Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) continues to posture in his attempt to raise the viability of his fruitless dreams of someday being President of the United States. His interview on “Fox News Sunday” this morning was all about drones, the sequester, immigration, and yes…the likelihood of a presidential run.
Chris Wallace briefly touched on how awesome Paul was when he “took on Democrats and Republicans” in his Tea Party response to the State of the Union address, but what Paul really wanted to talk about was drones, so they moved fairly quickly to that after Paul spent a few minutes babbling about other things.
He has strong feelings and drone attacks, and a few misconceptions, it seems.
I do not wish to give the impression that I have a love for drones, and most certainly I abhor the killing of innocent people, but don’t we have a little clause somewhere that says something about defending the Constitution of the United States against “enemies, foreign or domestic”? Ah yes…it’s in the oath that is taken by our soldiers, military officers, and elected federal officials. I just wanted to toss that out there. Therefore, strictly speaking, Paul is again talking out of his head in the same way that he was when he said that the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare didn’t “make it law.” Yes, it does. Rand Paul seems to just interpret things as he wishes in his own little world.
A discussion of President Obama’s agenda elicited a charming little chuckle from the senator. While the president says that he wants more spending in the form of an “investment” in education, infrastructure, and research, Paul believes that the president is “disingenuous.” According to Paul, President Obama’s only goal continues to be that of “squeezing money out of the rich” and that the president is “flat out wrong” in his budget claims.
Wallace pointed out that President Obama seems to be defending the middles class as the GOP remains focused on protecting tax breaks for the wealthy. Paul’s response was that the president is all about “empty and false rhetoric” and that “big government doesn’t protect the poor.” (when will someone let us know what/who DOES protect the poor?)
Paul had some good examples to use as solid evidence of the president’s schemes to separate us all from our money. The senator said that when gas prices go up from $3.20 to $3.80 per gallon, that “President Obama is doing that with big money and his debt.” (HIS debt???) Mr. Paul kept that lunacy moving forward and said that when senior citizens’ savings are sapped and there is no cost of living increase (whoa…is he suggesting that we give Social Security recipients an increase?), the president is “doing that, too”! In Rand Paul’s mind, the president’s massive debt is the cause of all price increases on…well…everything. (Live Transcript: Fox News Sunday)
But let’s talk about immigration. Mr. Paul actually has a plan that will be an “amendment or substitute for their [Rubio, McCain, et al] bill.” He is referring, of course, to the extensive reform bill that was produced by a group of bipartisan senators led by John McCain (R-AZ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in January.
Paul supports bipartisan reform…as long as it’s his idea.
“I do support immigration reform,” he said, and explained that his support is dependent on “one condition,” which is that there be a yearly report that shows that the border is secured. “Conservatives like myself have been for step-wise immigration reform if the border is secure,” he said, but that a “promise form President Obama” won’t cut it because it would be an “empty promise.” (Live Transcript: Fox News Sunday)
He hit us with a whammy: the astonishing opinion that the president is “really not serious” about immigration and “doesn’t really ever want to pass” immigration reform because if passed, the president would no longer be able to blame the GOP for the lack of immigration reform.
The interview ended with Wallace asking young Paul about his presidential aspirations, which we first became aware of during the Benghazi hearings via Paul’s embarrassing (for him) confrontation with 30-year political veteran and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
And ah…the 2016 presidential election. He offered the usual pat answer, but it was served with his charming little chuckle (again). “We won’t make a decision until 2014.”
Wallace was curious as to whether a presidential run for young Mr. Paul would be to “make a point as your father did in his presidential runs” or to actually try to win the election. The senator quickly replied that he absolutely would not run unless it was to win.
Paul believes that Republicans are “ready for the Libertarian Republican narrative” because the GOP has been losing as a national party. He pointed out that they have lost the West Coast, New England, and the Great Lake areas. Well, there is always the South. I guess the GOP isn’t content with having only the South on their side, eh? Paul went on to say that people want a party that’s a little less aggressive on foreign policy, and that young people want politicians who won’t “put them in jajl for 20 years for a non-violent drug possession charge”. Well, that’s something on which to base a political platform, I guess. Most of all, however, Paul believes that U.S. citizens want a “new face on immigration.” (Live Transcript: Fox News Sunday)
I knew that young Senator Paul is a doctor, but I found out this morning that he is an Ophthalmologist. How is it that I did not know that? Well, anyhow, I’m glad he has a solid Plan B. I’m pretty sure he’s going to need it.
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