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Rand Paul speaking at LPAC 2011 in Reno, Nevada.
Watching Rand Paul flip-flop on what he supposes his policies to be isn't even the least bit surprising anymore. He wrote (or lifted, whatever) an op-ed chastising Obama for not doing enough to punish Russia and support Ukraine; David Corn notes that after Russia invaded Georgia, during the Bush administration, Rand used it to polish his isolationist credentials:
One of the big things [for] the neocons—the people in the Republican Party sort of on the other side from where I come from—is they want Georgia to be part of NATO. Well, Georgia sits right on the border of Russia. Do you think that might be provocative to put them in NATO? NATO's treaty actually says that if they're attacked, we will defend them. So, if the treaty means something, that means all of a sudden we're at war with Russia. If Georgia would had become, Bush wanted Georgia to become part of NATO, had they been part of NATO, we'd be at war with Russia right now. That's kinda a scary thing. We have to decide whether putting missiles in Poland is gonna provoke the Russians. Maybe not to war, but whether it's worth provoking them, or whether we have the money to do it.
Well yes, but that was then and this is now. Rand Paul once made headlines for a long not-filibuster deploring the use of drones on American soil, only to revise that position rather considerably after the donation checks had cleared. He may have inherited the tendency to spout crackpot things from his dad, and he certainly inherited the fan base, but his political views have proven very, very malleable. To be blunt, he plagiarizes them. He looks around at what the notions about each current issue the base finds appealing, starts saying those things, and if the base wants something else tomorrow you can be assured Rand Paul will sign his name to an op-ed saying that something else instead.

Grr. Yes, Rand Paul ticks me off. I admit it, and it's because Rand Paul's rise to prominence manages to touch on every one of the worst things in American politics. Blatant family "inheritance" of political careers? Check. Naked ambitions with no particular credentials or ideas to back them up? Check. A policy and value system that seems remarkably situational? Check. There's a world of seedy politicians out there, but Rand Paul is a one-man traveling snake oil dispensary.

Originally posted to Hunter on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM PDT.

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  •  AquaBuddha's snake oil (8+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:46:44 AM PDT

  •  he may win their primary (4+ / 0-)

    like his dad he says some smart things and some nasty stuff and some gibberish, but unlike his dad he panders and flip flops and so more who wants to support him can find a reason.  His hidden racist positions that his dad didn't hide so well, are covered by 'equal' rhetoric, so will appeal to racists who don't want to admit it (or don't know it).  

    Good news is he can't win a general.  Better news is he makes the neo-cons furious, they see his dad through his flip flops.  

    •  He'll win GOP nomination, maybe November. (2+ / 0-)
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      anna shane, Tommye

      This man is dangerous. His bullshitting skills are at the master level. He is well aware that all the most effective lies must contain a nugget of truth, so his fables are appealing to the uninformed masses, and resistant to simple fact-checking.

      He is a real threat.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 04:21:37 PM PDT

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      •  not for us (0+ / 0-)

        If you think he could skim off some liberal leaning libertarians and who are upset with the Democrats, there were his dad's supporters here in 08, you're probably right. But he'd lose more Republicans than he'd get Democrats.

        •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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          anna shane

          I know this will come off as "size-ist" and "voice-ist" and "snob-ist" and "IQ-ist" and "asshole-ist," but Rand Paul is a puny, whiny, spoiled, stupid jerk.
          Some of that he can't help, and some he could make a better effort to correct.
          He don't think he will ever be elected president.

          •  I hope you're right. But...Dubya. (0+ / 0-)

            I think you're underestimating Rand Paul, and overestimating the American electorate.

            puny, whiny, spoiled, stupid jerk. Some of that he can't help, and some he could make a better effort to correct.
            All the same is true of Dubya. He got elected once on his own, and the other time he got close enough to get the White House with an alley-oop from the Supreme Court.

            "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

            by HeyMikey on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 04:00:40 PM PDT

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  •  Libertarians seem to be notoriously flexible. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Seems he's gone and done it this time (7+ / 0-)

    Jennifer Rubin has a piece up on him today: Rand Paul under fire which begins with this:

    The only thing remarkable about Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s recent foray into foreign policy is how quickly he has managed to annoy Republicans. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) got the ball rolling by making clear he was the Reaganite on foreign policy and did not agree with Paul’s views. That opened the floodgates.
    and linked to this from (gag) RedState:Rand Paul's Crimera Flip Flops Disqualify Him From the Presidency  which I must admit is quite a good evisceration.  

    I think this whole Rand Paul think calls for a Dear Diary, Mr Bus style series ;-)

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:06:57 AM PDT

  •  Chip off the old block (0+ / 0-)

    I swear his daddy was a space alien, just visiting Earth.
    And the chip didn't fall far from the block.
    What amazes/disgusts me is that these whackos draw a crowd. And not a crowd of gawkers, I'm talking devoted fans.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 11:13:48 AM PDT

  •  Such a pitiable, (0+ / 0-)

    insubstantial, laughable dweeb.

    May The Force be with him as he diligently squirms, lies and crawls through the GOP sludge toward their 2016 nomination.

  •  Does Rand Paul stand for anything? (0+ / 0-)

    He seems to be all over the place.  He stands for everything and nothing.

  •  yeah... Let's Make Lots of Fun (2+ / 0-)
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    David54, dsb

    over Ayn Rand Paul... and just forget about the fact he did get elected senator...

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 05:52:53 PM PDT

  •  Seeing some cracks in the armor. (1+ / 0-)
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    My Ron Paul friend wasn't pleased with this.

    Seriously Rand? This is why so many libertarians absolutely hate you. You talk about liberty and yeah, you've done great things for the cause of liberty in the government sphere, but then you go and talk about sanctioning another country. That's not a liberty position. Far from it. And just like a typical American politician, you don't even have your facts close to straight. I understand that you are trying to be president and need to pander to the majority of American's instead of the libertarian minority in this country. However, you are not a liberty candidate if you are talking about economic sanctions, what your father rightfully calls an act of war, on another country dealing with regional conflicts. These positions that Rand pushes in this article are anything but liberty positions.

    Rand Paul is acting like there is a full scale military occupation in all of Ukraine. There are Russian troops in Crimea because 1. they have been there for over a decade 2. because the Crimean government (they have their own government with their own parliament) has asked them to be there 3. the Crimean government has voted to secede from Ukraine and 4. because extremist factions have taken control of mainland Ukraine and they want protection from a country they were historically part of for centuries. Get your facts straight before you push this war-hawk type stance.

    And I see what he is doing in this article. It's actually really really smart. You start out with a really war-like stance to gain the hawkish Republicans and then end with a more rational tone at the end so you can pander to people like me who don't like to see innocent people get killed because of problems psychopaths in governments have with each other. Genius politician double-speak. But at least in the end he says war is not an option. Rand is not his father and never will be so don't expect him to be. Know that the majority of the things he does really helps the cause of liberty. But Rand is, and always has been, far from the principled libertarian his father has always been. So don't expect that from him because you won't get it.

    I mean there is a lot more love than hate...But still...He aint even close to his old man. But at the same time, if people don't like how he does it, go do it yourself which is exactly what I'm doing. Rand does not represent libertarians around this country. Especially the ones in California.

    This is how the libertarian mind thinks.  And this guy, BTW, is now the campaign manager for a libertarian Republican running for Congress against Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA).
  •  In a perverse way, it makes Paul a more attractive (1+ / 0-)
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    candidate.

    There is a lot I find appealing in the Libertarian thought, but I more or less ignore it as the babbling of utopian propellorheads, a reflection of communism.

    Libertarians I have met are rigid rigid rigid rigid rigid, and such people are utterly incapable of governing groups much larger and more diverse than their own families.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:09:20 PM PDT

  •  I can't decide who outrages me the most (1+ / 0-)
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    dsb

    Rand Paul is not trying as hard as Daryl Issa. Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Rick Scott are definitely in the hunt. Chris Christie is moving up quick on the outside though.

  •  The Chewbacca Doctrine? (0+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:26:35 PM PDT

  •  Blatant family "inheritance" of political careers? (1+ / 0-)
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    The Walking Eye

    Check. Naked ambitions with no particular credentials or ideas to back them up? Check. A policy and value system that seems remarkably situational? Check. There's a world of seedy politicians out there, but Rand Paul is a one-man traveling snake oil dispensary."

    Sounds like a blonde former Secretary of State.

    •  That's an offensive comment, and if you're (0+ / 0-)

      an Elizabeth Warren fan, you're going to wind up hurting her efforts.
      Go to Red State for that crap.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:09:51 PM PDT

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      •  Sometimes the truth can hurt (0+ / 0-)

        I think HRC is a dedicated public servant and does generally act in the best interest of the country, but she does meet the political dynasty, weak legislative/policy history, and situational value system checklist the author stated.  I do not think the third thing is bad, btw, as we do not live in a black and white world.

        What does Warren have to do with this?

  •  Randroids (0+ / 0-)

    I used to reserve the label of Randroids exclusively for socially and politically retarded nits that sputter phrases from Ayn Rand books like Paul Ryan.

    wRong Paul is for his Dad.

    It was bad enough biting my tongue when college students would gush about Rand Paul, especially during his "filibuster".

    Paulbots?

    Oh well, been on a 'digital decompression' for a while, don't even have much Wreck List/WoW time in. Probably a good time to loosen up and swing Darwin's Hammer on some simpletons afflicted by the 'brain blight' from exposure to the TEA Party.

    Forget Occam's Razor, try hitting them with Darwin's Hammer!

    by Munynn on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:52:22 PM PDT

  •  "He looks around at what the notions (0+ / 0-)

    about each current issue the base finds appealing, starts saying those things, and if the base wants something else tomorrow you can be assured Rand Paul will sign his name to an op-ed saying that something else instead."

    Tomorrow?  I've seen him say completely contradictory things in the same speech.

  •  You are being unfair to oily snakes. (0+ / 0-)
    Rand Paul is a one-man traveling snake oil dispensary

    I ride the wild horse .

    by BelgianBastard on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 05:07:11 AM PDT

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