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Lindsey Graham colorfully predicts a John McCain win in N.C.

We're at that point in the presidential campaign season when the underdog -- that would be John McCain in this race -- and his true-blue allies stress the positive and assure their crowds that all will turn out well.

McCain, for instance, on Tuesday confidently told a crowd in Hershey, Pa. -- where polls persist in showing Barack Obama comfortably ahead -- that he would "fool the pundits" and carry the state next week.

But later in the day, his frequent traveling companion, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, did him one better in the guarantee department.

Graham, as part of helping warm up an audience for McCain in Fayetteville, N.C., promised his listeners that although polls have shown a deadlock in the traditionally Republican state, McCain would win it.

“He fits North Carolina like a glove,” Graham said. “I’ll beat [Olympic gold medalist] Michael Phelps in swimming before Barack Obama wins North Carolina."

Graham added: "Don’t let me down, because I can’t swim.”

-- Don Frederick

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In his dreams. Who cares about what Graham thinks. Voters should not forget his comments about us being a bunch of whiners. So much for his caring of us.

They will be fooling both pundits and voters just like the last several elections where Republicans did 6-10% better than even the exit polling predicted.

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I can just hear Lindsey Graham now...listen!!

blub blub! blub!

And Micheal Phelps wins again....

Senator Graham, you'd best engage a good swimming coach because you and your addle-pated friends are going to be spending a lot of time in the tank......thankfully. After eight years of some of the most incompetent and comtemptible leadership it just might be poetic justice if you had to share the pool with a hungry shark or two.

Best start learning how to swim, Sen. Graham. You and a lot of your friends should have plenty of time on your hands to take swimming lessons between looking for a new job. You bunch of trolls have had a great time in the last eight years raping the public of their hard-earned as you rewarded your arms contractor friends with lucrative no-bid contracts to fight two ill-conceived wars. Wars that you and your soon-to-be-out-of-work friends would like to extend till you've found some other scam to perpetrated. Bye.

I wonder if Graham would like to place a little bet on that? McCain the gambler - would he like some odds? I bet not.

Is it me or is Lindsey Graham just kind of becoming a cartoon. A total sycophants sychophant. Palinesque in his simplicity. He has no voice of his own.

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Funny he should say that about Michael Phelps. It was actually a defining moment for me. Michael Phelps on the historic medal count road and after the high of an exciting win there would be ...a negative McCain ad. Downer. The Olympics was no place to be running negative ads. To me that was a huge mistake to be putting down a fellow American when it was a shining moment for America and the Olympics in general were a real patriotic boost after so many embarrassing Bush years. I wrote off old sentiments of the AZ senator at that point. So the pychology of it wasn't on target. Obama ran ads during the Olympics too but they were positive.

Lindsey Graham is correct about NC. The only reason Obama thinks he has a chance here is the 26% minority that he assumes will be voting for him.

I meet democrats everyday saying they won't vote for the Marxist. It won't even be close.

Obama lives in the fabricated fantasy of media, making the mistake of believing his own "yes men".

NC hasn't voted for a dem for president since 1976, and Obama, one of the leftmost politicians in our country with his 'spreading the wealth' comment, has zero chance of obtaining our electoral votes. He'll be lucky to hold on to PA. Word there is that Murtha is going down. That's not good news for the big 0.

the l.a. times is truly just an arm of the obama campaign. they destroyed his opponent in the illinois senate(i think
ryan was his name). then they hide materials in their possession which are incriminating to "The One". And
now they (like all of you liars, a.k.a. 'the media'), are
maintaining their spin to the very end. I don't know about the national outcome, but i'm from n.c. and i would gladly bet the writer of this biased piece of non-journalism that lindsey graham's 'colorful" prediction will come true.

Start swimmin', Lindsey. And, Phil, your fear and paranoia drive your politics. That's pretty sad.

Better get those swimming trunks on, monkey boy!

NC has gone to Obama. Rather than throwing Lindsey into the deep end, a compassionate compromise might be to just give him a good waterboarding.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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