CENTRAL, PICKENS COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA — The only bachelor in the Republican race to succeed President Obama has dropped out, according to our associate solitary reporter, Lewis Thompson, who met with the senator here in his hometown in far northwestern South Carolina.
When The Palmetto State’s senior senator, 60-year-old Lindsey Graham (who succeeded Strom Thurmond in 2002) is in the Nation’s Capital, he arduously and zealously performs his duties, but South Carolina has borne the brunt so far of Hurricane Joaquin.
So what does a loyal son of the Deep South do when he is running for president?
“Let’s just get through this thing, and whatever it costs, it costs," the senator told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, in a forthright plea for federal aid.
But Wolf, ever intense, promptly pointed out that the senator voted against a large relief package for New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He told Blitzer that he did not remember voting that way, but he later told The Washington Post that the relief package for Hurricane Sandy was a “pork-fest” and that he would “fight like a tiger to make sure somebody doesn’t use [their] tragedy for their advantage.”
Hurricane Joaquin has killed at least eleven people and has left roughly 40,000 without water.
But it just so happens that South Carolina winds up third in the early voting caucus/primary state extravaganzas which happen every four years.
Which is why Sen. Graham told Thompson that he is dropping out of the race in order to get as much pork for The Palmetto State as possible.
“Mah State, Do o' Die!” The senator said.
When Thompson asked Graham whether, given appropriate circumstances, he would like to date supermodel Melania Trump, Graham, a good ol’ Southern Baptist, told Thompson in no uncertain terms to get out of his house.
Elsewhere, Joe Biden, immured in the White House and pondering his next move, told his aides to draft talking points for his upcoming primary challenge against Hillary Rodham over the former Secretary of State’s announcement last month that she is opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which she actively supported as Secretary of State.