Why did Van Jones refer to Lindsey Graham as ‘the great Lindsey Graham’?

Yesterday on CNN’s Crossfire, Van Jones asked South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) if he would be supporting the reelection efforts of fellow South Carolinian Lindsey Graham, but it was the way in which Jones phrased the question that had Glenn, Pat, and Stu confused.

JONES: He just mentioned Lindsey Graham – the great Lindsey gram. Are you supporting him for reelection?

“Say you want to deny the facts that Van Jones is a violent revolutionary, communist revolutionary that started one of the nastiest organizations: STORM. Say you want to deny all that and say he’s just a progressive,” Glenn said. “Why would he be calling Lindsey Graham ‘the great Lindsey Graham’? He really wants to know: Are you going to support him? You’re a freak if you’re not supporting him. That’s basically the point of the question.”

As telling as Jones’ characterization of Sen. Graham is, Sen. Scott’s avoidance of given a direct yes or no answer is equally telling.

SCOTT: You know, as you three have heard recently, I am up for re — up for reelection next year myself. I’m going to make sure that Tim Scott gets out… and I will allow for all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very well. I’m going to continue to work hard for my election.

JONES: No endorsement for Lindsey tonight?

SCOTT: I’m certainly going to work really hard for Tim Scott’s reelection… Got to win first.

“Thank you, Tim Scott,” Pat said.

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  • Bonnie Somer

    the great Van Jones just proves one thing we don’t need him. lindsey graham needs to go not be re-elected.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Agreed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    To all the people that keep voting for Lindsey Graham.

  • David

    Glenn needs to have Lee Bright on the show again!

  • fire lion

    Please, Primary Lindsey graham. Stack your whole party is with wet behind the ears brownshirts.

  • Anonymous

    You have GOT to be joking. Lindsey Graham is like Marco Rubio, John McCain, John Mica, and Ron DeSantis – they will go wherever they feel the crowd is going. His Majesty, Lindsey Graham, The Great. LOL.

  • landofaahs

    Sounds like Van has a crush on Lindsey.

  • Cecil

    Scott needs to go. He has not done one thing in the US Senate except vote ithe way the Tea Party wants him to vote. He is an absolute do nothing with no brains,

  • Linda League

    And what is wrong with the Tea Party?

  • Frank

    South Carolina is largely conservative. They may have been duped by Grahamnesty pretending to be a conservative for re-election, but they certainly seem to be catching on quite quickly in learning from their mistakes. I found it also very ironic that of all people Al Sharpton is ALSO from South Carolina AND despite the democratic primary there in the 60′s actually DENYING blacks the right to vote back then, he STILL tries to shamelessly convey that VERY rhetoric among the opposition.

  • Anonymous

    Now, if the Tea Party got him elected, he’s doing exactly what he’s suppose to do. Voting the way the politician campaigns may be new to you, but it’s what politicians are suppose to do. They aren’t suppose to claim to be conservatives, then vote for every liberal idea that comes along after they are elected.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Lindsey is getting ready to switch parties.