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Rand Paul, International Man of Principle and Integritude

[ 36 ] February 14, 2017 |
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Photo via Christian Post. http://www.christianpost.com/news/hundreds-of-iowa-pastors-pray-for-born-again-christian-presidential-hopefuls-ted-cruz-rand-paul-100594/

Where can we find a political figure as ridiculous as Paul Ryan, who actually conned some people on the left? I KNOW:

Flynn resigned Monday evening amid revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had in December with Russia’s ambassador to the US about sanctions placed on Russia. Pence had defended Flynn on television and denied he discussed sanctions after initial reports of the conversations.

And while several other Republican senators have called for investigation of the incident, Paul said it would not make sense to have more investigations, especially of fellow Republicans.

I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”

“Performing our oversight role against other Republicans would detract from our effort to take health care from 30 million people because freedom.” Besides, it’s not like this is something serious, like Hillary Clinton’s yoga schedule.

Still, because of his courageous stand against hypothetical drone attacks on white American gun owners, Rand Paul is truly a great and independent civil libertarian.

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  1. efgoldman says:

    How many International Man of Principle and Integritude are you giving out?
    You’re going to have to retire the trophy.

  2. bizarroMike says:

    Scott, you have to admit that if the voters wanted oversight and good government, they wouldn’t have elected a Republican president and congress.

    Something, something, frog … scorpion … it is my nature.

  3. McAllen says:

    Gotta save time to investigate all those Democratic racists who are trying to keep DeVos from going to school!

  4. brewmn says:

    Do these people even stop to realize how ridiculous they sound? “We can tolerate any level of criminality, corruption and rank incompetence in government, as long as we’re in charge?”

    And how can the media even treat these people seriously?

    Of course, NPR has been flogging the party line that the Flynn firing is all due to a breach of trust rather than quasi (at best) criminal behavior, so treat them seriously I guess the media will.

  5. Hells Littlest Angel says:

    What’s the use of investigating any sort of possible crime? I mean, you can’t get someone un-murdered. Time to move on. It’s always time to move on.

  6. Steve LaBonne says:

    Rand is kind of a walking IQ test for brogressives. The more positive their view of him is, the more surely you know they’re idiots.

  7. kvs says:

    Rand forgot the memo about saying the quiet part loud.

    • Joe_JP says:

      Yes. Maybe, Graham and McCain can school him on how to appear like “mavericks” while still being Republican tools. You need a certain veneer here, Rand. You are ruining it for the rest of us.

    • CP says:

      Living in the echo chamber means they’re increasingly unable to tell the quiet from the loud parts. They no longer have any idea what the things are that are acceptable and uncontroversial to say in public, and what the things are that are only okay to say behind closed doors.

      • They no longer have any idea what the things are that are acceptable and uncontroversial to say in public, and what the things are that are only okay to say behind closed doors.

        Does anyone? I mean, I’d love to live in a world where saying what Paul said was actually unacceptable and controversial, but I don’t think I do. Neither this nor any other expression of Republican hypocrisy and naked lust for power is ever actually going to have negative consequences for them, so why shouldn’t they say the quiet parts out loud?

  8. gyrfalcon says:

    Y’know, if we took the first part of Mr. Paul’s statement at face value, it could be considered a call to divest Congress of investigative powers entirely and place them in a different, nonpartisan body. There’s no actual place to [u]put[/u] said body, since the Executive branch is arguably even more partisan than Congress and the Judicial branch really shouldn’t be adding investigation powers to its existing ones. Fortunately, since there’s no chance in h**l that Congress would actually let an outside body investigate it, it’s a moot question.

  9. Murc says:

    You know, Nixon’s shade must be FURIOUS. He must be looking up from whatever cold hell he ended up in, shaking his fist and going “God damn it, you cocksuckers, where was this sort of blind, tribal Republican loyalty forty years ago? I’d have served my full second term!”

    • CP says:

      To a significant degree, the movement conservative project has been to remodel the entire party, and to quite an extent, the political scene, to the point where another Richard Nixon could sit in the White House, commit all the crimes he committed and then some, and rest assured that he could do so with complete impunity.

      • JMP says:

        It also helped to tarnish the impeachment process by using a blowjob as a flimsy excuse for a purely political impeachment of a President simply because he’s of the other party. That way, the next guy could come in and shred the constitution by ordering people imprisoned for life without trial, warrantless wiretapping, and fucking torture, and impeachment would still be considered unthinkable.

      • efgoldman says:

        another Richard Nixon could sit in the White House, commit all the crimes he committed and then some, and rest assured that he could do so with complete impunity.

        But they anticipated 1) A president with at least half a brain; 2) A grasping, venal congress, but not one completely blinded by extremist ideology.

    • Scott Lemieux says:

      Indeed.

  10. DrDick says:

    Integrity and conservatism cannot coexist.

  11. Eric S. says:

    A part of me, a very small part, wants to say something about refreshing honesty, but I’m too busy choking on the hypocrisy.

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