Video: McCain sneers at Rand Paul’s filibuster on the Senate floor

posted at 2:01 pm on March 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

Erika already touched on this but watch the vid too to see one of the more memorably tone-deaf performances in modern political history. Whatever your feelings about Paul’s position on drones, there’s no denying the truth of what Philip Klein says here:

A lot of the outpouring of conservative support for Paul’s filibuster on Obama’s drone policy went beyond the libertarian and anti-interventionist blocs of the movement who were also deeply troubled by Bush era counter-terrorism policies. Even those conservatives who may not agree with all of Paul’s views on presidential war powers were supportive if for no other reason than they relished seeing a conservative win a messaging war with Obama. It was impossible to dismiss this as just a right-wing Tea Party attack, because a lot of liberals agree with the substance of Paul’s criticism. This filibuster had to get under Obama’s skin. As much as anything else, he was elected on a promise to turn the page on the Bush era and conduct the war against terrorism with greater concern for civil liberties. Watching Paul’s filibuster last night, I couldn’t help but think that this is how Obama imagines himself – a principled crusader for justice. When Bush and Cheney were running the show, whatever could be said about them, at least they were consistent in supporting broad presidential powers in the realm of national security. But it’s hard to look back at the pre-2009 Obama and see him as anything other than an arrogant hypocrite now — somebody who thinks a muscular executive branch is okay so long as he’s running it.

Paul’s performance yesterday was, I think, the biggest rout Obama’s suffered since the 2010 midterms. The sense we were left with after November was that, as a matter of pure politics, he and the Democrats are running rings around the GOP. They’re shrewder about their messaging, they’re vastly, vastly better in using technology to appeal to voters, and of course they can count on the media to help them in a pinch when needed. They know what they’re doing whereas the GOP seems chronically hapless. Yesterday felt like watching Wooden-era UCLA getting run off the court by an unranked team. If Obama caved to Paul’s demand that he formally repudiate drone strikes on Americans inside the U.S., he’d lose. If he stayed conspicuously silent while Paul begged him, hour after hour, to simply be the guy he pretended to be in 2008, he’d lose. Meanwhile, the spectacle of seeing Obama humiliated on a big political stage in the name of civil liberties managed to bring both libertarians and mainstream conservatives into alignment, however temporarily, behind the Paulian view of the war on terror. And the left, which is usually frantic to come to O’s defense, had to sit mostly silent after being reminded that they’re supposed to be critical of executive overreach on terrorism. It was a shockingly deft play by a guy whose patrilineage did not suggest an ability to rally support from mainstream Republicans. And while I don’t share Mollie Hemingway’s receding cynicism, I understand why she feels that way. No one, including me, doubts that Paul spoke from the heart. As Noah Rothman puts it, he chipped away at the Democrats’ “monopoly on romance,” which may mean something to young voters.

So now here comes McCain, with the unranked team and its fans celebrating at halfcourt after the game, to tell them that they played terribly and deserved to lose. He’s the antithesis of Paul in every relevant way: Much older, part of the Senate establishment for several decades, extremely pro-interventionist, way too eager to compromise with Democrats on constitutional matters (campaign finance reform), and not a little bit personally nasty in quoting the Journal’s line about Paul pulling a “stunt” to fire up “impressionable libertarian kids.” His underlying point is straightforward — why wait for an enemy combatant to pose an imminent threat to take him out, even if he’s in the U.S.? — but it’s difficult to engage that point because his tone is so jarringly discordant from the mood of the rest of the party today. Leave it to a guy who lost to Obama head to head to try to spoil a rare victory against The One by not even mustering polite disagreement with the man responsible for it.


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McCain is a swine.

Attorney General Eric Holder has written Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., about drone policy, saying strikes will not be made against American citizens on U.S. soil who are non-combatants.

(Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP)

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Attorney General Eric Holder sends a letter to Sen. Rand Paul

Attorney General Eric Holder says President Obama does not have the authority to use an armed drone against a non-combatant American on U.S. soil, the White House said Thursday.

Holder cited that conclusion in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who engaged in a 13-hour filibuster to challenge Obama’s drone program.

Paul sough to hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director; Brennan, currently the White House counter-terrorism adviser,

“No president has the right to say he is judge, jury and executioner,” Paul said.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Enter Sarah’s nightstick in 4..3..2..

singlemalt 18 on March 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

McCain’s little piglet, Miss Lindsey Graham, forgot to focus on her pet peeve.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Yeah, well McCain said that Obama would make a good President….

WRONG!!!! McLame – Obama is the worst evah!!!!

redguy on March 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

McCain… Isn’t he the one who said that Obama would make a great president? During his campaign?

I know for a fact he hates the military; now he’s just lashing out at everyone (except the president and the democrats).

RoadRunner on March 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I was told by one of our old timers at the fire hall many years ago that a certain member of the company was a ‘first class ass****’; I believe he was referring to Mr. McCain.

reddevil on March 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

FUJMcC

steebo77 on March 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

May McCain, Graham, Ayotte suffocate on what they consumed last night, lots of Obama-shit.

She proved that there are no women with brains in DC, the arrogant twit, for whom NO one should have campaigned.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Awesome! I’m a kid!

McCain needs to go. He doesn’t realize just how far over the edge he’s gone.

ButterflyDragon on March 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The Hobbits want McCain to get lost and make way for more conservatives.

workingclass artist on March 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

McCain just stick a fork in his remaining credibility.

Meanwhile the White House answered Rand Paul’s question.

myiq2xu on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Yesterday proved that the creches await: McCain, Reid, Turban, and so many more.

Yesterday proved that there are only cows, not women, in DC.

Yesterday proved that the US is not quite dead, yet.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Swine ? Too kind and insulting to pigs .
He is a real pri€k !

Lucano on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Why don’t you shut your mouth and just vote for whatever bho wants and be done with it? That goes for all rino’s who want the US to go the way bho has planned since elected! There is NOT ONE dimes bit of difference in any of you it seems!

I just thank God we have a precious few elected who wants to do that our Founders had in mind!
L

letget on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

And now, Hanoi John, you know why we don’t call you Mr. President.

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I just want to take a moment and thank all the good people of AZ for sending this AH back to DC. TAFL

rik on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

What a pathetic loser. Again I’m sorry he was tortured as a POW. Mainly because we’ve had to endure his sniveling for decades because we feel sorry for his pow days.

happytobehere on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Time to do the honorable thing, Senator “Benedict Arnold” McCain …

RESIGN !!!

PolAgnostic on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Can’t water board them, but you can drone them.

RovesChins on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

If I’m J.D. Hayworth, I’d be thinking of giving the Senate primary another crack in 3 years. Granted, I don’t live in Arizona, but I did support McCain in 2010, and this is beyond the last straw for me.

It’s not that he’s disagreeing with Rand Paul. I’m totally cool with that(that’s why we call it a debate). But to act all condescending as if the entire thing was a political stunt is frankly what I’d expect from Obama, not the so-called Maverick of the Senate.

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

This is out and out war. They could have just shut up about this, but they are deliberately going after Paul.

melle1228 on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Is it hard to swallow this morning, Senator?

RovesChins on March 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids.”

What would Captain Queeg know about being “taken seriously”?

tommyboy on March 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Swine ? Too kind and insulting to pigs .
He is a real pri€k !

Lucano on March 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Mea culpa. I usually am profoundly sorry for the clean critters.

These are hyennas, of the worst kind. I detest them more than the stupid leftists. They enable them, for which they are more guilty than the Utopian fools.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Ok, Arizona, make a deal with you. We will remove Grahamasty from the Senate if you will get McCain out.

scgas on March 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

6 months ahead of each election McCain lies to the good people of AZ. When will you learn? Never.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Dear Senator,
Thank you for the service and sacrifice you’ve made for our nation as a veteran and ex-POW.

Please retire now. Your time is passed, clearly.

bloviator on March 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

To heck with both McCain and Graham. Shame on them. Paul was a breath of fresh, fresh air in a city full of stale and cowardly rhetoric.

scalleywag on March 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

His underlying point is straightforward — why wait for an enemy combatant to pose an imminent threat to take him out, even if he’s in the U.S.?

McCain cherry picks the Filibuster.

FAIL

workingclass artist on March 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

John My Good Friend Across The Aisle McCain.

Fook ‘em all.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

McCain just made a total fool of himself for no reason now that Obama gave in so fast.

Cool all round.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“Just build the dang fence”
STFU you senile asswipe m’effer. That goes for your dumbass daughter, your mummified mother, and your porcelain looking old lady.

msupertas on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

McYesterday is still hammering the nails into the GOP’s coffin. Keep up the good work Maverick.

Mr. Arrogant on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Appropriate photo of McCain on Drudge. My friends…

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Muck FcCain.

ElectricPhase on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

So this guy doesn’t like “torture”, but does agree with summarily executing Americans on American soil?

There’s no better example of the schism within the GOP then McCain and Graham’s shameless display here. The repudiation serves no purpose…the filibuster is over (and it didn’t even interrupt the glorious meal with the One), Brennan will be confirmed, and Obama will continue his policies, yet McCain felt the need to betray his colleagues on the same side of the aisle anyway. Unbelievable.

changer1701 on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Build the damn fence, John Boy.

whadda douche bag!

Thank God he was not president.

elowe on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

McCain is just jealous because he couldn’t stand that long. His jellyfish spine always wants to bend over, usually across the aisle.

RovesChins on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

DORFBDYTIO!

Jeddite on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I can’t force myself to listen. I just have one question… did he call us Hobbits again?

UnderstandingisPower on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Somebody seems jealous of the attention Rand Paul is getting.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

It’s a shame the good young man that John McCain was became the rotten old man that he did.

alchemist19 on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

John McCain claims that we no need to fear our Government. I have two words for him…..

RUBY RIDGE

maddmatt on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

McVain and Miss Lindsay are furious because not only did Paul steal the spotlight from them last night (the “bipartisan” dinner with Obama was to be this day’s news cycle), but from now on, the two squishes fear they won’t get invited on the talk shows as “conservative GOP senators.” Instead, Paul, Lee, Cruz and Rubio will.

Norma Desmonds, the two of them.

Wethal on March 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

STFU you senile puke. Tell your girlfriend Lindsey to do the same.

msupertas on March 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

But it’s hard to look back at the pre-2009 Obama and see him as anything other than an arrogant hypocrite now — somebody who thinks a muscular executive branch is okay so long as he’s running it.

Yeppers…the leftist fools “we trust our president”, as if he’ll be king, forever. They must really believe that he’ll be their dicatotor, forever.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

McCain, rode his sob story of prisoner of war status to the Senate and after decades in office has no conservative accomplishments on record tells another person how they can be taken seriously? SERIOUSLY?

astonerii on March 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Headline Drudge;

OLD BULLS BUCK RAND STAND

Funny how when I first saw it there was a letter F replacing the second B. It would have made it more accurate.

D-fusit on March 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

John McCain makes me physically sick, and is frankly too stupid and self-absorbed to be ashamed of himself. Nothing would make me happier than both him and Grahamnesty shutting TFU for the rest of the time they’re in the Senate. Useless idiots and cowards with absolutely no moral core, the both of them.

CantCureStupid on March 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Bmore, please photoshop this old fool in a car, with Jane Fonda.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Rand Paul asks the president if he thinks he has the constitutional power to kill us on the streets.

McCain asks us to “Get off my lawn!”

Who needs to worry about being taken seriously?

Lily on March 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

This is out and out war. They could have just shut up about this, but they are deliberately going after Paul.

melle1228 on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

The establishment doesn’t want Paul to catch fire and upset the applecart in 2016 is my best guess. No way would Graham and McCain have the stones to do this on their own without the leadership quietly backing them. Too bad (for them) that they’re doing it in such a ham-handed, incompetent way.

John My Good Friend Across The Aisle McCain.

Fook ‘em all.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Classic example of RINOs reaching across the aisle to hug democrats while unleashing the venom on their own base. I wish these guys would just switch parties. Really, I wouldn’t even mind losing the seats at this point to just get them out.

Doomberg on March 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids.”

Hmm, I’m pretty sure Rand Paul is taken seriously by everyone except the old republican coots in the senate.

But what would some of these things that he needs to do to be taken seriously, I wonder? Interviews on Jon Stewart? Defending The One at every turn? Or does he actually have to crash his plane and be tortured in a Vietcong prison, to be taken seriously?

happytobehere on March 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I cannot believe that I voted for this man. I guess I can blame Sarah Palin that it happened at all, but even she as his running mate wouldn’t be enough to get me to do it again.

besser tot als rot on March 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Imagine, this fool was the nominee of the RINOs in 2008.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

My friends…

“…you don’t have to be scared of Sen. Obama as President.”

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

6 months ahead of each election McCain lies to the good people of AZ. When will you learn? Never.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

He survived in 2010 because he had a lousy primary opponent(Hayworth was arguably a bigger spendaholic in Congress than McCain ever was), Palin’s support back when she was at her peak in popularity with the base, and he did a good job of pretending to rediscover his conservative principles(“build the damn fence”).

But come 2016, he’s gonna be pushing 80, Palin’s support(assuming he still has it) won’t mean d-ck, and he may not be as lucky to get such weak primary opposition. He’s not as vulnerable as Grahamnesty, but he’s getting there.

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

John McCain is a self-loathing sellout. It confounds me that he still has any support at all on the right, and yet, he does.

Right Mover on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

besser tot als rot, thanks for your magnanimity last night, and in general. You’re a great person. I noted on the QotD, twice.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

It’s heartening that these old bucks and their failed ways are now subject to the new guard wolf attacks.

The GOP herd needs to be culled.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Any chance that Graham could be primaried? I don’t have much hope that we can get rid of McCain.

Rose on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

He is dumber than his daughter.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Appropriate photo of McCain on Drudge. My friends…

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Does anyone else smell sulphur?

D-fusit on March 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

This is what McCain and RINOs like him think of us. We’ve got to realize that the best way to defeat these RINOs is to ignore them. Use our energy to lift up TEA Party voices like Cruz, Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and the like.

The GOP will never win major elections when the public cannot tell the difference between a controlling-Lib and a weak-kneed RINO.

justjulie20 on March 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Any chance that Graham could be primaried? I don’t have much hope that we can get rid of McCain.

Rose on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I think the desire is there by conservatives and Tea Partiers. The question is can they recruit a quality candidate?

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Get off my lawn!

OxyCon on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Juan McLame, you are a despicable worm. I’m ashamed that I even voted for you.

Kini on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

“I’d rather be a hobbit than a troll.”

- Sen. Rand Paul to Sen. John McShamesty

Paul was responding to McShamesty’s infamous speech criticising “Tea Party Hobbits” that he made on the floor of the Senate. He got Tolkien completely backwards. The Hobbits are the GOOD guys.

Yesterday, Paul was a Hobbit.

Today, McShamesty was a Troll.

It’s really just that simple.

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

He got his answer:

Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama’s spokesman announced today.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney quoted from the letter that Holder sent to Paul today. “Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on an American soil?” Holder wrote, per Carney. “The answer is no.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-holder-respond-to-rand-paul-the-answer-is-no/article/2523555

MikeknaJ on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Imagine, this fool was the nominee of the RINOs in 2008.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

He was their choice for the man who could lose most honorably.

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I wish these guys would just switch parties. Really, I wouldn’t even mind losing the seats at this point to just get them out.

Doomberg on March 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I couldn’t agree more. They need to abandon the GOP or be purged.

The fate of America is in the balance.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Sarah-please tell him to shut up!

I’d be angry as balzes at the idiot AZ voters who allowed him to continue undermining reform, but I live in CT so I’d also have to ask my neighbors where their bvrains are.

Imagine if this arrogant self-centered man had become president–we’d probably have a tie for most arrogant politician ever–Obama or him….and then there’s that little yapping dog Graham that makes me want to puke with his symbiotic relationship with this character.

Don L on March 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

The establishment doesn’t want Paul to catch fire and upset the applecart in 2016 is my best guess. No way would Graham and McCain have the stones to do this on their own without the leadership quietly backing them. Too bad (for them) that they’re doing it in such a ham-handed, incompetent way.

Doomberg on March 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I think it’s more about McCain and Graham trying to win friends in the media and with the Left than anything else. The RNC was encouraging Republican Senators to support Paul.

changer1701 on March 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

McShame take your worthless butt HOME (and don’t-let-the-screen-door-hitcha-where-the-good-Lord-splitcha)

Katfish on March 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

besser tot als rot, thanks for your magnanimity last night, and in general. You’re a great person. I noted on the QotD, twice.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

I knew it was a misunderstanding. Sometimes hard to get people to take “yes” for an answer. :)

besser tot als rot on March 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Talk about out of touch.

Last night was wonderful.

gophergirl on March 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

“What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused.”

– John McCain

No, what we saw last night were our tax dollars being abused by Obama and 12 Rep Senators at the Jefferson Hotel.

BTW, f*ck you, McCain. Is that all Maverickery enough for you?

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Shut up, Mav!

vityas on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

What did McCain and Graham get from Obama last night to sell their souls to the devil?

meci on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

When you have to tell people not to be afraid of you….

CurtZHP on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

When the good fight is being fought there will be opposition. I just didn’t think it would be McCain & Graham.

22044 on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

If Rand Paul wants to win the whole shebang, he needs to fire up impressionable kids. Yes. Also, funny that the 2 biggest rinos (other than Mr Hefty) and neocons in the Repub party are the ones leading the criticism of Paul. Judging by that, Paul must be doing something right.
And as importantly, Paul benefits by standing strong with apparent conviction for something, and especially for something that isn’t “the standard party line.” This is as good a spot as any to take a stand for something that isn’t the party orthodoxy. And if he’s going to be a libertarian, be a libertarian. At least people will have a sharp distinct choice, unlike in the case of Mr. Mush (our last presidential nominee). A lot of people want libertarian, and the conventional left – right political dichotomy would be blurred, and many independents that would otherwise vote democrat would say “you know what, lets give this libertarian thing a try.” And that’s why I hope Paul doesn’t back down on some of his more potentially controversial stands. Like on drugs. Majorities (see CO) are moving toward legalization, and Paul could stir up kind of a hornets nest among conservatives but he would ultimately benefit as millions of conservatives and independents would say in a kind of epiphany “you know what, Paul is right!” I just hope Paul has figured out a way to not come off as extreme on one issue that could hurt us: abortion. He needs ultimately to neutralize that issue.

anotherJoe on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Paul was responding to McShamesty’s infamous speech criticising “Tea Party Hobbits” that he made on the floor of the Senate. He got Tolkien completely backwards. The Hobbits are the GOOD guys.

Yesterday, Paul was a Hobbit.

Today, McShamesty was a Troll.

It’s really just that simple.

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Made me smile.

Another epic failure of the out-of-touch GOP brontosauri.
[Assuming that brontosauri is the plural of brontosaurus]

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on March 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Thanks to Rand Pauls performance yesterday, for the first time in a long time I feel hope. I feel like the good guys won a round for a change. Nothing McCain and Graham say can change that.

Jack_Burton on March 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I have never understood why conservatives expect career military men like McCain to be anything besides Big Government supporters. Where do conservatives think retired military have spent their last thirty years, and doing what?

Also, the less intelligent of them can be remarkably uncritical of the C-in-C, even after they are no longer under his command. I suspect this describes McCain.

PersonFromPorlock on March 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

What did McCain and Graham get from Obama last night to sell their souls to the devil?

meci on March 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Four inches?

RovesChins on March 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

If Senator McCain wants to be taken seriously, he needs to stand for something.

IndieDogg on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

McCain is dumber than his daughter. How low he has sunk.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Rand Paul has really fired people up. I havent’ seen this much action around here in a long time.

It’s about time we had someone on our side acting like a stateman and getting the attention he deserves.

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

McCain is just like the Apache’s who worked for the U.S. and or Mexican armies for pay, often just mescal or 30 coins of silver.

McCain guides the commie Democrats to our camps while our fighting men are off in Iraq, and the women and childern are in camp alone.

He sits in our meetings and hands the itel to the commies for his ear mark crumbs.

Just a paid scout no more.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Four inches?

RovesChins on March 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Eunuchs are overestimated.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

His voice, once lonely, grew in stature as his Republican colleagues – one after the next – shared his demand for redress from the White House, though all knew that would not be forthcoming. It was poetic. It was romantic. What may be most important, it reframed Congressional Republicans. All of the sudden, they were fighting for a cause with self-evident nobility that requires no public education campaign: life, liberty, and due process. In filibustering, Paul chipped away at the monopoly on romance that the left has enjoyed for more than a century.

The Republican Party’s consulting class has been beating their heads against the wall since well before the November election as they determine the best way to reach out to and convince young voters to consider the GOP’s programs. They are frustrated that their message of economic liberty, a check on the government’s power to confiscate wealth, and the preservation of America’s role as the guarantor of global security do not seem to resonate with the youth.

Paul chipped away at the Democratic Party’s monopoly on romance yesterday. His actions broke through traditional firewalls that keep politics out of the homes of the nation’s marginally interested voters. He showed that the struggle for personal freedom is an idealistic pursuit. For a moment, the pervasive cynicism that has hardened voting patterns over the last two decades melted away. The political class will miss it, but the apolitical citizenry who could care less for what a consultant or a pundit says or thinks will not. The shift that Paul’s actions have ushered in will not remain imperceptible for long.

Noah Rothman, Mediate. (HT: AOSHQ)

I’d guess there are a few Dems worrying about 2014, and whether a libertarian message will resonate more than the “Julia” meme then. Obama and the Dems could seem boring and so yesterday.

Of course, don’t put it past the GOP establishement to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Wethal on March 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

What a pathetic loser. Again I’m sorry he was tortured as a POW. Mainly because we’ve had to endure his sniveling for decades because we feel sorry for his pow days.

happytobehere on March 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

A crappy pilot and now a crappy Senator…..

redguy on March 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

mccain is under obama’s dinner table all night while a true patriot stands up for America.

Put some lotion on those knees, john, and go back to your people in Vietnam.

Semper Fi

crash72 on March 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

FUH Q, McCain.

portlandon on March 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I think its time to start reminding the folks in AZ that JC reflects poorly on their judgement.

John McVain is still about his 15 minutes more. Time for him to fade into the sunset and STFU!

belad on March 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

McCain is dumber than his daughter. How low he has sunk.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I guess there isn’t an “emoticon” of intelligence in that cranium of his.

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Lighten up, Francis Maverick.

Christien on March 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Rand Paul has really fired people up. I havent’ seen this much action around here in a long time.

It’s about time we had someone on our side acting like a stateman and getting the attention he deserves.

Curtiss on March 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

It will be interesting to see who tries to ride on Paul’s coattails….

Graham & McCain latched onto the anchor instead of the rope….

redguy on March 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

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