Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will headline an annual Republican event in Iowa next month, further signaling his interest in a 2016 presidential bid.

The announcement caps several high-profile weeks for Paul. On Saturday, he narrowly won the Conservative Political Action Committee straw poll, just after he delivered a rousing speech to the annual confab. Earlier this month, Paul filibustered for 13 hours John O. Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA…

The Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner is one of its top fundraisers of the year. It’s a platform for budding White House contenders to warm up potential supporters in the first presidential caucus state, even a full two years before candidates will begin launching their campaigns.

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“With the Paul faction in complete control of the state party, they’re doubling down hard by having him headline the highest profile dinner of the season,” said Dave Kochel, who ran Mitt Romney’s 2012 Iowa campaign. “It’s definitely going to pressure other hopefuls to get a foothold in Iowa on an earlier timetable.”

The “Rand as rabbit” narrative — first one out of the gates and trying to open a big lead early on — will force the hand of other candidates who a) don’t want to cede conservatives in Iowa to Paul and b) don’t want to give up on the idea of Iowa as their springboard to the top tier…

What Rand Paul is doing is staking a very early claim to Iowa, a state where — thanks to his father’s two presidential campaigns — he has a very strong case to make. That willingness to sprint out of the 2016 gates with only a patina of “I can’t believe this is starting so early” jibes with his overall approach to politics as typified by his 13-hour filibuster earlier this month.

And it means that he is a force that everyone running for president has to contend with — in ways both large and small.

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Paul starts with a built-in base of libertarians that comprises at least 10 percent of the GOP electorate, and his boosters have made tremendous inroads in state parties around the country.

They may be a minority, but they are a devoted one. Paul supporters will drive farther and work harder than any other 2016 contender’s core backers. They also tend to be younger and engaged on social media and the blogosphere in ways that people who support someone of the older generation like, say, Jeb Bush are not.

His challenge is to cultivate those loyal to his father while at the same time broadening his appeal beyond libertarians. Inside the so-called liberty movement, there’s some frustration with the younger Paul for endorsing Mitt Romney last year during the Texas Republican convention — which critics believe cost the elder Paul delegates. Some also worry about nepotism in a movement that prizes merit.

But the drone filibuster shored up most of the Paul loyalists, who had gone a bit wobbly lately.

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First, the Kentucky senator is not going to suffer from a lack of media attention — a perceived slight that dedicated supporters of former Rep. Ron Paul often complained about during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. After his 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA elevated him to the realm of conservative folk hero, Rand Paul delivered one of the best-received speeches at CPAC last weekend, and he has continued to generate headlines since then.

On Tuesday, his closely watched address on illegal immigration may have raised more questions than it answered about whether he supports a “pathway to citizenship,” but it left no doubt about his ability to shape the discourse on the major issues of the day. Thus, as the 2016 hype machine kicks into a higher gear in the coming months and years, it’s clear that the media will not go to sleep on Rand Paul…

“He has a great base of grassroots activists to build on, so I believe he will have an advantage coming into Iowa,” Vander Hart said. “I believe he has the ability to build a bridge with social conservatives that his dad could not quite accomplish in 2008 or 2012.”

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Sen. Rand Paul’s support for comprehensive immigration changes and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants could go a long way toward helping get a bill into law, overhaul advocates and his fellow Republicans believe.

It’s “a signal to the tea party and libertarian right that immigration reform is OK,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of left-leaning immigration advocacy group America’s Voice…

“I think it’s a very positive development for him to embrace a pathway to citizenship,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is one of the eight. “I think it will be good for the overall cause of immigration reform and good for the Republican Party…

Asked whether it may help the bill win support among House Republican members, [Jeff] Flake said, “It will make a difference, a big difference.”

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A candidate becomes a cinch to win the nomination if he wins the support of three of the five coalitions, a majority. However, two of the five may also suffice if no other candidate can build support outside his group. In 2012, for example, Mr. Romney often lacked the support of the religious right (who preferred Mr. Santorum), libertarians (who preferred Ron Paul) and Tea Party Republicans (who flirted with various alternatives). But he cleared the field of moderate candidates, and of other candidates who were acceptable to the G.O.P. establishment, and won the nomination as a result.

As for Rand Paul, he begins with one significant advantage: he is unlikely to be challenged for the loyalty of G.O.P.’s libertarian wing. This is not to say that there is nothing a libertarian might find fault with in Mr. Paul; his position on same-sex marriage, for instance, is unlikely to be deemed acceptable by left-leaning libertarians. But the types of libertarians who vote in the Republican primary are a more conservative group and are unlikely to find any better alternatives, particularly given that most politicians in both parties behave as though social issues, economic issues and foreign affairs all exist within a single ideological dimension…

Mr. Paul at least seems to demonstrate the interest in expanding his support beyond libertarian conservatives, something his father rarely did, and he will have three years to experiment with how to find the right formula. That doesn’t make him as likely a nominee as a more traditional candidate like Mr. Rubio, Jeb Bush or Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin. But his odds look better than the 20-to-1 numbers that some bookmakers have placed against him.

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Via Mediaite.


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Calling it a night! I love you guys and girls! Mostly the girls. Good night Jackie and Chrissy!

KCB on March 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Chrissy? Is that my lil deputy?

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Savvy, my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Schad thawed out a frozen meatloaf with his brain waves. They are that strong.

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Good evening..:)

PS..Terrible news about Axe.:):)

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

jrsrigmvr on March 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

That’s your signature!! I know where you at ;-D

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Ella Fitzgerald

a capella on March 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Mountain Time – Bonamassa

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

What is the city/town’s job?

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:06 A

water & sewer. cops for a town of 200? contract to the county. The mayor can do the secreterian stuff or one of the council members. contract snow plowin’, street sweepin’. maybe make the water plant guy the sec. cop. and snow plower one job.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

LOL! Ain’t it just?

Well…what goes around … as they say. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFvRvSxsW-I

Who’s the black private dick
That’s a sex machine to all the chicks?
SPARK!
Ya damn right!

Who is the man that would risk his neck
For his brother man?
SPARK!
Can you dig it?

Who’s the cat that won’t cop out
When there’s danger all about?
SPARK!
Right On!

They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother
SHUT YOUR MOUTH!
I’m talkin’ ’bout Spark.
THEN WE CAN DIG IT!

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

a capella on March 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Good evening, a capella. Great tune. I haven’t seen you in a while. How have you been? :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

PS..Terrible news about Axe.:):)

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Lolz.

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

LOL! Moon beans. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:17 AM

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Being a Chicagoan, my recommendation is that you contact the Illinois Policy Institute here. They’re exemplary good government people and may be able to put you in contact with the best idea people in your state.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

cptacek, for just one source…maybe you’ll garner an idea or two and it leads you to other sources.

Good luck.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXY6B78EKdg

Been going thru my head…voodoo…

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

water & sewer. cops for a town of 200? contract to the county. The mayor can do the secreterian stuff or one of the council members. contract snow plowin’, street sweepin’. maybe make the water plant guy the sec. cop. and snow plower one job.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

We don’t have a cop. Mayor and council members don’t get paid, and all but 1 of us have full time jobs over 30 minutes from town (so we aren’t around during the day). Don’t have a water plant (we buy it from a rural water district) and don’t have an electric plant (we buy it from an electric coop).

I would like to make the sec job part time. Maybe when this one retires we can hire someone as a part timer…the current mayor won’t entertain the thought of slashing her hours. But, he isn’t running next time, so maybe the new guy will do it.

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

You da man Sparky!! ;-D

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Being a Chicagoan, my recommendation is that you contact the Illinois Policy Institute here. They’re exemplary good government people and may be able to put you in contact with the best idea people in your state.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Is this serious, because I am leery about any recommendations out of Chicago :)

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

Don’t get too excited – tomorrow, at least one leftard and one rightie will call me an idiot, or low-IQ’d or some such. My nom can’t wait :)

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

cptacek, for just one source…maybe you’ll garner an idea or two and it leads you to other sources.

Good luck.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Oh, that looks good. Thank you for that. I’ll print it off and get out my highlighter :)

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Is this serious, because I am leery about any recommendations out of Chicago :)

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Quite. They have a Springfield office, if it helps.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

I’m having a scotch rocks…just to celebrate Axe’s unbanning. :)

Join me? :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Kevin Rudd will not challenge Julia Gillard for the Australian Prime Ministership.

Lame duck Prime Minister until September.

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Good night, all.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Quite. They have a Springfield office, if it helps.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Ok, I will look into that too.

Thank you very much.

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

BWAHAHAHAH… Just saw a commercial for SimCity, dude in the commercial wasn’t wearing any pants… Must have been cozmo… O_O

SWalker on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Good evening, a capella. Great tune. I haven’t seen you in a while. How have you been? :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:16 AM

Good evening, ma’am. I’m mostly a lurker. Get a little burned out on the political stuff, I guess, mostly, because I can’t see light at the end of the tunnel for my country. So, I use avoidance.:)

a capella on March 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Good night and God Bless Rusty!! :-)

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

And now I must go to bed, but if anyone has any other suggestions, I’ll make sure to read this thread in the morning.

Sincerely, thank you.

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Goodnight, Rusty. Sleep well. See you soon. :)

PS- I liked your poem. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

cptacek, here is the Illinois Policy Institute’s blog.

Plus, their main site.

Top, under “About Us”, find “Contact us” within, and ask for guidance. Just call them up to chat, no obligations, just picking their brains. It likely leads to something good.

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Thanks, sleep well, great ladies.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

cptacek on March 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

No problem. Their website is http://www.Illinoispolicy.org

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

a capella on March 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I know just what you mean. You’ve come to the right place. :)

A lot of people aren’t familiar with ‘spring’… You know your Fitzgerald.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Quite. They have a Springfield office, if it helps.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Heh, indeed

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Nothing will happen in Australia for the next few months. The Labor Party sleep walking to certain defeat.

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

The Labor Party sleep walking to certain defeat.

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

May it be so!!!

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

LOL!:)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Even my Labor Party voting friends are writing off Labor now.

What a crazy day today has been.

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Pray for the best eh… :-)

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Sounds good.. *clink*..:)

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

The very idea of that institute, “working to promote prosperity and liberty in Illinois”, probably really irks the Chicago Machine.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

a capella on March 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Glad to see you posting again.:)

Dire Straits on March 21, 2013 at 1:40 AM

It is wind down time for me…

I leave you with this :-)

God Bless you all…

Good Night!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H8t-NXAlVk

*Swoosh*

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Schad, you don’t have to be a ‘nista to visit the gulch (though of course it doesn’t hurt). INC posted some positively heartening material on the French opposition to SSM.

Just sayin’. Goodnight all, in any event.

wolfsDad on March 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

The Labor Party sleep walking to certain defeat.

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 1:32 AM

.
May it be so!!!

Schadenfreude on March 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

.
. . . . . and then, OVERTURN ALL OF THE GUN RESTRICTION LAWS ! ! !

listens2glenn on March 21, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Goodnight, Spritely One. Sleep well. See you soon. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Why Worry – Dire Straits

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Ding! Dong! The witch is dead. Long live the witch! At least until September that is.

Crux Australis on March 21, 2013 at 2:04 AM

been conspirin’ with my boys about what our next move is. Tired.

Adios: vaya con dios.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Who’s still around? Anyone?

Bmore on March 21, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I wanted to see what you thought. I entered this Michael Caines 80TH birthday contest with this. These are the entries I’m up against so far. What are my chances?

Bmore on March 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Bmore on March 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

I liked yours a lot. The only competition I saw for you on the first page were the Queen McCain and the Nurse one (which is really good). Yours seems to have much more thought in it than the rest. Different. Better that way, IMO.

Good luck with it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 21, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Rand’s running for the Mexican Presidency in 2016? I think he’ll do pretty well.

Good luck, Rand, and don’t hurry back. Take that Rubio dipsh!t with you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

These mugs changed colors mighty early.

IMHO too fast, considering the base is needed in the next election. Must be the amnesty game is about to get real in Congress. RINO propaganda is flooding the news outlets about the base being marginalized. What this means, is they want the base to believe it is marginalized, so they can open up their amnesty package in peace and quiet

They need the base to give up, shut up, and die. Propaganda could at least demoralize the base, which is almost as good

entagor on March 21, 2013 at 3:10 AM

I was here.

SparkPlug on March 21, 2013 at 3:29 AM

By tossing Reagan Conservatives, or “True Conservatives”, as we have been derisively called, aside, the Republican Party, and all those who call themselves “Fiscally Conservative and Socially Liberal” are setting themselves up as the unwitting dupes of the Democratic Party and all of their nefarious schemes to “socially re-engineer” the Faith and Values Belief System of this country.My take.

kingsjester on March 21, 2013 at 6:47 AM

good morning HA!

pretty highlarious this am…dear leader who signed an EO to shut down gitmo 4 years ago is now asking for $150 million to overhaul it….

yeah, pretty highlarious

cmsinaz on March 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

spot on KJ…spot on

cmsinaz on March 21, 2013 at 6:53 AM

cmsinaz on March 21, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Thank you, ma’am. Somebody had to say it. Like Gov. Palin, I’m tired of this Rebranding of the Republican Party and Redefining of Conservatism.

It’s all a bunch of b.s. Period.

kingsjester on March 21, 2013 at 7:06 AM

dear leader who signed an EO to shut down gitmo 4 years ago is now asking for $150 million to overhaul it….

yeah, pretty highlarious

cmsinaz on March 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Tell him to take it out of the White House travel budget.

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Happy Nomad on March 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

sounds good,

just read an article where there are fed employees who owe $1 billion in unpaid taxes…if they actually paid their fair share, we’d have condos at gitmo…

cmsinaz on March 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Bmore on March 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Michael Durer and Mona Caine…might be close competition to you.

Yours has a lot going for it!! A lot of thought went into yours.

Hope you win! Good Luck :-)

Scrumpy on March 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Bmore on March 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Yours looks solid. Your chances are good. Good luck!

KCB on March 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Fingers crossed. ; )

Bmore on March 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I can’t tell you how much I loathe the Iowa caucuses. And I loathe even more having to hear about them three years out.

SukieTawdry on March 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM

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