Lindsey Graham 'Courageous' Defying GOP

He's often alone in bucking the Republican purity police
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2010 10:14 AM CST
Lindsey Graham 'Courageous' Defying GOP
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.   (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

After offering a Gitmo compromise to President Obama, Lindsey Graham got called everything from a "cretin" to someone making a "deal with the devil" this week by his fellow Republicans. That's just business as usual for Graham, whose designation may as well be "R-No Man's Land," writes Dana Milbank. Graham seems genuinely concerned with getting things right than with blindly sticking to some ideological purity test, and that, sadly, makes him an "oddball" on Capitol Hill.

"Though Graham doesn't have to face primary voters until 2014, his defiance of the GOP purity police is still courageous," writes Milbank in the Washington Post. "His Republican colleagues in Congress, wetting their pants out of fear of the tea party movement, show no sign of joining him." (Read more Lindsey Graham stories.)

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