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Rand Paul Bails on Bringing Change to Washington
RedState ^ | February 17th, 2014 at 06:16 PM | Leon H. Wolf

Posted on 02/18/2014 1:21:10 PM PST by SoConPubbie

Rand Paul enjoys talking a big game about being a fundamental change agent in Washington. He likes to line up for publicity stunts like filing a lawsuit against the NSA which will almost certainly be dismissed (and send out handy list-building emails based on these publicity stunts), or staging an almost completely pointless filibuster on drones, but  when it comes to actual accomplishments that have changed the way things are done in Washington or even within the Senate GOP caucus, Paul’s cabinet is pretty empty. One area where Rand Paul might actually do some real good would be to help oust cancer Mitch McConnell, who last week singlehandedly gave Obama a blank check on the debt ceiling, and who fought tooth and nail for Rand Paul’s opponent in Paul’s primary. Here Paul might be able to do some real good where he is popular with the base in his home state in terms of using his national profile to raise awareness for Bevin’s campaign and help combat McConnell’s fundraising machine.

Instead, of course, Rand Paul has punted on his most significant opportunity to change Washington and is endorsing McConnell. What is most insulting about this decision is not that Paul made it, but the extraordinarily flimsy reasoning behind it. Look at this mealy-mouthed explanation allegedly given by Paul to Glenn Beck:

“You know things are complicated with endorsements. I’d say one because he asked me, and two because he asked me when he did not have an opponent, it wasn’t a choice at that time. And three I am someone that likes to bring people together.”

Wow. Well, that’s three compelling arguments, I guess.

First, he was asked. And who is he to say no to anyone? When someone akss you to do something, the answer always in all circumstances must be yes. To say otherwise would be impolite. One does not change the culture of Washington by being impolite, I guess.

Two, he was asked when McConnell did not have an opponent. Okay. Did he not consider that one might emerge? Were there literally no indications that this might be so? If not, why was McConnell calling in the first place? Now that a challenger has emerged, does he have any thoughts at all as to whether McConnell is better than this challenger?

Three, folks, Rand Paul has just said with a straight face that he’s a uniter, not a divider. Circle status: squared. Who can doubt Rand Paul’s reasons at this point?

The longer Rand Paul continues appearing at McConnell’s side, he is lending support to the very forces he purports to oppose, and that he loudly berates in his numerous fundraising and list-building pitches. If Rand Paul wants to make an actual difference in Washington instead of just talking about it, he needs to at the very least withdraw his endorsement of McConnell and remain neutral in this race, if not support Bevin’s campaign outright.


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1 posted on 02/18/2014 1:21:11 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Paul has turned his back on those who helped elect him.
This article is so right about what Paul could do to change Washington.
Paul chose not to.


2 posted on 02/18/2014 1:25:26 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: tennmountainman

Yup. He caught Potomac Fever.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 1:26:13 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: SoConPubbie

He strikes me as another false conservative, only taking actions that are guaranteed to fail, and even then only appearing to even take those actions.

But when it comes to actually making a difference, nothing.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 1:29:06 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: tennmountainman

As long as Rand Paul wants to run for POTUS more than he wants to serve his constituents he will remain under the thumb of the GOP Minority Leader.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 1:30:19 PM PST by Bratch
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To: chris37

Patience, patience....... the time for implementation of the rhetoric is coming....... soon


6 posted on 02/18/2014 1:30:45 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: SoConPubbie

No democrats to criticize today? Can’t find one?


7 posted on 02/18/2014 1:31:16 PM PST by DManA
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To: SoConPubbie; All

Rand Paul is not a Conservative...he is as Froot Loops as his dad

So tired of the spin from Randmesty cheerleaders on here


8 posted on 02/18/2014 1:32:17 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: SoConPubbie

Paul endorsing Chinless was a rookie mistake, and may very well haunt him. An unforced error.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 1:33:40 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: DManA

Indeed.

They magically expect Rand to move the mountain by himself...

Geez. How about getting him a supporting cast. Not much happens without 50 plus votes.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 1:33:49 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: SoConPubbie
Sen Ted Cruz hasn't/won't endorse anyone in the TX primaries. Rand didn't have to endorse Midge.
11 posted on 02/18/2014 1:36:05 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: DManA
No democrats to criticize today? Can’t find one?

My concern is to deal first with the Traitors and Trojan Horses in our midst that are a complete block to any successful conservative governance.

We are dealing with the Primaries right now, right?

After the Primaries, my focus will be to give support to those CONSERVATIVE republicans that are running for office, and no-one else.

I believe in putting my own house in order, ridding ourselves of our internal enemies, before I try and take on the external enemy.

Matthew 7:3-4

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
14 posted on 02/18/2014 1:40:38 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Jane Long

Sen Ted Cruz hasn’t/won’t endorse anyone in the TX primaries.


Man, Ted isn’t even giving a *hint*. This is nerve-wracking.

Stovall is looking great on paper, but what if he turns out to be a Chamber boy?


15 posted on 02/18/2014 1:41:47 PM PST by txhurl
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To: SoConPubbie
RP, has caught "Incumbent Disease/Fever", what a disappointment!
Reagan said, "If you don't vote conservative everytime,
you'll become a liberal (words to that effect)"
..well RP?

16 posted on 02/18/2014 1:44:45 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: SoConPubbie

The author is right.

There are some things about Rand Paul I like. However, I would not support him for president because of his support for amnesty.

But at the very least, he should withdraw his endorsement of McConnell.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 1:46:07 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Any orderly house need Rand Paul in it.


18 posted on 02/18/2014 1:47:10 PM PST by DManA
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To: Jane Long

Sen Ted Cruz hasn't/won't endorse anyone in the TX primaries. Rand didn't have to endorse Midge.

Really?

This article begs to differ.

Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General

 

Redstate.com ^ | 2/18/2014 | Erick Erickson
 

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:23:54 AM by Paine in the Neck

According to Senator Ted Cruz, “Ken Paxton is a tireless conservative warrior.” Paxton is running for Texas Attorney General. As all of us know, we may not live in Texas, but Texas affects us and we all probably secretly or not so secretly want to live there.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott frequently describes his workday as, “I go into the office, I sue the federal government and I go home.” In fact, Abbott had filed 27 cases against President Obama’s administration as of the launch of his Gubernatorial bid last year. There can be no doubt as to the significant power that the Texas Attorney General wields against federal intrusion and lawlessness. Moreover, the future leadership of Texas is now being re-shaped as Governor Perry steps down. It’s imperative that Texas have strong conservative leadership – because as Texas goes, so goes America.

As a result, it is of interest to each of us who next holds that office. It’s a race Ken Paxton needs to win.

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


 

And ...

Ted Cruz recommends—

Chief Justice Hecht

Supreme Court—

Place 6 Jeff Brown

Place 7 Jeff Boyd

Place 8 Phil Johnson

8 posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:23:47 AM by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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19 posted on 02/18/2014 1:47:13 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: txhurl

Yep - a wink is as good as a nod, in this case ;-)
Sen Cruz hasn’t done either...on the Senate race, as far as I know.


20 posted on 02/18/2014 1:47:16 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’ve sent several emails to Rand Paul urging him to stay true to the ones (Tea Party) who elected him senator and support Bevin instead of McConnell. Rand Paul’s support would almost certainly guarantee Bevin’s victory. However, I’m afraid Paul believes that McConnell will prevail and then McConnell will be in a strong position to help Paul achieve his presidential ambitions. Personal ambition trumps principle.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 1:47:46 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: SoConPubbie

I only trust Cruz and Lee in the senate


22 posted on 02/18/2014 1:48:16 PM PST by Sybeck1
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To: SoConPubbie
One area where Rand Paul might actually do some real good would be to help oust cancer Mitch McConnell, who last week singlehandedly gave Obama a blank check on the debt ceiling,

No. McConnell had John Cornyn's help. Still, Paul could certainly do better by Tea Partiers in my estimation.

23 posted on 02/18/2014 1:49:35 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yep. Those all show up on my facebook.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 1:50:12 PM PST by bonfire
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To: Responsibility2nd

I meant on the Senate race (like Midge and Rand) ;-)

At least, no endorsement in the TX Senate race, that I know of.


25 posted on 02/18/2014 1:52:12 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: chris37
"He strikes me as another false conservative, "

If you keep peeling the onion on all these guys, you will find a Republican ['remember anyone but Obama']. The critical ignored issues by both Parties that are faceing the USA are trade deficits, our role as world policeman, stagnant population growth. Conserving the USA is the objective for conservatives. Conserving their money is the objective of Republicans. It's a acid test.

26 posted on 02/18/2014 1:55:13 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Jane Long

I suspect he’ll stay mum on that. He won’t support Cornyn. Nor will he support Stockman.

Just a guess.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 1:56:45 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m guessing your guess is right.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 1:57:17 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Start the Hispandering and lose it all.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 1:59:14 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Jane Long
Rand didn't have to endorse Midge.

That is the point that should be remembered.

Was never a big Paul fan and now damn sure am not.
Very stupid move on his part, some *behind closed doors* deal had to go down for Rand to be this stupid.

30 posted on 02/18/2014 2:05:51 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul just wanted to get along with those he work with everyday imho


31 posted on 02/18/2014 2:06:07 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Responsibility2nd

He didn’t have his pic taken with Stovall at the Denton Co. Republican conference where Stovall was supposed to be in attendance.


32 posted on 02/18/2014 2:14:36 PM PST by txhurl
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To: SoConPubbie

Glad someone is finally calling this fraud out.


33 posted on 02/18/2014 2:14:39 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: SoConPubbie

I see its trash Rand Paul night. One of the few standing up agains’t all the govt spying and harrassment. Give me a break. He’s one of the few good guys in Wash. I don’t agree with everything he says and does but so he endorsed Mitch. Not the end of the world. He figured Mitch would win and he wants that support to run for President.

Sarah Palin continues to support Juan McCain a total whack job RINO. Who wants to give her a good trashing?

The only two people who are going to run for President in 2016 that have given even the slightest indication they will change things are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.


34 posted on 02/18/2014 2:52:05 PM PST 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: Georgia Girl 2
I see its trash Rand Paul night. One of the few standing up agains’t all the govt spying and harrassment. Give me a break. He’s one of the few good guys in Wash. I don’t agree with everything he says and does but so he endorsed Mitch. Not the end of the world. He figured Mitch would win and he wants that support to run for President.

If somebody is doing something wrong, we (Freepers) have an obligation to point it out. Similarly, where politicians are doing the right thing, we(Freepers) also have an obligation to point that out as well.

There are things that Rand Paul has been doing that I whole-heartedly support.

The only two people who are going to run for President in 2016 that have given even the slightest indication they will change things are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

Until Rand Paul drops his Amnesty plan, I'd say you were a little wide of the mark:

Here are the links, from last year, where Rand Paul clearly lays out his own Amnesty plan for 2 million illegals per year, based on a "Certification" from a Pro-Amnesty congress that the border is "secure". No Fence, No E-Verify, No punishments for ID Fraud, and all the other misdemeanors and felonies committed by the Undocumented Democrats he wants to pardon.

Sen. Rand Paul: Trust but verify on immigration reform (Feburary 8th, 2013)

Rand Paul’s “Undocumented Citizens” Path to Legality (and Citizenship) (March 20, 2013)

Rand Paul calls on conservatives to embrace immigration reform (March 19, 2013 Article)

Rand Paul's presence-and-jobs amnesty -- WITHOUT E-Verify


No, America Does Not Have “De Facto Amnesty”

GOP's Rand Paul, Dems' Luis Gutierrez in step on immigration reform

Rand Paul: Pathway To Citizenship Is Needed, E-Verify Is Not

Rand Paul On Illegals: Trust But Verify

Steve Deace – Et Tu, Rand Paul?

Paul: Republican Party in Need of Facelift

35 posted on 02/18/2014 3:02:07 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: tennmountainman

He endorses McConnell. Palin endorses McCain. What’s next? Will Cruz endorse Cornyn. God, I hope not.


36 posted on 02/18/2014 3:08:47 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: bert

No, the time for the GOP to get swept out on it’s a$$ is what’s coming soon.

I’m no fool, bert.


37 posted on 02/18/2014 3:11:59 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: ex-snook

I’m not certain that the Republicans have any objective at all outside of assisting democrats.

They are all DON’T ROCK THE BOAT, DEAR GOD, DON’T ROCK THE BOAT, but the boat is going off the edge of the universe...


38 posted on 02/18/2014 3:14:07 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

“They magically expect Rand to move the mountain by himself...”

We need to remember that FR is infested with the “We Walk on Water” cult. One misstep, one bad statement and the Walk on Water crowd descends to rip apart conservatives. Personally, I’m not ready yet to throw Paul under the bus. These Walk on Water fakes were on another thread ripping apart Trey Gowdy for actions he took which he later reversed.

I think it’s time to start looking at these holier-than-thou purists to determine whether or not they’re paid neo-con trolls pretending to be conservatives.


39 posted on 02/18/2014 3:15:52 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: tennmountainman
I've never been a fan of his because he always seems to kiss up to McConnell and the other old Rinos. His endorsement of McConnell is no surprise to me. I don't think he has what it takes to win a fight.
40 posted on 02/18/2014 3:43:17 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: SoConPubbie

False headline. Here’s a change Rand Paul secured with Mitch McConnell’s help: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3124011/posts


41 posted on 02/18/2014 4:03:13 PM PST by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: sergeantdave
We need to remember that FR is infested with the “We Walk on Water” cult.

Amnesty is the lead weight that makes walking on water pretty difficult, and Runt Paul is for it.

42 posted on 02/19/2014 1:39:42 AM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul has too much Paul in him.


43 posted on 02/19/2014 1:51:38 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: sergeantdave

You got it. Disruptor trolls.


44 posted on 02/19/2014 6:53:56 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Cyber Liberty
"Paul endorsing Chinless was a rookie mistake, and may very well haunt him. An unforced error."

Yup, I like Paul but long ago I posted his support of Mitch will come back to bite him in the butt. Also he tends to go wobbly in illegal immigration from time to time. Amnesty is a deal breaker for me. lots of posters here falsely claim he supports amnesty, as best I can tell he doesn't, but he is willing to tackle the issue provided the border is secured before anything else is looked at. Basically fit the border first (enforce existing laws) then we can talk. I really do not see conservatives getting anything better then that given the conditions of modern politics in the USA today.

45 posted on 02/19/2014 8:14:24 AM PST by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: jpsb

Paul is certainly not written out of my book yet, but we’ll have to see some sharpening of his game before he’s ready for prime-time.


46 posted on 02/19/2014 8:24:24 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: sergeantdave

That’s about as good a summation I’ve seen on the subject of the “Walk on Water” crowd. There is only one person in this country who agrees with me 100% about everything, and I’m not running for anything.


47 posted on 02/19/2014 8:26:46 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

Agreed


48 posted on 02/19/2014 8:27:48 AM PST by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: Sirius Lee

Yep he went native real fast in sewer city.


49 posted on 02/19/2014 11:37:48 AM PST by sarge83
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To: itsahoot

“Amnesty is the lead weight that makes walking on water pretty difficult, and Runt Paul is for it.”

Look up non sequitur and mixed metaphors.


50 posted on 02/19/2014 4:21:00 PM PST by sergeantdave
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