Skip to comments.Paul may hand Tea Party its biggest victory
Posted on 05/17/2010 9:46:12 AM PDT by TSgt
LOUISVILLE - Riding high in the polls, Rand Paul the son of libertarian firebrand Ron Paul and the insurgent Senate candidate who has upended the Kentucky GOP primary offered a preview of his anticipated triumphant message Tuesday night. "This has enormous implications for the power and the impact of the Tea Party movement," he declared. "If we win Tuesday, it will be the biggest victory for a Tea Party candidate in the country...It will show that the Tea Party can elect somebody." These words were delivered not on a campaign stage surrounded by sign-waving supporters, but over lunch Saturday in a tiny Subway restaurant in the back of a gas station on the outskirts of Florence in northern Kentucky. The 47-year-old sandy-haired, Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate, wearing a pumpkin-colored buttoned-down Polo dress shirt and a blue tie, slipped into the Subway incognito and never introduced himself to anyone behind the counter. In fact, when I requested that the recorded music be turned down so I could tape my interview, the store manager came over to the table and asked suspiciously why I was conducting job interviews with unknown people in his restaurant. Yet Rand Paul is also on the cusp of becoming a national celebrity the dragon-slayer who defeated in a primary up-and-coming Trey Grayson, the 38-year-old Kentucky secretary of state and the anointed pick of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. All recent independent polls in Kentucky show Paul with a double-digit lead and Republicans insiders who unaffiliated with either candidate tend to take on a funereal tone when discussing Grayson.
(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...
Sharron Angle in Nevada will dump the Senate Majority Leader.
And the Establishment RINO's will only get to watch.
If that ain't an earthquake, what is?
Where is there a list of all the important elections being held tomorrow?
“If we win Tuesday, it will be the biggest victory for a Tea Party candidate...”
I was unaware the Tea Party had candidates? I thought we endorsed candidates, but are there now official Tea Party candidates, or is this someone’s spin?
But...whose? Is this a Paul quote or a reporter tying him to it? Any ideas?
Hmmm need to see some up-ending up in the Blue States.
Here’s an unofficial list:
Rand Paul’s. The Tea Party is a movement and yes, we have favorites. But Paul cannot claim that he is a Tea Party-endorsed candidate.
When Babs gets bounced in Cali-fornia, I guess the Generals can go back to calling her Ma’am. She won’t have earned it anymore. And, if she complains, they can tell her where to get off.
BTW, I know there’s a purpose, but I really hate seeing Carly’s ugly mug on every thread I open. It freaks me out.
The Fiorina race is close-to-home for Big Jim...literally...
Dig around this website for a lot of data.....
Not a big Ron or Rand Paul fan - I think they’re both a bit nuts esp. regarding defense/foreign policy issues.
Rand may make a good Senator though - making points and objections that few have the guts to.
Someone should tell RINO McConnell that he has outlived his uselessness.
I’m so tired of RINOs!
I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in my feelings.
There are no “Tea Party” endorsed candidates because there is no centralized “Tea Party” to make those endorsements. That list is simply the individual bloggers list of whom he believes best represent Tea Party values.
Yep, hence the word, “unofficial”
MSNBC (bleeding hearts) Grayson.
Mitch is a tool.
I knew who needed to win as soon as he endorsed Grayson.
Unofficial = CYA for implying that you represent a group you do NOT represent.
Calm down, breath, it will be okay.
I have been to several Tea Parties. The people there represent a wide range of viewpoints, from staunch libertarians to staunch social conservatives, from Palin Haters to Palin supporters, and I find it just as annoying for the Right to misrepresent the truly grass roots tea party as I do for the Left.
We ALREADY HAD the biggest wins with Brown voted in and Crist being forced OUT.
This is just kook paul puffery.
It wasn’t my list, just an example of a list.
I’m just sick of the RINO establishment. You’re conservative or your not my candidate.
She gives me the creeps.
This will be the second Senate primary for the Tea Party.
We can have wins without fielding candidates.
“If we win Tuesday, it will be the biggest victory for a Tea Party candidate...
I was unaware the Tea Party had candidates? I thought we endorsed candidates, but are there now official Tea Party candidates, or is this someones spin?”
It was an odd headline, and odder still that it was/is a statement from the candidate himself.
He deserves some high praise for that IMO.
Somehow the praise is dampened by the fact that they were losing votes
McConnell has kept the GOP in remarkable lock-step since then. No small task.
It would be worth a Paul nomination just to get a photo of the look on Mitch McC’s face, kind of like Jacob Koppel Javits looked in 1964 with the Goldwater nomination. And while Goldwater had endorsed Javits in 1962, the crusty old New Yorker refused to do the same in 1964.
Yes, but he really didn’t want to hold the troops in line. He is sympathetic on occasion with the Democrats.
The more “status quo” incumbents that get kicked to the curb the better, IMHO!
And that goes for both parties! Especially Arlen Specter!!!
Wrong. Rand Paul has been endorsed by the Kentucky Tea Party. In fact, he is and was a Tea Party member from the start. He has also been endorsed by Sarah Palin, Steve Forbes, Dr. James Dobson, Sen. Jim Bunning (Whom Dr. Paul will replace), N. Kentucky Right to Life, and Gunowners of America. Gunowners of America has proclaimed Paul as the most pro-gun candidate running for the US Senate.
Establishment RINOS here in KY hate his guts, because they are next to go. Mine is the most Republican county in KY and Dr. Paul will carry it by probably 80%.
Basically true, except that Sen. DeMint didn’t get in to the race until relatively lately.
Not at all. He has had to track right since the last election, but he did support amnesty, the prescription drug entitlement, and ‘No child left behind’.
Amnesty got him crossways with KY voters, but he was still re-elected with a huge majority in 2008. He has become exceedingly unpopular with the advent of Glenn Beck, the tea parties, and his hesitancy to move from mild dissension to attack-dog mode. Angered conservatives do not see his role as that of opposition leader a’ la Bob Dole, but rather they see a full scale desecration of the US Constitution that must be vigorously countered and remedied.
McConnell can make up his lost ground to some extent, but 90% of his support comes from corporations whose interests are not similar to those of alarmed ‘Partiers.
Dittos. And thanks for your service and sacrifice. ALL THE WAY!
Nucluside, 82nd Abn, ‘70-72
Wrong. There is no Tea Party to endorse candidates. If a group claims to be a Tea Party they are not.
This isn’t a pro/con of Rand Paul (I hope he wins) but the Tea Party movement is leaderless for a reason.
ALL THE WAY AND THEN SOME!
Avoid anything stating “Tea Party” as a political party.
This is intended to be a spoiler.
The Tea Party endorses conservative candidates,
and eventually will take over the GOP.
Wrong. While the tea party is NOT a political party, it was a loosely organized gathering of people of diverse political beliefs, primarily conservative Republican and libertarian, who find in common a strong desire to preserve the US Constitution and Western Civilization.
These people are a group paradoxically acting individually in Kentucky to elect Rand Paul, a Republican, to the US Senate.
In no way do I consider the tea parties an organized political party. I would deem a third party a disaster; and at this point in our history, even more idiotic an idea than that behind the coterie of idiots who voted for Ross Perot.
My personal efforts are directed towards purging the Republican Party of RINOS and fools, because it is their existence in the Party that drove away the conservative Reagan Democrats and independents.
Yes, unfortunately. See: http://floridateaparty.us/home.php
On the other hand, the Orange Country, Florida GOP is controlled by slimey, crooked RINOs and deserves some kind of come-uppance, so maybe there's a method to the madness...