I see some of y’all have already raised the topic of Lindsey Graham forming an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign.
Kathryn asked whether he had a chance of beating Jeb Bush (in a way that indicated she knew the answer).
No, he does not.
But I’m pretty sure this is one of those “running to get free media in order to raise certain issues” campaigns. I think he assumes that none of those running will provide the kind of critique of the Obama administration on international affairs as he will. What I’ve been seeing lately suggests that both parties will be trying to out-populist each other on economic issues. To some extent, anyway. Graham’s probably reading stuff like this:
“You talk to any pollster, on the Democratic side or the Republican side, they’re in complete agreement on the idea that there has to be an economic populist message,” said Matthew Dowd, a top strategist for former president George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns.
And if you’re Graham, or John McCain, or me, that makes you think there’s not going to be nearly enough talk about collective security, or America’s relationships with the rest of the world.
I don’t think the campaign-to-be is about trying to beat anybody. But I could be wrong….