that ... he's in a bad spot when it comes to Congress."

On those conspiracy theorists who say Obama was not born in the United States:

"We have to say that's crazy," Graham said. "So I'm here to tell you that those who think the president was born somewhere other than Hawaii are crazy."

Graham also took on conservative talk show hosts.

When asked about Beck, the newest conservative-commentary phenom (though, as Graham noted, Beck isn't necessarily a voice of the conservative clique, but rather his own beast), Graham said:

"Only in America can you make that much money crying. ... I mean, you know, what (do) I think about Rush Limbaugh? Well, I think he makes hundreds of millions of dollars being able to talk on the radio."

- The Atlantic