Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Republicans Make Lindsey Graham's Sexuality an Issue

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 9:04 AM

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Buddy Witherspoon, the Columbia dentist who is running in the GOP primary to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham, was on the radio this morning when a caller asked something along the lines of "Do you support Don't Ask, Don't Tell — the policy that is allowing Lindsey Graham to serve in the military?"

Witherspoon's response didn't address the second part of the question, but he said that he would repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell (thus reinstituting the aggressive pursuit and removal of gay service members) because we need to make sure our soldiers are there for the right reasons (because us gays go into war zones for the expansive color palette — oh, and the showers! Oh, the showers!).

Two calls later, a listener wants to know Buddy's opinion on gay marriage. He responded with all that sanctity b-s.

So, then I get to work, and what do I find in my e-mail box? A note from anti-immigration folks that refers to the Senator as Lindsey "The Pink Elephant" Graham.

In the wake of the Larry Craig scandal last year, we took a look at this speculation about Graham's private life.

Is Lindsey Graham gay?

At 52, the life-long bachelor has been fodder for such rumors for years, but with the (since revoked) resignation of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho — the anti-gay politician who pled guilty to disorderly conduct after allegedly soliciting sex in an airport men's room — the internet is abuzz over who's next, and they're dying to know what's going on in Graham's bedroom. Is it the latest grasp for the light switch in South Carolina's powerful political closet? Or the inevitable labeling of "closet-clinging self-hater" that befalls any content bachelor?

When GQ asked last year, Graham wasn't mean, just dismissive. He said he's not gay, just a loner.

And, interestingly enough, we made this prediction.

With rampant calls for a primary opponent to challenge Graham next year, it likely won't be the Dems that Graham has to be concerned about with the gay-baiting. While many in the Democratic Party have reveled at the scandalous exit of Sen. Craig, a long-standing opponent of gay rights, the most vocal calls for his ouster came from his own party, including presidential candidate John McCain, Graham's Senate BFF.

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