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Rand Paul´s New Friends
BuzzFeed, by Rosie Gray

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Posted By:FlyRight, 3/8/2013 7:20:47 AM

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has friends all over the spectrum — from establishment conservatives to the freewheeling libertarian devotees of his father — after a nearly 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan´s CIA nomination on Wednesday. He´s also managed to make two of the Senate´s most establishmentarian figures, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, look like outliers, and Republicans are privately grumbling about them. He´s managed, in other words, through showmanship and relationship-building, to finally mainstream his father´s lonely brand of contrarianism.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ann, 3/8/2013 7:31:17 AM     (No. 9214421)

It was amazing and enlightening to watch & listen to!
Major ´hurrahs´ to Ted Cruz as well.
Both articulate, intelligent, fact oriented statesmen!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/8/2013 7:38:28 AM     (No. 9214435)

We need a person just like Paul or Cruz to run against Graham in the next SC Senate primary.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starlady, 3/8/2013 7:39:15 AM     (No. 9214437)

I totally agree #1. It was a joy to watch for me personally. I stayed up way past my usual bedtime to watch.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lazlototh, 3/8/2013 7:55:20 AM     (No. 9214469)

The article misses the mark a little though. Rand´s dad is a buffoon but he doesn´t dodge difficult issues because they´re unpopular. Rand´s ideas aren´t detached from reality but he has his dad´s focus. That´s all very good.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: govlawyer, 3/8/2013 8:00:48 AM     (No. 9214475)

I agree with #4- I can´t stomach the father, but found myself seeing more and more that the son is on the same frequency that I am. I could be very happy with a Rand Paul in the White House.
We need to find a passel of them to populate both chambers on the Hill.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/8/2013 8:01:26 AM     (No. 9214478)

McCain needs to be ridden out of town on a rail.

"Stunt!" He´s such a loser.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 3/8/2013 8:06:04 AM     (No. 9214485)

Tea anyone ?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rinktum, 3/8/2013 8:08:00 AM     (No. 9214488)

It is amazing how many friends you can have in this country when you stand up for freedom. Well done, Senator Paul.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nan, 3/8/2013 8:08:36 AM     (No. 9214490)

Loudly applauding Rand Paul.

Now to call for voters to rid themselves of McCain and Graham. We need more Senators like Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Lee.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tangles, 3/8/2013 8:18:04 AM     (No. 9214499)

GOP dog trackers are so over.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lust For Justice, 3/8/2013 8:30:34 AM     (No. 9214533)

How wonderful! A REAL man!!!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/8/2013 8:31:11 AM     (No. 9214536)

The constituents of McCain and Graham must be sooo proud of their guys. I am disapointed in Kelly Ayotte. She started out so well but really stumbled with this one.

Not good business going to dinner instead of supporting Rand Paul. Not good at all. I don´t care that some of them may have ´stopped by´ afterwards. They still stepped in it and showed their elitism.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 3/8/2013 8:39:25 AM     (No. 9214554)

Rand Paul has given us hope. I am so happy to see these younger Republicans seizing control.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: kate318, 3/8/2013 8:42:36 AM     (No. 9214558)

The father just may have paved the way for his son to go all the way. Perhaps there was a method to his madness, after all. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: steph_gray, 3/8/2013 8:44:37 AM     (No. 9214566)

Yesterday someone on the forum, forget which thread, said that refusing to go to dinner with the Obammunist would have been "juvenile" and once invited, the senators had to go.

I strongly disagree and would have thought any ldotter would know better. This tinpot dictator is not a king. The invitation is not a royal decree. Accepting that invitation mutely implies acquiescence to his horrid Marxist policies and nobody with a single principle would have done so. No one who went is a real Republication. That´s my belief and I´m sticking to it.

Besides, I can´t see how anyone could eat in a room containing that evil presence and not need an immediate visit to a vomitorium.

Enough with the false pleasantries. This ain´t beanbag.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JAN, 3/8/2013 8:52:28 AM     (No. 9214586)

Proving that there are some on the left who also fear this president.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/8/2013 8:58:03 AM     (No. 9214607)

There is a new young guns in town - Paul, Cruz and the boys!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Felixcat, 3/8/2013 9:15:17 AM     (No. 9214655)

Agree # 15 - people, including LDotters and members of COngress need to stop treating Obama as some kind of King or Emperor - that´s the problem - no true loyal opposition. Well, up until now - Go Sen Paul.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: maryc, 3/8/2013 9:42:59 AM     (No. 9214736)

RP and TC have brought some happiness to those of us who are so disgusted with the apologist Republicans who fear the boot licking propaganda press. Patriotism is not dead.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: enuf8, 3/8/2013 9:54:58 AM     (No. 9214765)

It seems Graham was the one to suggest the obama dinner get-together. He most likely picked the individuals for obama to invite and one of the reasons Ayotte was included. She has been glued to the hips of both McCain and Graham since early 2012------IMO much to her detriment. Graham and McCain tried to diminish Sen. Cruz after the Hagel hearings berating him for asking questions of such a wonderful war hero and those two didn´t want him or his character slandered. These two idiots were wrong then and wrong again. The cannot stand fresh blood like Paul or Cruz getting attention as they are fading. For some reason they seem to think they are the leaders in the Republican party when all they do is to get their "gangs" of 8, 14 etc to try to control the moment. They will continue to do this----already seeing Graham at times slide and try to lean to the right when he is indeed a RINO of first class as is McCain.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: owl, 3/8/2013 10:00:58 AM     (No. 9214787)

Go to Am Spec and read yest. column about King Notme . Of his many maladies , one can´t stand criticism . He´ll unravel like a cheap suit . Keep it coming . Yes , McPain et al have proven that THEY are the worst obstruction we have in getting this contry back on track . Rino elitist´s will hopefully be an endangered species soon .

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Reply 22 - Posted by: OhMy, 3/8/2013 10:13:37 AM     (No. 9214820)

Everyone is thrilled to finally see some leadership against the Obama agenda. Ron Paul Sr was a good leader too but he refused to admit that America has enemies. Nobody "wants war" and if you want peace you need a strong military. His fatal flaw was in not seeing this. Rand Paul Jr looks like a real leader the first along with Ted Cruz to lay a glove on Obama!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lalo, 3/8/2013 10:16:44 AM     (No. 9214833)

I coudn´t care less of they went to dinner with the prez during the marathon.. What I care about is what they said about it. I´ve defended both of them here, but this was unforgivable. They´re toast! (and burnt with no jam)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: danvillebill, 3/8/2013 11:36:54 AM     (No. 9215043)

Would like to see Graham get primaried in 2014. Any serious possibilities in SC?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: chicodon, 3/8/2013 11:42:03 AM     (No. 9215058)

Now let´s move on to addressing violations of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th Amendments with drones flying willy-nilly around the country spying on American citizens looking for guns.

I think I know what they´re afraid of. There are many militias that have sprung up around the country. Not the survivalist type but those who will take orders from their states. Then we have groups like the Oath Keepers who really worry them.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Butch59, 3/8/2013 11:43:54 AM     (No. 9215061)

It is heartening and sprit lifting to see a few CONSERVATIVE Senators starting to rise to the top and be heard. And causing the establishment RINOs to respond. Maybe, just maybe, I will get to see the Congress return to what it once was, an organization dedicated to further the dreams and asperations of the founders. In the past, I had doubts about Rand Paul. Now, I will have to rething my position on him.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Cedar, 3/8/2013 11:44:39 AM     (No. 9215062)

McCain and Graham are stepping all over in their own crap today.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Edgelady, 3/8/2013 11:46:09 AM     (No. 9215066)

McCain lost the presidential election in 2008, and now he wants to see himself as a respected older statesman, one who can bring the two sides together.

Except he´s always been willing to give more than he takes in compromises -- Republicans always come out on the short end of things when McCain is involved.

He needs to step aside.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: berlin, 3/8/2013 11:58:26 AM     (No. 9215085)

Paul, Rubio, Cruz, McConnell don´t go wobbly as the great Iron Lady would say.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: dman, 3/8/2013 3:14:32 PM     (No. 9215416)

Isn´t that to point of the Constitution - to unite us? Learn the lesson: to unite the country, follow it as intended.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 3/8/2013 3:49:56 PM     (No. 9215454)

If they had/have a gripe with their COLLEAGUES, fellow Senators, then talk with them "in camera", behind closed doors.

If there´s anything i despise it´s petty sniping and carping in public... especially in this highly charged political environment.

cspan.org, video library to see the entire filibuster.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: nimby, 3/8/2013 3:51:40 PM     (No. 9215457)

Any one remember "Aqua Buddha" secret society stuff that the dRats used to discredit Rand Paul during elections?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: so_free_me, 3/8/2013 4:11:12 PM     (No. 9215486)

I let Kelly Ayotte know my displeasure. She was not the truest conservative in the NH primary, and I am hoping she isn´t devolving to her true self as a *moderate*. It certainly wouldn´t surprise me, but it will be a major disappointment.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: dittohead, 3/8/2013 5:31:55 PM     (No. 9215589)

I can´t believe I held my nose and voted for McCain - I will NEVER do that again!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/8/2013 6:30:32 PM     (No. 9215675)

Three cheers for Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and those with them... !!

How soon can we rid ourselves of McLameBrain and Grahamnesty... ?

Senile and Febrile.
Check into their primary situations.
Then... axe ´em... !!!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: judy, 3/8/2013 7:21:21 PM     (No. 9215736)

The sad part is Mc & Graham really think they are head of the main stream repub party...and the rest are wacko birds..

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Reply 37 - Posted by: kelty, 3/8/2013 8:13:49 PM     (No. 9215801)

Rand Paul´s filibuster is the first thing that´s given me hope in a very long time - like since 2008.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: plumnellie, 3/8/2013 8:16:14 PM     (No. 9215808)

Where are the anti Tea posters on the thread? Crickets.

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