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Rand Paul Shifts Political Orbit ["Rand's Stand" Filibuster changed political world]
AMERICAN THINKER ^ | March 8, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: drones; ericholder; filibuster; randpaul
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1 posted on 03/08/2013 3:43:01 AM PST by Moseley
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To: Moseley
FULL ARTICLE -- CLICK HERE http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/rand_paul_shifts_political_orbit.html>
2 posted on 03/08/2013 3:44:20 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: Moseley
Republican National Committee Chair asked Senate members to support Paul. McCaine, Ayotte and the usual supsects went to dinner with the President instead.

Are there any questions?

3 posted on 03/08/2013 3:52:34 AM PST by Makana
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To: Moseley

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.


4 posted on 03/08/2013 3:57:42 AM PST by Nicojones
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To: Nicojones

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.


5 posted on 03/08/2013 4:01:38 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: Moseley

Rand may not be perfect, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s one of our best right now.


6 posted on 03/08/2013 4:04:05 AM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Moseley

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.


7 posted on 03/08/2013 4:13:13 AM PST by YepYep (Build the America you want at your address, and keep looking up. --Sarah Palin)
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To: Nicojones

Our problem is the lack of true conservatives in the Congress.

The RINO’s have no principals .


8 posted on 03/08/2013 4:27:28 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Makana

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?


9 posted on 03/08/2013 4:29:04 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Moseley
(Excepting one superannuated senator from Arizona.)

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.

Mr. niteowl77

10 posted on 03/08/2013 4:32:18 AM PST by niteowl77 (Oh, crap.)
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To: Moseley
What did Rand Paul get, seriously?
What did he get?

Did this Brennan POS loose his CIA confirmation? NO !
Did Attorney General Eric Holder get thrown out of office? NO !
All he got was a letter, that we ALL know, Obama and his Fabian Fascists minions will NOT honor !


The article states: Did the low information voters "get it", or were they even watching?
I submit that most of them were too busy chasing their beer, sports, porno, and LAME Stream Media news, that they don't even know what it was about.
And even now, the Obama News Media is doing their best the divert attention away from Rand Paul's stand, and PRETEND it never happened.

The article stated: I agree with that statement.
But WHO noticed or even heard that message?
Certainly NOT the low information voters,
nor the majority of black voters that can't see beyond the color of Obama's skin,
and are too stupid to realize that Obama isn't "Black", but IS "Arab-Kenyan".
They don't even notice that Obama's selling their children, along with the rest of ALL our children into slavery to China.

So I ask again,
11 posted on 03/08/2013 4:39:52 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: niteowl77

mccain always was a very bad pilot. He has never learned to fly straight and he’s too crooked now to even learn.


12 posted on 03/08/2013 4:41:32 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Nicojones

...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.


13 posted on 03/08/2013 4:46:42 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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To: Moseley

I just emailed my disgust with John McCain for dining at the White House during the filibuster to his senatorial office


14 posted on 03/08/2013 4:47:33 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Yosemitest
What DID Rand Paul GET, seriously? What did HE GET ?

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.

15 posted on 03/08/2013 4:48:31 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

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!


16 posted on 03/08/2013 4:49:52 AM PST by princess leah
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To: yldstrk

“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.


17 posted on 03/08/2013 4:51:25 AM PST by zagger
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To: zagger

Graham and McCain are getting bashed and bashed bad on their twitter and facebook sites,


18 posted on 03/08/2013 4:53:09 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Sirius Lee
I'm not voting for Jeb, either.
Rand Paul voted for Hagel.
How did he vote for Brennan ?
I won't vote for Rand Paul either !
19 posted on 03/08/2013 4:53:20 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Sirius Lee
I'm angry that not enough people noticed.
Yeah, we the quire noticed, but ONLY the political noticed, and not the general public.
Get real, and wake up.
The general public didn't notice!
20 posted on 03/08/2013 4:58:23 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: YepYep

Ted Cruz is the best vote I ever casted. Bar None.


21 posted on 03/08/2013 4:58:23 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: ryan71

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).


22 posted on 03/08/2013 4:59:20 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Yosemitest
How did he vote for Brennan ? I won't vote for Rand Paul either !

He voted against Brennan. I'm voting for Rand if he runs.

23 posted on 03/08/2013 5:00:51 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Yosemitest
I won't vote for Rand Paul either !

Fine, then vote for Hillary.

24 posted on 03/08/2013 5:01:19 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Yosemitest
Get real, and wake up. The general public didn't notice!

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.

25 posted on 03/08/2013 5:10:39 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Moseley

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.


26 posted on 03/08/2013 5:10:40 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Moseley
"Rand Paul shoved Obama's agenda off the public stage. Just getting the political world talking about Republicans' message instead of Obama's means Republicans are winning and Obama is losing."

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.

27 posted on 03/08/2013 5:18:36 AM PST by matthew fuller (Fast and Furious fizzled- Enter Sandy Hook.)
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To: Moseley

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.


28 posted on 03/08/2013 5:23:15 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Sirius Lee
Had the "linguine-spined" GOP got behind Rand Paul and kept this filibuster up for a FEW WEEKS, then the public might have noticed.
But NO, these GOP cowards don't have the guts to do what's right.
To HELL with them all!
29 posted on 03/08/2013 5:25:46 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Moseley
We will see how thick-headed Republicans are if they miss the point.

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.

30 posted on 03/08/2013 5:26:30 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Yosemitest

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.


31 posted on 03/08/2013 5:27:11 AM PST by matthew fuller (Fast and Furious fizzled- Enter Sandy Hook.)
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To: Yosemitest

“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.


32 posted on 03/08/2013 5:28:44 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Timber Rattler
I'll vote for a conservative like Sarah Palin, but I'm done with the GOP.
Not one of them is worth my time!
33 posted on 03/08/2013 5:28:53 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: zagger

He is way beyond his expiration date.


34 posted on 03/08/2013 5:30:25 AM PST by matthew fuller (Fast and Furious fizzled- Enter Sandy Hook.)
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To: Yosemitest

“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)


35 posted on 03/08/2013 5:35:14 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Nita Nupress
You've got to be joking.
If they can put together more than one sentence, it's a major deal.
Most of those people couldn't put forth a logical argument, if their life depended on it.
36 posted on 03/08/2013 5:37:02 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: txrefugee

“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.”

He did. It was. Check YouTube.


37 posted on 03/08/2013 5:38:10 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Viennacon

Add Thomas Massie of KY to the happy few. He voted against Boehner for Speaker, tax hike on the fiscal cliff and against VAWA.


38 posted on 03/08/2013 5:39:44 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: Yosemitest

Allll-rightee then.


39 posted on 03/08/2013 5:40:14 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Nita Nupress
I'll give Rand Paul some slack because he DID try, although to little effect.
But he still voted to confirm Hagel and I won't forgive that.
Fight Communists on every front, and every vote counts.
Destroy them. Don't compromise!
40 posted on 03/08/2013 5:41:10 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Gene Eric
WSJ’s criticism of Rand Paul is especially puzzling to me.
Are they opposed to asking questions of this administration ?
41 posted on 03/08/2013 5:45:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Yosemitest

Sheesh, where have you BEEN?

It’s all over EVERYWHERE!


42 posted on 03/08/2013 5:46:17 AM PST by bonfire
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To: Yosemitest

“I won’t vote for Rand Paul either!”

Is there anyone out there that you do like? Anyone?


43 posted on 03/08/2013 5:47:20 AM PST by panaxanax
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To: Yosemitest

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.


44 posted on 03/08/2013 5:50:12 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Yosemitest

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.


45 posted on 03/08/2013 5:51:48 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: txrefugee
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.
He did.
46 posted on 03/08/2013 5:57:49 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Moseley

“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.”

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! !!


47 posted on 03/08/2013 5:59:01 AM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Nita Nupress
I wish just one of them had Ronald Reagan's wisdom and guts.
I wish just one of them was lead by God, and had the words to cut them to the quick, to shame them into doing the right things.
We truly are experiencing God's punishment, of “so shall the LORD bring upon you ALL EVIL things”.
48 posted on 03/08/2013 6:00:33 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Moseley
Now you're beginning to understand what needs to be done.
But the GOP needs to SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN and not pass a continuing resolution.
They should FORCE a budget!
49 posted on 03/08/2013 6:04:17 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Viennacon

You can count on Rubio shilling for amnesty at the expense of US citizens.


50 posted on 03/08/2013 6:14:40 AM PST by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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