Charles P. Pierce has a great piece in Esquire profiling U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC), and his race against U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R. SC). It’s worth a full read but here’s a good snippet:
The seat Harrison is running for was occupied for forty-eight years by Strom Thurmond, who’d run for president in 1948 in revolt against the civil-rights plank in the Democratic National Convention platform. But it wasn’t just dark legacies that got Harrison into this race. He’d also had just about enough in 2018, while watching the red-faced, hysterical Yosemite Sam performance of Thurmond’s successor, Lindsey Graham, in defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“It was those hearings that really pushed me over, to be quite honest,” Harrison said. “Not so much because I thought Graham shouldn’t vote for Justice Kavanaugh. Listen, you can’t be naive in this business. Lindsey Graham’s a Republican, and the Republican president nominated somebody to be on the Supreme Court. Where I really had a problem was the treatment of Dr. Ford in that hearing.”
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, and Kavanaugh had denied it. At the hearing to vet the allegation, Senate Republicans brought in a special counsel, Rachel Mitchell. For Ford’s testimony, Graham, like all Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, ceded his time to Mitchell. But for Kavanaugh’s testimony, when Graham’s turn to question the nominee came around, he kept his time and used it to turn the hearing into a tribal war. “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020,” Graham shouted at the Democrats on the dais. “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics.” From that point on, none of his Republican colleagues ceded their time to the special counsel so that she might actually investigate Ford’s charges.
Give the whole piece a read and when you’re done, let’s keep up the momentum and flip South Carolina Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Harrison, Biden and their fellow South Carolina Democrats campaigns:
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