Oh, Okay.

23 04 2014

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Rand Paul opens mouth inserts foot again on immigration.

Except he has slightly backpedaled from previous statements — He now says we can’t let the whole world in.

That’s a real comfort to me.





RINO Battlespace Preparation

15 04 2014

Springfield, Virginia

The story.

The really curious thing is this:  Why him, why now?  Especially when his days in elected politics are over.

I have a theory.

Before I state my theory, I have to remind you of my theory that IRSgate is a bipartisan scandal, because that plays into where my mind is running.

Then take a look at this.  It’s not just the WSJ and NR, it’s also Jennifer Rubin at the WaPo and Sheldon Adelson that have recently geared up to put up a RINO shield between the Rand Paul and the Republican nomination for President.  Not for the reason he shouldn’t win the nomination, because he’s open borders and amnesty all the way.  That they won’t talk about, because that’s also their position, with the possible exception of NR, and their immigration agenda in spite of not being the worst possible still isn’t anything to write home about.  No, the reason they’re out to get Rand Paul is because he’s Ron Paul’s son, and they’re worried that apple has not rolled far enough away from tree on foreign policy, even though that apple has been doing nothing but rolling away from the tree ever since he started running for the Senate, and by the time 2016 comes around, Rand will be far closer to the neos than his father.  However, that still won’t make the neos happy, when they have a reliable lifer in Jeb Bush rather than a Johnny-come-lately in Rand Paul.  The invade the world neos have made the decision that they far more trust a brother and son of two people named George Bush than a son of Ron Paul.

So mash the two together, RINO sway in IRS politics and RINO fear of Rand Paul.

What does it add up to?

If the IRS can find dirt or quasi-dirt or anything questionable related to Ron Paul and the Campaign For Liberty, they’ll pounce, the media will pounce, and some of the splat will land in Rand Paul’s lap.

And that’s what the RINOs are hoping for.





They Found a Place For Them

20 11 2013

Bowling Green, Kentucky

ABC:

Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees

Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq — prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists’ fingerprints.

Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Gee, I wonder who else lives there.





Rand Paul Has Now Become a Citizen of Crackpotistan

1 07 2013

Kentucky

Mediaite has the story, AWD has a thread to which I’ve already contributed.

To those of us who can see and who pay attention, this is no surprise.  To those of you who still don’t believe that Rand Paul’s no vote on the Gang Bangers of Eight bill should be taken as the functional equivalent of a yes vote, if this doesn’t convince you, nothing will.





The Difference Between Rand and Wrong

24 04 2013

Bowling Green, Kentucky

First, immigration, and now, he’s done a one-eighty on drones.

What’s wrong with him?

I think I have the answer.  For those of you who have read this space regularly over the past several months, you already know what my theory is.

When Rand Paul first announced that he was running for Senate from Kentucky in 2009, only after Jim Bunning announced his own retirement, (and RP made it clear all along that he was only going to run if Bunning was retiring), one of the things he communicated to tuned in people like your blogmeister is that he wasn’t entering the race and going into electoral politics merely to be his father’s son and clone.  His goal all along was to try to be a bridge between his father’s worldview and the worldview of lamestream conservatives like Rush Limbaugh.  Or, to put it more accurately, he wanted to triangulate between the two in order to form a new paradigm.

The problem with that goal is that there is no natural constituency for a halfway between Ron and Rush ideology, either for the purposes of motivating boots on the ground or raising money.  That became clear in RP’s primary campaign versus the man who was considered a shoo-in for the Kentucky Senate race, both primary and general, until RP got in himself, that being Kentucky AG Trey Grayson.  Rand might have wanted to triangulate, but he had to rely on his father’s name and fundraising machine to get money.  At the same time, while his father’s people were good at getting and giving money, they weren’t good at actually getting boots on the ground to win elections, as even to this day, Ron Paul has never won a statewide election of any sort.  So for energy, Rand had to rely on the Tea Party Movement, which is basically warmed over Reagan conservatism with something of a hard baked right-libertarian edge.  So while he wanted to triangulate, he needed money and boots from either end against which he was trying to split the middle.

The flawed game wasn’t flawed enough to preclude him from going to the Senate.  But now that he wants to become President, those flaws are far magnified.  It takes a lot more money and a lot more boots to win the Republican nomination for President than it does to win a Senate seat, then many more to carry you across the finish line in the general election.

Netting it out:  Why is Rand Paul so politically schizophrenic these days?  The answer is that he has probably suddenly discovered that he can’t triangulate new political ground, so he’s frantically going back and forth trying to be the servant of two masters that really don’t like each other, those being the lamestream conservative establishment (which is more and more being brought into the fold of the RINO establishment) and his father’s loyalists.  And both sides know it, and neither side really trusts him for trying to serve both sides.

 





Slow Down But Don’t Stop

22 04 2013

U.S. Senate

Guess who wants to slow down the amnesty train.

But…before you think he’s changed his mind, read carefully:

I believe that any real comprehensive immigration reform must implement strong national security protections. The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs.

IOW, RP is greasing the skids for what I predicted earlier today. In reality, we all know that “comprehensive immigration reform” and “strong national security protections” are diametrically opposing concepts.





How It’s Done

26 03 2013

Washington, D.C.

Slate:

A 50-Point Swing Against Targeted Drone Killings of U.S. Citizens

A year ago, as the presidential race was taking shape, The Washington Post’s pollster asked voters whether they favored the use of drones to kill terrorists or terror suspects if they were “American citizens living in other countries.” The net rating at the time was positive: 65 percent for, 26 percent against.

Today, after a month of Rand Paul-driven discussion of drone warfare, Gallup asks basically the same question: Should the U.S. “use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against U.S. citizens living abroad who are suspected terrorists?” The new numbers: 41 percent for, 52 percent against.

The lede of the poll is even kinder to Paul, finding as high as 79 percent opposition to targeted killing in the United States. But that’s a new question. On the old question, we’ve seen a real queasy swing of public opinion.

Now, I would not have swung on the question of the use of drones to target “U.S. citizens” over in Whackistan (really, nasty Muslim terrorists or terrorist wannabes who only got American citizenship based on this “birthright” bullshit or the fact that we give out citizenship to any non-white with a pulse), but their use on American soil is a far different question.

My point in bringing this up is this:  When you display a little bit of leadership, and take the time and effort to explain things to people, people will get it.

So who will be the Rand Paul filibustering for 13 hours on immigration?  Because it certainly won’t be Rand Paul.








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