Quotes of the day

posted at 10:26 pm on March 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading an online poll being conducted by Contract From America as the conservative pick for president in 2016.

With 190,000 votes cast as of Monday morning, Paul leads, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rounding out the top three. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are running in last place, ranked 32 and 31 respectively…

Rand Paul leads the poll, winning 80 percent of his match-ups, with Walker winning 76 percent and Rubio winning 73 percent…

Hecker said that Rand Paul was the clear favorite from day one of the poll, even before the senator’s dramatic filibuster last week, but “given Rand Paul’s passionate performance … it’s understandable that the base is so supportive of him.”

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“Under duress and under public humiliation,” Mr. Paul said with a smile, “the White House will respond and do the right thing.”

Yet there was more than just a simple answer to an elementary question. The stand taken by the spry young pups of the Senate, while the fat old dogs dined with the president, proves there are some new pack leaders in town. No longer will a president chew up the Constitution — not as long as we’re here, the alpha pups said. And we don’t need to ask nicely over and over and over — we’ll just stand here, all of us, until the president answers.

So if old dogs really can learn new tricks, they better learn ’em, and quick, ’cuz these new dogs are growling and showing their teeth. And one thing is clear: Their bite is worse than their bark.

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That means picking the right battles, something Paul especially has done well, demonstrating a political savvy that his more combative father never achieved, nor seemed to care about. Paul launched his filibuster in search of an answer to an extremely narrow question about the limits of executive power — whether the president can authorize the killing of American citizens, via drone, on American soil, even if they don’t represent a truly imminent threat. In doing so, he rallied Republicans to his cause even though they might otherwise be hesitant to support his broader, more libertarian, views on foreign policy.

“I think Rand demonstrated last week that when you stand for principle it can unify Republicans,” Cruz says. “The filibuster captivated a great many people across the country, who were heartened to see Republicans standing up, not rolling over, in the face of this administration.”

Constitutional conservatism may not be the sexiest strain in American politics, but these three are intent on bringing it back, and are uniquely suited to do it. Lee and Cruz are both lawyers deeply versed in the Constitution, as well as talented interrogators, capable of bringing out important points through relentless and logically vigorous questioning during committee hearings. Paul, an ophthalmologist by trade, is not a lawyer. But he clearly is no intellectual slouch on these issues either — as the son of Ron Paul, he was reared on the Constitution. “Rand Paul is the heart, Mike Lee is the head, he brings the intellectual, constitutional heft, and Ted Cruz is a little bit of both,” says a conservative aide.

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Paul doesn’t want his filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination for director of the Central Intelligence Agency to be remembered as a random moment, but as the beginning of his push to shift the party.

To Paul, now is the right time to push within the GOP for less foreign intervention. “When you saw the debate between President Obama and Romney on foreign policy, they sounded pretty similar. In the vice-presidential debate, Biden was more assertive, but Ryan didn’t disagree with most of his positions,” Paul observes. “It was sort of like, ‘We’ll either come a little bit slower out of Afghanistan, or we’ll do this.’ But Biden had a good response, ‘We’re coming home.’ And I think that’s what people want; I think that’s what people are ready for, that we’re coming home.”

When asked to explain why many Republicans are open to moving away from the Bush-Cheney approach to foreign policy, Paul offers two words: “war weariness.” After more than a decade at war, offering only slight modifications to the Bush agenda — in his view, what the Romney-Ryan platform amounted to — will not be enough to win new voters. Many Republicans, he adds, have privately complained about the direction of the party for years, but only now, after the Romney defeat and five years after Bush, are they willing to consider fresh perspectives on the Republican worldview.

Paul’s filibuster of Brennan was based on a specific issue — the White House’s drone policy — and he says that made a difference. As much as he is eager to make a case for a new GOP foreign policy on several fronts, he predicts that his fight, and any victories, will be incremental. “There will be a place for people in the party who believe in a less aggressive foreign policy,” he says.

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[G]iven how Republican foreign debates have proceeded in the recent past, I still tend to think the legitimization of Rand Paul as a right-wing folk hero has implications that extend beyond the narrow hypothetical where he chose to plant his filibuster flag. That’s because, as I’ve argued before, the relative sterility of the foreign policy conversation on the right doesn’t reflect a deep conservative uniformity on national security questions; rather, it mostly reflects the fact that the potential standard-bearers for a less interventionist worldview have been relatively easy for hawks to delegitimize as cranks, Israel-haters, RINOs, etc. And so the fact that a lot of the support for Paul from his fellow Republicans is opportunistic and confined to a narrow policy hypothetical matters less than the fact that the support exists at all — that a politician who has consistently advocated a more militarily-restrained foreign policy is suddenly being supported, elevated, and extolled at the expense of his more interventionist critics within the party.

None of this means that the entire party is about to tilt dramatically toward realism. But legitimizing, as Real Conservatives (TM), politicians who advocate restraint is a necessary precondition to broader policy change. Opportunism follows influence, and creates it — and right now Paul has more influence within his party than every other realist, paleoconservative and libertarian Republican of the last decade put together.

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Ron Paul vaulted to prominence and jump-started a political movement by lobbing rhetorical bombs against war from the foreign policy margins, then watching as the bipartisan consensus recoiled in horror and a new coalition of fed-up anti-war voters came out of the woodwork. The single most frequent question longtime Republicans would ask about Dr. No was one that showed they fundamentally did not understand either him or his appeal: Couldn’t he, you know, just tone down the blowback rhetoric a bit?

That’s where Rand Paul comes in, to the occasional chagrin of Ron Paul’s fan base. While Sen. Paul has fought to de-authorize the War on Terror and explicitly delink sanctions from war as a response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he also voted yes on the sanctions. While he repeated Ron Paul’s position about ending foreign aid to Israel, he has prioritized ending foreign aid and military sales to Israel’s enemies first and even declared in January that an attack on the Jewish state should be treated as an attack on the United States. In a major foreign policy address in February, he made clear he was not a carbon copy of his father. “There are definite differences,” he declared.

Paul’s speech, in which he advocated a George Kennan−style “containment” to cope with “radical Islam” and stressed the constitutional separation of war powers between Congress and the president, was not the kind of anti-imperialist critique that audiences have come to expect from Ron Paul. He framed it as an attempt to seek a third way between “isolationism” and constant intervention. But his vision of a smaller overseas commitment and greater skepticism about American omniscience, however vague, represents one of the most radical foreign policy rethinks the Senate has seen in decades.

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Given its track record since 9/11, the Rush Limbaugh right is obviously totally unreliable when it comes to civil liberties, executive power, and foreign-policy realism. At the same time, its capacity for cognitive dissonance, hatred of Democrats, mistrust of Obama, war-weariness, paranoia about tyrannical government, and ideological predisposition to Constitution-citing rhetoric makes the block as suited to following Rand Paul as John McCain or Bill Kristol, especially if the latter men are ultimately arguing — as they must if they want to be coherent — that Obama should be trusted to wield extreme power, in secret, with good judgment and moral rectitude…

I don’t want to exaggerate the size of the Rush Limbaugh right, which seems to end up every four years with the GOP presidential nominee they least desire. The behavior of moderate Republicans matters more. What I do want to make is the modest claim that Limbaugh giving this treatment to the “Paul vs. McCain” divide — even highlighting rather than glossing over the larger foreign-policy divisions at play — shows that the whole GOP is already in a very different place than it was prior to Election 2012, when every primary candidate with any chance of ultimately leading the party competed to stake out the most bellicose, hawkish positions possible, led by Mitt Romney, the eventual victor. I can’t help but wonder how events might’ve unfolded if the GOP hadn’t wasted four years on the wrong critique of Obama’s foreign policy.

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Paul’s chances of winning the Republican nomination are probably far better than many would think. Paul’s main appeal is based on positions and an ability to articulate those positions in a way that brings people over to his side. One can see this not only in the willingness of fellow Republicans to praise his filibuster, but Paul’s 2010 senate victories.

In 2010, Paul overcame establishment opposition to win the Republican primary by an astounding 23 points. He then went on to defeat a solid opponent in Jack Conway in the general election by a solid 12 points…

Rand, in my opinion, will likely inherit much of his father’s organization. Assume that can give him 21% of the vote in Iowa and 23% of the vote in New Hampshire. It’s quite possible that only high 20s are needed to win both states. One has to think that given Rand’s political abilities, which his father failed to posses, he can win that extra 5% of the vote in each state to put him over the top.

Rand Paul winning either Iowa or New Hampshire, let alone both, would make him a big time power player for the 2016 primary season. It might even put him in a position to, dare I say, win the nomination.

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He then called for an end to the war in Afghanistan: “I think we’ve accomplished our goals there. We got [Osama] bin Laden. We disrupted the Taliban that was harboring him. We disrupted the government that was harboring him. I think we’ve achieved our goals, and I think it is time to come home.”

Asked what sort of withdrawal schedule he desires, the libertarian-leaning senator flatly said, “We’ve been there nearly 12 years. I think it’s time to come home,” adding that an expedited timetable would have to be formed in conjunction with the generals involved in the process.


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Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Oh, B-I-S-H-O-P!!!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Remember, the old guard hated Reagan, too.

Wino on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Damn rwm.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

lol

CoffeeLover on March 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Damn rwm.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

:p

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

It may not play Nationally, but mark kelly is being outed as a hypocritical lying jackass here in Tucson.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

The “young bucks” or whatever they are called have certainly given me more hope than I’ve had in a long time.

Of course they aren’t perfect – no one is but at least they are fighting the good fight and aren’t looking to have Obama “like” them.

I hope this filibuster is really the start of something great.

gophergirl on March 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I would not be at all surprised if both Ron and Rand are on the military lobby’s “wish out loud that these people would just go away” list.

MelonCollie on March 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

May he be put over the proverbial barrel.

MelonCollie on March 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM

wolly I read a piece on it a couple of days ago and saw 1 short segment on Fox about his “AR-15″ purchase.

CoffeeLover on March 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I thought Cruz spoke too slow when I first heard him when he first emerged.

I was wrong.

And I thought Rand was possibly his dad.

I was wrong.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Oh, B-I-S-H-O-P!!!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Nice RWM!

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Oh, B-I-S-H-O-P!!!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

That’s one way to get him to come running.

RickB on March 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

:p

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

@>–>–

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I am impressed with both Cruz and Paul and starting to follow the more closely than Ryan and Rubio. Hoping to catch Cruz’s Keynote at CPAC.

CoffeeLover on March 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

That’s one way to get him to come running.

RickB on March 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

You don’t think he would intimidate a GUUUuuuurrrLLLll?

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

lol Ken….that’s why I was laughing at RWM :)

CoffeeLover on March 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Paul, an ophthalmologist by trade, is not a lawyer. But he clearly is no intellectual slouch on these issues either

What does not being a lawyer have to do with not being a slouch?

What are Paul’s positions on the 2nd Amendment. It appears to me the savvy position right now would be to come out vigorously for the 2nd Amendment. It is trans-party issue that unites democrats, republican and independent middle class Americans. There is a real void right now for a champion to fill.

rrpjr on March 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

‘Toons of the Day: Priorities, My Dear! Priorities!!!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

…ok!…that was a NICE Bishop !

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

You don’t think he would intimidate a GUUUuuuurrrLLLll?

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

In a heartbeat.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Thanks, guys!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

In a heartbeat.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Yeah, I guess he would. :-)

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Thanks, guys!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

You, madam, are an asset to this site.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Oh Boy…………….

Wacko Bird Responds to John McCain

Published on Mar 9, 2013
**************************

After Rand Paul’s courageous filibuster, John McCain called people concerned with drones and due process “wacko birds.” Really? This “impressionable libertarian kid” is not impressed. The government has no right to drone us. Pretty simple.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIMx8uLXXDs&feature=youtu.be

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23libertarians

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM

O/T…Saw a girl jump off of an overpass today. Kinda messin with my head.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

The plague on the Republican Party continues…….

George P. Bush announced for Texas Land Commish today (stepping stone for Lt. Gov).

Viva Prince George P!!!!

BUSH 47!!!

PappyD61 on March 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Kelly couldn’t take possession of the AR that day because he requested modifacations. Different barrel shroud, pistol grip, and suppressor.

He was either:

A) shopping for himself.
B) trying to make it look more “scary”.

Did he use PAC money for his straw purchase?

Catch 22. either it was for him, or he broke Federal law.

There is no check box on that Federal form that says I’m purchasing this firearm to make a political point.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

O/T…Saw a girl jump off of an overpass today. Kinda messin with my head.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Good God! I feel terrible for you. That will stay a while. A prayer for the young lady.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Good God! I feel terrible for you. That will stay a while. A prayer for the young lady.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Prayer for her family.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Was it not Kennedy that said “The torch has been passed to a new generation”?

Perhaps Rand’s action signals the passage of the torch. McCain and the other old, toothless dogs of the Senate and the House need to step aside and let the new generation have a shot at it.

They could hardly do worse.

countrybumpkin on March 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Thanks, guys!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Resist We Much:

Drone him,Lol,and I`ll chime in,yes,you`ve been a great
addition to H/A,the stuff you come up with,============:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

BTW, the Rich Lowery link in the headlines is a snarkfest. Fun read!

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Lowry…

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM

The “c’mon nobody is going to be droned” argument is self-defeating because if it’s so unbelievable, the administration should have had no problem unconditionally saying it didn’t have the authority to do so. The ridicule is on the administration’s face, not Rands’.

ebrawer on March 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I’ll jump on that RWM luv parade. Fer sure. The lady makes me read.

I come here to learn, and learn I do.

You’re efforts deserve kudos.

Thank you.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJvrD80nJ4
Damn

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

KCB- sorry. Prayer for you, too.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

What are Paul’s positions on the 2nd Amendment. It appears to me the savvy position right now would be to come out vigorously for the 2nd Amendment. It is trans-party issue that unites democrats, republican and independent middle class Americans. There is a real void right now for a champion to fill.

rrpjr on March 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

I get mail frequently from Sen. Rand Paul on behalf of protecting Second Amendment rights.

Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee are instrumental in pushing the national conversation into thoughtful evaluation about what our Constitution means. I welcome the discussion.

onlineanalyst on March 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

My apologies about the previous post…..the republican party leadership doesn’t deserve to be anything but lowercase.

PappyD61 on March 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Prayer for her family.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

KCB:What State,and was it the overpass north of Greeley!!!!:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I get mail frequently from Sen. Rand Paul on behalf of protecting Second Amendment rights.
Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee are instrumental in pushing the national conversation into thoughtful evaluation about what our Constitution means. I welcome the discussion.
onlineanalyst on March 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

What is Paul’s position on opposing amnesty? Is he as solid as Cruz?

bluegill on March 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

You don’t think he would intimidate a GUUUuuuurrrLLLll?

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

In a heartbeat.

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

How long would it be before he was on the ground crying uncle.

RickB on March 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Drone him,Lol,and I`ll chime in,yes,you`ve been a great
addition to H/A,the stuff you come up with,============:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Thank you. :-)

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Thanks, wolly.

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Kelly went to diamondback gun shop. It’s 3 blocks from my house. They are totally above board. I bought my AR there.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

O/T…Saw a girl jump off of an overpass today. Kinda messin with my head.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

W.o.w. What a tragedy. I’m so sorry for her, her family and those that witnessed it. You cannot un-ring that bell.

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJvrD80nJ4
Damn

katy the mean old lady on March 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

katy the mean old lady:Stompin Tom,Stomps no more!:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Thank you, katy!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

KCB:What State,and was it the overpass north of Greeley!!!!:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Austin, TX..Parmer and Mopac.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

And this is why Rand is a threat.

Gay marriage, for instance, is one issue on which Paul would like to shake up the Republican position. “I’m an old-fashioned traditionalist. I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage,” he says. “That being said, I’m not for eliminating contracts between adults. I think there are ways to make the tax code more neutral, so it doesn’t mention marriage. Then we don’t have to redefine what marriage is; we just don’t have marriage in the tax code.”

Which is a great way of exposing the real intentions of the SSM crowd.

budfox on March 12, 2013 at 11:14 PM

I can’t believe what I just heard from the great CK. I’m shaking my head in disbelief.

Saltysam on March 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

“Rand Paul is the heart, Mike Lee is the head, he brings the intellectual, constitutional heft, and Ted Cruz is a little bit of both,” says a conservative aide.

And John McCain is the rectum and Lindsey Graham is the colon and Marco Orwell Rubio is busy working on “Earnesty”.

VorDaj on March 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

70,000 people tweeting the #StandWithRand hashtag per hour wasn’t a coincidence. It was engagement. Americans riveted to C-SPAN for 13.5 hours wasn’t an aberration: it was an affirmation that real politics, raw and tough, is great television.

The old guard hated Paul taking the floor, arguing passionately for something bigger than today’s budget fight or for some tenth-decimal change in policy. They tut-tutted Rubio throwing down hip-hop knowledge. You could hear the old bulls grinding their teeth as Lee and Cruz and others had the temerity to challenge the President on the Constitutional exercise of his powers.

When Mark Kirk delivered the apple to Paul, and when Cruz started reading Tweets on the floor, the cultural linkup with Mr. Smith Goes To Washington was complete, much to the chagrin of the Quisling Caucus who were sharing dinner with the Main Enemy during the height of the filibuster.

The media worked their hardest to ignore the filibuster (to say nothing of its real topic; Obama’s License to Kill from Holder’s Justice Department), but couldn’t. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the floor the next day in a RINO harrumph that represented what I call the “twilight of the old order.” What offended them was that Rand Paul and the rest didn’t wait for Mitch McConnell and leadership to issue a Mother-May-I … he took the floor. His colleagues tagged in and out, not asking for leadership’s blessing. They eventually even drew Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to join for a few minutes, which was a compelling statement on the power of the moment.

As I told the Washington Post “It was one of the first examples in a long time of messaging that made the base feel like we had control of the day. Rand Paul’s stock price rose sharply today, and being the guy who set Obama on his heels — even for a day — will pay dividends.”

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I can’t believe what I just heard from the great CK. I’m shaking my head in disbelief.

Saltysam on March 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM

What, did he apply to personally pilot one of Obama’s Drones?

VorDaj on March 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Oh, B-I-S-H-O-P!!!

Resist We Much on March 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM

You lead with a great one too. What a collection of ‘priorities’. This admin. is proceeding apace, just not at what the fools think it is.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I come here to learn, and learn I do.

You’re efforts deserve kudos.

Thank you.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I totally agree! Which reminds me-

RWM, I’m in a highschool Gov. class ( I work with a special ed student) and we will be debating gun control. A few of the students are extremely liberal but fortunately some are conservatives. When the time comes, not sure exactly when yet, I was hoping you could provide some good ammo (pun intended) to pass along to the group opposing gun control. It’s going to be hard for me to stay quite while they debate! I might have to duct tape my mouth :)

wolverinefan on March 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I really, really like Rand Paul and am really, really cooling on Dr. K and the dinosaurs who try desperately to stay relevant.

Punchenko on March 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Austin, TX..Parmer and Mopac.

KCB on March 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

KCB:

Oh,different story,ya,thats quite an emotional ordeal,
for you to go through,ugh—–:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM

I heart Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I would not be at all surprised if both Ron and Rand are on the military lobby’s “wish out loud that these people would just go away” list.

MelonCollie on March 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Rand Paul sure has all the neocons bashing him so he is doing something right.

bw222 on March 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Otay Everyone,I`m off,

you all,have a Good Night—————————:)

canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Senator Paul beat the president at his own game, by himself.

On your toes senator, whatever the nastiest, underhanded, least expected dirty, slimy attack anybody never thought of, its coming.

Speakup on March 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM

The Republican party has forgotten what it once was formed for and what it used to stand for/against.

May it go to Hades, with Kristol, Krauthammer, McCain, Ms. Linsey, Rove, and all the squishes up front.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Nite Canada

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

that a politician who has consistently advocated a more militarily-restrained foreign policy is suddenly being supported, elevated, and extolled at the expense of his more interventionist critics within the party.

By just their Mad Hatter Disaster of Afcrapistan, their Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhere, strewn with the lives and limbs of American troops, by all rationality these nut case “interventionists” should have discredited themselves for the next 1,000 years.

VorDaj on March 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM

I heart Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

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canopfor on March 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Here are some samples of my filibuster:

Well the first day of my summer vacation I went looking for a job. I did not find one.

The second day of my summer vacation vacation I went looking for a job. I did not find one.

The third day of my summer vacation vacation I went looking for a job. I did not find one.

Hey Magic 8 Ball says:

Jump off a bridge Obama.

The fours day of my summer vacation vacation I went looking for a job. I did not find one.

keep going

SparkPlug on March 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

For me today was not about Paul, though I am working on a new Paul. Today was Palin mischief day.

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

You ain’t caught the essence of Palin ’til you’ve done her as Wonder Woman…properly…cozmo properly.

cozmo on March 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Hello?

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM

OT

I’m on a plane to DC tomorrow for CPAC, anyone else going?

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

The only thing coming across the border from Saskatchewan are white tailed deer.

But Hammer is wrong to jest with Paul. Taking a stand: what a freaking novel thing for Reps!

AshleyTKing on March 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

He then called for an end to the war in Afghanistan: “I think we’ve accomplished our goals there. We got [Osama] bin Laden. We disrupted the Taliban that was harboring him. We disrupted the government that was harboring him. I think we’ve achieved our goals, and I think it is time to come home.”

Anyone who still wants to stay in Afcrapistan, already the longest, and stupidest, war in our nation’s history hates American troops and wants them to keep losing life and limb for nothing but serving Muslims and also hates liberty for as Alexis de Tocqueville so wisely said, “No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country”.

VorDaj on March 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I’d like a filibuster next on Obamacare’s creepy fascistic health care. Maybe the House Reps would grow some.

AshleyTKing on March 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Hello?

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:42 PM

What? Not loud enough. Cozmo is hard of hearing.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Rand Paul leads Scott Walker? Paul just voted for progressives Hagel, Kerry and Lew and would have voted for Brennan were it not for the conservative backlash. Scott Walker is the number 1 conservative polititian in the US and has superb executive credentials.

Tripwhipper on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

We’ll all help you Wolverinefan. Keep hanging out here. We welcome you.

Folks, listen up.

wolly4321 on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Cozmo is hard of hearing.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

I saw, too tired.

cozmo on March 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

What? Not loud enough. Cozmo is hard of hearing.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

I’m normally off on Wednesdays-but not tomorrow. Nooo.
Damn Wally.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

adding that an expedited timetable would have to be formed in conjunction with the generals involved in the process.

Patton would have personally shot all those generals quite some time ago.

VorDaj on March 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

By just their Mad Hatter Disaster of Afcrapistan, their Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhere, strewn with the lives and limbs of American troops, by all rationality these nut case “interventionists” should have discredited themselves for the next 1,000 years.

VorDaj on March 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM

It happened and they’re discredited — they’re just not bowing out gracefully yet.

The same thing happened when Kennedy’s Northeast (WASP) Establishment brain trust brought us the Vietnam war and bungled it all hell.

The Old Establishment lost the confidence of the country, in themselves as “elites”, and were pushed out by neoconservatives and the 60s radicals (many of whom would later become neoconservatives.) The same process is repeating itself, only this time the Old Guard is fighting a little harder, but losing all the same.

People are waking up and are not happy with how the country is being managed, and a New Establishment will emerge.

Punchenko on March 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Husband-then boyfriend-attended in 2002.
He brought me back an NRA ballcap.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Tripwhipper on March 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Walker supports amnesty.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Bmore, use this one with SP and put 0′s head on the snake.

Heh, you are a Klimt guy.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Sorry, Bmore, here’s the link.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Bmore, see the one with Adele, in red, with the snake around her arm/Klimt.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Had planned on going. Work got in the way. The better half is up there. ; )

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Bmore, here ya go.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Husband-then boyfriend-attended in 2002.
He brought me back an NRA ballcap.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I know, I know…

But last year it really got my conservative fires going again, and damnit, it’s going to do it again…

I really need some conservative CPR at the moment…

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Yes I have that in inventory. Fallon needs many to dress up the walls at her gulch. ; )

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

I don’t need to go anywhere to get conservative CPR. I live in Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I snapped a photo of BMore

SparkPlug on March 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Had planned on going. Work got in the way. The better half is up there. ; )

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Will her credentials say, Mrs. Bmore?

JK ;-)

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Heh, you are a Klimt guy.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Yes, you? I am a big Art Nouveau guy. Have kin buried where the movement was started. ; )

Bmore on March 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

ccrosby on March 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Yes. ; )

Bmore on March 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM

I don’t need to go anywhere to get conservative CPR. I live in Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 12, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Lucky you! As a matter of fact, I’m doing a little relocation expedition to TX next month myself.

I know you all don’t want any Californian’s there, but I’m a Reagan baby, and CA is no longer friendly…

ccrosby on March 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM

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