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Rand Paulís Loopy Ascent (In which the NYT tries to get me to like the KY senator)
The New York Times ^ | March 25, 2013 | Frank Bruni

Posted on 03/26/2013 3:51:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When you’ve got loons the likes of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin fluttering about, I suppose it’s easy not to seem like such a wacko bird yourself.

Is that why Rand Paul is flying high right now? Or is it because he followed his 13-hour_filibuster — that knee-defeating, bladder-defying moment in the Senate sun — by showing a few of his less florid feathers? Either way, he has managed, with remarkable speed, to migrate to the foreground of Republican politics. You could almost lose sight of what an albatross he really is.

Today he’s singing the moderate song of immigration reform, and that dirge about drones, which had a valid bass note despite its alarmist melody, struck chords across the political spectrum.

But Paul’s greatest hits include a denunciation of Medicare as socialism, a recommendation of stopping foreign aid to a few key allies, and the insistent introduction of Patriot Act amendments so loopy that one of them netted all of 10 votes from the 95 senators present while another garnered a whopping total of 4.

As Jennifer Steinhauer noted in The Times right after he peddled those clunkers, he had seemingly relocated to Washington “less to make laws than points.”

Now he’s making headlines and waves, and not as a Tea Party curiosity but as a Republican Party lodestar, someone discussed seriously as a possible force in the 2016 presidential primaries. He was tapped just last week to be the featured speaker at the approaching Lincoln Day Dinner in Iowa. There’s an important caucus in that state, you’ll recall.

Paul personifies the G.O.P.’s curse right now. Although it needs to re-establish its bearings in the mainstream, many of the Republicans making the biggest splashes are rowing in from strange tributaries, and the establishment can’t seem to stop the tide.......

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; US: Iowa; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2016; gop; iowa; mcconnell; palin; paul2016; randpaul; teaparty; tedcruz
How would this column be different if Karl Rove, Matthew Dowd or Steve Schmidt had written it?
1 posted on 03/26/2013 3:51:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The libretard comments at the end of the article are priceless.


2 posted on 03/26/2013 3:58:10 PM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The 40 IQ sophomoric neanderthal cranks at the NYT are losing it. Irrelevancy, anyone?

Now, how do we communicate that the NYT is irrelevant to the surrender monkeys at the GOP headquarters?


3 posted on 03/26/2013 4:05:42 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I betcha Frank Bruni takes it up the keister from Haitian immigrants.


4 posted on 03/26/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: ObozoMustGo2012

Its just the NY Slimes being the NY Slimes.


5 posted on 03/26/2013 4:46:58 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

That’s a sucker bet.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 4:50:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Dalberg-Acton
"I betcha Frank Bruni takes it up the keister from Haitian immigrants."

He must. Lest the hive denounce him as being racist.

7 posted on 03/26/2013 4:51:23 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

About the author:

Frank Anthony Bruni is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of The New York Times, a position he held from 2004 to 2009. In May 2011, he became the first openly gay Op-Ed columnist of The New York Times.


8 posted on 03/26/2013 5:10:01 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: Gator113

Sausage editor.


9 posted on 03/26/2013 5:17:48 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The MSM likes to tell us who to support, usually as soon as they lean left on some major issues like immigration


10 posted on 03/26/2013 6:02:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Gator113
Frank Anthony Bruni is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of The New York Times, a position he held from 2004 to 2009.

And Frank Rich was the chief theater critic for the Times.

There's a pattern here...

11 posted on 03/26/2013 6:25:52 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frank Bruni, New York Times

12 posted on 03/27/2013 2:18:02 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There would be less lisps. Maybe.


13 posted on 03/27/2013 2:41:59 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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