I get the feeling Lindsey Graham is going to face a primary in 2014 and it’ll say a great deal about the GOP’s current and future prospects. It should not surprise anyone. He has really stuck his neck out over immigration. Going so far as to say in an interview with the Wall Street Journal:
“If I lose, I lose. I don’t want to stop being a senator to be senator.”
In addition, Graham is an internationalist (like his mentor John McCain) in a party that looks (and looks can be very deceiving) to be turning more non-interventionist (or what Graham calls isolationist) and he is no fan of Ron Paul.
In fact Graham said of Texas Congressman and his acolytes:
Given that kind of talk the supporters of Ron Paul almost have too primary him. If they can find a credible candidate, aka someone known outside of their involvement with Ron Paul they could have a good chance of knocking Graham out.
What would that say about the GOP going forward? First, that immigration support is a non-starter for candidates who want to be competitive in South Carolina and other southern states (aside from Florida). Second, the supporters of Ron Paul are becoming a real force in the GOP. Lastly, that the party establishment better consolidate around someone very fast.