Rand Paul grandstand ploy fooled even Politico

Rand Paul grandstand ploy fooled even Politico

What Did I Tell You?  It’s the Old “I Told You So” Claim

Even “Politico” was fooled by a grandstand ploy constructed by Rand Paul when he orchestrated a 13 hour “legitimate” filibuster in the Senate over a destined to be confirmation of John Brennan as head of the CIA.

This is how Politico began their description of a less than heroic waste of time:

“Before Thursday, Rand Paul — tea party firebrand — hadn’t vaulted into the top tier of Republican power players.

But all that seemed to change this week. The Kentucky Republican senator showed serious clout by holding a 13-hour filibuster to delay the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s candidate to head the CIA, John Brennan.”

After what ignorant reporters are calling a courageous and historic effort, Paul could not wait to proclaim, I am “seriously” considering running for president in 2016”.  Exactly as I reported.

“I think our party needs something new, fresh and different,” he said. “What we’ve been running — nothing against the candidates necessarily — but we have a good, solid niche in all the solidly red states throughout the middle of the country.”

He is correct when he states that red states will support any Republican candidate, regardless of how unqualified he may be.  But he fails to acknowledge that the majority of the working class is tired of a “do nothing” Republican Congress that continues to ignore the wishes and needs of the working class.

He began his 2016 campaign with:  “We have to figure out how to appeal to the West Coast, New England [and] around the Great Lakes area. We need to figure out how to appeal to the blue-collar voters that voted — that were Democrats that voted for Reagan and I think are drifting back because they see us as the party of the wealthy. … I do want to be part of making the Republican Party again more of a national party, less than a regional party, which I think we’re in danger of becoming.”

He is partially correct, but there are no more “Reagan Democrats”.  For years all Democrats have become aware of the corruption and disdain for the working class that the Reagan administration proffered.

I will give him his due.  He appeared to be stunned that his filibuster seized the amount of attention from the press as it did, he could be on television.  It was obvious that national attention was his only goal given the fact that Brennan would be confirmed beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sen. John Thune, who is also mentioned as presidential timber, said the filibuster was “enormously helpful” to Paul. “Standing in there, hanging in there — taking punches, fighting the good fight, always, I think, is helpful to the people whose views you’re trying to represent out there. … It’s a deeply held principle with him,” said Thune. “And I think it’s kind of contagious. A lot of people, when they saw him going and going and going, people were saying, ‘Wow, if he’s going to keep this going, we want to go down and help him out.’”

“I don’t think you can underestimate how big of a moment this was. If the Iowa Caucuses were tomorrow, he would win in a landslide,” said conservative talk radio host Steve Deace, who lives in Iowa. “Imagine taking what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin and combining it with what Mike Huckabee did with Chick-fil-A, that’s how big this is.”

This was no more than a political ploy by a TEA Party darling.  He is not his father’s son, and that’s kind of sad.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express