Skip to comments.Rand Paul Shifts Political Orbit ["Rand's Stand" Filibuster changed political world]
Posted on 03/08/2013 3:42:57 AM PST by Moseley
The political world changed its orbit Wednesday as Rand Paul seized the spotlight in his March 6 filibuster. Rand Paul -- not this author's favorite before -- is probably now the 2016 front-runner for president. But the difference results from fundamental changes in substance.
How can one day be that big of a deal? Because Rand Paul demonstrated a reproducible, winning formula. It was as if Ronald Reagan were granted just one day to come back to Earth to remind the Party of Lincoln of "how it's done." Rand demonstrated a repeatable formula that all Republicans can copy. It is the template that is significant.
But was March 6 "Republicans' Last Stand" or "Rand's First Stand?" What is most optimistic as the basis for this analysis is that Republican senators started showing up. The Senate floor was more crowded at 10:00 and 11:00 PM than it was at 6:00 PM. They felt it. They saw it. They "got" it. (Excepting one superannuated senator from Arizona.) It clicked. In other words, Republicans might possibly do more of same. If Rand disappears back into the woodwork, then March 6 will have meant nothing.
Freshman Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz "got it." Cruz was all over it. Cruz gave voice to the moment best of all. Cruz threatened to go way over the top, reading from the movie "Patton" and Henry the Fifth's St. Crispin's Day speech on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt. Yet somehow, flirting with serious rhetorical dangers, Cruz captured the moment just right. Like a roller coaster, you gripped the car fearing Cruz was going to fly off into mid-air, yet to our great surprise Cruz hit his mark. He grasped the significance, to put it mildly.
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I don’tknow about “changing the politcal Orbit”, but doing this at the same time Graham and McCain met with Obama exposed them for the political weasels that they are. Moreover, it hopefully will empower true conservatives to stand on principle - unlike Boehner and the posers in the house that passed budget fully funding Obamacare.
I say it changed the political orbit ASSUMING that Republicans follow the example, and I think there are signs that the tea party team of new Senators is going to.
My assumption is that this will be the first, not the last, example of Rand Paul’s approach.
Rand may not be perfect, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s one of our best right now.
I did not catch the whole filibulster, but surely enjoyed the part I did see when Ted Cruz stepped up and helped out with his long question.
The question included “The Speech,” by Ronald Reagan. This speech is very appropriate in today’s America.
Thanks, Ronnie. Thanks, Ted. Thanks, Rand.
Our problem is the lack of true conservatives in the Congress.
The RINO’s have no principals .
I don’t recall the timing that day....Is it possible Obama was trying to lure senators away to prevent or stop the fillibuster? Was Obama trying to split the establishment from the young guns and create a rift, which it did?
The superannuated senator from Arizona and his coy toady from South Carolina turned in performances that were hard to stomach but couldn't be turned away from. Veritable GOP-e portraits a' la Dorian Gray.
Over the years, a lot of people have spent money and credibility on said superannuated senator from Arizona; in retrospect, I'm sorry for ever having given him so much as the benefit of the doubt. Whatever the man has done (or not done) is immaterial: he is unfit for the office he holds and the power that has come with it, and he has been unfit from the beginning.
mccain always was a very bad pilot. He has never learned to fly straight and he’s too crooked now to even learn.
...and they are surrounded by political weasels in the House that voted to extend Obamacare’s funding another 6 months. Right now there is no Republican Party...there are only Democrats and Democarats-Lite (RINO “Republicans”). I think Paul just became the new center of gravity for un-attached Republicans...those who cannot support what the GOPe is doing in congress right now. Note also that Cruz and Lee are adding their own force of gravity to that attraction.
I just emailed my disgust with John McCain for dining at the White House during the filibuster to his senatorial office
He got you so worried that more people are taking notice, wrapping their minds around the notion that somebody in Washington is actually advocating on behalf of Freedom and suggesting that he'll make a formidable candidate for POTUS, that you have to scream in bold. Sorry, I'm not voting for Jeb.
Rand and Cruz are shaking up the establishment. Good.
I also read where Rand Paul GAVE back over $600,000 dollars from his home state of Kentucky money that was saved due to cutting out waste in their budget. Now that is a leader! Would that a republican would stand up and demand every representative cut 10% out of their budget or it comes out of their paycheck!
“I just emailed my disgust with John McCain for dining at the White House during the filibuster to his senatorial office”
For whatever good it does, I did the same last night. McCain really hacked me off.
Graham and McCain are getting bashed and bashed bad on their twitter and facebook sites,
Ted Cruz is the best vote I ever casted. Bar None.
No, Rand saw an opening an took it. Turns out it was Goober Graham who set up the dinner with Obama a couple of days in advance. The timing was coincidental, but fortunate, since it ripped open the split between the TEA Party Senators like Paul and Cruz and the GOP-E old guard apparatchiks like McCain and Graham (and their lackeys).
He voted against Brennan. I'm voting for Rand if he runs.
Fine, then vote for Hillary.
Really? It's all over the MSM. The Twitter and Facebook folks are all talking about it, pro or con, he made an impact. One of the most apolotical studio musicians I have ever know was in here yesterday laying some bass tracks for one of my client's commercial and he was talking about it.
I always figured he was a lefty like most the Madison Ave and Berkley School types I work with, but he surprised me with his concern over eroding freedoms.
A good article.Rand Paul made a symbolic stand for principles, and the Democrats were exposed as hypocrites (as commie Cusack pointed out in his frustrated tweets). We already knew McLame and Linseed were progressive termites. We only have a few notable people in Washington who we can rely on
Michele Bachmann (MN)
Jim Bridenstine (OK)
Paul Broun (GA)
Ted Cruz (TX)
Trent Franks (AZ)
Louie Gohmert (TX)
Steve King (IA)
Mike Lee (UT)
Rand Paul (KY)
Marco Rubio (FL) (for the most part)
There are probably others. Tim Scott is reasonably reliable I think.
Fear not- Tokyo Rove, Juan McCain, his butt buddy Lindsie and the GOP-E will undoubtedly take this upstart whippersnapper down several pegs, and put him in his rightful place. The nerve of a freshman Senator challenging the establishment, will be severely punished if not waterboarded.
March 6 is also the anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo (1836). To make Sen. Cruz’s presentation absolutely perfect, he could have read the last letter from Wm. B. Travis, Commander at the Alamo. It would have been very appropriate.
It isn't thick-headedness - it's that they fundamentally agree with the vision of an America that "simply isn't safe" unless it is heavily controlled, regulated, taxed, and policed. They aren't missing Rand Paul's point - they are rejecting it.
They aren't concerned with what Obama does with such powers as much as they are that they might lose the opportunity to use them themselves under a Republican President.
He got the leadership position by at least a lap. It is so early in the game, with so much time left, that a lot can change, and likely will, but I think that the young Paul has at least earned a guaranteed leading (for now) place in the 2016 race.
“Get real, and wake up. The general public didn’t noticice!”
Good gosh. What are you wanting? A public self immolation on Pennsylvania Avenue like the Buddhist monks in Vietnam? I can post a photo if that’ll soothe your pessimism.
You’re not on Facebook or twitter, or you? This is all people are talking about.
He is way beyond his expiration date.
“But NO, these GOP cowards don’t have the guts to do what’s right. To HELL with them all!”
Yes, direct your anger at the GOPEEs, not at Rand Paul.
(GOP Emasculated Elites)
“March 6 is also the anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo (1836). To make Sen. Cruzs presentation absolutely perfect, he could have read the last letter from Wm. B. Travis, Commander at the Alamo. It would have been very appropriate.”
He did. It was. Check YouTube.
Add Thomas Massie of KY to the happy few. He voted against Boehner for Speaker, tax hike on the fiscal cliff and against VAWA.
Sheesh, where have you BEEN?
It’s all over EVERYWHERE!
“I won’t vote for Rand Paul either!”
Is there anyone out there that you do like? Anyone?
I finally found someone more frustrated than I am. :-)
If I had time, I would Photoshop McCain and Graham’s head onto the burning monk photo so you could displace some of that pent-up anger. Maybe we can just do some mental-imagery together instead. ;-) Have a nice day, fellow old-timer.
If the tactic is not repeated — relentlessly — (not necessarily as a filibuster but the process of making a point) then March 6 meant nothing.
The biggest impact of March 6 in my opinion is SHOWING THE WAY for other Republcians to follow.
if they don’t follow, it means nothing.
If March 6 was the equivalent of shouting “CHARGE!” and Republicans follow the example, then the political world just changed.
To make Sen. Cruzs presentation absolutely perfect, he could have read the last letter from Wm. B. Travis, Commander at the Alamo. It would have been very appropriate.He did.
“If they dont follow, it means nothing. If March 6 was the equivalent of shouting CHARGE! and Republicans follow the example, then the political world just changed.”
Nice job of putting into words the symbolism of what March 6th, 1836 meant to Texians as they charged at San Jacinto.
REMEMBER THE ALAMO! REMEMBER GOLIAD! REMEMBER THE FILIBUSTER! !!
You can count on Rubio shilling for amnesty at the expense of US citizens.