If Rand Paul is your party’s future, it has no future

Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, is drawing attention as a potential Republican candidate for president come 2016, part of a new generation of GOP leadership.

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But ladies and gentlemen, Rand Paul is also a bit of a nut. The deep streak of paranoia that he displayed for almost 13 hours on the Senate floor last week would, in ordinary times, disqualify him as a party leader, let alone a potential president. But sadly, these are not ordinary times.

Let’s start by admitting that the stunt itself was a nice piece of political stagecraft. The one-man, TV-friendly filibuster gave Paul the opportunity to play Jimmy Stewart, a lone hero standing up in defense of the Constitution. It’s the type of role that Paul covets.

However, if you’re going to grandstand on the national stage like that, shouldn’t you have something sane to say?

According to Paul, he rose to address the nation because he was deeply, seriously concerned that the Obama administration might start using drones to kill U.S. citizens, on U.S. soil, without due process and even if they posed no imminent threat.

“I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Ky., is an abomination.”

It is a nonsensical, ridiculous issue. In a letter to Paul earlier in the week, Attorney General Eric Holder had already made it clear that no American was going to be droned by his or her own government in his or her own country:

“As members of this Administration have previously indicated, the U.S. government has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so. As a policy matter, moreover, we reject the use of military force where well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat….

The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no President will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States. For example, the President could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances of a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001.”

That’s an entirely reasonable, common-sense and constitutionally appropriate response to an inherently silly query. But to Paul, that wasn’t enough to calm the fear. He and a few others, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, seized upon the Holder letter as proof that the administration was keeping its options open.

As Paul later noted in his filibuster:

Those and other rantings inspired a second letter from Holder, much more succinct than the first:

“It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer is no.”

Bill Kristol, writing in the Weekly Standard, was properly dismissive of the Paul stunt, and what it might mean to the Republican Party:

“Will it ultimately serve (Paul) well to be the spokesman for the Code Pink faction of the Republican Party? How much staying power is there in a political stance that requires waxing semi-hysterical about the imminent threat of Obama-ordered drone strikes against Americans sitting in cafés? And as for the other Republican senators who rushed to the floor to cheer Paul on, won’t they soon be entertaining second thoughts? Is patting Rand Paul on the back for his fear-mongering a plausible path to the presidency for Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz? Is embracing kookiness a winning strategy for the Republican Party? We doubt it.”

I doubt it too. I didn’t think it possible for the 2016 GOP presidential field to even approach the 2012 field in terms of wackiness, but given early indications, I may have to reconsider that notion.

– Jay Bookman

761 comments Add your comment

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
2:38 pm

Time will tell.

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
2:39 pm

Hit enter instead of return lol.

Time will tell.

It’s hard to imagine a bigger field of stupid but then from what I see here every day the Republicans have not yet even begun to defile themselves as badly as they can………..

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
2:40 pm

It is a nonsensical, ridiculous issue. In a letter to Paul earlier in the week, Attorney General Eric Holder had already made it clear that no American was going to be droned by his or her own government in his or her own country:

What’s ridiculous is that it has already been done, and in Wisconsin

http://www.thechicagodope.com/2010/11/11/cia-admits-drone-strike-killed-six-in-wisconsin-wedding-party/

I know it’s true ‘ cause little tommy said so.

getalife

March 11th, 2013
2:43 pm

” Is embracing kookiness a winning strategy for the Republican Party?”

Those who pretend the gop have acted sane under President Obama are lying.

Tom da bomb

March 11th, 2013
2:46 pm

Jay, the Republican Party has full capability to “approach the 2012 field in terms of wackiness.” How could you ever doubt that?

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
2:46 pm

However, if you’re going to grandstand on the national stage like that, shouldn’t you have something sane to say?

Like, say, Bernie Sanders, back in Dec. 2010.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=e35eddb4-0d83-4c55-92c0-e448c55526ff

by golly

March 11th, 2013
2:46 pm

Is he naturally curly or is that a Toni home permanent? I ask because maybe the solution and rollers were too tight.

Erwin's cat

March 11th, 2013
2:46 pm

The deep streak of paranoia that he displayed for almost 13 hours on the Senate floor last week would, in ordinary times, disqualify him as a party leader, let alone a potential president.

I applaud Paul and his paranoia in this instance

Jefferson

March 11th, 2013
2:47 pm

Judd has the GOP SCARED…

UNCLE SAMANTHA

March 11th, 2013
2:47 pm

MORE TWAIN……..

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

Tom da bomb

March 11th, 2013
2:47 pm

As Bill Maher put it: “New rule — if your toupee looks like it was made from pubic hairs, you should probably quit wearing it.”

Jefferson

March 11th, 2013
2:48 pm

Reasonable people can come to reasoanable conclusions under reasonable conditions, unless you are a republican.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 11th, 2013
2:48 pm

Nooooooo…. let them pick Rant Paul. He’s making Elmer Fudd look like a genius. :D

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 11th, 2013
2:48 pm

Well, seems to me this Rand Paul needs a whizanater, or whatever that guy—I think it was a ball player—used. It’s a shame to cut off a filibuster just because you got to take a leak.

And Bookman is dead wrong. This Rand Paul was talking about a concern I have. Every morning when I leave for work I look up at the sky and wonder if Obama’s got me zeroed in with one of them Drones. I guess I should be thankful that old Chip Rogers took care of my concern about being jumped by a bunch of thugs and having a chip planted in my brain. But there’s nobody but Rand Paul looking out for keeping me from getting zapped by a Drone.

It’s a shame, is what it is. I could be blasted to smithereens just any day now and the only person that would care would be the warehouse manager wanting to know if his beer is safe. Some guy at a computer in Las Vegas could be getting a call from the White House just any day now. “Get Redneck!” the voice would say, and whatever’s left of me would be pushing up daisies in a couple days.

And that’s the reason why I think Bookman is wrong. Heck, if it’ll keep me safe, I’ll go into that Senate and hold a pee pot for Rand Paul. Right after he kills his Daddy for giving him such a silly name.

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
2:48 pm

“If you like piña coladas,
And getting droned in cafes.”
– Thomas “Rupert Holmes” Jefferson

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
2:48 pm

I applaud Paul and his paranoia in this instance

Do you think this was a net positive, politically, for him?

td

March 11th, 2013
2:49 pm

I will put Joe Biden’s kookiness up against Rand Paul any day of the week.

Paul is a Libertarian and that is about as far away from the progressive philosophy as one can get. Libertarians believe in personal responsibility, less government and less taxes while progressives believe in no responsibility, more government and more taxes.

Normal, Plain and Simple

March 11th, 2013
2:51 pm

If I were Ron Paul, I’d be quoting Buford T. Justice…

” There’s no way, *no* way that you came from *my* loins. Soon as I get home, first thing I’m gonna do is punch yo mamma in da mouth!”

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
2:51 pm

Libertarians believe in personal responsibility

Unless you’re a Rand Paul “libertarian,” and are fine and dandy with state governments telling you what you can and can’t do with your own body.

(and I suspect Randy would be A-ok with state governments droning uppity types. It’s just the federales doing that sort of thing that has him nervous, right?)

Daedalus

March 11th, 2013
2:51 pm

Looks like Senator Paul forgot his tin-foil hat….

UNCLE SAMANTHA

March 11th, 2013
2:52 pm

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

td

March 11th, 2013
2:52 pm

“It is a nonsensical, ridiculous issue. In a letter to Paul earlier in the week, Attorney General Eric Holder had already made it clear that no American was going to be droned by his or her own government in his or her own country:”

Then why did the AG come out with a more definitive and more straightforward concrete statement the next day?

Regnad Kcin

March 11th, 2013
2:54 pm

“Then why did the AG come out with a more definitive and more straightforward concrete statement the next day?’

td – if you actually read teh AG’s response, you’ll have your answer… *sigh*

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
2:55 pm

Kristol, while still better than Leftie pundits, is of the old guard. He is in the group who backed McCain and Romney if for no other reason than they were “next.” He would, under pressure, find some way to justify yielding to Obama on more tax increases.

As to Paul’s so-called ridiculous stand, I offer this as an example of political ridiculousness-

“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” – Adolf Hitler 1935

Hey, Eric Holder...

March 11th, 2013
2:56 pm

…started it…and Rand finished it, sort of…

larry

March 11th, 2013
2:57 pm

Boy , the repubs learned a lot from 2012 didnt they?

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
2:57 pm

For Uncle Samantha, MORE TWAIN:

I’m going out tonight-I’m feelin’ alright
Gonna let it all hang out
Wanna make some noise-really raise my voice
Yeah, I wanna scream and shout
No inhibitions-make no conditions
Get a little outta line
I ain’t gonna act politically correct
I only wanna have a good time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJL4UGSbeFg

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
2:59 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 11th, 2013
2:59 pm

Then why did the AG come out with a more definitive and more straightforward concrete statement the next day?

Because when you are in the bubble of Faux Narnia, you can’t hear what goes on in the real world.

fedup

March 11th, 2013
2:59 pm

Rand Paul is from Kentucky. Enough said.

fedup

March 11th, 2013
3:01 pm

This Rand Paul thingy is directly out of the movie “Russian are coming Russian are coming”. That was a hilarious movie.

Erwin's cat

March 11th, 2013
3:01 pm

Do you think this was a net positive, politically, for him?

for the right yes…even some lefties on here

Welcome to the Occupation

March 11th, 2013
3:01 pm

“But ladies and gentlemen, Rand Paul is also a bit of a nut”

There it is. I knew it.

I figured that Jay Bookman, who considered the coin beneath the “dignity” of our great system, would look right past the point of the Rand Paul filibuster.

Then when he cites — wait for it — Bill Kristol for support. He removes all doubt.

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:02 pm

while progressives believe in no responsibility, more government and more taxes.

It this ignorant FOXBOT lie you keep repeating that is the root of your problem. Whenever you shroud the truth in silly little lies like that you can never be politically viable. The negative crap aint’ working Homer. Try something else.

Jefferson

March 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

Paul wanted to be on the news, bfd.

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

A favorite T-Shirt just after the USSR fell – Paul Revere on horseback riding across Red Square yelling – The Lawyers are coming, the Lawyers are coming!

Uh Huh.......New GOP is old POISON in new bottles

March 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

Caveat Emptor

Huh

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:04 pm

Then why did the AG come out with a more definitive and more straightforward concrete statement the next day?
So that folks like you could understand it. He used littler words the second time and talked slower so you could keep up.

The Oddball

March 11th, 2013
3:05 pm

JohnnyReb: The mail must be slow in your area. The “Hitler took away their guns” urban legend has long since been debunked. Please do a little independent research once in a while, starting with the 1938 Weapons Act (which loosened gun laws for everyone except the Jews.)

Jose79845

March 11th, 2013
3:06 pm

The two hottest topics of guns and marijuana are determined by keywords used for internet searches. Rand Paul wipes out Hillary on both of the topics and the Hillary lovers know it.

Hillary lovers and pro drug war conservatives will fight against Rand Paul and do anything to keep him from getting traction. If the GOP falls for the Hillary lovers’ tricks and drug war McCains obsession with marijuana, they will run another marijuana prohibitionist for president, they will lose in 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.

Granny Godzilla

March 11th, 2013
3:07 pm

Ok so the GOP bench now has

Rand Paul
Marco Rubio
Ted Cruz
Jeb Bush

or as I like to think of them

Harpo
Groucho
Chico and
Zeppo.

Erwin's cat

March 11th, 2013
3:07 pm

fedup – Rand Paul is from Kentucky. Enough said.

so was Daniel Boone, James Bowie, George Clark, Thomas Morgan, and, Phillip Sharp

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:07 pm

I offer this as an example of political ridiculousness-

I’m just shaking my head here. I know J-Reb is capable of some stunning foolishness, but actually believing a beyond-absurd made-up Hitler quote like that?

in twenty effing thirteen?

mein freaking Gott…

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
3:07 pm

Thanks Oddball – us Conservatives live in our own world, you know. I’ll tell my emailing Conservative friends to do more research.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 11th, 2013
3:08 pm

Don’t drone me, Bro!

UNCLE SAMANTHA

March 11th, 2013
3:08 pm

In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination.

gadem also known as Benghazi

March 11th, 2013
3:08 pm

I read today on AL.com that some Republicans were clamoring for Dr. Ben Carson because of his opposition to the National Health Bill…

They will throw anyone to the wall to see who will stick, and that will be their nominee.

HDB

March 11th, 2013
3:10 pm

“But ladies and gentlemen, Rand Paul is also a bit of a nut. ”

Gross understatement if I ever saw one……………..

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:10 pm

JohnnyReb: The mail must be slow in your area.

Oddball. It’s not the mail that’s slow…….. :wink:

Jase

March 11th, 2013
3:12 pm

Should we be concerned? Obama loves the drone strike. Would you rather be water-boarded by Bush or drone striked by Obama?

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:12 pm

I’ll tell my emailing Conservative friends to do more research.

About Hitler, the Jews, and gun control, from a very pro-gun standpoint:

http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcnazimyth.html

Fly-On-The-Wall

March 11th, 2013
3:13 pm

Rand Paul is setting up a run as a third party candidate – the Kooky Party.

Jerome Horwitz

March 11th, 2013
3:13 pm

Mr. Paul gives crazy a bad name.

Brocephus – If you’re around what do you think of the new TSA rules?

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:14 pm

Rand Paul is a complete wingnut…nice write up Jay.

We shouldn’t be surprised however, the president has set a new standard of making speech’s to rip the other side…this in addition to shunning mainstream media are to become the new norm I expect. Take the issue to the people instead of the proven successful formula of developing relationships and answering to the media in person.

Nothing changes the fact that Pauls nomeritbuster and his politics in general are not my idea of attractive.

JamVet

March 11th, 2013
3:14 pm

The Friend of the White Power Gang, Rand Paul is just the Segregationist Party’s latest nutty flavor of the month.

And if you want sources and supportable documentation about Rand’s racist past, DO NOT ask Recon Del.

LOL…

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
3:16 pm

Now Fred – I’ve tried to be nice to you since Jay sent you to the corner for two days.

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:16 pm

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:12 pm

Thanks for getting the obligatory Hitler reference out of the way early in this forum..

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
3:16 pm

Jerome

Seems to be a bit of a kerfuffle over an ignored handshake.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21737233

Jerome Horwitz

March 11th, 2013
3:17 pm

In the 1960’s a man named Charles Whitman barricaded himself in a clock tower and shot some 20 people. From his vantage point it was difficult for LE to get to him. A drone would probably knock him out in minutes. But RP and others of his ilk probably wouldn’t like it.

td

March 11th, 2013
3:17 pm

It is funny that you progressives are now coming out against Rand’s stance because he is a Republican when your own ACLU and Code pink are saying he was exactly correct.

Matti

March 11th, 2013
3:17 pm

Dear Rand Paul supporters,

Because you and Curly did not condemn this with the voracity it should have been condemned, as far as I’m concerned, this is YOU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbnEy_U9pYk

Yes, I see the “Don’t Tread On Me” button on the shirt of one of the “Violence Against Women is the American Way” enforcers. Your claim to love freedom is a lie. And furthermore, *bleep* you. That is all.

~ Matti ~

P.S. Yes, every time Curly is mentioned in one of these columns, I will remind you of this. Forever and ever, Amen.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 11th, 2013
3:18 pm

We shouldn’t be surprised however, the president has set a new standard of making speech’s to rip the other side…this in addition to shunning mainstream media are to become the new norm I expect

Dick Cheney says what?

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
3:18 pm

Thanks for getting the obligatory Hitler reference out of the way early in this forum..

JohnnyReb says, “What?”

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:19 pm

STANDS

BTW, why doesn’t anyone use Leopold as a reference in addition to the usual crap? He’s in the top five in the kill list…

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:19 pm

Now Fred – I’ve tried to be nice to you since Jay sent you to the corner for two days.

Don’t hold back. I’m a man, I can take it. Besides, you have to admit that WAS teed up nicely. How could I NOT drive it down range………..

Jerome Horwitz

March 11th, 2013
3:20 pm

Kam – Two drama queens! Come on guys get over yourselves and at acknowledge the other. Poor sportsmanship on Sir Alex’s part.

Nice comeback by the Blues – thought you guys were gonna put the decider in.

Jose79845

March 11th, 2013
3:20 pm

The two party dictatorship will end up putting in Hillary if the GOP cannot come up with someone who is not a marijuana prohibitionist.

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:21 pm

Thanks for getting the obligatory Hitler reference out of the way early in this forum..

Yep. That’s how I roll! I’m always “Hitler this,” “Hitler that,” “Hitlery Hitlerish Hitlerian other…”

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:21 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 11th, 2013
3:18 pm

So in addition to continuing Bush policies, you are also suggesting he learned something of value from Cheney? Did I see a dog fly by my window?

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
3:22 pm

BTW – it was not my intention to get the thread off on gun control but instead to point out that you can’t believe anything from a politician regardless of party. It’s actions that count. While Hitler did not ban guns from all germans, as has been pointed out, he did ban them from Jews. We know the rest.

Jerome Horwitz

March 11th, 2013
3:22 pm

Matti – Please watch what you say about Curly’s on this blog. A Stooge could be offended!

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:22 pm

It is funny that you progressives are now coming out against Rand’s stance because he is a Republican

It’s not his stance silly boy, it’s the crazy things he said during his filibuster. Do try to keep up…….

TBS

March 11th, 2013
3:23 pm

“It is funny that you progressives are now coming out against Rand’s stance because he is a Republican when your own ACLU and Code pink are saying he was exactly correct.”

Are you so mypoic that you are unable to see that every person on the right doesn’t believe in every “conservative” tenet and the same goes for those on the left and “liberal ”

You don’t buy into everything that every “conservative” has to say or believes. Why do you mindlessly attempt to hold all liberals to YOUR narrative on liberals?

Is that something that makes you feel good about yourself or do you just not have the ability to think past your broad brushed Picasso’s you paint here daily?

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
3:24 pm

Fred – I like a little levity even if at my expense when deserved.

Jose79845

March 11th, 2013
3:24 pm

There is nothing more certain than a GOP marijuana prohibitionist who will lose in 2016.

Marijuana got a higher percentage of votes in Colorado than Obama.

Darwin

March 11th, 2013
3:24 pm

Crazy? Jay – have you ever been to a Tea Party townhall meeting? They’re the same kind of people that the Libertarians attract.

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
3:26 pm

Jerome

After those two goals in the first eleven minutes, I’m ashamed to admit that I quit following via live text. I fully believed that to be too high a mountain to climb at Old Trafford.

I gotta say that I’m more than a wee bit nervous of being managed by the biggest drama queen of them all, The Special One.

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:26 pm

JohnnyReb

March 11th, 2013
2:55 pm

Thanks for getting the obligatory Hitler reference out of the way so early in this forum. Great contribution.

Regrets STANDS and thanks KAMCHAK..my bad.

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:26 pm

Jose79845

March 11th, 2013
3:20 pm

The two party dictatorship will end up putting in Hillary if the GOP cannot come up with someone who is not a marijuana prohibitionist.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Dude, that’s just too crazy for even the far right wing nutcases on this blog. You need to try Kyles with that insanity.

Grasshopper

March 11th, 2013
3:27 pm

The worm has turned.

The 60’s-era commie/hippie libs are now trusting that the all-powerful, beneficent government would never ever target citizens on its own soil.

And they are laughing at someone who is not so sure.

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:28 pm

While Hitler did not ban guns from all germans, as has been pointed out, he did ban them from Jews. We know the rest.

J-Reb, if you choose to believe (above and beyond all available evidence to the contrary) that access to carry permits and such would’ve somehow protected European Jews against the Nazi war machine, you go right ahead.

but if you’re honest, you’ll have a look at that guncite.com reference I provided, and reconsider that treasured, but dunderheaded article of faith among too many 2nd Amendment hawks.

I linked you to that particular page because I am diametrically opposed, politically, to what that site’s author(s) advocate, but I do admire their willingness to approach these issues honestly.

TBS

March 11th, 2013
3:28 pm

Red

I think I previously read that Hitler banned Jews from manufacturing and dealing firearms, not the ownership of them. But I could be mistaken.

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:29 pm

Regrets STANDS

Hey, no worries, who among us hasn’t accused someone of tossing out obligatory Hitler references? For me it’s like my mornin’ coffee…

joe

March 11th, 2013
3:29 pm

Rand is not a nut…Obama is. Rand wants the USA to be the USA…where everyone has a chance to be whatever they want. You wanna be a rap star, go be one. You wanna be a drug dealer, go be one. You wanna be a business owner, go be one.

In Obama’s USA, he takes from the providers and gives to the leachers. This is not how America works. Obama’s idea of making spending cuts equates to cutting 6-cents off a monthly spending amount of $2,000. Yes, 6 cents. That is not cutting anything.

Rand Paul will cut, cut some more, then cut again, until we can get our debt and entitlements under control. That is not nuts, that is sound governing. I’m not at all surprised that Bookman and his band of loony libs would try to paint him as a loon…because it is you and people like you who put the worst president in the history of the USA back in office. Pathetic you all are!!

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:29 pm

WOW, if a jackass like Trump will fund WH visits, why can’t the president do his part and cut his t&e expense? I thought he did that already..

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/trump-willing-to-fund-white-house-tours-88682.html?ml=po_r

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
3:30 pm

While Hitler did not ban guns from all germans, as has been pointed out, he did ban them from Jews.

The implication being is that if the Jews were armed, they could’ve stopped him?

The Germans got to within spitting distance of Moscow and the Russians certainly had more than just guns.

JamVet

March 11th, 2013
3:31 pm

Marijuana got a higher percentage of votes in Colorado than Obama.

Why wouldn’t it? Obama is a better Republican than most Republicans.

The upshot is that Willard and the puritans both got smacked around pretty good.

Colorado rocks.

Stevie Ray

March 11th, 2013
3:32 pm

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:29 pm

I’m thinking someone has to go Joseph Conrad and bring Leopold into the comparison…estimates of 5 to 15 million Congolese…all for a corner on the rubber market…

Class of '98

March 11th, 2013
3:37 pm

This column is ridiculous. Paul’s one-man filibuster was probably the most effective plan we’ve seen of of Washington in months.

Paul called attention to Holder’s sketchy, vague, wishy-washy non-answer. Even Jon Stewart admitted Holder’s response was troubling!

Paul’s filibuster worked to perfection,as Holder’s immediate, straightforward second answer proves.

Rand Paul was crazy like a fox in this whole thing.

You dims have bigger PR fish to fry right now. Hey Jay, you want to try to find a poll that says most Americans don’t believe the Obama administration is NOT trying to make the sequester more painful on the public? Good luck finding it.

SIX-HUNDRED AND SIX federal job openings were posted the same day they closed the White House for tours. If you still believe this man has the best intentions in his heart for this country, you are miserably gullible.

Then again, gullibility is why someone votes dimocrat in the first place.

GT

March 11th, 2013
3:37 pm

He must freeze everytime he hears an airplane flying over.

JamVet

March 11th, 2013
3:38 pm

Rand is not a nut…

But his past of cuddling up to virulent racists and bigots is troubling, to say the least, wouldn’t you agree?

Left up to him, those kids would still be sitting at that Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro…

Fred ™

March 11th, 2013
3:38 pm

WOW, if a jackass like Trump will fund WH visits, why can’t the president do his part and cut his t&e expense?

I know you talk radio FOXBOTS know all the clever code words and such, but the rest of us don’t. What is the t&e expense? Teats and what? I can’t think of anything with an E.

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:38 pm

The implication being is that if the Jews were armed, they could’ve stopped him?

Consider this, too. There was, already, a lot of skepticism among the Allies regarding tales of German cruelty, since such stories had circulated during the previous World War (apparently the notion of Huns carrying babies around on bayonets was especially popular), and in America at least, the populace had gone overboard in villifying the Germans at the time.

Had there been *armed* resistance among Jews against Hitler in the 30s, the whole world would’ve known about it–and that likely would’ve provided the Lindbergs of this world with all the ammo they needed to keep FDR from helping in the fight against Hitler.

And no, I am not saying that the Jews wouldn’t have been perfectly justified in killing, early and often, as many Nazi swine as they could have, had the opportunity presented itself, it’s just kind of foolish to imagine that things would’ve somehow turned out appreciably better for them if they had.

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
3:39 pm

Then again, gullibility is why someone votes dimocrat in the first place.

El Rushbo dittoheads say, “What?”

Robert

March 11th, 2013
3:39 pm

I hope the GOP nominates this clown in 2016. Hillary Clinton is licking her chops, laughing all the way to the White House in 2016.

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:42 pm

Hey Jay, you want to try to find a poll that says most Americans don’t believe the Obama administration is NOT trying to make the sequester more painful on the public? Good luck finding it.

SIX-HUNDRED AND SIX federal job openings were posted the same day they closed the White House for tours. If you still believe this man has the best intentions in his heart for this country, you are miserably gullible.

I can guarandamntee you that nobody outside of the wingnuttisphere gives a crap about this stupid “white house tour”-gate thing you guys are trying to elevate to the level of Scandal for Realz.

GT

March 11th, 2013
3:43 pm

Robert I hope so too after the shotty way Rand treated her in that hearing the last day in office as Secretary of State. A debate with Hilary’s gloves off could sell tickets.

weetamoe

March 11th, 2013
3:43 pm

The president is capable of labeling any circumstance at all *extraordinary.* Holder had not answered the question before Paul began his filibuster. I watched the senate hearings and also watched and listened to both democrat and republican House members express anger and frustration that Holder had sent no one- not even the lowest level DOJ lawyer– to the congressional hearing that same day. Paul’s unrehearsed sans teleprompter 13-plus hour filibuster was measured, reasonable, and even-in the occasional bits of understated humor-entertaining. Ted Cruz’s recital of Henry V’s St Crispin’s Day speech was an appropriate addition (though it’s doubtful that the *brilliant intellectual* Obama would be familiar with the allusion) . So it appears that the two-day hate will target Rand Paul this time. Well that gives Emmanuel Goldstein a few days’ respite.

Kamchak ~Thug from the Steppes

March 11th, 2013
3:44 pm

…it’s just kind of foolish to imagine that things would’ve somehow turned out appreciably better for them if they had.

But they were denied their WOLVERINES! moment.

stands for decibels

March 11th, 2013
3:45 pm

Stevie, yeah, we don’t often think of the Belgians as world-class genocidal maniacs, but…

http://digitaljournal.com/blog/11297