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… Spot On , Senator Paul …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 7th,2013

.. I watched a clip of Senator Rand Paul [R-Ky] on Meet the DePressed , with one of NBC ‘ s non – resident twits trying to question

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

him .

.. I am amazed when these idiots try to even think of trying to hold an intellectual candle to people like Sen. Paul . For God ‘ s Sake , he is a medical doctor , and an opthamologist at that . Then these fools think that they can question him ???

video link to the clip [here]

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… the Kentuckian will be the Adults in the Room [Both of Them] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 7th,2013

.. I am referring to , of course , are U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul , from Kentucky . It will not just be one of them . It will be both of them , working together .

.. Paul is a leader of the Tea Party wing of the GOP . McConnell is , of course , the Minority Leader of the United States Senate . If

English: Official photo cropped of United Stat...

English: Official photo cropped of United States Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

McConnell ever again wants to be the Majority Leader , it is in his interest to work with Paul and get the support of the mass of the conservatives in a budget negotiation . Paul is a natural bridge to the House conservatives , many of whom , like him , owe their support , and possibly their elections , to the support of the Tea Party . McConnell knows both Biden and Obama . Once negotiations are able to begin , it is likely to happen through Biden and McConnell . But passage is another thing entirely .

.. Rand Paul may well want to be President of the United States . He has a very effective base of support within the GOP , but he knows that to have an effective chance at winning the election , he needs the support , or , at least , the acquiecence of the Republican estabilishment . The Establishment may not be wild about Rand Paul , but they are not stupid . The Establishment may not be able to stop Paul (who is an ppthamologist) from becoming the nominee , but they might be able to from becoming POTUS , especially if they stay home .

.. the Republican Establishment is moderate turf . They carry critical party support (also $$) in the suburbs and other GOP – leaning areas . The GOP has the South , Texas , and the Great Plains locked up . Oregon is in play . So are many other states , such as Michigan , Pennsylvania , Wisconsin , and Ohio . To carry those , Paul will need the help of the Establishment to win a General Election . Making a critical budget deal , and , nominally , helping the GOP work to win the political battle with an unpopular POTUS will not be easy . The chits that he can earn , as well as the gravitas he will gain from the effort , will be of enormous help .

Official portrait of United States Senator (R-KY).

Official portrait of United States Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. Rand Paul is a choir boy . Literally . It is very highly unlikely that there are “skeletons” in his closet . So , he has a leg up on many of his potential rivals . He does not carry his father ‘  s  space cadet reputation and the accompanying political baggage . If he proves to be an effective candidate , and can , with his father ‘ s (dr Ron Paul’s) help , carry along his father ‘ s base of support , he can win the GOP nomination , and , after that , the Presidential election .

.. First things first . the GOP cannot realistically eliminate ObamaCrapCare . Not now . The way things are starting out , O.C.C. is off to a horrible start . It may well collapse of its own weight . Delaying the individual mandate is probably the best that be achieved , right now . If the GOP makes significant gains , and regains the Senate majority , there will be hell to pay for the left . POTUS will be effectively neuteured . But , first things first . winning the political battle …

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… Senator Rand Paul [R-Ky] to SecState JohnBoy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 3rd,2013

.. U.S. Senator Rand Paul [R-Ky] sharply criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his statement that President Obama had the constitutional authority to order military intervention in Syria, telling him that if the U.S. Congress voted down authorization but Obama acted anyway, he would be “making a joke of us” and this would be mere “constitutional theater.” [link]

PAUL: Make me proud today, Secretary Kerry. Stand up for us and say you’re going to obey the Constitution, and if we vote you down, which is unlikely by the way, but if we do, you would go with what the people say through their Congress and you wouldn’t go forward with a war that your Congress votes against. Can you give me a better answer, Secretary Kerry?

KERRY: I can’t give you a different answer than the one I gave you. I don’t know what the president’s decision is, but I will tell you this. It ought to make you proud because he still has the constitutional authority, and he would be in keeping with the Constitution.

PAUL: Well, I disagree with you there. I don’t believe he has the constitutional authority. I think Congress has this. Madison was very explicit. When he wrote the Federalist Papers, he wrote that history supposes, or the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch most likely to go to war and therefore the Constitution vested that power in the Congress. It’s explicit and runs throughout all of Madison’s writings. This power is a Congressional power and is not an Executive power. They didn’t say big war, small war. They didn’t say boots on the ground, not boots on the ground. They said declare war. Ask the people on the ships launching the missiles whether they’re involved with war or not. If we do not say the Constitution applies, if we do not say explicitly that we will abide by this vote, you’re making a joke of us. You’re making us into theater, and so we play constitutional theater for the president. If this is real, you will abide by the verdict of Congress. You’re probably going to win. Just got ahead and say it’s real and let’s have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate that in the end you lose and say, ‘Oh well, we had the authority anyway, we’re going to go ahead and go to war anyway.’

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