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The two gentlemen from Kentucky
Fortune, by Tony Newmyer

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/22/2014 10:27:24 AM

It´s easy to understand why Rand Paul, Kentucky´s junior senator, is his state´s breakout political star. On Wednesday afternoon, I was on hand to see the 51-year-old libertarian Republican at Berkeley -- hardly a right-wing redoubt -- bring a crowd of college students to their feet not once but twice with a speech assailing the federal surveillance regime. (Snip) On sizzle, Paul wins in a walk. But anybody interested in the outcome of the Republican identity crisis needs to get to know McConnell. The 72-year-old is a canny survivor who´s half-century in public life traces the arc of the modern

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MirJoy, 3/22/2014 10:47:36 AM     (No. 9779728)

Well, it´s easy to see who Fortune Magazine favors in the Kentucky Republican Primary, and it ain´t Matt Bevin.

FTA: McConnell is "...Obama´s chief antagonist today." Could have fooled me; I´d easier pick Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. When you see someone in the Administration begin to trash McConnell, then you might believe that myth.

Fortune wants, to use their words, the "Chamber of Commerce types" to remain in office, so they will promote amnesty for illegal aliens.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: pensom2, 3/22/2014 10:51:50 AM     (No. 9779732)

I believe "Fortune" is a Time-Warner publication, same control as Time mag.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 3/22/2014 11:21:08 AM     (No. 9779760)

Its amazing what you can do when your back is against the wall. To bad he was talking about defeating his Republican challenger instead of ObamaCare or Tax/Spend policies.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nimby, 3/22/2014 11:46:32 AM     (No. 9779789)

Puhleeze! There is no comparison between the two. An old guard versus the new. Time for McConnell to retire

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Reply 5 - Posted by: doublesharp, 3/22/2014 1:17:43 PM     (No. 9779918)

Rand Paul is going to be our next president. The momentum is starting to snowball and Paul has the brains/fire in his belly to seize the opportunity.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lalo, 3/22/2014 2:33:45 PM     (No. 9779977)

Rand/Rubio 2016. At least until I learn something contrary (and I hope typing that doesn´t jinx it!).

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/22/2014 2:57:22 PM     (No. 9779997)

That would work #16. The estethics alone of such a handsome ticket would blow Hillary/Biden/Warren away.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 3/22/2014 3:49:31 PM     (No. 9780036)

You can spot a ´hit piece´ by the adjectives laced throughout. The only place ´gentleman´ and Rand Paul might be linked is in the title. Perhaps that was to draw us in. Rand pulls ´stunts´ and is ´agitating´ while Mitch is ´canny´. This one paragraph FTA says it all to me:

"McConnell has declared war on the constellation of outside groups promoting Tea Party challengers to incumbents across the country. If he "crushes" them, as he´s pledged, and emerges victorious in November, he could well captain a Republican majority more recognizable to the Chamber of Commerce types who´ve lately felt like strangers in their own home. A loss, on the other hand, would extend the muddle of GOP infighting, with potentially disastrous consequences for the party heading into the 2016 presidential election."

First, it´s about the party, not the country. Second, it´s about the ´Chamber of Commerce´ types, and the GOP being their home - not ours. Third, it implies that the Tea Parties are merely puppets of a constellation of ´outside groups´, read: alien to the Republican cause.

This is Fortune Magazine, playing to its readership, of course. Most of us are not among them.

So be it.

My concerns about Rand are his ´gentlemanly´ attempts to work with the Establishment. Note the lack of reciprocation. Rand must choose which "masters" he will serve. Marco Rubio is learning the same lesson - the hard way.

Dance with them what ´brung ya´, gentlemen.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 3/22/2014 4:02:27 PM     (No. 9780048)

I do know how to spell esthetics. My fingers got careless, alas.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/22/2014 4:03:19 PM     (No. 9780050)

So do I, but you stole my excuse, you cad.

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