Lindsey Graham has this election’s bleakest campaign promise: If elected, he will start a land war.
He would send American forces into the bloody chaos of Syria and keep them there until the Islamic State is no longer a threat to the United States. It is a grim, open-ended commitment: Even Graham isn’t sure when the troops could come home.
Graham, 60, is a Republican. He is a senator from South Carolina – and now a presidential candidate with poll numbers so low, they aren’t even numbers anymore.
In several recent surveys, Graham didn’t even rate a numeral: Instead, he got an asterisk (pollster code for “less than 0.5 percent”), or a dash (code for something less than an asterisk, zero or nearly zero.) Those numbers are so low that Graham will not be invited to a presidential “forum” this week, held just minutes away from his home in South Carolina. The bar was 1 percent, and Graham didn’t make it, according to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.