For some unknown reason, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has yet to drop out of the Presidential race. Even though nobody ever really wanted him to run, and there was never ANY chance he was going to get any support from Republican voters, John McCain’s best bud tossed his hat in the ring earlier this year and has stubbornly persisted in remaining in the race. While both Scott Walker and Rick Perry, both seen as actual candidates with a legit shot as recently as a few months ago, dropped out due to lagging poll numbers, Graham has kept the faith even though he has yet to see his support inch past 1%.
On Thursday, Fox Business Network did their level best to tell Graham that he should just pack it up and call it a day. Unveiling the lineup of next week’s GOP primary debate, FBN pushed previous main-stagers Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee to the undercard event and told Graham and former New York Governor George Pataki they didn’t make the cut at all. Due to the fact that both men had seen less than one percent support in recent polls, they can’t even take a seat at the kiddies table.
Well, Graham was none too pleased, as you would imagine, especially considering that many felt he won CNBC’s early-round debate. In a statement his campaign manager released to the press, Graham tried to shame Fox for cutting him from the debate by invoking Veterans Day. See, Graham is a vet (six years active duty and still a reserve member) and the debate occurs a day before the federal holiday.
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 6, 2015
That’ll show ’em, Lindsey!
Not making the cut of the loser debate should signal the end for both Graham and Pataki. Unlike the war-hawk Senator, Pataki has not really hit the campaign trail and has almost solely relied on the debates to get any media attention. It would seem likely that he’ll drop out soon enough. (Then gain, Jim Gilmore, who has yet to make the debate stage in any form, is still technically running.) Graham may be just as stubborn as Gilmore and refuse to drop out ahead of the primaries, even though nobody gives a shit about his campaign.
Meanwhile, a number of people took to Twitter to poke fun at Graham for being so pathetic he couldn’t even make the happy hour stage.
Lindsey Graham and Pataki relegated to bumfight in parking lot.
— Jake McIntyre (@jakemcintyre) November 6, 2015
Lindsey Graham and George Pataki are going to debate in the street outside the actual debate and upload it to YouTube from Graham’s phone.
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) November 6, 2015
AP snubs Lindsey Graham snub https://t.co/KNyWd9aLAm
— Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) November 6, 2015
Lindsey Graham be like: pic.twitter.com/LnZP3fkxsK
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) November 6, 2015
Is Lindsey somewhere off crying in a corner? You know he is.