The Panderific Rand “Pander” Paul Gears up for 2016

January 6, 2015   Rand Paul is working hard to polish his pro-Israel credentials.

Hours before meeting on Tuesday with some of the nation’s most influential and well-heeled Jewish GOP donors—including billionaire Sheldon Adelson—Paul introduced his second bill in as many years to cut off American foreign aid to the Palestinian government.

The “Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian Foreign Aid Act of 2015” would cut off funding for the Palestinian government so long as it seeks recognition in the International Criminal Court, according to a Paul aide. The measure comes in addition to Paul’s “Stand with Israel Act,” introduced last year, which would end U.S. aid until the Palestinian Authority agreed to a cease-fire and recognized the state of Israel.

via Rand Paul Offers Another Pro-Israel Bill to Cut Palestinian Aid – NationalJournal.com.

It would be harder to find a more disingenuous  politicians than Rand Paul. Not only has he been busted for plagiarizing, he’s been busted for pandering before too.

His dad was crazy and had ideas that had already been tried and failed spectacularly, but at least he had some integrity (well, outside the whole denying the newsletters with his name and signature on them).  Hrrm…on second thought, he is a fitting son.

I don’t think he’ll do much in the 2016 primaries, there are faaar too many issues where he panders the wrong way for the Teahadi base.   As a matter of fact, I kind of wonder why he’s even mentioned in the Presidential discussions.   I guess it’s a holdover from his dad running for like 20 years.

Healthcare is like Slavery : Rand Paul!

Sen. Rand Paul Compares SCOTUS Decision Upholding Obamacare To Pro-Slavery Dred Scott Decision | ThinkProgress http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/07/05/511106/sen-rand-paul-compares-scotus-decision-upholding-obamacare-to-pro-slavery-dred-scott-decision/?mobile=wp

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision, can you still argue that the Constitution does not support ObamaCare? The liberal blogosphere apparently thinks the constitutional debate is over. I wonder whether they would have had that opinion the day after the Dred Scott decision. Think of how our country would look now had the Supreme Court not changed its view of what is constitutional. Think of 1857, when the court handed down the outrageous Dred Scott decision, which said African Americans were not citizens. Think of the “separate but equal” doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson,which the court later repudiated in Brown v. Board of Education.

What was this guy smoking? Oh yeah, the Aqua Buddha. I guess being around Ron Paul in the 80’s left a certain impression on Rand about a certain type of people.

Tea Party Slogan “Don’t Tread on Me”; Tea Party Action “We’ll Tread on You”

Don't Tread on my Head

Don't Tread on my Head

So this little juicy bit of the real world is making the rounds.  First up, the video evidence…

Yes, yes, I know, a bit more violent and nasty than my normal fare.  That’s Election 2010 and the joy the Tea Party has brought to American politics.

This story, BTW, gets funnier.

Like when the big guy who stomped on the little girl’s head goes on to demand an apology from the little girl…

The Rand Paul campaign volunteer who stepped on the head of a liberal activist after she had been wrestled to the ground outside a debate said Wednesday that the incident has been blown out of proportion and that the activist owes him an apology. “She’s a professional at what she does,” Tim Profitt, who was fired Tuesday from Paul’s Senate campaign, said in an interview with local television station WKYT. “When all the facts come out people will see that she’s the one who initiated the whole thing.”

A fairly typical response from serial abusers, “she was asking for it.”   It is highly creative to physically assualt someone and then demand they apologize to you. That’s some serious hutzpaugh, or, when spelled correctly and translated to English, bullshit. [He topped himself by blaming “back pain” for why he needed to stomp.]

It’s also curious to note the evolving message coming from the Paul campaign, starting from the “both sides are bad” and evolving to  “both sides are bad, and sorry.”

This is of course a completely isoloted incident (like this one was) and in no way represents the fantasies of Limbaugh-loving folks across the country.  Oh, to have a liberal to, litterally, grind under the heel of your boot.   And to do so while wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” button.  Delicious, I say.  Or at least I would if I had violent fantasies about showing liberals who’s the boss.  Not that I think all these folks have these fantasies, but after seeing this one realized and those who quickly jump to his defense…it doesn’t seem to be an uncommon dream.

But the real punchline on this one, for me at least, is this full page ad that ran *today* touting the head-stomper’s support for Paul in the coming election.

As a final bit on this, and our current, horrid, corporate meida, this Examiner looked at how Fox (who has largely ignored this one, as per) would cover it were the situation somewhat reversed.

–  Megyn Kelly would spend the entire hour of “America Live” devoted to expressing various levels of outrage.  Even more outrage would be expressed toward those who were baselessly defending the attackers.  The clip would be shown at least a dozen times, as Kelly did with the New Black Panther’s case footage.-  Glenn Beck would begin his show with a mix of tears and anger.  He would say this is a fulfillment of his prophecy regarding “violence” coming from the radical left.  He would compare the attack to attacks by the “Brownshirts” of Nazi Germany, and claim this is just the first step in larger progressive waves of violence.  Beck would then bring out his chalkboard to connect the attackers to George Soros, the Tides Foundation, NPR, and – yes – President Obama himself.  Beck would then warn his audience of the coming economic collapse, before cutting to a Goldline commercial.

–  Bill O’Reilly would send some of his producers to demand answers from individuals who had nothing to do with the attack.  In his “Talking Points”, O’Reilly would condemn the entire Democratic Party and explain how this will doom them in the upcoming elections.

Ultimately, I think this is just another asshole who self-identified with the Tea Party.  Like this one. And this one. And this one. All completely isolated incidenst of crazy and extremism.  Sure, every single major (and many minor) Tea Party candidates have all had these isolated incidents.  But that doesn’t mean anything, as I’m told repeatedly, when this stuff just keeps happening week after week, that these are all isolated incidents, and certainly not indicative that a bunch of extremists have wormed their way into the mainstream during a time of crisis.

Like this reports concludes.

One would like to think that the crazy will subside after another week or so when these (and many sane) folks act like citizens and  get thier vote on.   I, for one, am happy to be able to vote *against* the guy that called for violent revolution if he loses at the ballot box.

Hopefully, the nutjob fringe will recede a bit after this election, but considering that Chairman Fartbama HUSSEIN Obungo will still be President (as some so maturely refer to him), I’d expect the crazy to continue for 2, probably 6, more years.

At least we get some solid lulz out of the deal, and only one girl had to be head-stomped for it.

Taibbi Nails the Baggers

This is as solid a summation as I’ve seen.

The individuals in the Tea Party may come from very different walks of life, but most of them have a few things in common. After nearly a year of talking with Tea Party members from Nevada to New Jersey, I can count on one hand the key elements I expect to hear in nearly every interview. One: Every single one of them was that exceptional Republican who did protest the spending in the Bush years, and not one of them is the hypocrite who only took to the streets when a black Democratic president launched an emergency stimulus program. (“Not me — I was protesting!” is a common exclamation.) Two: Each and every one of them is the only person in America who has ever read the Constitution or watched Schoolhouse Rock. (Here they have guidance from Armey, who explains that the problem with “people who do not cherish America the way we do” is that “they did not read the Federalist Papers.”) Three: They are all furious at the implication that race is a factor in their political views — despite the fact that they blame the financial crisis on poor black homeowners, spend months on end engrossed by reports about how the New Black Panthers want to kill “cracker babies,” support politicians who think the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an overreach of government power, tried to enact South African-style immigration laws in Arizona and obsess over Charlie Rangel, ACORN and Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Four: In fact, some of their best friends are black! (Reporters in Kentucky invented a game called “White Male Liberty Patriot Bingo,” checking off a box every time a Tea Partier mentions a black friend.) And five: Everyone who disagrees with them is a radical leftist who hates America.

It would be inaccurate to say the Tea Partiers are racists. What they are, in truth, are narcissists. They’re completely blind to how offensive the very nature of their rhetoric is to the rest of the country. I’m an ordinary middle-aged guy who pays taxes and lives in the suburbs with his wife and dog — and I’m a radical communist? I don’t love my country? I’m a redcoat? Fuck you! These are the kinds of thoughts that go through your head as you listen to Tea Partiers expound at awesome length upon their cultural victimhood, surrounded as they are by America-haters like you and me or, in the case of foreign-born president Barack Obama, people who are literally not Americans in the way they are.

It’s not like the Tea Partiers hate black people. It’s just that they’re shockingly willing to believe the appalling horseshit fantasy about how white people in the age of Obama are some kind of oppressed minority. That may not be racism, but it is incredibly, earth-shatteringly stupid.

He didn’t really get too far into the Tea Party Truism that Taxes = Deficits (“All we need to do to fix the deficit is cut taxes! herp derp!”), but he nails them on quite a few other fronts.   Fun reading, if a bit heavy on the fucking expletives.

Rand Paul Replaces Staffers for his mistakes

http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=10741012

Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul said Tuesday he’s planning a campaign staff shake-up a week after a round of interviews in which he dismayed fellow Republicans by discussing his views on racial segregation.

Campaign manager David Adams, who had been a Republican blogger in Nicholasville before joining up, will remain though perhaps in a different role, Paul said.

The comedy tour continues.

UPDATE:  I find the politics of personal responsibility to be a bit lacking here.  Rand’s will be an interesting race to watch over the summer.  He is running for Jim Bunning’s old seat….

During his reelection bid, controversy erupted when Bunning described Mongiardo as looking “like one of Saddam Hussein‘s sons.”[6] Public pressure compelled him to apologize. Bunning was also criticized for his use of a teleprompter during a televised debate with Mongiardo where Bunning participated via satellite link, refusing to appear in person.[7] Bunning was further criticized for making an unsubstantiated claim that his wife had been attacked by Mongiardo’s supporters,[8] and for calling Mongiardo “limp wristed”.[6] Bunning’s mental health was also questioned during the campaign.[6]

In October, 2004 Bunning told reporters “Let me explain something: I don’t watch the national news, and I don’t read the paper. I haven’t done that for the last six weeks. I watch Fox News to get my information.”[9]

…so…yea…even Ayn Rand Paul would be an *improvement*, if you can believe it.

Right Now – Rand Paul cancels Meet the Press appearance

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/rand_paul_cancels_meet_the_pre.html

Aaaww, shoot. I wanted him to keep talking his (Ayn) Randian nutjobbery.

UPDATE:  Turns out only two other people have done this, Louis Farrakhan and the Saudi Prince Bandar.  Pretty rarified company there Randy.