We’ll know in a few days whether South Carolina Senator’s Lindsey Graham’s remarks made yesterday at the Newseum in Washington reported in this story in the Atlantic (via the ever-vigilant Brad DeLong) are truly noteworthy.
Up to now, Republicans have demanded apologies, backtracking, and self-flagellation from any of their own who has dared break ranks with the take-no-prisoners attitude the GOP has adopted. And they’ve been willing to excommunicate those who refuse to repent publicly. If you don’t believe me, just ask CG&G’s own Bruce Bartlett.
But in one presentation yesterday Graham criticized some of the Republican high priests, gods, and principles including birthers, Glenn Bleck, Rush Limbaugh, the GOP leadership, and the Republicans’ continued insistence that everthing Obama proposes and does be opposed and ridiculed. If the current GOP practice is maintained, starting today Graham will be attacked until he relents. (Hint: Look for the phrase “My remarks were taken out of context.”)
If the pressure to repent comes, Graham may well be sufficiently independent and poliically secure enough to tell those insisting on a apology to go to Hell. If that happens, or if the pressure isn’t as intense on Graham as it has been on others in the past, this whole event could mark an important change that bears watching.