Lindsey Graham is thinking of running for president

Conservative Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he’s thinking of running for president.

Which should be interesting, as Graham has been dogged for years about speculation as to whether he’s gay.

First, the Weekly Standard’s interview with Graham in which Graham announces the big news:

In a recent, hour-long interview, Lindsey Graham said if he is reelected to the Senate in November, he will begin exploring a bid for the presidency….

In our interview, Graham repeatedly spoke of the challenges that will face the next president because of the mistakes made under Obama. And he suggested that he might just be the one to fix them.

“If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking​—​me and McCain have been talking​—​I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said.

To many observers, myself included, Graham comes across as gay. Stereotypically so, in fact. If you google “Is Lindsey Graham gay?”, you get a lot of results questioning the senator’s sexual orientation. The speculation is real.


And while speculation and rumors do not in fact mean that someone is gay, the issue here is why Graham, who often faces such speculation, even from a recent primary opponent, would subject himself to the rigorous scrutiny of a presidential campaign.


The first possibility is that Graham isn’t gay at all, and thus there’s no there-there to be found, or disclosed, on the campaign trail — so he’s not worried about what revelations might pop up along the way.

And if Graham were a known and flaming heterosexual, I, as a campaign adviser, might be less concerned about putting him further in the public eye. But considering that Graham’s big on-the-record denial included a saucy reference to Ricky Martin, I’m less than sanguine.

The second possibility is that Graham is gay, and thinks he can keep the big secret. And he wouldn’t be the first high-powered Washingtonian who thought his sexual peccadilloes could be kept under wraps. Political egos are large and in charge. And they often fail politicians, particularly where sex is involved.

The third, and I think likely, scenario is one in which Graham is doing all he can to butch himself up for the re-elect this fall. He wants to take no chances that the “he’s really gay” chatter might detract from his overall turnout. So, short of getting married, what better move than to hint that he might just run for president?

After all, a closeted homosexual would never seriously consider running for president, the logic goes, lest his secret be discovered. So the fact that Graham is considering running means he must not have any secrets!

We’ll let God and the voters sort it out.

Lindsay Graham chick-fil-a

Lindsey Graham celebrating the anti-gay Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

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41 Responses to “Lindsey Graham is thinking of running for president”

  1. KathFriendafi says:

    my aunt recently purchased a 2013 BMW 5 Series Hybrid only from working online. go HOME EARNINGS REPORT

  2. wmforr says:

    Go over to freerepublic, and you will find old-timers who refuse to believe Liberace was gay.

  3. wmforr says:

    And Stewart’s straight. How many of his young, straight viewers know who Blanch Dubois is? Their gay friends can clue them in.

  4. wmforr says:

    I’d rather have a President who at least has a command of English grammar.

  5. dcinsider says:

    I hope he runs just so I can see Jon Stewart do his Miss Lindsey impersonation on a daily basis.

  6. BeccaM says:

    Well it’s all the poor dear can struggle to attempt in the short times between the frequent attacks of the vapors. We shouldn’t be surprised if some of the ‘thoughts’ are delusional and borderline hallucinatory.

  7. 2patricius2 says:

    Lindsey Graham is thinking?

  8. BillFromDover says:

    And if he picks McCain for VP and Palin to ru(i)n his campaign, what could possibly go wrong in La-la Land and on Bullshit Mountain?

  9. teddy partridge says:

    Called it, three weeks ago….

  10. silas1898 says:

    He is just grifting for Campaign Committee Cash. Like Huckaboo.

  11. The_Fixer says:


    Imagine the internal battle he has on a daily basis? No wonder why he’s loony.

  12. Buford2k11 says:

    Gay??? Hmm…I was guessing more along the lines of eunuch, or castrada…some folks are born “effeminate”, my younger brother was effeminate despite my best efforts to “toughen” him up…He has two great kids and a really nice wife…and he still won’t talk to me…my bad…but as to Miz Lindsey, let him/her/it run…At worst, it would be interesting, and at best…maybe all of Miz Lindey’s secrets will be ahhh, outed???

  13. Ham_Phobe says:

    “me and McCain have been talking​” – well, then that should be a winner.

  14. rmthunter says:

    Quite aside from questions about his sexual orientation, the idea of someone as brainless as Graham in the White House should be enough to scare anyone.

  15. crazymonkeylady says:

    Better yet, how about a Graham/santorum ticket?? One hates gays, the other is closeted. Like the ‘Odd Couple’!

  16. crazymonkeylady says:

    Nailed it!

  17. Jim Olson says:

    Ken Mehlman is gay? Lindsey Graham is gay?

  18. FLL says:

    I agree that Graham might just be a venal politician looking to line his pockets. He’s from a tiny town in the hills of western South Carolina where his parents ran a liquor store. And he’s certainly never come into any large sums of money by marrying into a rich family, as I’m sure many straight men in South Carolina politics have. Lindsey dearest has only had the kindness of strangers to rely on, hence his exploratory committee bucket.

  19. AnitaMann says:

    Not, “It’s Raining Men”? Y’know, as a salute to the (male) troops.

  20. The_Fixer says:

    Oh, Please, Please, can this happen? Oh, it would be the most entertaining loss for Mr. Graham. I would love to see this.

    He’s got lots of Olde Southern Belles with big checkbooks who think he’s a “dashing young man who just hasn’t found the right woman yet, bless his heart.” However, the rest of the country will get a good, close look at this nut and most will dismiss him out of hand.

    The longer he stays in the race, the more he’ll be questioned. You know, about… that. That alone will be interesting to watch.

    But, again, I am in it for the entertainment value. He’s got generally F’d-Up ideas, but they’re so out there that he won’t get any traction.

  21. The_Fixer says:

    I believe you are correct. I have at least heard Stewart call him Blanche Dubois.

  22. Naja pallida says:

    I can’t fathom how any kind of Graham campaign could even take shape, short of him hiring every fawning sycophant in Washington DC, because any advisor who was willing to actually tell him the honest truth would laugh in his face. His chances are negligible. He will never be crazy enough for the right to make up for his effeminate character, and not smart enough to skew left to pick up disaffected moderates. If we’re bemusedly questioning his sexuality, imagine what the bigots that control his party are thinking about him? No, sorry, Lindsey Graham has gone as far as he ever will in US politics.

  23. lynchie says:

    Lindsey and his partner, his BFF John McCain. what a team, they have a lot to offer America as it continues to slide into the toilet.

  24. UncleBucky says:

    Popcorn. POPcorn! Popcorn will help us as we watch! Yes, Popcorn! (apologies to Yip Harburg).

  25. AnitaMann says:

    Well isn’t that special. What’s his platform? We’re all gonna die unless we bomb the world? That’ll go over well. Not. Better stick with being part of the furniture on MTP.

  26. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Wasn’t it John Steward who called him “the Blanche Dubois of South Carolina”?

  27. Colin says:

    I really don’t care who or what he is presently screwing. The people he has a hard on for are the ‘lazy , selfish , dirty masses who will not work for next to nothing.’ Add to that anyone that does not walk in lock step with his fundamentalist nonsense.

  28. BeccaM says:

    Ego definitely plays a part. Anybody remember the sad excuse for a human being named John Edwards? The guy so full of himself he thought he could become president without anyone learning about the mistress he barely bothered to hide?

    After all, let’s not forget how for the last decade or more, Miz Lindsey has been fluffed almost weekly on national TV — on Faux News and the other cable networks, as well as the Sunday morning circle-jerk talking-head programs.

    Thus it is entirely possible that because he’s managed to keep his personal life mostly out of the news, Graham has convinced himself nobody will ever learn about whatever it is he does. Or, maybe he’s that model of Christian fundamentalist repression and abnegation: An entirely abstinent gay man attempting to achieve their ideal of being (almost) sexually invisible.

    That said and the speculation about Graham’s personal life aside for just the moment, I keyed in on one remark he made there. He says he’s thinking about running for president if he wins re-election to the Senate. Anyone else note the weirdness of that statement? Hey, South Carolinians! If you re-elect this guy, he’s saying you’ll only get two years max out of him, during which time he’ll be occupied with running for president instead. Or “exploring” a run for president.

    But this notion of a double-jujitsu of asserting heterosexuality and ‘butchness’ by implying a run for president? That seems a tad too convoluted. The normal practice for a gay guy trying to pass for straight is (1) overcompensation in personal behavior (and Miz Lindsey just can’t seem to drop that near mincing lisp of his) and (2) acquiring a ‘beard’ (aka, a woman — wife, GF — who doesn’t mind never having sex). I contend Graham’s hints of running are nothing more than a ploy, and possibly trying to set himself up for the usual political gravy train of the ‘presidential exploration campaign fund’. In short, he’s saying, “Hey you guys, Ahm even MORE available to be bribed now! Ah jes opened up the exploratory committee bucket!”

  29. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    There are a couple of other possibilities. He may be so frightened of being homosexual, that he has never had sex, or he could be asexual.

  30. Demosthenes says:

    Larry Craig for running mate. Marcus Bachmann for campaign manger.

    “YMCA” as the official campaign song.

  31. Dave of the Jungle says:

    This recalls years past when I occasionally declared that I would never publicly suggest that Ken Mehlman is Gay or anything like it.

  32. Hue-Man says:

    The TeaParty/GOP is famously unable to acknowledge facts. That might explain his Presidential ambitions.

    BTW, do they have airports with men’s bathrooms in South Carolina where Lindie can practice his toe-tapping? Will Larry Craig run his campaign? (I didn’t say which one….)

  33. basenjilover says:

    Run Miz Lindsey Run!

  34. jomicur says:

    Every politician I’ve ever known (including some very good ones) has been an over-the-top egomaniac. And a power-mad one, at that (Gore Vidal used to say they were all power junkies). Very, very few of them have been capable of the kind of introspective self-correction that might lead Graham to reflect realistically on his chances of getting the GOP nomination, much less elected. Even if he’s straight, his GOP opponents would certainly float every rumor they can, through surrogates of course, which would be more than enough to sink his campaign. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about politicians, it’s simply not possible to overestimate their narcissism and egomania.

  35. bkmn says:

    Miss Lindsey is just getting desperate for some power. Other top main stream repubs have been feeling the pressure from the Tea folk. This is just Lindsey’s way to say “hey, over here! Tough butch guy looking for something.”

    By kind of tossing the hat in the ring Miss L gets to have some say in the party dialogue that wouldn’t be possible without the threat of running.

  36. Indigo says:

    If Graham is in fact not gay but just another startlingly effeminate Republican of the very old guard, he is entirely unqualified to be president on the grounds that he doesn’t understand why he comes off gay to the public. That’s evidence of a level of stupidity that cannot grace the White House. So he probably can get elected if he runs on the grounds that America would never elect a divorced has-been B movie actor to the White House . . . but they did!

  37. That’s bizarre. I thought they dropped the tailoring option, but maybe they’re still doing it.

  38. kingstonbears says:

    Would that be President and First Lady, or 2 First Ladies?

  39. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Google’s result counts are as ambiguous as Graham’s sexuality. You get a million results for “is lindsey graham gay” while I see around 800k, and when I click through to page 4, the result count drops to around 300.

  40. This ad seriously popped up when I was re-reading the story a minute ago. I suppose that’s one solution.

  41. Jim Olson says:

    Wait, Lindsey Graham is gay? (Perhaps he ought to consult with Ken Mehlman and see how this particular A-Blog prescience turned out for him…)

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