I can't leave this Lindsey Graham story alone. It's not just that the free market, limited government, social tolerance voters (a swing vote that accounts for up to 20% of the electorate) deserves more respect from the Republican Party - it does - but that Lindsey Graham and many other Republicans don't seem to realize the position of weakness they are in. Consider...
Lindsey Graham, while announcing that "We are not going to build a party around libertarian ideas", said...
“I’m a winner, pal,” Graham [said] ... “Winning matters to me. If it doesn’t matter to you, there’s the exit sign.” [...] “I’m not going to give this party over to people who can’t win,” Graham responded.
But the Republican Party is already controlled by people who can't win.
The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away from the GOP has occurred among nearly every major demographic subgroup. [...] By the end of 2008, the party had its worst positioning against the Democrats in nearly two decades.
While it is important to be flexible enough to win elections in more States, the solution to the Republican Party problem is not "be more vague, so that you don't alienate people".
As for Lindsey Graham: It's hard to see any coherent vision from Sen. Graham beyond 'power and perks'. Republicans need to find out exactly what it is Sen. Graham is trying to "win". He may have won his own election, but that only makes him a leader in the downward spiral of the Republican Party.