Right-Wing Fringe: A Hard Base to Please
We talked a bit yesterday about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) telling right-wing activists at a town-hall meeting this week, "I'm not going to leave the Republican Party. I'm going to grow it. We're not going to be the party of angry white guys..... [W]e're going to move this party and this country forward. If you don't like it, you can leave."
It was apparently an even livelier event than I'd realized.
The 75-minute forum filled several sections of Furman University's Timmons Arena and attracted demonstrators, critics with handheld cameras, shouts of "traitor" and "Sotomayor" -- and a smattering of supporters. [...]
One man told Graham he had "betrayed" conservatism and made a "pact with the devil" by working with Democrats.... A woman who had been carrying a sign that condemned "unconstitutional, anti-Christ, socialist, federal, deficit-spending programs" told Graham "God does not compromise" and that he had violated his oath of office by supporting federal ideas, including health care reform that overstep states' rights.