Lindsey Graham, This Year’s Maverick
June 28, 2010
By ROBERT DRAPER
“He’s the one that has that prop of your legs sticking out of a toilet in the back of his truck,” Cato added helpfully.
Graham turned away from the window. A large red flea bite, acquired during a recent trip to Afghanistan, sat aglow just to the right of his nose. “Is he running as a Republican?” he asked. Cato affirmed that Kibler was.
“Who’s running against him?” Graham asked.
“Fred Payne. He’s the incumbent.”
“O.K. Tell Fred, anything I can do, I’ll do.”
Graham is not a morning person, but at that hour in May he was thoroughly revved up, despite eating only a pack of crackers for breakfast. Big issues rattle from his brain and out of his inert, somewhat glassy-eyed face as if dispensed by a gum-ball machine. Among these was the Kerry-Lieberman climate-change bill — or “energy independence” bill, as he preferred to call it for the sake of attracting conservative support.