"If I get to be president, white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency," Graham said.
He also tossed in some jokes about Baptists for good measure. A recording of the comments were given to CNN by two South Carolina Democrats.
So that whole Mitt Romney-47 percent thing apparently didn't register with Graham: Act like you're always on tape, because you probably are.
His aides said the jokes were given in a roast-like setting during a dinner in Charleston. And yes, we get it. It was all a joke. "Forty-seven percent" was serious, and this was meant to make people laugh.
But if you are a Southern white male senator, it's probably not the best idea to tell a joke that touches on race, gender and privilege when your party is struggling so much with people who aren't white males -- particularly in the South.
Like Romney on wealth issues, Graham has a higher hurdle, heavier baggage and more downside on stuff like this. So it's probably just best to steer clear.