Republican War Brewing; Old Guard Not Impressed With Young Bucks
I have never made it any secret that I am not a fan of Republicans Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, or John McCain. I think that when it comes to “squishy” Republicans, those three are first in line.
I was not a fan of Ron Paul, either, and was ambivalent about his son, Rand, until last night.
I didn’t see all of the filibuster, but caught some of it after I got home from work, and was amazed that it was still going on, and ended shortly after I went to bed around 9:30 my time. The filibuster lasted around 13 or so hours, and ended because Mother Nature finally won out.
The senior Republican leadership was not present for most of it, instead being off at a dinner with Obama. I’m not knocking them for attending the dinner. From what I understand, it was set up so they could discuss sequester and budget issues. It is one of the few times that the White House has reached out to republicans, so I’m sure it was important.
What bothers me is that, while Mitch McConnell did show up to support Paul, I’m sure he did it out of political expediency, not showing up until the very end.
However, 30, THIRTY Republican Senators had better things to do. Thirty out of 45 Republican Senators. Of the 15 that were in attendance 8 (including Paul) took part in the filibuster.
Even Oregon Democrat Senator Ron Wyden took a stand during the filibuster. I normally don’t agree with anything Wyden stands for, but at that particular moment, I couldn’t have been more proud of our Senior Senator.
Others went home, or to the Washington Wizards basketball game.
Because the NBA is so much more important than fighting for our rights.
Here is the list of Republicans who deserted Rand Paul, and deserted their jobs (via Breitbart.com):
Alexander, Lamar – (R – TN) Class II (2014)
Ayotte, Kelly – (R – NH) Class III
Blunt, Roy – (R – MO) Class III
Boozman, John – (R – AR) Class III
Burr, Richard – (R – NC) Class III
Coats, Daniel – (R – IN) Class III
Coburn, Tom – (R – OK) Class III
Cochran, Thad – (R – MS) Class II (2014)
Collins, Susan M. – (R – ME) Class II (2014)
Corker, Bob – (R – TN) Class I
Crapo, Mike – (R – ID) Class III
Enzi, Michael B. – (R – WY) Class II (2014)
Fischer, Deb – (R – NE) Class I
Graham, Lindsey – (R – SC) Class II (2014)
Grassley, Chuck – (R – IA) Class III
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT) Class I
Heller, Dean – (R – NV) Class I
Hoeven, John – (R – ND) Class III
Inhofe, James M. – (R – OK) Class II (2014)
Isakson, Johnny – (R – GA) Class III
Johanns, Mike – (R – NE) Class II (2014)
McCain, John – (R – AZ) Class III
Murkowski, Lisa – (R – AK) Class III
Portman, Rob – (R – OH) Class III
Risch, James E. – (R – ID) Class II (2014)
Roberts, Pat – (R – KS) Class II (2014)
Sessions, Jeff – (R – AL) Class II (2014)
Shelby, Richard C. – (R – AL) Class III
Vitter, David – (R – LA) Class III
Wicker, Roger F. – (R – MS) Class I
A Class II Senator is up for reelection in 2014, and Class III in 2016. Remember these names.
Lindsey Graham, Richard Shelby, Jeff Sessions, John McCain, Tom Coburn, Susan Collins, Orrin Hatch, Mike Crapo; you should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Especially you, Lindsey Graham:
“This idea that we’re going to use a drone to attack a citizen in a cafe in America is ridiculous.”
And you, John McCain:
“Calm down, Senator,” McCain said, in an admonition to Paul. “The U.S. government cannot randomly target U.S. citizens.”
McCain argued that Paul’s warning that the Obama could target would U.S. citizens in “cafes” on American soil, and his related “Jane Fonda” analogy, bring the debate into the “realm of the ridiculous.”
“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” he said. “I don’t think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people.”
The US government wouldn’t be randomly targeting US citizens. They keep secret kill lists, remember?
Arizona keeps reelecting this hack?
The idea that you were going to monitor emails, the internet and use drones to spy on us was ridiculous too, at one time.
The Old Guard Republican elite does not like these upstart Republicans that are coming up behind them, that’s for certain.