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One Congressman, Rand Paul, the GOP and What Ails American Politics
National Journal ^ | Ron Fournier

Posted on 04/04/2013 7:58:50 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan

“I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it,” Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia griped over lunch last month at the GOP-run Capitol Hill Club. “All I did was agree to fly aboard Air Force One and talk to the president and for that I got …”

“Hammered,” said Chris Connelly, chief of staff to the Republican lawmaker. “Hammered,” repeated Rigell. “Hammered by my own people.”

Before we could finish our conversation about the dangers of moderation in modern-day politics, Rigell’s cell phone vibrated on the white-clothed table. “It’s Rand Paul,” he said, jumping up from his chair to take a scheduled call from the tea party star, a freshman senator from Kentucky. “Hello, senator,” Rigell said, walking away from our table for privacy. “Can we talk guns?”

I didn’t know it at the time but I had happened to catch Rigell at his career’s most important hour, precisely as he sought to extricate himself from a political vise. On the federal budget and guns, Rigell stayed true to his conservative roots but had the uncommon audacity to insist upon facts, reason and common sense.

And for that, he was punished.

Trouble began for Rigell in late February when he received an invitation from the White House to fly aboard Air Force One and attend an event in his district. President Obama planned to discuss the effects of so-called sequestration cuts, his latest attempt to blame the budget standoff on Rigell’s party.

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


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 113th; banglist; fournier; guncontrol; rigell; rino; ronfournier; secondamendment; teaparty; virginia

1 posted on 04/04/2013 7:58:50 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Those pesky consituents! Damn them!


2 posted on 04/04/2013 8:00:30 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: JohnPDuncan

I don’t know about punishing the worthless piece of Obamastuff RINO, but if he got on AF-1 with the Loon-O-Dent, he should at least be disinfected.


3 posted on 04/04/2013 8:00:45 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: JohnPDuncan
On the federal budget and guns, Rigell stayed true to his conservative roots but had the uncommon audacity to insist upon facts, reason and common sense. And for that, he was punished.

"Common sense" is Alinsky-speak for "Anybody who disagrees with us is an inbred, snaggle-toothed RACIST."

4 posted on 04/04/2013 8:02:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: JohnPDuncan

” but had the uncommon audacity to insist upon facts, reason and common sense. “

No bias in that article.


5 posted on 04/04/2013 8:02:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: AppyPappy

You know what you get with national journal... i wasn’t going to edit it...


6 posted on 04/04/2013 8:03:44 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan
Did he get a little cap with a propeller on it as a reward for getting on Obambi's plane? Kook-cinich did.

Why would anyone with any kind of brains have anything to do with that idiot, much less get on a plane with him.

7 posted on 04/04/2013 8:04:08 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: JohnPDuncan
But he agreed to travel with Obama for two reasons. First, he wanted to tell the president to his face that the White House had failed to lead on negotiations.

Like Obama cares. You would think a pubbie congresscritter would have figured that out by now.

8 posted on 04/04/2013 8:04:48 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: JohnPDuncan

I don’t trust a damn thing Ron Fournier writes.


9 posted on 04/04/2013 8:05:04 AM PDT by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Liberals, including BHO, have made it abundantly clear that all Republicans are the enemy. Liberals have declared war. Flying with BHO on AF1 is fraternizing with the enemy, and should be grounds for punishment.

Learn your lesson.


10 posted on 04/04/2013 8:05:36 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: laweeks

Here’s the reason why his constituents are upset with him and i dont think it’s for riding on AF1:

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Rigell knew he would be criticized by fellow conservatives for giving Obama political cover. Right-wing ideologues were already skeptical of the second-term lawmaker because he had disavowed an anti-tax pledge, voted to raise the debt ceiling and opposed holding Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt (one of only two Republicans to do so). Rigell represents one of the dwindling few swing districts left.


11 posted on 04/04/2013 8:05:44 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan
So he flew on AF1. Meanwhile these RINO's had dinner with Barry.

 

12 GOP Senators Had Dinner With Obama During Rand Paul’s Filibuster

March 7, 2013
By

#DineWithObama

Senator Rand Paul lasted just shy of 13 hours with his filibuster yesterday. He had some help from Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and John Barrasso. While he was conducting his bladder-busting exercise in liberty, some of his fellow Republican senators were dining with President Obama.

In no particular order, those senators dining with Obama were John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, Tom Coburn, Kelly Ayotte, Mike Johanns, Pat Toomey, Saxby Chambliss, John Hoeven, Dan Coates and Richard Burr.

The dozen GOP Senators who dined with Obama while Paul filibustered CIA Director nominee John Brennan in opposition to the unconstitutional authorization of drone killings of American citizens on American soil may have expressed a spirit of bipartisanship, yet the imagery and optics juxtaposing the two events could prove difficult to overcome.

Anyone following #StandWithRand on Twitter last night knows who the American people were standing with, but Senator Johnson told Greta VanSusteren that dinner was a jolly good time:

 

 

12 posted on 04/04/2013 8:06:54 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Hi John, and welcome to FreeRepublic. A little procedural note - the powers that be would prefer that you post the actual title of the article and not a paraphrase. In this case the title should be: “One Congressman, Rand Paul, the GOP and What Ails American Politics”

The reason why we do this is to try to reduce multiple posting of the same article. You might consider asking a moderator to change it for you.

As to the article itself, this guy Rigell strikes me as a weasel. He can’t be stupid enough not to know what consequence his actions are going to spawn so it is especially weenie of him to be whining now.


13 posted on 04/04/2013 8:07:31 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: JohnPDuncan

RINOs: the other white meat, except it tends to be awfully fatty.


14 posted on 04/04/2013 8:08:21 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: rockrr

I understand that but that title is boring (as is most of NJ’s content) so I decided to give it a better title, no harm in that. I doubt anyone will post the same article from that rag!


15 posted on 04/04/2013 8:10:03 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Tough,,, in the real world you are judged by the company you keep. He decided hang out with a not so closeted homosexual, marxist, muslim, America-hating, foreigner president Obama. And he is trying to bankrupt our nation and is aggressively paving the way for a socialist dictatorship of the few.

And now we don’t like you. Whats so hard to understand?


16 posted on 04/04/2013 8:10:29 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: JohnPDuncan

All I did was agree to fly aboard Air Force One and talk to the president and for that I got …” “Hammered,”

You dick weed!...We don’t tolerate traitors anymore! They are out to steamroller all of us! Get on board or go to hell!


17 posted on 04/04/2013 8:11:42 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: JohnPDuncan
On one hand, he has only been in Congress for two years and is probably still a little star struck.

On the other hand, who really gives a rat's patoot what a Republican/Democrat politician does?

18 posted on 04/04/2013 8:12:24 AM PDT by Tupelo (Old, Bald, Ugly, Fat and Broke in Arizona)
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To: JohnPDuncan

not hammered enough.

RINOs are always in season.


19 posted on 04/04/2013 8:13:21 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: JohnPDuncan

We are in a cultural war. Rigell took tea with Musselinni and thought he would get away with it. Now he’s whining because Rand Paul won’t pull his fat out of the fire. Rand Paul knows we are at war.

I stand with Rand.


20 posted on 04/04/2013 8:15:03 AM 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: JohnPDuncan
“Please tell the president I accept with gratitude,” Rigell told the White House aide.

Wah!

21 posted on 04/04/2013 8:16:21 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: JohnPDuncan

Generally speaking, Republicans are ashamed of the people who vote for them.


22 posted on 04/04/2013 8:18:34 AM PDT by DManA
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To: JohnPDuncan

Make friends with your enemy’s foot soldiers, it will help undermine the leaders.


23 posted on 04/04/2013 8:20:29 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: longtermmemmory

You don’t have to fly on AF1 to get hammered.

Just sayin’


24 posted on 04/04/2013 8:21:15 AM PDT by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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Comment #25 Removed by Moderator

To: JohnPDuncan

Unfortunately, like his colleagues, Mr. Fournier is really the problem in Washington. Our press become little more than stenographers for a single party and have a central tenant that a lack of government and not individual responsibility is what is wrong with America. Until the Fourth Estate returns to their Constitutional roots, I expect greater disintegration of the American experiment. I am delighted our Constitution allows for a free press. I only wish we had an honest one.


26 posted on 04/04/2013 8:28:44 AM PDT by mort56
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To: JohnPDuncan

I stopped at Fournier.


27 posted on 04/04/2013 8:29:46 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: JohnPDuncan; Admin Moderator

What a jerk response. You looking to get this thread deleted?

Keep it up.


28 posted on 04/04/2013 8:29:50 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I changed the title because the real title is Fournier’s left wing spin

how is that jerk response?


29 posted on 04/04/2013 8:30:52 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan
Click here and educate yourself on how to post. And how NEVER to change headlines.
30 posted on 04/04/2013 8:33:18 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JohnPDuncan

It is FR policy to not change titles, for the reasons posters have given.


31 posted on 04/04/2013 8:37:56 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: COBOL2Java

No, you weren’t hammered by your own people. You were hammered by the people who elected you, who realize that you’re not one of them - that you are more interested in fawning at the feet of “The One” and preening your own political feathers than defending their country, their Constitution and their legitimate interests.

They are no more your people than they are Obama’s people - and THAT is why they hammered you.


32 posted on 04/04/2013 8:38:01 AM PDT by GilesB
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33 posted on 04/04/2013 8:44:25 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: JohnPDuncan
JohnPDuncan
Since Dec 22, 2012


I understand that but that title is boring (as is most of NJ’s content) so I decided to give it a better title, no harm in that.
Ah, yes there is harm in that - as you were told.
But, after 90 days on FR, you think you know better and can ignore the guidelines. Hmmm ...
34 posted on 04/04/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

I’m not ignoring the guidelines I just didnt think left-wing spun titles are the best thing to post on a conservative site..


35 posted on 04/04/2013 8:49:58 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: Admin Moderator

OK Admin I will remember for next time. I just didn’t think this “ails” American politics. That’s Fournier’s left-wing spun headline.


36 posted on 04/04/2013 8:53:05 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Until Rand Paul goes back to his original “No Amnesty” pledge and backs away from his “Normalization”(Amnesty) plan he’s just another GOP-E Senator with a different suit.


37 posted on 04/04/2013 9:02:16 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: JohnPDuncan

You can add commentary in parentheses if you have characters left. Otherwise make your comments in the comment section on the initial post, and, in a case like this, note your comments on the headline.

You will often see a left leaning article / headline with the commentary “(barf alert)” added for this reason.


38 posted on 04/04/2013 9:05:45 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: JohnPDuncan

The core reason for keeping original headlines is to try to avoid duplicate postings - if you change the title, someone trying to post the same article a half-hour later may not find it with a search.

As others have noted, you can editorialize in parentheses after the title, up to the title length limit of 100 characters.

Thanks for understanding - I do agree that Fournier’s title is left-wing spin, along with everything else he writes.


39 posted on 04/04/2013 9:13:46 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Believe me... I don’t want to post much of Fornier but felt the whining from the congressman was interesting and worthy of a post :)

I will take on board the advice about using {}’s. Thanks again!


40 posted on 04/04/2013 9:18:04 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“We are in a cultural war. Rigell took tea with Musselinni and thought he would get away with it. Now he’s whining because Rand Paul won’t pull his fat out of the fire. Rand Paul knows we are at war.”

Now if we can just convince Rand that giving the other side 9 million more troops through an amnesty is a bad idea...


41 posted on 04/04/2013 9:25:43 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: JohnPDuncan
So far as I know, the National Association for Gun Rights is a paper organization. No members. At least I don't know any, and I'm very active in gun rights organizations. Nor have they made any attempt to recruit me.

I'm not impressed when someone says they have NAGR backing. It sounds like the old American Hunters and Shooters Association, which was a labor-union-funded outfit intended to scam union members who were also gun owners into voting for left-wing candidates.

42 posted on 04/04/2013 1:30:22 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: JoeFromSidney

They have something like a million people on facebook so they must be something. I also like Gun Owners of America which is Larry Pratt’s organization. The NRA has sold out numerous times before but GOA never does. Please consider becoming a member.


43 posted on 04/04/2013 6:21:43 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: JohnPDuncan

Oh golly gee...the poor man is in bed with Obama who is attempting to destroy the country. Poor guy.


44 posted on 04/04/2013 6:29:38 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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45 posted on 04/04/2013 7:32:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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