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    How not to defeat Lindsey Graham: Kill challengers’ candidacies in the cradle

    How not to defeat Lindsey Graham: Kill challengers’ candidacies in the cradle

    Nancy Mace is one of the challengers to Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary, along with Richard Cash. There probably will be others.

    Mace is a newbie as a candidate, although she’s been involved as a political consultant for years, and also co-founded the controversial FITS News website.

    I don’t know enough about Mace to say that I’ll support her versus the other challengers, but I do know enough to say that I hope a strong challenger emerges and that Graham is forced into a runoff.

    Mace seems to have the sound-bite friendly bio (1st female graduate of The Citadel, long family military history) to be an attractive candidate. I’m willing to give her a chance, to find out more, and to see how she develops as a candidate.

    The one thing I do not expect is a slick talker, who has a pat answer for everything. So it really troubled me to see Jay Severin attacking Mace as “not ready for prime time” because of an interview she had with Glenn Beck.

    Here’s the Beck interview, in its entirety:

    Was it a great interview?

    Probably not. She seemed to have a few canned answers she kept coming back to, but it wasn’t a terrible interview. And Beck asked some weird questions about her “soul” which probably caught her off guard. Sure, she also should have been better able to answer questions about why she was running, the influences upon her, and so on. I trust she’ll earn from these interview experiences.

    But Severin declared her candidacy all but over:

    Fast forward to Glenn Beck’s Blaze TV/Radio Network show on Aug. 6. The guest, Nancy Mace, a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)ino, SC.

    Many people want Senator Graham involuntarily retired. Conservatives certainly do.

    Absolutely Glenn and Pat and Stu and Jeffie do.

    This adds up to quite an opportunity for young Nancy Mace: A huge audience including many conservative voters of her own state, most of them “Anybody-But-Graham Republicans,” and a host of the same sentiment, who would presumably enjoy witnessing this candidate acquit herself well.

    What’s not to like?

    What could go wrong?

    Then the Glenn Beck questions started.

    And Nancy Mace threw up all over herself….

    Glenn’s questions were not in the least hostile, nor were they in any way peculiar.

    The candidate was called upon to respond to such trick, nasty, intricate queries as “What are your principles?” and “Tell us of your mother’s influence on you” and “How is your soul?” ….

    There is still time for Nancy Mace.

    Even so, I’ll bet Lindsey Graham was as happy yesterday after Nancy Mace’s interview as Jimmy Carter was after Teddy Kennedy’s all those years ago.

    Because in politics some things change, but many remain the same.

    Like “You must be ready for prime time.”

    And as of the Glenn Beck Show this week, Nancy Mace isn’t.

    No one has to treat Mace or any other challenger with kid gloves, but we also don’t need to try to kill the emerging challenger’s candidacies in the cradle.

    Not if we want Lindsey Graham defeated. That is what we want, right?


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    thorleywinston | August 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I would like to see Lindsey Graham defeated in the primary by a better Republican who can then go on to win the general election. If this candidate could not stand up to Jay Severin then it’s best that she be removed NOW rather than suck up time and attention during the debates which would prevent a more viable candidate from breaking out and going on to win. If however this is just a stumble and she recovers from it to go on to be a serious candidate, that’s also good.

    Spiny Norman | August 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The problem with trying to unseat a DC barnacle like Graham is that only “newbies” will take up the challenge. No political veteran is going to risk his career by taking on the Establishment GOP machine.

    Henry Hawkins | August 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    On the other hand…. if a merely ‘okay’ interview went down, we wouldn’t be talking about her. Severin’s assessment helped more than it hurt because it upped her name recognition. Anyone who takes the word of any ‘journalist’ without personal investigation of the candidate ought not be allowed to vote. What Severin did was make a lot of people aware of her, and made those people want to look into her and make their own assessment. For a newbie, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than that this early in the process.

    Delighted to see LI covering Nancy Mace! I find her tough, sincere, and a solid conservative. Severin’s slimy attack was unconvincing to say the least he wouldn’t have bothered if she didn’t have the establishment worried.

    Meet Nancy Mace.. You’ll be happy you did

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