Damien on… Lindsey Graham
As a Brit, I usually have little interest in US senators – particularly Republican ones. But the first time I saw Lindsey, I was fascinated.
His parents – who ran a booze shop (US: liquor store) called “The Sanitary Cafe” (really?) and were called Millie and Florence James Graham (again, REALLY?) – gave him the unisex name, Lindsey.
From this gender-confused beginning, he rose through academia and the military, eventually becoming a lawyer. According to The Hill, he styled himself a Gulf War Veteran, despite only having “served” as a legal eagle – who never left South Carolina.
Under George Wan… sorry, WaLker Bush, he rose to the rank of Colonel.
Then for the next few years, he took a back seat in America’s foreign adventures.
But this “career” ran parallel to his political ambitions. I will not bore you with his rise through THOSE ranks – the SIDE DETAILS are far more interesting.
He was part of the movement that sought – unsuccessfully – to impeach Bill Clinton over his indiscretions with a certain chubby intern.
He described Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito – whom some claimed was sexist and racist – to be “a decent, honourable man”.
He stated that Free Speech was a “great idea” – except when you were at war.
He proposed a measure classifying the American-born children of illegal immigrants as illegal too.
He has been given an “A” rating by the NRA – meaning America’s gun-nuts consider him a friend.
Of course, he opposed “Obamacare”.
And he championed pre-emptive military action against Iran.
But it is his stance on Gay Marriage – and adoption – that flagged him on MY radar. He is against them.
Now up until I heard that, I had always ASSUMED he was GAY. I mean, just LOOK at him…
Plus the fact he has never married or produced offspring.
However on reflection, this anomaly is not really surprising. It is a well-known fact that most rabidly homophobic guys are in fact gay themselves, but are unable – due to peer-pressure, upbringing, religion or a combination of those things – to accept their sexual orientation.
And so they “over-compensate” by adopting a strong anti-gay position – until the inevitable “expose” splashes all over the tabloids.
I suppose we will just have to wait for THAT…