Lindsay Graham is the senior Senator for the state of South Carolina. Politically he voted for the recently overturned Defense of Marriage Act. (He is not married and has no children.) In 2008, he served as national co-chairman of John McCain's failed 2008 presidential bid and later supported the bank bailouts instead of those with underwater mortgages.
Generally speaking you can't get more Republican than Lindsay Graham and this Republican dropped the following "bomb" yesterday:
On July 16, 2013, Graham suggested the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of "what the Russian government is doing throughout the world." Source NBC News: [Link]
Then he upped his game with some by serious "carpet bombing" of the Olympic ideal and our strained relations with Russia here:
“I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” Graham (R-S.C.) said when asked about the possibility of a boycott.
“It might help, because what they’re doing is outrageous,” he said. “We certainly haven’t reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant ... [Edward Snowden, NSA whistler blower] asylum it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States.” Source: The Hill: [Link]
Wow, a leading member of the US Senate wants to boycott the 2014 Olympic Games over a guy that most Americans consider a whistle blower rather than a traitor. (Is this really 2013?)
"a new Quinnipiac University poll... Snowden — who is currently seeking political asylum while holed up in Russia — is viewed as a "whistleblower" by 55% of poll respondents. Only 34% view him as a "traitor. ..." Source Business Insider: [Link]
I would not put it passed the Obama administration to float this idea given the lengths they are going to catch this whistle blower.
Again, the US government is at odds with the people, the athletes, and what is a moral good for our world at large - Lindsay Graham is leading that charge.