Pat Buchanan on Rand Paul

Pat writes:

What Paul achieved in a half day of speaking from the Senate floor is astonishing. There is a new tent pole in the GOP that stands as tall as any of the rest.

McCain and Graham, who are routinely trotted out by Big Media to speak for the party — can they any longer claim to do so?

Last week, they seemed isolated. And, on the weekend, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy declared Paul’s performance “fantastic,” and backhanded the Republicans who attacked him.

Paul himself handled McCain’s insults well. “I treat Sen. McCain with respect,” he told Mike Huckabee. “I don’t think I always get the same in return.”

Henceforth, be the issue sending weapons to Syrian insurgents, or launching a war on Iran, the media will have to consult Sen. Paul, who can credibly claim to speak for a large segment of the GOP.

The hegemony of the neocons and the lockstep conformity of a vast a slice of the GOP that cost Reagan’s party its primacy during the Bush wars, seems to be coming to an end.

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  • Anonymous

    I know libertarians like to bash Rand for not being a purist, but the reality is that he is as good as it is going to get. His father did a great job promulgating a pure libertarian message as an outlier, but fringe politicians don’t make much headway in the long run. Rand seems to have figured that out and designed a political strategy that combines some core libertarian values with some shrewd if disconcerting compromises along the way. Like it or not, that’s as good as you will ever get in this idiots paradise.

  • kirk

    mccain and graham, the malevolent duo who like killing all, everywhere, are hopefully about to be relegated to the back row and ignored. let them stew in their arrogance and malevolence until the voters of their respective states wake up and can them.

  • Jimi

    From what I’ve seen, virtually everyone, except for McCain and his “boy Friday” (Senator Graham) supports Senator Rand Paul regarding this week’s filibuster, and NOBODY supports him. Senator Paul is a man of principle. Both McCain and Graham, like Schumer, are men of the TV camera. Senator Paul has actually started to shift the momentum to action, not the same old gridlock that him, Graham, and Schumer thrive from.

    McCain and Graham are reasons why we need term limits.

  • Metaldams1978

    For a while I was on the fence about Rand Paul, but this past week he is quickly winning me over. No, he’s not perfect, but he’s damn good and this filibuster was pretty inspiring. It’s about time somebody outside the Internet and Alex Jones questions NDAA and drone attacks on American citizens without due process.

    As much as I would like to live in a Rothbardian society, the reality is we are so far removed from this that we need to assimilate our ideas, and Rand Paul is a good next step after his Dad. I’ll be keeping a sharp eye on Rand, but in the meantime, this has been a good week.

    Always love reading Pat Buchanan as well. He’s a conservative I agree with maybe 75 percent of the time, but have 100 percent respect for.

  • Barry

    The problem is not his purity. It’s his character. I will forever be suspicious of him after his shameful flip flip on whether he would vote for the Civil Rights Act. He refused to explain the libertarian position when he had a national platform to do so. He repeatedly lied on TV, trying to wiggle out of what he said. It took a CNN journalist after one of the interviews with Rand Paul to explain the libertarian position — which he basically summarized as: The Constitution permits people to be jerks/racists — something Rand could’ve said and explained but chose not to.

    I don’t think I will ever trust him after that incident. He is doing good things at the moment, but it’s hard for me to get excited about someone whom I don’t really trust.

  • David

    I don’t think he flip flopped. He never said he wouldn’t vote for it, just that he would have raised questions about the consitutionality of one title (and his disagreement with it). Nor did he walk away from it, he just clarified and downplayed it. You may not like that, but dying on the hill of the Civil Rights Act of all things is pretty stupid. There are a lot more pressing issues that Rand can work on as long as he’s in the Senate

  • Art

    I wonder if Mr. Buchanan still believes that Lincoln was a great (eminent) man.