It’s not pretty being easy

Senator Lindsey Graham denudes himself of everything but his clubs.

Maybe there’s a tape somewhere of the senator doing something he shouldn’t have done. Maybe it’s just embarrassing, not criminal, just something voters in South Carolina would find unseemly. Maybe the Russians have the tape. Maybe Trump knows they have it. Maybe he knows they have because they showed it to him. Maybe Graham knows Trump knows about it because Trump showed him the tape. And maybe that’s when it happened. Maybe the word blackmail never came up. Maybe Trump just asked him to play golf. Maybe Trump asked again … and again. Maybe Graham would have played anyway. He likes golf. Maybe Trump reminds Graham of the tape 3, 4 times per week, jokes about it constantly. Maybe Graham laughs, too, but not as loudly. Maybe Graham thinks about that laugh, the Trump laugh, when he’s not with Trump. Maybe he thinks about the laugh, the Trump laugh, the tape (“Stupid. I should have known I was being filmed”), his career, his reputation when asked to talk about Donald Trump these days.

Something must have happened to go from this

“Donald Trump, I think, is the most unprepared person I’ve ever met to be commander in chief,” Graham said.

and this

“Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville. Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them,” Graham said in a statement.

and this

Graham said of Trump: “He took our [party’s] problems in 2012 with Hispanics and made them far worse by espousing forced deportation. Looking back, we should have basically kicked him out of the party.”

and this

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tore into Donald Trump’s speech on foreign policy, calling it “unnerving,” “pathetic” and “scary,” Politico reports.
Said Graham: “If you had any doubt that Donald Trump is not fit to be commander in chief, this speech should’ve removed it. It took every problem and fear I have with Donald Trump and put in on steroids.”

and this

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

to this

Maybe there’s no tape after all.

Maybe being a race-baiting xenophobic religious bigot doesn’t define a man the way it once did.

Maybe Donald Trump has been a statesmen all along and Graham just realized it.

As we all will.