Only Now Does Lindsey Graham Realize That Rewarding The People With the Most Money Is Bad

This little bit of whining from Lindsey Graham deserves a chuckle or two:

In a Fox News interview on Friday, Graham blasted the right-leaning network’s “dumb” rules, which will limit the participants to 10 candidates polling the best in an average of the five most recent national polls.

“I think that this is a dumb way to weed out the field,” Graham declared…

“It’s not about me,” he said. “Under this construct, nobody really cares about coming to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina any more. It’s almost about money. And what you’re going to reward, over time, is the people with the most money. And you’re destroying the early primary process. And I think that’s bad for the Republican Party.”

As a matter of political realities, Fox News is right and Lindsey Graham is wrong. Given how many GOP aspirants have entered the clown car, there has to be some coherent and fair way of limiting the debate pool. A national poll seems to be as fair a dividing metric as any. And realistically speaking, there’s very little Lindsey Graham brings to the Republican table beyond being an establishment super-hawk eager for war with anything that moves. If he can’t generate enough interest to make the threshold for debate, he won’t really be missed.

But on a more important note, it’s funny to see Senator Graham decide only now that policies that reward the people with the most money are problematic and unfair. That never seemed to bother him when it came time to cut earned benefits or assistance to the poor in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Senator Graham never seems to bat an eye when Fox News glorifies billionaires while denigrating the working poor. But when it comes to Fox News helping other presidential candidates with a bigger war chest, then suddenly Lindsey Graham finds his inner social justice warrior, demanding equal time and welfare for his poor, benighted campaign.

It would be funnier if it weren’t also so sad.

David Atkins

David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.