Graham’s bizarre, head-scratching priorities only make sense to a hardened cynic who’s conditioned to expect the worst from Capitol Hill lawmakers. The truth is that far-right South Carolina Republicans have long been tepid in their support for Graham. To avoid the sort of Tea Party primary challengers who have knocked off so many GOP moderates in recent years, Graham had to tack rightward.
Fortunately for Graham, a recent poll from Public Policy Polling showed a significant boost in support for him among likely Republican primary voters, from 37 percent to 51 percent. The lesson here is that although nonsensical attempts to smear egg on the president’s face might not make much sense from a national security standpoint, they make for great politics.