Commentary: Lindsey Graham for U.S. Senate

This editorial appeared on The State in Columbia, S.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008.

While it may seem superfluous, even redundant, to do so, we take the opportunity today to enthusiastically endorse Lindsey Graham for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Graham, unlike his good friend and ally John McCain, is cruising along toward certain victory in next week’s election. That’s mainly because his opponent is no Barack Obama. Far from it. Sen. Graham was enough of a shoo-in — despite all the grumbling in his party about his having taken a strong stand (and the right stand, along with Sen. McCain) on comprehensive immigration reform — that no Democrat with electoral credibility even sought to run against him. Between the two who did seek the nomination, the weaker candidate made it onto the November ballot.

Bob Conley is one of those anomalous candidates who occasionally step into political vacuums — a nominal Democrat who takes the position of the angry right wing on immigration and would abolish the Federal Reserve. His Web site touts words of support from Ron Paul and the wife of Patrick Buchanan.

Mr. Conley is up against one of the brightest, hardest-working members of the U.S. Senate.

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