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Fox News: Rand Paul’s Payoff

March 10th, 2013 - 9:13 am
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I was on Fox News yesterday talking about drones, Eric Holder, and Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster. Paul’s filibuster shows what an emboldened Republican Party can accomplish. Was it political theatre? Of course, but who cares?  All of politics is theatre, and for the last decade or so, the Democrats have been better at it.  Superior stagecraft gave Obama two presidential victories and the subsequent policy wins such as Obamacare. Notice in my Fox hit I make allusion to Republican senators like Sen. Ted Cruz actually showing up to hearings and asking tough questions. This is a serious problem, particularly in high-profile hearings with the attorney general. When Republicans show up and fight, as Cruz and Paul have done, Holder makes mistakes, and the administration retreats in the face of an aggressive opposition.  That’s the lesson of the Paul filibuster.

 

 Also read: Rand Paul vs. the Harrumphies

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This country need this kind of fights every single day. This is the only way for this nation to survive.
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Both National Review and PJMedia publish articles that reflect the schism within the Republican Party. I believe that this is a good thing.
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We need more theater of the Rand Paul variety and less of the soul-kiss/power salute to Caesar that was the GOP senators noshing with the tyrant Obama.

I must say that I continue to be impressed with Senator Paul while I was never a big fan of his father's.
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We have always known that many leftists are de facto supporters of Islamists. Those of us who remember Patrick Buchanan know that he too fits into this category. Now Rand Paul has jumped on the bandwagon.
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Seems to me that Sen. Paul's filibuster cast a favorable light on the emerging conservative/Tea Party cohort in the Senate, drawing a bright contrast with the old guard. But, in my view, a great opportunity was missed.
The drone question was already effectively mooted by Holder's statement under the skillful examination of Sen. Cruz. I would have preferred the filibuster center around the glaring unfitness of John Brennan to head the CIA and his arrogant refusal to answer material questions in regard to his past affiliations, loyalties and biases favoring the Muslim Brotherhood and domestic Islamist groups.
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Attacking soft and irrelevant targets while Rome burns is cowardly, stupid, wasteful, hypocritical and ultimately, a failure. Paul just won the 2nd Battle of El-Alamein - who cares? More victories like that and there won't be any America left to retake. By the time our D-Day rolls around, the French will all be happily Germanized.
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I would have been similarly inspired by a 13 hour filibuster of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War (I say this as a supporter of the decsion to go into Iraq). I see nothing wrong with demanding answers and clarification from an administration, any administration, and the more public and spectacular, the better. Would it have changed anything? Probably not, but it is standing athwart history yelling "Stop!" and we need more of it. We need more men and women with strong convictions to voice them; this gets government out of the shadows and into the light.
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The only way for Republicans to win is to drain the swamp of old guards.

House GOP Leaders: We Can Pass Gun Control, Immigration, Without Republican Support.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/10/House-GOP-leaders-we-can-pass-gun-control
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This country need this kind of fights every single day. This is the only way for this nation to survive.
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Walt, you nailed it on the button. We have NO, national discourse, just national rancor. Yes a republic is messy, it can be slow to move at times, but that is exactly how it is supposed to be. Our Founding Fathers deliberately designed it that way. It is why our revolution did not morph into the Franch Revolution.
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We are desperate for leadership. My kids love Ron and Rand. Our Constitution is the reason. Whatever they argue, it is in a constitutional context. The new generation is flexing its muscles.
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If Paul does not "morph" into a neocon and maintains an intelligent distance from isolationism, he can build a great deal of credibility. His stance on economic issues, especially as the deficit grows geometrically, will put him in good stead with many conservatives. He is calm, rational yet very sincere and engaging. Let's be .........cautiously optimistic.
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"was it political theater? of course it was. who cares?"

well, i do for one. i had the filibuster on for 12 of the 13 hours, so be careful what you call me, but i am tired of theater. after not very many hours it became clear that rand had one hour of speech. about what one expects i guess. the morning after, i awoke and considered what had happened and decided nothing. the politicians even blew the big questions. while agreeing that obama had the right to kill invaders with drones, they missed the real question. picture NOT 9/11 or pearl harbor. ask the same question about timothy mcvey and the murrah building

paul really said and did nothing, but it got all you folks heated up and you can find an excuse to bash on mccain, shout RINO and worship rand paul marco rubio and ted cruz. none of whom has actually accomplished anything yet.
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Hey, somebody has to keep the troops of the movement all 'worked up' or they'll go to sleep and crash the movement. Generally, it takes issues far removed from reality to keep a movement going and all fired up as most of such movements accumulate followers who are far removed from reality. Remember there are over 500,000 americans who are on record having claimed to have been abducted by space aliens and they probably all have spawned little abductee believers. :)
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Thank you for a commonsense observation
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