Color me unsurprised. Lindsey Graham had apparently called Joe Biden after his election victory to privately tell him that his attacks on Biden’s son Hunter during the campaign was the minimum that he had to do to stay in Donald Trump’s good graces. This is being treated as news.
The South Carolina Republican senator Lindsey Graham called Joe Biden after his victory over Donald Trump to tell the president he only joined attacks on his son, Hunter Biden, as a “bare minimum” to satisfy Trump supporters.
The detail was included in a lengthy profile of Graham and his Washington manoeuvres published by the New York Times. It said the call, intended to “revive a friendship damaged by [Graham’s] call for a special prosecutor to investigate the overseas business dealings” of Hunter Biden, was “short, and not especially sweet”.
In February the first lady told CNN: “I don’t know what happened to Lindsey. We used to be great friends. I mean, we traveled together with the [Senate] foreign relations committee, we had dinner, you know … And now he’s changed.”
The Times said Graham made his call to Biden in November, even while he actively supported Trump’s attempts to overturn his defeat, himself ending up under investigation for a call to an election official in Georgia.
Citing two anonymous sources close to the president, the Times said that shortly after the call, Biden said: “Lindsey’s been a personal disappointment, because I was a personal friend of his.
Why are people in politics and the media always acting surprised when Graham shows himself to be an unprincipled, self-promoting, duplicitous, back-stabbing, hack? He has not ‘changed’. There is a long trail of evidence that he has been this way all along, changing his views according to the prevailing winds and showing no hesitation on turning on is friends for political gain. When people like Jill Biden say that he has ‘changed’, surely they must realize that his character has not changed, what happened is that he felt that being friends with the Bidens was no longer to his advantage, and so he merely once again changed his alliances to advance his own interests?
consciousness razor says
That’s pretty much how I expect a bunch of unprincipled, self-promoting, duplicitous, back-stabbing hacks (and weasels) to behave. I mean, it’s at least a possibility that there are more bad apples like Lindsey Graham, and you’re noticing a symptom of that. As far as Jill Biden is concerned, I really don’t know what it would be like to be married to Joe Biden for several decades; but on the other hand, I also don’t want to find out.
Perhaps we should stop pulling nearly all of them out of the apple barrel labeled “rich, old assholes” and try a different one sometime. I suppose some of you foreigners out there may think it little strange that our system involves bobbing for apples at all…. Does it serve a purpose? Where do they all come from, anyway? And who decides which ones end up in the bucket/barrel? Why not hand out candies instead? These are all fine questions. But surely, your system is no less ridiculous. I challenge you to come up with something better, and if you already have, I don’t want to hear about it.
Marcus Ranum says
Expect a “cease and desist” from the weasels’ lawyers. Weasels are nowhere near as bad as Graham.
Did anyone record Biden’s reply to LIndsey in this phone call? When Lindsey said that he “only” destroyed Biden’s sole living son to kiss up to Trump?
I’ll bet that Biden’s response was unprintable (mine would have been). I hope that LIndsey wasn’t holding the phone too close to his ear.
Matt G says
Loyalty is a one way street for these people. I had hoped that their nonstop betrayals of one another would destroy the GOP, but somehow they’re managing to stay together.
Tabby Lavalamp says
This is news? It’s been obvious for years that’s what Graham was doing once Trump won the candidacy.