Saturday, March 09, 2013

The Paul Movement

Our boy Brian Do'herty is off his meds:
"This was a very big deal. In 36 hours, the Republican Party has completely changed," said Brian Doherty, a senior editor at Reason [sic] magazine who has been covering the Paul movement for two decades.
"You literally saw the shift happen over the course of the day," Doherty said. "It started with Rand Paul, and then it was just [Sens.] Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. And then you had people like Marco Rubio and Saxby Chambliss joining in. And by the end of it, [Republican Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell was on the floor saying he was going to block [CIA Director John] Brennan's confirmation, and [RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus was tweeting that Senators should go join Rand Paul."
And then, by the end of that, Brennan was confirmed. 

Yes, before Rand Paul blathered, Republican politicians never sought to take advantage of free publicity or to obstruct a Democratic president's agenda.  It's Year One ... in spades!

One paragraph later, and Brian is already hedging his bets:
"Who knows, maybe in two years, the filibuster won't seem like a big deal," he added. "But today, it feels like everything has changed. Today, it feels like the Republican Party is different." 
Feelings, whoa, whoa, whoa.... feelings.

Brian, you should know better.  When you see a Paul movement, you don't cover it.  You just flush.


Montag said...

Yeah, this "everything's suddenly changed" routine is getting kinda old.

They're still doing everything possible to block any and all of Obama's nominees--that's what the Brennan filibuster was about, not drones.

Brennan's unquestionably a net negative on a whole range of policy matters, but, the important thing to remember is that it's not about him--the Repugs thought he was a golden boy when Bush was in charge--but, rather, it's about obstructing all things Obama.

So, sorry, Brian, nothing has changed. The Repug strategy remains identical to what it's been since the day after the election in 2008.

Hackwhackers said...

Ayn Rand Paul's loopy rant had more to do with firing up his "black helicopter" secessionist/militia fan base than any real "concern" about civil liberties...liberties, by the way, that he would have denied African-Americans decades ago had he been there.

Substance McGravitas said...

Yeah, this "everything's suddenly changed" routine is getting kinda old.

I had an excellent muffin this morning. Everything's suddenly changed!

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Anonymous said...

"When you see a Paul movement, you don't cover it. You just flush."

Rand Paul's toilets don't flush. His low-flow "soshilust" toilets can't handle his massive dumps!

Rand went out of his way to explain his toilet problems to the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Dept. of Energy asking her that, while he has been forbidden his choice in toilets, why should the slutty-slut-sluts have any choice in abortion.