South Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, whom I have written about here, has a primary tomorrow against long-time South Carolina GOP National Committeeman Buddy Witherspoon. Witherspoon has been somewhat underfunded, and entered the race only after several other would-be challengers met embarrassing political ends due to scandal or controversy. People I know and like say he’s a good man. At NRO, meanwhile, John J. Miller has a more charitable take on Graham; it is in the regular mag, available electronically to subscribers only, I believe, but it is worth a read. Miller does note something I left out in my column, which is that Graham was one of the plotters who met in secret, mid-term, to try to organize a coup against Newt Gingrich in a moment of panic when things weren’t going well. I still don’t know what in the Lord’s name the plotters thought they would accomplish; nothing could be more destructive than changing a speaker in the middle of a session. It was my former boss, Bob Livingston, who found out about the plot and, with Gerald Solomon, blew the whistle on it and put a stop to it. Frankly, the plot was both underhanded and politically idiotic. Anyway, Graham is apparently a rather heavy favorite against Witherspoon, but the results will be interesting to watch nonetheless.
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