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Rand Paul, pure Tea Partyer. Mitch McConnell, not so much

Rand Paul is an unapologetic Tea Party conservative. Not from the "birther" or the 10th Amendment extreme wing -- although the winner of the Kentucky Republican primary for Senate has more than a few extreme views, particularly on the Civil Rights Act. But he's a Tea Partyer in the original sense. One who is concerned about the expansive ways of Washington and the special interests whose choke hold ensures that nothing changes. These are legitimate concerns that those dismissive of the Tea Party are wrong to belittle, ignore or misinterpret.

But some folks (okay, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell) are now trying to cling to the movement -- in desperate bid to obscure their complicity and save their own hides. And they're not getting it right.

“I have a message, a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words,” Paul said at his victory rally. “We have come to take our government back.”

Notice he says take "government" back not his "country" back. (The latter construct is favored by people who like to depict President Obama as the Joker or Hitler or an African tribesman with a bone through his nose.)

And who does Paul want to take the government back from?

We've come to take our government back from the special interests who think the federal government is their own personal ATM. From the politicians who bring us oversized, fake checks, emblazoned with their signature as if it was their money to give. Washington is horribly broken. I think we stand on a precipice. we are encountering a day of reckoning. And this movement, this Tea Party movement, is a message to Washington that we're unhappy and that we want things done differently....I think America's greatness hinges on us doing something to save the country. The Tea Party movement is about saving the country from a mountain of debt that is devouring our country and I think could lead to chaos.

What separates Paul from the people who have more recently come to define the Tea Party movement is that the focus of his ire is not solely on Obama. It's on all of Washington, especially Congress. He recognizes that the problems bewitching the country have Democratic and Republican enablers.

That's why I had to chuckle as I read Dana Milbank's piece this morning on McConnell. Paul walloped McConnell's choice for the nomination by 24 points. So what did McConnell do yesterday? He donned an ill-fitting Tea Party cloak, took to the Senate floor, slammed the president and White House for "arrogance," and declared that the administration "has lost all perspective about the limits of government."

Obama has been president for 16 months. McConnell has been roaming the halls of the Capitol for 25 years, seven of them in the party leadership and five of those years with a Republican in the White House. That McConnell is trying to obscure the fact that he's part of the problem Paul railed against is hilarious.

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The liberal left, including this article, are already on the attack. Rand's views of the Civil Rights Act are common sense. He said he is completely and totally against ANY racism. But, feels that the Civil Rights Act overstepped in SOME areas. This doesn't suggest that he opposes the Act like the Left are trying to paint. Unbelievable how the drooling, lying left are making things up to try and "better" their position of Big, Out-of-control Government.

Posted by: NO-bama | May 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The liberal left, including this article, are already on the attack.

Um, and why shouldn't we be? You right-wing extremists are always on the attack. All this piece said was that Paul has some extreme views and wanting to resegregate lunch counters and hotels is pretty extreme. Funny it took one day for the first TP guy to win an election to show his true colors.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | May 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

What's the matter with the Liberal Left?

Racheal Maddow? Keth Oberman?
Is that all you got? Come on!

Dr. Paul, is against Racism!
And once biten, twice shy!

Won't get FOOLED AGAIN in 2010! Secure the Borders, Enforce the LAWS! Do your Job Mr. President!

Posted by: TDickson1 | May 20, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

TDickson1, you managed to get all the bumper stickers in one comment. Pretty impressive. Now what does any of that mean?

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | May 20, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Who is the next Rand Paul? Everybody needs to check out Justin Amash, this guy is going to be huge in the next few months. According to the Detroit News: "For Michigan, Rand Paul's victory means great things on the congressional scene. Representatives sharing Rand's consistent voting records like State Rep. Justin Amash (candidate for 3rd district Congressional seat) are poised for success. Amash has consistently fought to reduce the Michigan Business Tax and this is the type of pro-freedom candidate conservatives are looking for in the primaries." He has a moneybomb today and needs our support! Check out his webpage and consider donating:

Posted by: biles1234 | May 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Kentucky's GOP Senate primary Tuesday - wants to abolish the federal departments of education, commerce and energy, as well as the income tax.

He is opposed to all government bailouts and earmarks, and President Obama's "socialist" health care law.

But in a libertarian twist, he also favors legalizing medical marijuana.
For all the Progressives who can't comprehend true Libertarianism, my sympathies to you. I think what he said is spot on, but then again, I have a burning desire for freedom of thought & speech and a lot less Federal Government breathing down my neck, taxing me to oblivion and then not living up to the standards they expect everyone else to live by.
He favors a constitutional amendment banning abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
As far as his views on abortion go, half of his response was left out. He replied (paraphrasing) while it has been difficult to determine when life begins (which is why it is legal to abort), should it become known and be understood by all, that life begins at conception (as he already believes), then the unborn will have the same rights as the rest of us, the right to life. I'm not seeing a great fault with his response, sorry.

Posted by: ssol4569 | May 20, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse


Clearly, you missed the clip of Paul fumbling around the simple question, "Are you against segregated lunch counters?"

Paul has some good points, but he has some terrible beliefs, too - dissolving the Education Department, the EPA, the FED.

Every Tea Bagger cheers when he spouts off these beliefs, which is fine, but now that he's the candidate, he's going to have to answer some questions. And he's going to have to provide some solutions.

His problem will be that he has no real solutions. He'll just say, "Let the states deal with that." But when it comes to education, the environment, the economy, and racism, he just doesn't realize that these issues are too large for states to determine on their own. And it is the role of the central government to define the policy. He will lose big in the general election.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | May 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter with the Liberal Left?

Racheal Maddow? Keth Oberman?
Is that all you got? Come on!

Dr. Paul, is against Racism!
And once biten, twice shy!

Won't get FOOLED AGAIN in 2010! Secure the Borders, Enforce the LAWS! Do your Job Mr. President!

Posted by: TDickson1 | May 20, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse


Wow you are so original that you quote directly from the public musings of SARAH PALIN.
Did you say the same thing about BUSH??? Did he do his job regarding immigration?? I am sure you will say he tried by the LIBERALs wouldn't allow it ?? How about JOHN MCCAIN the great SARAH PALIN MENTOR -- he, like the wonderfully eloquent SARAH PALIN was all for kicking out the illegals -- WHAT you mean he just changed his mind this year when in a tough election.

You see if you are going to quote the GREAT SARAH PALIN (JOKE) then at least understand she has absolutely no standing and you hold yourself out as a loony tunes rooting for a former beauty queen who could QUIT BEING A GOVERNOR BECAUSE IT WAS TOOO HARD.

Posted by: racerdoc | May 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

racerdoc, THE GREAT SARAH PALIN quit as governor of Alaska to do a bigger job - SAVE THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND OBAMA. People who are only out for themselves and care nothing for others or for the laws of our country.

Read THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT. You may discover just exactly what this administration has in store for YOU.

Posted by: annnort | May 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

THE GREAT SARAH PALIN quit as governor of Alaska to get a bigger paycheck. Period.

Posted by: rodneythecat | May 20, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul is anti-war and that's the biggest difference. He believes in the Republic, not the Empire.
This country has lost its way. Money and/or violence is the government's solution to every problem. Reckless spending has doomed the economy. Uppity foreigners and domestic dissidents are spied on and threatened. If the foreigners persist they are killed. Nearly a million people have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, for what? Nero would know us well.

Posted by: independent123 | May 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Where was the Tea Party outrage when for years the Bush administration printed money to support two worthless wars (Afghanistan may have been wortwhile if properly pursued)? Bush took a budget surplus left by Clinton and turned it into a massive deficit. But for that folly, the U.S. would have more than enough money to fix the horrible health care system. Now all conservatives are worried about the debt that will be left for our children and grandchildren. Sorry folks, that ship sailed long ago. That argument is a cover for those who have good health care and think they will never lose it. Ask all of the people who have lost their jobs, and their health care too.

Posted by: Slinger61 | May 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul is against racism. How nice. He just doesn't want people who are discriminated against by businesses -- such as their employer -- to have any legal recourse.

Posted by: bigfish2 | May 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

To Slinger61:
I really do understand your frustration, however; pointing to bad behavior to justify bad behavior will only lead to one thing....more bad behavior.
Even though I did not vote for President Obama, I have come to realize that it's a good thing he won. If John McCain had won, we would not be awake to the onslaught of Progressivism (from both parties by the way) the way we are today. The Progressives 2nd Bill of Rights mirrors the Soviet Unions Original Bill of Rights. That should horrify you, if it doesn't, no wonder you don't fear a loss of your freedoms and your country. In a nut shell, we've been set up for the fall...for a long time coming.

Posted by: ssol4569 | May 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: ssol4569 | May 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I am not amused by Rand Paul. He is the conduit for carrying his father's extremists views, including racism, into this new century. In the Senate, if elected, he might well be the banner carrier for repealing the Voting Rights Act. He must be defeated.

Posted by: query0 | May 20, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul, racist separatist, arch segregationist... Lester Maddox type. Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul who has been predicting doom and gloom for the U.S. economy for the last 20 years, is an extreme right wing, neo-con Republican and creator of the anti-American tea party movement. Rand Paul said that he intend to take the Government back from that Joker in the White House with the bone in his nose. Rand "The Klan" paul is a simple minded boy. He wish to go back to an ealier, more simple time when everything were in black and white or better yet, white and coloured. I have a question for Ron and Rand Paul; Both of them claim that they're vehemently against profitable Government bailouts for the banks and Insurance companies but they're radically in favor of massive tax cut bailouts for rich people who earn more than $250.000 a year. These oxymorons are mutually inclusive. How do they justify their hypocritical flip-flops ??? Mean Mitch McConnell is caught up in the middle of this "objectified" racism. He's trapped between a rock and a hard place. McConnell would be wise to hitch his wagon to the President's motorcade otherwise he will lose his minority leadership position and his bid for re-election will be placed in jeopardy. Democrats are large and in charge and come November, we will increase our majorities in both the House and the Senate.

Posted by: ODDOWL | May 21, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

If our country is so racist, then why are the Mexicans (and so many others) beating down the door to get in? In my humble opinion, I believe the left in this country, including the MSM, need to keep the racist fires burning (so they can take everyones eye off the ball) while they continue plotting and implementing their own socialized ideologies that historically aren't known as the choice of freedom loving people. Obamacare is proof of that.

Posted by: ssol4569 | May 21, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I have a question for Ron and Rand Paul; Both of them claim that they're vehemently against profitable Government bailouts for the banks and Insurance companies but they're radically in favor of massive tax cut bailouts for rich people who earn more than $250.000 a year. These oxymorons are mutually inclusive. How do they justify their hypocritical flip-flops ???
1. Government bailouts profitable? Never. The only real CURE for these business' shady "cook the books" mentality or make risky investments and then bet against their own investments (because they know they'll fail) is to let the actual business' fail! That is all they will understand. As long as these business' continue to be rewarded for bad behavior, that same behavior will continue and the bailouts will be never ending. Also, the reason the government continues to bailout is for control & the redistribution of wealth...but certainly not to the poor.
2. Tax cut bailouts? Since when is a taxcut a bailout? They are not the same animal at all! A bailout redistributes hard earned tax payer money, while tax cuts let people or business keep more of what they've earned so it can be reinvested and create REAL wealth as opposed to fake-bailout wealth. That's monopoly money and will only bring us to massive prepared, it's coming. I hope this helps clear things up.

Posted by: ssol4569 | May 21, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Ok, Dr. Paul. I will play. You want the feds out of the state's business. Ok, no more mining laws. Whatever happens to your mining folks b/c the owners do not care, well too bad. They are private after all? Oh yeah, no overtime wages or min wages--nope that big bad fed wage an hour law, no more for Ky. And that is right, no more unemployment benis, no medicare, no social security, no money for your roads or schools Ky. Great--done deal. Have a nice day Ky!!!

Posted by: Trichica | May 21, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Paul are you going to do away with the Carrollton County Head Start program. You know the one that is with fed funds provided pre school for about 130 kids and meals since they are from low income families. And have you told the folks in Ky that for every dollar they send to washington, Ky gets $1.51-$1.80 back from washington? Did you know that the feds also helps Kentuckians with flood insurance ($2.1 billion a year), mortgage insurance ($877 million), crop insurance ($667 million), food stamps ($674 million), veterans disability benefits ($478 million), Pell Grants for college students ($182 million) and welfare for families ($181 million). Ok Ky if you want to give that up, great!!!! Cannot wait to see what you guys do then?

Posted by: Trichica | May 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Your writings show how representatives used to get elected by how much "Pork" they brought home or could bring home. I don't think bringing home pork will be an asset to someones campaign any longer. Not only that, it's this kind of redistribution of wealth that plays a HUGE role in our present economic status. Even good 'ol Paul Volker finally admits that our social programs and our debt are unstainable. I don't think Rand Paul will need to do anything to bring this socialized & corrupt, bankrupt system down, it will come down from it's own weight.

Posted by: ssol4569 | May 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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