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How Rand Paul became the Tea Party's Obama
Salon.com ^ | 5-14-10 | Ben Van Heuvelen

Posted on 05/14/2010 1:49:47 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist

How Rand Paul became the Tea Party's Obama
His father's libertarian army and Rush Limbaugh's "Dittoheads" aren't natural allies. But Rand Paul has united them.
Friday, May 14, 2010 08:01 ET

On the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2009, the 236th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, Rand Paul left the office of his small ophthalmology practice in Bowling Green and drove 30 miles to Russellville, Ky. In an election year without the Tea Party movement, Rand Paul's campaign to become Kentucky's next U.S. senator would be just as quixotic as the bid his father, Ron Paul, made for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. The younger Paul has never before run for political office, and he shares many of his father's unorthodox views, including a desire to abolish both the Federal Reserve and the Department of Education. Yet, today he would address Kentucky's Logan County Republicans as the race's front-runner.

At the Republican Party headquarters in Russellville, Paul took the podium. Dimpled and handsome, 47 years old, with boyishly tousled salt-and-pepper hair, he surveyed the audience, a crowd of mostly retirement-age GOP stalwarts. Then, in a casual and articulate drawl, Paul committed an act of heresy that would have once doomed any Kentucky Republican: He attacked the state's senior senator, the minority leader, Mitch McConnell. The oratory opened with a display of subtle rhetorical agility worthy of Mark Antony.

"I got into this initially because there were rumors they were trying to push Jim Bunning out of office," Paul began. "I said to a reporter, 'I think that's wrong.'"

The two-term Sen. Jim Bunning was the slain Caesar of the stump speech. Playing the role of Brutus, of course, was McConnell, whose hand rests on the GOP's national fundraising taps, and who, with a twist of the wrist, had effectively forced Bunning into retirement. Without directly accusing the honorable Republican leader, Paul decried Bunning's martyrdom.

"I think he's done a good job for us," he said. "He has been conservative, and when the bank bailout came up, Jim Bunning had the courage to vote against it." Paul didn't need to tell this group that Bunning had done so in defiance of McConnell -- and he was too gentlemanly to belabor the point. The implication was clear: The party boss had taken Bunning down for his principles.

To take Bunning's place, McConnell had groomed Trey Grayson, a five-generation Kentuckian and fellow graduate of the University of Kentucky Law School -- the "leadership academy" of Kentucky politics, as some call it -- who is Kentucky's current secretary of state. Most impressive on Grayson's political résumé is that he won reelection in 2007, even as the state overwhelmingly elected a Democratic governor. In a state where 60 percent of voters are registered Democrats, Grayson (who is himself a lapsed Democrat) had valuable crossover appeal. When McConnell began assessing Bunning's electoral prospects in early 2009, Grayson must have seemed especially appealing in contrast. The insubordinate and gaffe-prone Bunning had recently responded to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer by coldly forecasting that she would be dead within a year.

Grayson started the race with party backing, a reputation for competence, an ideal political résumé, and a 6-foot-5 frame that gave him an air of authority that his unspectacular public speaking sometimes lacked. When the first polling was done in September '09, Grayson had a 34-25 percent lead. Within four months, though, the numbers had reversed, and Paul told the Logan County Republicans why.

"If there's ever a year for an outsider who has never held office before, this is the year," Paul said. He recounted tales of Tea Party events. Seven hundred people in his hometown of Bowling Green had rallied on April 15; there were 4,000 in Louisville a few months later. By contrast, Paul said, "The biggest GOP event I've been to in the last seven months -- 200 people in Louisville. You can see how the Tea Party movement is big and it captures the discontent that's out there, and sometimes discontent with both sides."

The political divide between Paul and Grayson broadly represents a larger fault line within the GOP: It's Republicans who blame the Democrats versus Republicans who blame the government. A day earlier, on Dec. 15, 2009, a coalition of Tea Party groups had held an emergency "Code Red" rally in a park just north of the Capitol. Addressing the crowd was Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who appears to be making a bid to replace McConnell as the leader of the Senate Republicans.

The crowd was about 1,000 strong and half were wearing bright red jackets and hats, to signify the imminent threat posed by the healthcare bill, which at the time seemed close to passing. Several were waving the yellow Gadsden flags of the American Revolution, which feature the words "Don't Tread on Me" and the image of a coiled rattlesnake ready to strike. Most of the protesters were middle-aged and white, more men than women -- a representative sampling of the Tea Party movement, which (polling has since shown) is slightly older, wealthier, better-educated and angrier than the average American.

"Over a year ago," DeMint said, "Americans voted for a president who promised to cut taxes, cut spending, cut debt." His amplified voice drowned in a chanted chorus of "liar, liar." A woman with short gray hair and rosy cheeks that matched her red sweat shirt held a sign that read "Obama bin Lyin."

DeMint finished his attack on Obama, then pivoted to Republicans.

"Democrats and Republicans, if they're not standing up for our Constitution, for a balanced budget and the principles of liberty ... then you send us people that believe as you do that this country is about freedom and now is our time to fight for it," he said, and waved to the applauding crowd....

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...In an election rife with symbolism, the most telling augur came a month ago, on April 14, when the ousted Bunning announced his endorsement. Bunning had once given Grayson his blessing to form an exploratory committee to run for his seat, and in many he ways owed his political career to McConnell. Yet Bunning is best understood as the Hall of Fame pitcher he was -- one man alone on his mound, and a cantankerous competitor to the end. He seemed determined to defy McConnell’s call for a fresh arm, and, in the spirit of militant individualism, handed the ball directly to Paul.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
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"I am proud to support great grassroots candidates like Dr. Paul.... Because he’s a federalist and he wants the states to have more say -- and as we respect the 10th Amendment in our Constitution, he wants the states to have more say in a lot of these issues." ~~ Governor Sarah Palin

"I'm endorsing Rand Paul because he's a true conservative who will stand up to the Washington establishment. Rand has been running on the issues that matter since the beginning of this campaign. He's a strong advocate for balanced budgets, he wants to end the culture of earmarks, he supports term limits, and he's 100% pro-life. Rand is exactly the kind of leader Americans are looking for right now. He's not a career politician and he's got the guts to stand up to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are being forced on us in Washington. ~~ Senator Jim DeMint, chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund

Rand Paul is endorsed by:


1 posted on 05/14/2010 1:49:47 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist
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To: rabscuttle385; bamahead; Theophilus; Extremely Extreme Extremist
Last few days of this Primary race.
May 18th, and then on to the Generals.
2 posted on 05/14/2010 1:52:23 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

How desperately the left wish they had an identifiable central leader of the Tea Party to demonize and trash!


3 posted on 05/14/2010 1:56:26 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Salon can speak with NO authority on Tea Party, Repub’s, Conservatives, Libertarians, just everyday citizens. Just sayin


4 posted on 05/14/2010 1:56:31 PM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Salon’s ga-ga for L. Ron Jr.

Act surprised.


5 posted on 05/14/2010 1:57:16 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Rand Paul is a nutcase like his nutcase father.


6 posted on 05/14/2010 1:57:53 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: GoCards
(Shrugs). It's just a news piece.

Even Salon.Com can quote Jim DeMint as well as any other paid scribblers.

7 posted on 05/14/2010 1:57:54 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
You guys are funny.

Primary's May 18th. Think you've still got time to pull your RINO boy Grayson's chestnuts outta the fire?

The latest SurveyUSA poll this week had Paul up by 49-to-33 with only 11% undecided, his biggest lead yet. Grayson is now leading only amongst self-described "Liberals".

But maybe you can beat Paul yet! (LOL....)

8 posted on 05/14/2010 2:01:09 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: humblegunner
You guys are funny.

Primary's May 18th. Think you've still got time to pull your RINO boy Grayson's chestnuts outta the fire?

The latest SurveyUSA poll this week had Paul up by 49-to-33 with only 11% undecided, his biggest lead yet. Grayson is now leading only amongst self-described "Liberals".

But maybe you can beat Paul yet! (LOL....)

9 posted on 05/14/2010 2:02:06 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: humblegunner

right, because we should bow to our Federal Reserve Overlord Bernanke. That’s the conservative thing to do.


10 posted on 05/14/2010 2:02:37 PM PDT by delapaz
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To: Christian_Capitalist

You forgot Jim Dobson on your list.


11 posted on 05/14/2010 2:03:26 PM PDT by delapaz
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Oh, my.. polls are so important.
Can polls stop Paul Jr. from being a nutcase?

No?

Damn.


12 posted on 05/14/2010 2:04:11 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Is Salon’s stock worth more than 10 cents a share today?


13 posted on 05/14/2010 2:04:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I don’t even think it trades any more.


14 posted on 05/14/2010 2:04:50 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

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15 posted on 05/14/2010 2:06:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: humblegunner

Polls can't stop your boy Trey Grayson from being a Bill Clinton-loving RINO, either.

I'll stick with Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint's choice: Rand Paul.

16 posted on 05/14/2010 2:07:08 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: The Duke

It’s just unfathomable, in their worldview, for people to be “self leading/governing” and not need some elite centralized control.


17 posted on 05/14/2010 2:07:09 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: delapaz

You’re right! Sorry for the oversight.


18 posted on 05/14/2010 2:07:32 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist
Polls can't stop your boy Trey Grayson

Never heard of him. Is he someone I should know about?

19 posted on 05/14/2010 2:08:23 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: humblegunner
Polls can't stop your boy Trey Grayson ~~ Never heard of him. Is he someone I should know about?

Not really. According to Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint, the only candidate in this race worth supporting is Rand Paul, anyway.

20 posted on 05/14/2010 2:09:36 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

I’m willing to give Rand the benefit of the doubt because I like Jim DeMint.

I think DeMint might be the next president.


21 posted on 05/14/2010 2:14:23 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron
I’m willing to give Rand the benefit of the doubt because I like Jim DeMint. I think DeMint might be the next president.

I'm still with Palin, for now. Would love to see DeMint as Senate Majority Leader.

22 posted on 05/14/2010 2:15:07 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: humblegunner

Unfortunately there is no one better in that race.


23 posted on 05/14/2010 2:17:30 PM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: humblegunner

His nutcase father has been the most consistent fiscal conservative over his career.

I wouldn’t elect him president but we need more like him in the legislature.


24 posted on 05/14/2010 2:19:32 PM PDT by BJClinton ("Worse" technically is "change".)
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To: Christian_Capitalist
I'm still with Palin, for now. Would love to see DeMint as Senate Majority Leader.

Palin is high on my list too.

DeMint, Palin, Bachmann, Ryan, the ones who have been speaking up while everyone else has been waiting to see which way the winds blow.

25 posted on 05/14/2010 2:20:45 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron

Exactly.


26 posted on 05/14/2010 2:21:55 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: humblegunner

If you think that, then you are the nutcase. Watch a long form interview with Rand Paul, he is far from a nutcase, and much closer to real conservatism than George W. Bush will ever be.

You can disagree with him, but the nutcase label is just....well...insane.


27 posted on 05/14/2010 2:22:20 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: Christian_Capitalist
According to Sarah Palin

And she knows WAY more than normal folks, you should listen to her.

Right? Goddess-like understanding far surpassing that of mortals? Right?

28 posted on 05/14/2010 2:35:56 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Crimson Elephant; humblegunner
You can disagree with him, but the nutcase label is just....well...insane

Okay, but is Adam Kokesh a nutcase? Next

29 posted on 05/14/2010 2:44:02 PM PDT by Falcon28 (Allen West - 2012 * For a list of conservative candidates in 2010, see my profile)
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To: Falcon28
Rand's best bud: Adam Kokesh
30 posted on 05/14/2010 2:45:32 PM PDT by Falcon28 (Allen West - 2012 * For a list of conservative candidates in 2010, see my profile)
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To: humblegunner
“Polls can't stop your boy Trey Grayson
Never heard of him. Is he someone I should know about?”

As usual, proudly proclaiming your ignorance to the world.

31 posted on 05/14/2010 2:58:09 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221
As usual, proudly proclaiming your ignorance to the world.

Kentucky politics matter little to those of us in Texas.

We rarely pay attention to the antics of lesser states.

Paul, however, is linked to our 14th CD.. and is a nutcase.

Got a problem with that?

32 posted on 05/14/2010 3:02:43 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Tea Party Obama is like a Communist Reagan - both oxymorons. Actually O is just a moron.


33 posted on 05/14/2010 3:18:03 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: delapaz

Don’t forget Adam Kokesh and Alex Jones, too.


34 posted on 05/14/2010 3:29:33 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

That’s swell. Barack Obama won a few polls himself. These things happen when morons overrun the country.

L. Ron Jr. is still a whack job and a fraud. All the polls in the world can’t change that.


35 posted on 05/14/2010 3:31:50 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Crimson Elephant
Video: Rand Paul and Code Pink truther nutjob Adam Kokesh

Video: Rand Paul and truther nutjob Alex Jones

Show me your friends, I'll show you who you are.

Like kook father, like kook son.

36 posted on 05/14/2010 3:41:11 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Christian_Capitalist
YouTube: Paulestinians Hate Israel

(the YouTube comments are interesting too)

37 posted on 05/14/2010 3:49:11 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

I dont care WHO supports the creepy Kokesh Kock sucker...he’s going to prove to be bad news....and that seems to delight you for some reason...


38 posted on 05/14/2010 4:45:41 PM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance.)
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To: humblegunner
And she knows WAY more than normal folks, you should listen to her. Right? Goddess-like understanding far surpassing that of mortals? Right?

Well, in addition to Sarah Palin, you can add in Jim DeMint, James Dobson, Jim Bunning, Steve Forbes, Dick Armey, the Concerned Women For America, and the Gun Owners of America.

But, heck, if you think that ALL of them are wrong, then why don't you sing us the praises of RINO boy Trey Grayson. Hey, you've still got almost 4 days to beat Rand Paul!

39 posted on 05/14/2010 5:12:54 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Crim
I dont care WHO supports the creepy Kokesh Kock sucker...he’s going to prove to be bad news....and that seems to delight you for some reason...

(Shrugs). As I've said many a time, in the NM 3rd District race, I do not support Adam Kokesh. Republicans have a more proven and experienced Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Fiscally-Conservative Anti-War Republican candidate in Kokesh's opponent, Tom Mullins.

I've expressed that sentiment plenty of times, so I don't know why you keep lying about me in that regard. Perhaps it's just that Lies are all you have left.

40 posted on 05/14/2010 5:19:15 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
L. Ron Jr. is still a whack job and a fraud. All the polls in the world can’t change that.

On May 18th -- we win, you lose.

All the sour grapes in the world won't change that.

41 posted on 05/14/2010 5:20:49 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

I have no dog in the Kentucky fight. My fight is against the Pauls and their jihad loving, Jew hating, dope smoking truther cult. That doesn’t end next week. It’s just getting started.


42 posted on 05/14/2010 5:31:31 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
I have no dog in the Kentucky fight. My fight is against the Pauls and their jihad loving, Jew hating, dope smoking truther cult. That doesn’t end next week. It’s just getting started.

In the Kentucky race, it's Rand Paul versus Trey Grayson. If you're anti-Rand Paul, you can scarcely claim that you haven't a dog in that fight.

Fortunately, on May 18th, your dog loses.

43 posted on 05/14/2010 5:51:59 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

Happy days are here for the Hizballah wing of the Republican Party. Viva la Kokesh!


44 posted on 05/14/2010 6:05:24 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
Happy days are here for the Hizballah wing of the Republican Party. Viva la Kokesh!

"Those grapes were probably sour, anyway," whined the fox.

45 posted on 05/14/2010 8:48:00 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: BJClinton
His nutcase father has been the most consistent fiscal conservative over his career. I wouldn’t elect him president but we need more like him in the legislature.

Over his career, yes.

However, in fairness, it should be mentioned that in the National Taxpayer Union's most recent survey, the honorable Senator Jim DeMint actually beat Congressman Ron Paul's "Taxpayer Friendly" Fiscal Conservatism score for this session, by 1%. (Hey, when you're both in the high 90s, there's not a whole lot of margin between the top few scores).

Jim DeMint who... just endorsed Rand Paul. (Which hopefully means that Rand Paul will feel like he owes Jim DeMint a big favor. Because he kinda does).

46 posted on 05/14/2010 9:35:52 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

This is going to be sooooo good. I’m going to crack the seal on a 15 year old bottle of good scotch to celebrate Rand’s election and then return to FR threads to read RINO screams of anguish!.


47 posted on 05/14/2010 10:50:10 PM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Nucluside
Humph. Somebody's obviously got better taste in liquor than I do.

Then again, I only drink liquor maybe 2 or 3 times a year any more -- mostly just to remind myself of why I stay away from liquor. I might find myself draining a couple glasses of merlot come the 18th, though.

48 posted on 05/14/2010 11:00:09 PM PDT by Christian_Capitalist (Taxation over 10% is Tyranny -- 1 Samuel 8:17)
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To: Christian_Capitalist

The scotch was a birthday present that I recd’ as a present. I was saving it for a special occasion, and Tuesday will be it!
Regards, Nucluside


49 posted on 05/15/2010 9:47:35 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Christian_Capitalist; rabscuttle385; bamahead; Extremely Extreme Extremist

Made calls for Rand Paul. Most people responded favorably. A few Dem householders said they were looking forward to voting for him in the fall!


50 posted on 05/16/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific!)
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