In 2009 and 2010, the TEA Party wave was rolling across America. More and more, the conservative base of the Republican party was jumping on board and the wave of truly conservative candidates winning US House elections changed the pendulum in regards to numbers, but it appears it wasn't enough.
The current US House of Representatives sits at 234 Republicans to 201 Democrats. A fairly solid margin. The US Senate however is still controlled by the Democrats and a number of progressive Republicans. One of those more liberal GOP Senators is Lindsey Graham.
While the numbers are close in the Senate, the willingness of Senators like Graham to thumb his nose at his conservative base and work with Democrats has resulted in a number of censures from various Republican groups in South Carolina. His support and votes for Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan paints Lindsey Graham into a corner with the liberal democrats and Barack Obama but Graham counts on South Carolinians forgetting all that when election time comes and he puts on his conservative hat to play to the voters. Keep in mind that both Sotomayor and Kagan voted to uphold Obamacare and shoot down the Defense of Marriage Act, resulting in 5-4 votes on each issue.
So what lessons have the GOP voters in South Carolina learned?