Quotes of the day

posted at 10:55 pm on May 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

Rand Paul is in the spotlight tonight. He’s enjoying Scott Brown-like status as the Most Powerful Republican In The World. And look: he says he represents the Tea Party movement. So that must be the end of it, right?…

The Tea Party finally has a real notch in its belt. Rand Paul called them to power tonight

Paul represents pure, unadulterated libertarian-conservative id. He’s not a candidate of sound bites or self-censorship. He seems authentic. Authenticity is a myth, because Paul is a product of so many different strands of American history and thought, but it endears a candidate to voters who think Washington is fake.

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The government’s main function these days is writing checks to old people. These checks allow people to retire and pursue avocations such as going to Tea Party rallies. This basic fact about the government is no great secret. In fact, it’s a huge cliché, robably available more than once in an average day’s newspaper. But the Tea Party Patriots feel free to ignore it and continue serving up rhetoric about “the audaciousness and arrogance of our government,” and calling for the elimination of the Federal Reserve Board or drastic restraints on the power of the Internal Revenue Service…

What is most irksome about the Tea Party Patriots is their expropriation of the word patriot, with the implication that if you disagree with them, you’re not a patriot, or at least you’re less patriotic than they are. Without getting all ask-notty about it, I think a movement labeling itself patriotic should have some obligation to demonstrate patriotism in a way other than demanding a tax cut. In their rhetoric, the Tea Party Patriots do not sound as if they love their country very much: they have nothing but gripes. Yes, of course, these are gripes against the government, not against the country itself. But that distinction becomes hard to maintain when you have nothing good to say about the government and nothing but whines to offer the country.

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Rand Paul’s victory in the Kentucky Republican primary is obviously a depressing event for those who support strong national defense and rational conservative politics…

How is it that the GOP has lost its antibodies against a candidate like Rand Paul? In the past few months, we have seen GOP conservatives rally against Utah Sen. Bob Bennett. There has been no similar rallying against Rand Paul: no ads by well-funded out-of-state groups. Some senior Republicans, like former VP Dick Cheney, indicated a preference for opponent Trey Grayson. But despite Paul’s self-presentation as “anti-establishment,” the D.C. conservative establishment by and large made its peace with him. It is this acquiescence – even more than Paul’s own nomination – that is the most ominous news from tonight’s vote.

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Stucks to say it, but the economy of most of the Western world is starting to take on the form of what you could accurately call a Ponzi scheme.

Inkblots on May 19, 2010 at 12:08 AM
FIFY

Bizarro No. 1 on May 19, 2010 at 7:12 AM

I would love to pull all of the money the wife and I have in our 401k’s, cause something bad is gonna happen in a few years. But I do not want to give the Fed that 10% penalty and it would put us in the tax bracket for the AMT for that year. Not willing to give them that big of a check. Hopefully everything will last until I am 59 1/2 in a few years and then golden.

Johnnyreb on May 19, 2010 at 7:25 AM

The true beauty of Regan lay in the fact that he knew the history of modern conservatism, he knew why he was a conservative,

JohnGalt23 on May 19, 2010 at 5:24 AM

No, his real power was connecting with the people, he went to the people like Sarah does…not to Washington, or the press, he allowed them to come along and talk to the people, but he talked to them first, with an earnest heart.
His “knowledge” was born from the fact that he connected with people and they stated “Yes, that is how I feel”. The exact same reaction you get from Sarah’s audience….but not from Huck (a little bit), not from Romney, McCain, more so Giuliani, no longer Newt, but definitely Jan Brewer.

right2bright on May 19, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Now, if she really wants to impress me as the next Reagan, go on whatever passes today for William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, and demonstrate that she can discuss Edmund Burke and John Locke and Russell Kirk with the deep-thinking corner of the right-wing. For me (and for a whole lot of people on the Right), the magic of Reagan wasn’t his sunny disposition, or his anti-Communism, or even his ability to return the GOP from the brink. The true beauty of Regan lay in the fact that he knew the history of modern conservatism, he knew why he was a conservative, and he knew (for the most part) what it took to implement policy, while staying true to those goals.

If Sarah Palin can demonstrate that, then maybe she is truly ready.

What rot.

The beauty of Reagan is not the he translated Burke to the peepuhl, but that he connected to the peepuhl on such an elemental level. Sarah’s got that.

Nobody who voted Reagan into office cared that he knew about Edmund Burke or Whittaker Chambers. They knew that he was firm and steadfast in his conservative principles.

victor82 on May 19, 2010 at 7:37 AM

“Rand Paul’s victory in the Kentucky Republican primary is obviously a depressing event for those who support strong national defense and rational conservative politics”

The repubs of Kentucky have nominated an isolationist and son of an antisemite (does that apple fall far from the rotted father’s tree?) in a time of great peril. What a sad commentary on them and him. Will we see Mr. Paul hosting Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin events because they are likethis on their foreign policy views?
Very sad day indeed.

eaglewingz08 on May 19, 2010 at 7:51 AM

If Rand Paul comes out and says that Truthers are idiots and says “It was muslim terrorist that did it and the U.S. Government had NOTHING to do with it” then I’ll be excited about him winning. Until then….

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 19, 2010 at 7:54 AM

A fiscal conservative win is a fiscal conservative win. I’ll take it.

Mike Kinsley?
David Frum?
Two sides of the idiot coin. Don’t care what those guys think about Rand Paul or conservatives or anything. Find quotables of a higher caliber.

ROCnPhilly on May 19, 2010 at 8:01 AM

A fiscal conservative win is a fiscal conservative win. I’ll take it.

ROCnPhilly on May 19, 2010 at 8:01 AM

I think a whole lot of people are overlooking that fact, and just looking at his Dad and his craziness.

Johnnyreb on May 19, 2010 at 8:04 AM

It is this acquiescence – even more than Paul’s own nomination – that is the most ominous news from tonight’s vote.

Frum’s tears taste so very sweet.

Harpazo on May 19, 2010 at 8:32 AM

I’ll take the liberty of editing Michael Kinsley’s idiotic piece for him:

The government’s main function these days is writing checks to old people members of government employee unions. These checks allow people to retire [at the age of 50] and pursue avocations such as going to Tea Party rallies getting bused in from 20 states by fellow union thugs so they can join the mob and protest at the private homes of eeevil bankers, where they “whine” that the banks aren’t paying their mortgages for them.

Buy Danish on May 19, 2010 at 8:38 AM

does that apple fall far from the rotted father’s tree?

TWO WORDS: Ronnie (Ballerina) Reagan.

That being said… you make a good point. I did not know Daddy Paul was anti-semite. Can anyone verify?

stenwin77 on May 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM

If your a frequent guest of Alex Jones, you’re not to be taken seriously, and you’re probably a lunatic. Period.

TheBlueSite on May 19, 2010 at 5:23 AM

I disagree with you about Gov. Palin but you are dead on about Jones.

Alex Jones is a vile person. Conservatives should run-not walk-away from Jones and his ‘scary’ band of morons.
When a supposed conservative not only doesn’t run away but appears on Jones show it says to me that said ‘conservative’ agrees in part with AJ’s views.
As I said on another blog, If Rand Paul’s views turn out to be much like his dad’s-then he deserves to lose in Nov.
Though I live in Illinois-I’ll be watching Kentucky.
I hope Rand surprises me.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 19, 2010 at 8:59 AM

That being said… you make a good point. I did not know Daddy Paul was anti-semite. Can anyone verify?

stenwin77 on May 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I’ll find a link but I do know that Ron Paul always gets the support of Stormfront-which I won’t link because I won’t go near that site-which is a neo-Nazi group.
I think Stormfront also has donated to Ron Paul’s campaigns and that he’s been fully aware of it and refused to distance himself from them.
I’ll look for something concrete.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 19, 2010 at 9:03 AM

It seems that while ‘Ron’ isn’t an anti-Semite he has no problem associating with them.

A lot of his supporters ARE anti-Semites. One only has to look at Hot Air’s own ‘The Dean’. for proof.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM

If the Tea Partiers are going to allow Paulbots to take over the movement, then I’m out.

Connie on May 18, 2010 at 11:34 PM

+1110000

These are the same people who think being a true patriot is saying how eeevvviiilll your country is and basicaly giving the enemy free propaganda every week (you know, like Ron Paul does).

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

FYI, if you see a guy in a revolutionary-era get-up at a Tea Party rally, changes are he’s a Truther.

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM

he has for years sold his books on neo-nazi/anti-semite websites.

He also continually LIES about the state of affairs in the Middle East, Iran, etc. Allah had a great post from a video of Paul’s last year on Iran, it was unreal the lies and distortions he told.

jp on May 19, 2010 at 9:47 AM

He also continually LIES about the state of affairs in the Middle East, Iran, etc. Allah had a great post from a video of Paul’s last year on Iran, it was unreal the lies and distortions he told.

jp on May 19, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Do you mean THIS post?

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/05/video-ron-paul-laments-israels-preemptive-war/

annoyinglittletwerp on May 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Wow, I’m surprised not to see more celebration about Paul’s victory on Hot Air. Somehow, I’m NOT surprised to see that Allahpundit chose quotes that take all the air out of the victory balloon…. that is his way. That said, the quotes are BS from BS-ers, so I take them as nothing more than annoyances at this point.

But again, I’m surprised that people seem wary of Rand: I agree that I’m not wild about Ron Paul, and I appreciate that the two have some views in common, but they are not the same man. Furthermore, I’d rather have a fiscally-conservative, small-government libertarian in office than 90% of what’s in Congress right now. Flaws and all, I think we’re better off with Rand than with any go-along-to-get-along Republican that the party bosses might throw at us. I’m done with Repubs who are nothing more than a reliable vote: we need LEADERS who will shake things up.

Watch all the candidates closely, but judge them on their own merits, and not on their families.

Animator Girl on May 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Y’all are scaring me about young Mr. Paul. He needs to emphasize his differences with his father even if he doesn’t label them as such they need to be made clear.

Cindy Munford on May 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Buy Danish on May 19, 2010 at 8:38 AM

You are the best editor!!!

mtb on May 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Y’all are scaring me about young Mr. Paul. He needs to emphasize his differences with his father even if he doesn’t label them as such they need to be made clear.

Cindy Munford on May 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Libertarians should be happy for the victory, I guess.

terryannonline on May 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM

that is the most ominous news from tonight’s vote.

It’s ominous, all right. Ominous for Frum et al.’s failed version of “conservatism.”

Allahpundit 3/29/10: “The paleocons really are finished, aren’t they?”

In your wildest neoclown dreams!

Listen, no one likes you guys anymore. You’ve been running things (into the ground) since GHWB, so you’ve had your turn. It’s time for your faction to step aside and let actual conservatives do the hard work of repairing all the damage you’ve done to the GOP, conservatism, and the republic. If you can’t do that, then do yourselves and everyone else a favor, go back to the Democrat party from whence you came and pull it somewhere to the right of Marx, for the good of the country.

I’ve got your Quote of the Day right here!:

Neocons Finish Out of the Money in Kentucky Race

The big-government Republican establishment rallied to Grayson’s side against the previously unknown opthalmologist from Bowling Green. Late in the campaign, Grayson ran ads featuring endorsements from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Cheney, Rick Santorum, and Rudy Giuliani. That’s more raw tonnage of Republican heavyweights than you’d see on a national convention stage.

And after all that Kentucky Republicans gave a 25-point victory to a first-time candidate who opposed bailouts, deficits, Obamacare, and the war in Iraq. That’s a sharp poke in the eye to the neocons who tried so hard to block him. They don’t want a prominent Republican who opposes this war and the next one, who will appeal to American weariness with war and big government. They don’t want other elected Republicans — many of whom, according to some members of Congress, now regret the Iraq war — to start publicly backing away from perpetual interventionism.

There were plenty of winners tonight. But the big losers were the neoconservatives, who failed to persuade the Republican voters of Kentucky that wars and bailouts are essential for national progress.

Rae on May 19, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I did not know Daddy Paul was anti-semite. Can anyone verify?

stenwin77 on May 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM

You could ask his Jewish campaign manager from the ’08 Presidential run, but that would be difficult, as he has shuffled off this mortal coil.

JohnGalt23 on May 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

What rot.

The beauty of Reagan is not the he translated Burke to the peepuhl, but that he connected to the peepuhl on such an elemental level. Sarah’s got that.

victor82 on May 19, 2010 at 7:37 AM

Sorry for defending Ronald Reagan and the conservative movement from Leftist claims that the man was an idiot and the party that nominated him and got him elected were drooling anti-intellectual morons.

A position you obviously enjoy encouraging them to hold. Congratulations, and try to not let your knuckles get too badly scraped.

JohnGalt23 on May 19, 2010 at 3:55 PM

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