Rand Paul to give tea-party group’s response to State of the Union after Rubio delivers GOP’s

posted at 5:08 pm on February 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

Not unusual but still significant. Paul’s delivered his own SOTU rebuttal each year since joining the Senate. The Tea Party Express has sponsored a SOTU rebuttal each year during the same period, with Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain having done the honors in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The news here isn’t that they’re hooking up, it’s that someone of Paul’s national prominence and ambition is upstaging another nationally prominent, ambitious colleague at a moment when the party’s trying to leave him alone in the spotlight.

This rivalry’s been brewing for awhile in various ways but I can’t recall a clearer expression of it than this.

Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN.

“We are giving a voice to the tea party movement when the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wants to write us off as dead,” said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express…

“We expect many of our supporters and many of Rand Paul’s supporters, freedom loving, liberty loving Americans to be there because this is our time to be heard,” Kremer said. “We are proud that Marco Rubio is giving the official Republican Party response because he is a tea party conservative and one of our own. But the Republican Party doesn’t necessarily speak for all conservatives and the tea party movement has its own voice and this is our chance to be heard.”

The temptation is to call Rubio the loser in this deal because he’s being upstaged. Is he, though? He’s been inching away from the tea-party label since literally the moment he became a senator. According to a CNN poll taken shortly after the election, the TP’s favorable rating is 32/50. Part of the reason he’s taken up immigration reform enthusiastically is because it lets him show centrists ahead of 2016 that he’s not the “hardline conservative” or whatever that he was sporadically billed as being circa 2010. Having Paul deliver the “official” tea-party SOTU response only underscores that. You can see both of their 2016 primary strategies shaping up here: Paul will run to the right while he tries to build credibility with centrists and Rubio will run a bit further to the center while he tries to maintain his credibility with the right. (Kremer’s approving mention of him in the excerpt suggests he’s doing okay with that — so far.) The real losers here are Paul Ryan and Jindal, who risk being marginalized if the party starts to get caught up in a Rubio/Paul rivalry.

Exit question: In what meaningful ways will Paul’s “tea party” address sharply differ from Rubio’s official GOP response?


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Well, I’d love to hear Rand and the TP response….but the questions are—
Will the Networks carry Rand Paul right after the GOP response.

We know the TP Party isn’t a “Party”, it’s a concept from the 1700′s on Taxation and oppressive Government ….. I don’t think the Liberals get that, and Rand will give them an Alinsky type target, since they just attack Americans now.

JayTee on February 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

JayTee on February 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

They will carry it only if there is something to mock.

Cindy Munford on February 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Rusty Allen on February 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Yeah but the problem is that’ll never happen – the GOP establishment is willing to LOSE elections in order to kill off the TP. There’s no way they are going to give them a voice in the response.

HondaV65 on February 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I agree. The GOP powers that be chose Rubio. They could have chosen Rand Paul but didn’t. Jeb Bush has been pretty silent from
what I can tell:-)

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Louisville Channel 11: Palin Endorses Rand Paul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB64gE2SGPA&playnext=1&list=PL2312E022CA93697C&feature=results_video

bw222 on February 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Comments were running too fast and I didn’t get a chance to thank you for this video!

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM

bluefox on February 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Exactly. Being a regular liberal is easy. But after that display of weapons-grade stupidity and breaking Godwin’s Law, I’d be exhausted too.

MelonCollie on February 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I didn’t follow the comments in order to understand what the issues were. From what I can tell, was the point to continue to support the GOP and vote for their selection?

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I think a competition between them will be good and force both to improve their games. People better realize that we need Rubio and Rand Paul because the alternative is Chris Christie who is going to get the 100% of the true RINO vote. A lot of people are called RINOs who don’t really deserve it, but Christie is the authentic real deal RINO.

William Eaton on February 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I agree it’s a good thing to have them both speak. Let the people judge. Christie gets a No from me.

My opinion of a RINO, is a Republican or Tea Party backed Candidate or Conservative that changes their tune after elected. If they vote and support this Administration and the Democrats and not in the interest of this Country and the American People, they are RINOS and need voted out of office.

This of course includes the many RINOS that have been in Congress for years.

Remember Boomtown!

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

My crystal ball says Jeb Bush for President with Rubio as VP; UNLESS Rubio messes up.

bluefox on February 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I assume you mean as nominees, because that ticket will go down like the Hindenburg.

besser tot als rot on February 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Yes, sorry I didn’t make that clear. Just as Romney was selected and supported.

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

AH_C on February 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I agree with your assessment. Hopefully more and more people will wake up.

The Cotton Conservatives (Whigs) via Karl Rove et al have already started attacking Rep. Steve King of IA. Smearing him and outright lying about him.

Just like we did in 2010, we need to support in any way we can, those that are targeted by this RINOPAC, Rove.

I encourage everyone to register at http://www.senateconservatives.com/ that haven’t done so. This was set up by Senator Jim DeMint. Since he’s at Heritage now, they have broadened out and are covering up to date Congress activities. Still supporting Conservative Senate Candidates tho.

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

After realizing that the rinos and lefties are really just two sides of the same coin, I have changed my mind.

Amjean on February 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I think a lot of people think that. Boomtown certainly opened my eyes a lot wider!!

If they are not for you, they are against you. No matter what initial is after their name.

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 9, 2013 at 6:31 AM

You are a brave one. You publicly rejected Her. And you did it in the presence of Palin’s many cultists who frequent these parts. Now you will incur their wrath.

By the way, I am getting tired of this separate Tea Party stuff. I want to see a unified response to Obama and a unified Republican message going forward.

bluegill on February 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Unlike you, ALT is honest. You are nothing but a lying troll.

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Let the division continue…Dems laughing and I don’t blame them

Redford on February 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Throw caution to the GOOOOOOO RAND!!!!

RdLake on February 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

ccrosby on February 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Indeed. Perpetual campaigns are as ugly from the right as they are from the left.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Whigs.

Bmore on February 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Obysmal is going to propose a one percent pay raise for federal employees (in the SOTU?). The head of the federal employees’ union says that is not enough.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/282089-union-head-complains-obama-pay-raise-proposal-not-enough

onlineanalyst on February 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

My opinion of a RINO, is a Republican or Tea Party backed Candidate or Conservative that changes their tune after elected.

bluefox on February 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Rubio qualifies. He was Tea Party till he was elected, then he moved away and kept moving.

Rubio is for amnesty, which means a bigger influx of immigrants, and that’s death on the interests of the white conservatives who make up the Tea Party. They may be reluctant to object to that, out of fear of being called racist, but the clash of interests is big and obvious.

President Rubio would continue to move left and would continue to harm the interests of his supporters. There’s no excuse not to see that one coming.

David Blue on February 10, 2013 at 1:57 AM

David Blue on February 10, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Do you recall the SOPA & PIPA bill which resulted in the various websites shutting down for or a day or so? If my memory serves me correctly I think Rubio signed onto that. Also before the Obamacare went to the Supreme Court he either introduced a bill to amend it or was going to. Can’t remember which. But there was a discussion about it on a HA thread.

I do remember reading that Jeb Bush met personally with Romney and tried to persuade him to select Rubio as VP.

Got to keep an eye on him, that’s for sure.

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

bluefox on February 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Look who it is posted by.

Bmore on February 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Look who it is posted by.

Bmore on February 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Didn’t get back to this thread until now. I’m not familiar with that poster. Are you? Or does his handle have a different meaning?

bluefox on February 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

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