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Rand Paul’s Sellout Picks Up Momentum

“WHAT THE SET COMMANDS …” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul continues to court establishment “Republicans” as he assembles his 2016 presidential bid – an effort which is rapidly becoming a case study in the extent to which principles are sacrificed for power. Paul endorsed liberal “Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney in…

“WHAT THE SET COMMANDS …”

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul continues to court establishment “Republicans” as he assembles his 2016 presidential bid – an effort which is rapidly becoming a case study in the extent to which principles are sacrificed for power.

Paul endorsed liberal “Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, and this year he’s backing liberal “Republican” Senate leader Mitch McConnell. In between those betrayals he came down to the Palmetto State and raised money for the ethically (and literally) bankrupt S.C. Republican Party – which is slavishly devoted to the expansion of the state’s bloated and inefficient government bureaucracy.

Seriously … how much establishment pole can one politician smoke?

It’s gotten to the point we’re thinking about sending Paul some kneepads … or maybe a copy of Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea.

“In-kind contributions,” you know.

Anyway … Paul’s latest GOP establishment play comes in the form of his association with New York “Republican” windbag and establishment rolodex Mallory Factor, who heads up an “exclusive,” invitation-only monthly gathering of special interest carpetbaggers each month at a swanky private club in his adopted home of Charleston, S.C.

We used to be invited to attend these gatherings, but then we eviscerated one of the national sellouts invited by Factor to address his crony capitalist horde.

And the invitations dried up …

Oh well …

Factor is now Rand Paul’s South Carolina “consultant,” which is great if you want to suck up to Lindsey Graham bankrollers … not-so-great if you want to represent the Palmetto State residents who are forced to pick up the tab for all that special interest whoring.

In fact all three of the “conservative” or “Tea Party” candidates for the GOP presidential nomination are disappointing us lately – Paul for his ongoing ideological retreat, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) for his recent sellout of our individual liberties and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for his calculated kowtowing to the nation’s military-industrial complex.

Sheesh … and these guys are supposed to be holding the “Republican” sellouts accountable?

Looks like we’ll be “throwing away our endorsement” again in 2016 …

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106 comments

Charlie Goodrich March 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

this probably isn’t going to end well.

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The Lessor Paul March 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Great write up Will!

Also of note, Rand has some of Karl Rove’s flunkies on his foreign policy development staff. Neocon nirvana here he comes!

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Will Folks aka Sic March 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

great. his only saving grace so far is he isn’t following Cruz down the global intervention path … if that changes, jeez.

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Maybe he’ll use his fake accreditation doctor ding-dong committee to award him an honorary degree in international politics.

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GrandTango March 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Why do such FLAWED people demand absolute perfection from people so much more accomplished than them???

FITS motto: “Divide and conquer”…I don’t think there is any doubt about who and what FITS is at this point…He has virtually endorsed Bakari Sellers for Lt. Gov.

Let Rand get in, then do what he needs to do..Obama lied unmercifully, and you slobber all over him for his deceit…yet you’re attacking this guy, and he has not DESTROYED the country, like your guy…

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Will Folks aka Sic March 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

FITS Motto: “Stand for what you fucking say you stand for.” Astoundingly simple. Funny to see “Grand T” loving up on the candidate he used to hate, though … guess that’s why these politicians sell out in the first place!

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GrandTango March 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

And if he steps out of your demented little Kook-job cubicle, you $#!* all over yourself…You cannot win pandering to 5% of the nut-jobs out there in Liberal-Tarian land…

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm

You cannot win pandering to 5% of the nut-jobs out there in Liberal-Tarian land…
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I thought it wasn’t about “winning” but ideological “purity”

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Jackie Chiles March 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

This is true. People don’t like extreme libertarians. They’re comfortable with some libertarian ideas- less government, smaller military, less foreign entanglements, but don’t like the idea of caveat emptor on prescription meds, housing construction, food supply, etc.

Yep! March 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Yep, the same 50%+1 that elected both Obama and Bush.

Everything you said it true. Hardcore libertarians have a PR problem.
People aren’t comfortable with complete freedom and responsibility, it’s just a fact.

Mike at the Beach March 29, 2014 at 12:40 am

“Complete” freedom and responsibility is really only possible without government. I’ll take some government (as little as possible, please, but some) in my life if it means we don’t jump back hundreds of years of to Darwin as a model for social survival.

Yep! March 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

Well that’s the whole “rub” isn’t it Mike? Everyone has a different definition of “some” or what “as little as possible” means.

The Constitution has failed to keep government small(by my definition of course) and also failed to keep corruption at bay via the technique of “separation of powers”.

Our state is a mess. There’s no fix short of collapse IMO, and then starting again with some other variant I suppose “in the name of civilization”.

Thing is, Democide doesn’t seem to be very civilized, so I don’t see this argument you and Max bring up about the devolution of man or retreat the “bronze age”, etc. et al

I simply recognize, like the Founders, that people are self interested. They don’t sprout wings and grow a halo just because they are elected, in fact if anything they sprout horns per Lord Acton.

The Founders clearly understood the nature of man and government. They just failed to produce a document that could control it.

Yep! March 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

One other note, when you understand the nature of man in general, you realize that government that bases its ruling, success, and even funding on the vote of men, well, it should give everyone great pause.

Maybe you can make the argument that taking people’s money with a club is worse taking it by a vote, maybe I can buy that-but when the end result is a gov’t that regulates how our toilets flush, send kids overseas to die for dubious causes, & spies on everyone, all with OUR money, I might just take my chances with the club.

Yep! March 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

lol, one other note: Most people don’t wanted “as little as possible” government. So you have a problem under the current government model.

euwe max March 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

caveat emptor runs the country like a circus with a stupid tax.

Yep! March 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

The country is already a circus, with the stupid tax being shared by those stupid and not.

euwe max March 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Your prescription is to get rid of law enforcement at the circus so the circus master gets more leeway over the gaming by using rigged tables, and gets a bigger payday by introducing unregulated prostitution.

Why not just deed the country over to the 1% and be done with it?

Yep! March 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

You assume a lack of competition for the circus master.

Paying the watchers to watch out for the stupid doesn’t seem to be working well. But maybe it’s just a matter of the right mix of people and laws to fix everything. Toss in a little more money printing and I’m sure the bugs will get worked out eventually.

euwe max March 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

You assume a lack of competition for the circus master.
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How many copies of the golden gate bridge do you think it would take to make the toll “competitive?”

Yep! March 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Don’t underestimate people. Car ferry’s, or boats and car rentals, etc. et al

There’s always outside forces to keep stuff in check. It’s not perfect, but nothing is. There’s lots of toll bridges around.

euwe max March 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

The bronze age beckons.

GrandTango March 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Is that w

euwe max March 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I never thought about it, but.. that has to be it!

Smirks March 31, 2014 at 8:31 am

The next step is to have suicide bomber infants blowing up fossil fuel-burning power plants to decrease CO2 emissions, all in the name of Allah. Security guards never search babies for C4.

The struggle continues for GT and the rest of the people that live in his alternate universe!

GrandTango March 31, 2014 at 8:35 am

One thing about liberals that is a STRONG Trait. You’ll blatantly and openly represent very dangerous and anti-American activity..but when you are called on it, you hem-haw, giggle, make up stories…and $#!* all over yourselves, before you deny who, and what, you are…

Own It!!!…if you take pride in being a dangerous and Filthy piece of $#!*….march in the streets and proclaim it….you look small and stupid lying about it…

johnq March 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Like you did with Mark Sanford? When someone else is pragmatic they aren’t standing up for what they claim to but when you do it…?guess that’s why these political bloggers sell out in the first place!

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Walter-White March 29, 2014 at 6:45 am

Burn!

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johnq March 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm

What’s wrong with supporting Bakari Sellars? Seems like a fine upstanding black man who would be perfect for our state.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Why did you describe him as “black”?

*Asks innocently*

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Realist March 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

You simply don’t understand how politics works. It’s one thing to “stick to your guns” and give the middle finger to the political establishment from the House floor, but to be elected President in our two party system (and face it, that is the only way one gets elected) you have to kiss some ass. So, you tell me, which would you rather have? A purist who talks on the House floor for hours but doesn’t have meaningful legislative accomplishments to show for it, or someone who dials down the rhetoric and sucks up when necessary to actually have a shot at achieving some of those goals that are talked about?

And… give me an example where Rand has actually voted the ‘wrong’ way. I think there is without a doubt that he holds true many, if not all of the same principles as his father, he’s just a smarter politician. You don’t get further than the House or maybe the Senate by just pissing everyone who isn’t exactly like you off. /end rant.

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Rand is a chump March 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

“sucks up when necessary to actually have a shot at achieving some of those goals that are talked about?”

By the time these “goals” you speak of get “achieved”, they are watered down pieces of almost nothing. But to not bother.

“I think there is without a doubt that he holds true many, if not all of the same principles as his father,”

You think? You are wrong. You are just one ‘google’ away from learning about all the differences.

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Rand is a chump March 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

“Better to not bother.”

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Realist March 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Well then stick to the Ron Paul/Ross Perot ticket. Let me know how that works out for you. I don’t think the “differences” in principles exist at all. Just a difference in style. Having Ron Paul say we need to understand the psyche of Iran in pursuing nuclear weapons in a presidential debate doesn’t exactly get you places, but I guess that’s of no importance. There are more eloquent and less inflammatory ways to defend a sensible, non-interventionist foreign policy.

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Rand is a chump March 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

You claim to be a “Realist”, yet you seem to ignore reality.

You’re just pitching the libertarian light version of “Hope & change”.

The paradigm is what it is, if you’d like to continue living in fantasy land there’s nothing I can do to help other than say, “Remember this conversation 5 years from now and see if anything changed for the better.”

You’ll be singing the same blues the few Obama supporters with a brain are singing now.

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Realist March 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

You still haven’t given any examples to back up your claims..

It’s always easiest for you armchair revolutionaries to sit back and criticize others for their perceived lack of purity then actually do something. The excuse being that “x person isn’t exactly perfect on every issue”! I don’t think that Rand or any politician for that matter has all the issues or will magically solve all of the problems we have.

Get over yourself.

Rand is a chump March 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

“You still haven’t given any examples to back up your claims..”

I’m not your nursemaid, I don’t even care if you believe me.

” I don’t think that Rand or any politician for that matter has all the issues or will magically solve all of the problems we have.”

and that’s the irony of your position in championing him…you’ve shot yourself in your own foot.

“Get over yourself.”

Right back at ya.

Realist March 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Well if you’re gonna come on here and mouth off like some sort of know it all, it looks a little more credible if you have some examples to back it up.

And for the record, I’m not “championing” him. I’m simply trying to shed some light on how the system works, right or wrong.

At this point in time I don’t think there is any clear reason to attack his conservative/small government bonafides. For loons like you though, it’ll never be good enough unless he simply has no appeal outside of a small constituency and publicly shits on the Republican leadership/establishment.

Rand is a chump March 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Here you go, illiterate(or lazy, I don’t know which) dumb shit:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/15/ron-paul-crimea-russia-sanctions-act-of-war

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/01/28/rand-paul-%E2%89%A0-ron-paul/

In two minutes of google I’ve managed to find two major pieces by major media outlets describing in detail two major differences between father and son, something you haven’t managed to do for how long now?

Pfft, you’re a waste of time. The sheep goes “bahhhhh!”

CNSYD March 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I thought the Guardian was a Brit newspaper. Brits vote in US elections now?

Yep! March 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

You missed the part where the dude said “You still haven’t given any examples to back up your claims..”

It’s not an issue of who’s opinion it is, it a matter of whether it’s true or not.

Uh huh March 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

It’s good to see someone sticking up for the Republican establishment.

Really? March 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

“You simply don’t understand how politics works.”

Another quasi-libertarian telling everyone that they don’t know anything, oh yay. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of you guys, does there?

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

As long as there beats a heart within the breast of a sociopath somewhere… as long as the breath of a druggie or child molester yet draws… as long as an adolescent with a copy of “Atlas Shrugged” between the mattresses with their gold pass ID sill lurks.. as long as there’s one dumbass left who thinks no taxes means double paychecks…

there will be libertarians.

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HD March 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’ve often thought that Folks reminds me of nothing so much as an 18 year old kid who just finished reading Atlas Shrugged for the first time. I was that kid once – and own and have read everything Ayn Rand ever wrote. While there remain bits and pieces of her philosophy that inform my thinking still, unlike Folks, I’ve matured since I was free to be an absolutist 18 year old. Politics and governing are about incremental change. Demanding everything gets you exactly nothing.

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

It hard to explain civics to a person who hated the subject in High School – I know, because that’s me.

The whole notion of civilization and the compromises involved require a little bit of thought. Sort of like calculus or accounting, only different. The place where they merge is in elementary school – the mind has to be brought to the point of understanding how all the facets of civilization interlock, and what holds it all together.

You can’t explain how limits allow the computation of the area under a curve to whatever epsilon you wish to a person who can’t find the area of a unit square.

Simply grabbing a gun, a case of beer and a copy of survivalist weekly and saying – get rid of gubmint! I can take care of my own! is going the *other* way.

SparkleCity March 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Calculus or accounting??

Actually it is about everything trying to achieve 8 electrons in the outer orbit……..

if you achieve that, you are a noble gas and harm no one or anything!!!!

According to my Chemistry 101 Prof. that is the goal of every entity and I can’t argue with that basic chemical fact.of the periodic table.

Rush Limpballs being the exception…………

The Colonel March 29, 2014 at 4:57 am

Hey Sparkie, Oxygen is a noble gas an is incredibly destructive, think rust, O2 poisoning…

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 7:37 am

Hey Sparkie, Oxygen is a noble gas

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The Noble Gases (Group 18) are located in the far right of the periodic table. These elements were previously referred to as the inert gases due to their one important chemical property: they are extremely nonreactive due to their filled valence shell. The reason for this is because Noble Gases were set apart and distinguished relatively late compared to other element groups.

Helium 1s2
Neon [He] 2s2 2p6
Argon [Ne] 3s2 3p6
Krypton [Ar] 3d10 4s2 4p6
Xenon [Kr] 4d10 5s2 5p6
Radon [Xe] 4f14 5d10 6s2 6p6

Oxygen is not a noble gas.

shifty henry March 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

I’ve copied and printed your comment – just what I needed to help me with crossword puzzles….

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

Your crosswords have the periodic table in them?

shifty henry March 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I keep a few small, portable crossword puzzles around just to fill in time. A guy named Myles Mellor puts them out, and they are sold at Dollar General ($1), and they easy to work with except for some of his vague clues (and some are damn clever!) I’ve never completed one without having to peek at a few of his answers because some of them could be any of half-a-dozen words that have no relationship to each other. Yes, he throws in the periodic table at least once in every book.

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I did crosswords once but it seemed a little too arbitrary for me.. so I started doing sudoku. I really like that game for passing time in a place without wifi.. I take my kindle with me when I go somewhere I might end up waiting.

In my youth, I used to sit blank faced and idle. Occasionally people would put money in a nearby ashtray, thinking I must be spare changing, or disabled.

shifty henry March 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm

It’s interesting to me what our individual capabilities are, and how we either inherited or learned various abilities. Even though my working life has been as a professional accountant, I can’t figure out sudoku worth a damn!

I also have a difficult time completing cryptographic puzzles, but I’ll tell you could and who can. My mother, raised on a dirt farm, managed to get her high school degree and went to a two year secretarial school where she learned shorthand and then worked for Senator Kefauver in Chattanooga. She worked those crypto puzzles in about four cigarettes. Part of my time in Naval Intelligence I did cryptographic work – what’s wrong with me? And my country cousin (my Mom’s nephew ) with no education beyond high school can also work them.

After the Navy I decided it would be cool to learn shorthand from my Mom’s textbooks – couldn’t teach myself that for shit!

ps: In other shocking news I just read that there are 318,979,564,000 different ways to play the first four moves per side in a game of chess. Now who in the hell took the time to figure that out? Actually, I know about 6.

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm

ps: In other shocking news I just read that there are 318,979,564,000 different ways to play the first four moves per side in a game of chess. Now who in the hell took the time to figure that out?
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software.

.,..and Sudoku is just a matter of elimination by exclusion. You can’t have the same number horizontally and vertically. That sets up a mesh that eliminates several possibilities right there. Easy ones stop there, but for the hard ones you have to start thinking, after you figure out the first few.

Yeah… thinking. I know, right? Most people want to get paid if they gotta think, my snizzle!

shifty henry March 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Sudoku – it’s when ya’ got to work it in in a four-square, etc. that slowed me down – I know the procedure but I must not have the patience for this particular sport. And thanks for the other info, especially aboout the atoms which I will attempt to use as an ice-breaker and hope the girl doesn’t have PHDs in every subject (and it would just be my luck).

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I suggest tequila… then It won’t matter how many degrees she has.

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

wrap: cere

TontoBubbaGoldstein March 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

Oxygen is not a noble gas.

Effing A, mate.
There is nothing “noble” about oxygen.
Oxygen is a whore.

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Them’s fightin’ words on the planet *I* come from!

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 7:33 am

Communication is difficult isn’t it? “I am” doesn’t seem to work… The organization of everything seems to be beyond our ken, and immersion in the presence of the organizing factor until perfection is achieved seems forbidden.

And these mutant colonies you mentioned keep cropping up like cancers…

One vote seems like such an impotent way to synchronize our efforts…

Perhaps it’s time for a new set of Founding Fathers.

euwe max March 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Actually it is about everything trying to achieve 8 electrons in the outer orbit……..

if you achieve that, you are a noble gas and harm no one or anything!!!!

According to my Chemistry 101 Prof. that is the goal of every entity and I can’t argue with that basic chemical fact.of the periodic table.

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You should go back to that University, and tell the Dean what your Chemistry 101 teacher told you so no one else gets told that crap!
:D

Soft Sigh from Hell March 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

“if you achieve that, you are a noble gas and harm no one or anything!!!!”
.
Unless you are radon, of course. Maybe Limpballs is radon.

nitrat March 28, 2014 at 7:22 pm

He’s a more deceitful politician than his old man, a true sociopath.

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John Boy March 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

No argument here.

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euwe max March 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

1. Rand Paul pressed the case with Kentucky state senators to restore felon voting rights.
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2. Obama isn’t “black enough”

“I find it ironic that the first African-American president has without compunction allowed this vast exercise of raw power by the N.S.A. … Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.”

“The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying…Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon.”

Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and other civil rights leaders were real black men. They fought the system, ’cause that’s what real black men do. They weredangerous, dangerous enough that The Man himself—in the form of J. Edgar Hoover—had to break the law to spy on them.

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3. Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed – Senate (62 – 36)Nay

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4. Jan. 31, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Bill Passed – Senate (64 – 34)Nay

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5. Feb. 12, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013Bill Passed – Senate (78 – 22)Nay

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6. He should have abdicated his position as a Senator, by refusing to participate while in office.

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Smirks March 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

I think there is without a doubt that he holds true many, if not all of
the same principles as his father, he’s just a smarter politician.

There’s a sucker born every minute.

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Sam Smith August 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I agree with you realist but whose fault is it that we have the Duopoly in American politics? US! The American people are at fault for always wishing to vote for someone who might actually win, but its that mentality that allows wealthy elitist scumbags like Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to rise to the top. America is still asleep at the wheel. When the American people begin to actually inform themselves politically and start voting for the candidates that they truly believe in and not just vote for someone because they feel like they have the best chance of winning… Then we will take America back from the liberal juggernaut and also take back our dignity! We will no longer feel embarrassed amongst the rest of the world…

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

He looks like he’s trying to be Stephen Dorf in the blu ad.

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Yep! March 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

With a toupee?

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

He’s *got* to do something about that stupid hair.

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gregorybgeddings March 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Save some money. Loan him a spare set of kneepads that Howard Rich gave you.

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Tango Meat Market March 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

“Seriously … how much establishment pole can one politician smoke?”

Grand Tango! Here’s one for you…

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Yep! March 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

lol…metaphorically speaking of course.

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WilliamRD March 28, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Ohhh Brother. Hilarious

At the GOP convention in 1976 Reagan selected very liberal Senator Richard Schweiker to be his VP nominee if he got the nomination. Then in 1980 he gave us Bush. You never get any traction in politics if you only try and satisfy purist.

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Cecil March 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Rand Paul is one weird looking dude. Don’t ever believe anything a politician says. You will get screwed every time.

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Are you really disappointed that the “free market” of politics doesn’t contain altruists who see their duty as more important than a quick payday?

I thought you *really* believed that a sellout is the only true believer in libertarianism. Self interest first – the bigger picture will “take care of itself.”

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jimlewisowb March 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

A Man walked into a Washington D.C. Catholic Church Confessional
He tells the Priest: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. Last night, I beat the crap out of a US Senator.
The Priest responds: “My son, I’m here to forgive your sins, not discuss your community service

Fucking Cockroach

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nitrat March 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Factor must be stupid. Paul is as crazy as his old man. He’s pretending to be rational to gather wider support.
The black students at Howard saw Paul for the arrogant, ignorant ass he is. Factor’s not smart enough to do the same.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

black students at Howard…

Why did you describe them as “black”?

*Asks innocently*

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Mike at the Beach March 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

“U.S. Sen. Rand Paul continues to court establishment ‘Republicans’ as he assembles his 2016 presidential bid – an effort which is rapidly becoming a case study in the extent to which principles are sacrificed for power.”

Fringy, immature BS. Political purity is not only an oxymoron, but can be just as evil as “selling out.” Rand Paul is trying to get elected, and no politician in that endeavor can be 100% forthcoming. Even Will’s second-most beloved Ron Paul holds a lot of kookiest ideas for his inner circle and home crowds only. His MOST beloved Thomas Ravenel did PRECISELY the same thing to get elected Treasurer. he courted all the right Columbia folks, chased the right money, and said ZERO about his kooky-ass drug legalization bullshit because he surmised (correctly) that he would never get elected if he did so. We are a representative republican democracy, not a cult. I can’t think of a single politician (EVER) with whom I agree 100% of the time. Hell, I can’t think any human being with whom I agree 100% of the time; that would require an imaginary friend.

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euwe max March 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Even Jesus forgives denominational impurity.

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SparkleCity March 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Let me get this straight:

A mousse/gelled haired son of a fruitcake spouts off shit and appears on track to be one of a shitload of dipshits vying for the Republican presidential nomination???

And I am supposed to be interested in what this dipshit has to say or propose for the betterment of this country????

fuck the whole bunch.

I’m voting for Chris Christie – at least I know how big of a crook he is.

Sometimes you need a crooked SOB to get things done!!!

Cristie & Lindsey all the way is what I say!!!!!!!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

…and by “big crook”, you mean “BIIIIIIIG crook”!

Ba dmmm psh!

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euwe max March 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Nikki and Christi
by hook and by crook!

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Thomas March 28, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Really, Sen Paul is not Presidential material…yet. Gov Christie is your 2016 nominee. Heard that Condi is interested in the VP job. There is your ticket for 2016. Aneurysm or not, Webster Hubbell’s baby-momma is a waste of donor capital.

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Mike at the Beach March 29, 2014 at 12:29 am

Now *there’s* a conspiracy theory blast from the past! That one may even be true…

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

TBG always thought Hillary was Janet Reno’s baby-momma.

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euwe max March 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I blame Bush.

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Nope March 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

The bridge scandal has finished Christie, he’s the walking dead.

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Thomas March 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

The very fact that Gov Christie is breaking records raising money for the RGA tells me establishment Republicans have tapped him as their choice in 2016. Every argument against Gov Christie is indicative of how the Democrat establishment fears his match up against their choice, Hillary. This traffic study in NJ has had more coverage on TV and radio than the Vietnam War…LoL Very telling of the Democrat desperation. If you wish this traffic study in NJ will destroy Gov Christie in one hand and shit in the other hand, which will get filled first?

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Bible Thumper March 29, 2014 at 1:25 am

Go ahead. Keep it up and you will never get invited back to that “swanky private club”. That is what this is all about.

“We used to be invited to attend these gatherings, but then we eviscerated one of the national sellouts invited by Factor to address his crony capitalist horde.

And the invitations dried up …

Oh well …”

Grow up, sic.

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Semi-Paulite March 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

Wow. Usually the Paul people are pretty meticulous, but the inclusion of Mallory Factor (and having him both as a “consultant” and apparently an on-the-record spokesman) is going to hurt them badly in South Carolina. And beyond South Carolina.

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Facts are Hell March 29, 2014 at 9:51 am

It wont hurt at all.Despite the conceit of many posters and readers of this site,who believe,incorrectly,that the whole state is up in arms over the various villains pilloried daily here(See Nikki Haley,Public Enemy No.1 here who is cruising to reelection),probably 98% of the voters in SC have never heard of Mallory Factor ,know nothing about him ,and couldn’t care less about who he is or is not supporting.

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Semi-Paulite March 29, 2014 at 11:17 am

Yeah, that’s exactly what an aspiring presidential campaign needs – someone getting quoted in the Washington Post who has a “pay to play” scandal in his past… and someone who’s their “South Carolina consultant” who’s from New York. Unforced errors.

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RogueElephant March 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

IMO Rand is the best combination of conservative ideology and political reality. He is a strong conservative that can be elected . Sort of like Reagan. You win the election then govern, not the other way around. Obummer and Reagan are both examples of this though in opposite directions. From what I gather this is for naught any way as the Kentucky legislature and gov. will probably not let him run in both races. He would be foolish to give up a safe senate seat for a chance to be POTUS. just wait . What ever he decides I will support him. Great guy.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

Unless Ron Paul goes full Buford T. Justice on him, Rand has TBG’s support.

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junior justice March 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

Thanks for the reference to Daddy, but I don’t know if that’s a compliment or an insult.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Click on the link. : )

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Ugh March 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

I’m shocked that TBG has such a low standard. One might suggest looking at Rand’s foreign policy stance and Mitt Romney style flip flopping on several other issues as a sign that he’s not clear on what ‘liberty’ means.

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SCBlues March 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

Ron and Rand both purport to be libertarians (or Libertarians – it gets a bit fuzzy) but they both identify as Republicans in states where you need that “R” after your name if you want to be elected. The majority of the Republican Party views/viewed Ron as a joke and/or a kook yet he steadfastly identified as Republican until he “retired”. I’m not sure how the majority of the Republican Party nationwide views Rand – he has not been tested nationwide as his Dad was several times in his failed Presidential campaigns – but I am not sure it will be a whole lot different. But don’t look for Rand to drop the “R” after his name any time soon – I’d bet he’d drop the “R” at the beginning of his name first – and that is the real sellout.

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Peep March 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Which politicians gave Rand Paul money in his last campaign? I was surprised when Nikki Haley jumped on the Romney bandwagon early but then I found out, he had given her a lot of money for her campaign. She owed him.

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WeimMom April 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

Sadly, the U.S. is now under Democratic rule for years to come. The only thing that will wake up freeloaders & clueless; financial collapse of the U.S. Maybe then….

Too many want freebies
Too many are not paying attention
Too many illegal aliens vote

Former Dem Gov. Dick Lamm on How to Destroy America http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/page.php?pt=Former+Dem+Gov.+Dick+Lamm+on+How+to+Destroy+America&id=8623&is_corp=0

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euwe max April 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

“According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, “He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.”

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Laurel April 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

I followed a link to this site and find the discussions interesting as most of you seem very anti-politician, whether conservative or liberal! I, too have come to the conclusion that the current political system is corrupt and constipated. In 2010 I came up with a solution that by-passes the political process by changing the way we vote. I called it VoteKISS (Vote to Keep It Short and Simple) and you can find the details on my website: http://www.votekiss.org. I ran for US Senator against Progressive Bernie Sanders (in VT, unlike most other states, it’s very easy to get on the ballot as an independent) and got a wopping 675 votes! That said, I’m still hoping that the idea catches the imagination of someone who knows how to promote ideas better than I do! Please visit and comment on the idea. Thanks!

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Michael S May 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

Great article. I disagree that Paul is selling out. I think he is being realistic and smart by soliciting support of the people with influence or access to money.

As a Libertarian I’ll take anyone, even someone who is “Libertarian-ish” over a Liberal or a Conservative. Just because you support someone doesn’t mean you agree with 100% of their positions. Sometimes it is like choosing between a Stalin or a Hilter, the lesser of two evils.

Out of all the possible presidential candidates Rand Paul is truest Libertarian. If he has support people who he isn’t perfectly aligned with in hopes of received support down the road I say no harm no foul.

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Sam Smith August 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Great article! How far does the apple fall from the tree? VERY far in Rand Paul’s case. At least his dad was honest and he stuck to his guns regardless of how many brutal jabs the Zionist media threw his way. They weren’t about to let Ron Paul become president and actually focus on America’s interests instead of the interests of Israel and global Zionism! They may be willing to let the bureaucratic sell out Rand Paul slip in there… He has officially learned which side his bread is buttered on. Rand’s fall from grace has been literally nauseating thus far!

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