The outspoken Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of John McCain's closest allies during the 2008 campaign, offered his thoughts on Glenn Beck during an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at the First Draft of History, being hosted by The Atlantic at the Newseum today in Washington, DC:
"Only in America can you make that much money crying," Graham said, as he suggested conservative talk radio, in particular, has detracted form constructive political debate in America. "What do I think of Rush Limbaugh? Well, I think he makes hundreds of millions of dollars being able to talk on the radio for three hours a day. It is what it is, but here's what I worry about: how many people in my business are going to be controlled by what's said on the radio or in a TV commercial? Base politics is what we're talking about."
He continued: " Glenn Beck is not aligned with any party as far as I can tell. He's aligned with cynicism, and there's always been a market for cynicism."