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Paul may hand Tea Party its biggest victory
MessNBC ^ | May 17th 2010 | Walter Shapiro

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 ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; ky2010; randpaul; teaparty
GOP, please pickup the white courtesy phone...
1 posted on 05/17/2010 9:46:12 AM PDT by TSgt
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To: TSgt
Oh, I dunno.

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?

2 posted on 05/17/2010 9:52:54 AM PDT by Regulator (Watch Out!! The Americans are On the March!! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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To: Regulator

Where is there a list of all the important elections being held tomorrow?


3 posted on 05/17/2010 9:55:10 AM PDT by jhrutkay
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To: TSgt

“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?


4 posted on 05/17/2010 9:57:08 AM PDT by jessduntno (Kagan...Filly-bust-her. Bork her. Bork her hard. She needs it.)
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To: jessduntno

Spin.


5 posted on 05/17/2010 9:58:00 AM PDT by wireplay
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To: wireplay

“Spin.”

But...whose? Is this a Paul quote or a reporter tying him to it? Any ideas?


6 posted on 05/17/2010 9:58:59 AM PDT by jessduntno (Kagan...Filly-bust-her. Bork her. Bork her hard. She needs it.)
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To: TSgt

Hmmm need to see some up-ending up in the Blue States.


7 posted on 05/17/2010 10:00:07 AM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: jessduntno

Here’s an unofficial list:

http://rebuildtheparty.ning.com/forum/topics/tea-party-candidates-2010


8 posted on 05/17/2010 10:01:03 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jessduntno

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.


9 posted on 05/17/2010 10:06:05 AM PDT by wireplay
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To: TSgt

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.


10 posted on 05/17/2010 10:06:37 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: OrioleFan

The Fiorina race is close-to-home for Big Jim...literally...


11 posted on 05/17/2010 10:09:21 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; genetic homophobe; FromLori; ...
This one is neat because it's been described as a power struggle between Senators McConnell (supports Trey Grayson) and Jim DeMint who supports Paul.
12 posted on 05/17/2010 10:11:22 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: jhrutkay

Dig around this website for a lot of data.....

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/


13 posted on 05/17/2010 10:14:18 AM PDT by deport
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To: TSgt

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.


14 posted on 05/17/2010 10:14:49 AM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: sickoflibs

Someone should tell RINO McConnell that he has outlived his uselessness.


15 posted on 05/17/2010 10:23:08 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: TSgt

I’m so tired of RINOs!

I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in my feelings.


16 posted on 05/17/2010 10:33:12 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Tzimisce

17 posted on 05/17/2010 10:34:58 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

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.


18 posted on 05/17/2010 10:35:50 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (END THE WAR ON LIBERTY!)
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To: HerrBlucher

Yep, hence the word, “unofficial”


19 posted on 05/17/2010 10:36:40 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

MSNBC (bleeding hearts) Grayson.


20 posted on 05/17/2010 10:38:09 AM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Mitch is a tool.

I knew who needed to win as soon as he endorsed Grayson.


21 posted on 05/17/2010 10:40:27 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

Unofficial = CYA for implying that you represent a group you do NOT represent.


22 posted on 05/17/2010 10:43:12 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (END THE WAR ON LIBERTY!)
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To: HerrBlucher

Calm down, breath, it will be okay.


23 posted on 05/17/2010 10:47:33 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

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.


24 posted on 05/17/2010 10:54:35 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (END THE WAR ON LIBERTY!)
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To: jessduntno

We ALREADY HAD the biggest wins with Brown voted in and Crist being forced OUT.

This is just kook paul puffery.


25 posted on 05/17/2010 10:56:28 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: TSgt
Mitch has a tight grip on GOP politics in KY. Trey was his hand picked choice. Now to see if this weakens him as leader.
26 posted on 05/17/2010 11:03:53 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 209)
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To: HerrBlucher

Understood.

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.


27 posted on 05/17/2010 11:05:53 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

She gives me the creeps.


28 posted on 05/17/2010 11:14:54 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: TSgt

This will be the second Senate primary for the Tea Party.


29 posted on 05/17/2010 11:15:43 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: jimfree

We can have wins without fielding candidates.


30 posted on 05/17/2010 11:17:04 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: jessduntno

““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?”

SPIN!

It was an odd headline, and odder still that it was/is a statement from the candidate himself.


31 posted on 05/17/2010 11:20:26 AM PDT by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
McConnell kept the GOP together on some EXTREMELY important votes.

He deserves some high praise for that IMO.

32 posted on 05/17/2010 12:20:06 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Siena Dreaming

Somehow the praise is dampened by the fact that they were losing votes


33 posted on 05/17/2010 12:29:08 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid
A few votes lost early on in the stimulus bill...shortly after Zero was sworn in.

McConnell has kept the GOP in remarkable lock-step since then. No small task.

34 posted on 05/17/2010 12:39:06 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: TSgt

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.


35 posted on 05/17/2010 5:08:56 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Siena Dreaming

Yes, but he really didn’t want to hold the troops in line. He is sympathetic on occasion with the Democrats.


36 posted on 05/17/2010 5:09:51 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.

Nonsense.


37 posted on 05/17/2010 5:31:31 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: OrioleFan
. . . I really hate seeing Carly’s ugly mug on every thread I open. It freaks me out.

DITTO!

38 posted on 05/17/2010 7:41:05 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Regulator

The more “status quo” incumbents that get kicked to the curb the better, IMHO!

And that goes for both parties! Especially Arlen Specter!!!


39 posted on 05/17/2010 7:43:54 PM PDT by airborne
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To: wireplay

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%.


40 posted on 05/18/2010 1:52:29 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: sickoflibs

Basically true, except that Sen. DeMint didn’t get in to the race until relatively lately.


41 posted on 05/18/2010 1:55:46 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Siena Dreaming

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.


42 posted on 05/18/2010 2:13:59 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: airborne

Dittos. And thanks for your service and sacrifice. ALL THE WAY!

Nucluside, 82nd Abn, ‘70-72


43 posted on 05/18/2010 2:21:06 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: Nucluside

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.


44 posted on 05/18/2010 7:43:38 AM PDT by wireplay
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To: Nucluside
And thank you for your service, brother!

ALL THE WAY AND THEN SOME!


45 posted on 05/18/2010 7:59:19 AM PDT by airborne
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To: jessduntno

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.


46 posted on 05/18/2010 8:01:29 AM 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: wireplay

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.


47 posted on 05/18/2010 9:58:15 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: jessduntno; wireplay; HerrBlucher; TSgt; jimfree; WOSG; airborne; Nucluside; MrB
are there now official Tea Party candidates ?

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...

48 posted on 05/18/2010 2:03:53 PM PDT by FreeKeys ("This is Washington. You shake hands & then count your fingers when you get your hand back."Huckabee)
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