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So, These Two Republican Senators Walk Into An Elevator. . . #StandWithRand

Posted on | March 8, 2013 | 27 Comments

by Smitty


I should probably take a moment to define “choadtzpah”:

Noun: whereas traditional chutzpah has a broad, general meaning of “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible ‘guts,’ presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to,” let’s narrow choadtzpah to capture the exquisitely “dick move” of rejecting transformational brilliance in the name of preserving a dying status quo.

For example, going out to dinner with the kind of President who is nothing if not a Constitutional wrecking ball, while a sincere, younger member of your party is laying it down, full-tilt boogie, on the Senate floor, defending that same Constitution “like a BOSS,” and then coming in the next day, trashing the brash young member of the party in some fit of geriatric pique.

Don’t know what rationale McCain and Graham have for their stunt, but I hope the blowback is instructive, and I hope that South Carolina rises up next spring and reveals Graham’s re-election war chest to be filled with so much potpourri. There needs to be some fear of the voters put into these Ruling Class Overlords, of both parties, insofar as the Progressive clowns on either side of the ‘aisle’ can be pried apart with less than a crowbar.

via Daily Caller


27 Responses to “So, These Two Republican Senators Walk Into An Elevator. . . #StandWithRand”

  1. Plastigirl777
    March 8th, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: So, These Two Republican Senators Walk Into An Elevator. . . #StandWithRand #TCOT #TGDN

  2. Kerry Dar-Du
    March 8th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Kerry Dar-Du liked this on Facebook.

  3. Dave Riddle
    March 8th, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Dave Riddle liked this on Facebook.

  4. CowboyLogic
    March 8th, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Juan McLame is once again showing his true colors. He evidently never heard of Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment. He never was Presidential material, and only ran because it “was his turn”. Truly pathetic. A bitter old man.

  5. Laree Lee
    March 8th, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Laree Lee liked this on Facebook.

  6. Scribe of Slog (McGehee)
    March 8th, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    Sen. Queeg should have taken the hint after his campaign bus in 2008 could only get up to 40 mph with its left turn signal blinking.

  7. rosalie
    March 8th, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Jealousy is a terrible emotion that makes people do and say stupid things. McCain is not on our side. He should just make it official by changing parties. Graham should follow suit.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 8th, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    To the old angry clown: The comedy is over!

  9. Adjoran
    March 8th, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    “Stunt”? Rand Paul was the one pulling the grandstanding stunt, wasn’t he? After all, he was filibustering over a point of settled law – sure, Holder is too incompetent to know it, but that is hardly news, is it? – according to John Yoo, who should know since he wrote the AG opinion in the Bush Administration affirming it to appease the Democrats. And he was filibustering the DCI nomination, when the CIA has no armed drones, which are all controlled by the military.

    Sounds like the textbook definition of a “stunt” to me: “any remarkable feat performed chiefly to attract attention” . . .

    And just for icing on the cake comes the requisite demand that Graham be defeated and/or “primaried.” As I’ve said for at least ten years, this betrays the ignorance of outsiders who can’t be bothered to familiarize themselves with South Carolina politics. You all expect some young and promising Republican to sacrifice his career for nothing, just to satisfy your own resentments.

    The last elected United States Senator from South Carolina to be denied renomination was Ellison D. Smith. The year was 1944. Graham has several million in the bank and can raise more as needed. You have no money and no candidate. Do the math.

  10. Gop666Gambit
    March 8th, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: So, These Two Republican Senators Walk Into An Elevator. . . #StandWithRand #TCOT #TGDN

  11. smitty
    March 8th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    I’ll have to defer to the Court of Public Opinion. #StandWithRand seems to indicate that, if the continued assault on the Bill of Rights is “settled law,” the voters seem to be enjoying the situation in equal measure to ObamaCare. Oh, that’s right: “Shut up,” explained the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS.

    And, no, I haven’t figured out all of the nuances of SC electoral politics. I’m still struggling to gain competence with Virginia’s explosion of overlapping regions.

    You all expect some young and promising Republican to sacrifice his career for nothing, just to satisfy your own resentments.

    What I expect is that everyone get involved to the maximal comfortable degree, and set about restoring some sense of representative democracy to this country, rather that just blindly returning the same parade of clowns to DC Every. Single. Godforsaken. Election.

    Then again, if you’re pleased to have GOP Senators hob-nobbing with the likes of #OccupyResoluteDesk, then cheerfully tossing one of their own under the bus, go ahead and cheer Senators SnoreMan & Bobbin.

  12. Quartermaster
    March 8th, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    It’s still early. We’ll have to see what happens in SC. I will say, however, that SC has pretty much become an establishment refuge. Wade Hampton and the Red Shirts would run the little girl out into the Atlantic just to see how well he can swim.

    OTOH, the Little girl may find himself marginalized even more than now after the next election. The math often doesn’t much matter. It certainly didn’t for Mittens.

  13. Adjoran
    March 8th, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Ah, so you gauge validity by what is “trending on Twitter” now? Is John Yoo lying or not? It’s that simple. Because if Yoo is truthful – and it seems anyone with the desire could prove he isn’t if that is the case, especially if they were a Senator – then Paul is grandstanding.

    But Barnum had “the court of public opinion” with him, too, as they lined up to see his “mermaid.”

    I would appreciate it if you did not put words into my mouth just because you have no answers.

  14. DaveO
    March 8th, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    The point that Senator Paul won is not settled law. The point: ‘Americans have the right to know when their government will put them to death’ is, under the Affordable Care Act, not subject to law, but to the whim of a committee.

    There is also confusion inside DC when it comes to driving philosophy. One philosophy is ‘war = war’ and the other is ‘war = law enforcement.’ AG Holder apprenticed under former AG Janet Reno, who actively practiced war=law enforcement. The problem: war is not law enforcement, law enforcement is law enforcement. One can not weaponize a drone that is intended for non-lethal, law enforcement purposes. AG Holder, and DNI Brennan could not answer that directly – because the question of executing Americans without due process is not settled law.

    Another example of the confusion is the POTUS interview about the Ghailani trial. Obama announced that regardless of the verdict – EVEN IF ACQUITTED – Ghailani would spent the rest of his life in jail.

    If the POTUS and his people are blurring the lines between the lawful taking of life (war) and the lawful control of society (law enforcement) and refuse to answer when government may arbitrarily take the life of a citizen – who has no recourse, even when not on the battlefield, then there is no protection against a murderous government.

    McCain was at the supper with Obama and Graham to strike a deal. McCain’s past has been to side with Democrats against Republicans whenever possible – McCain has never missed a chance to exact revenge against his allies. The question is which deal and what is in it for McCaiin. McCain never, ever acts altruistically. Never, ever.

  15. Bob Belvedere
    March 8th, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    CORRECTION: Should read ‘Graham should follow dress’.

  16. Quartermaster
    March 8th, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Yes. Because McCain has become a Quisling. He needs to go home for a nice long rest. And stay there.

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  18. smitty
    March 8th, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    I’m not sure why you want me to accuse John Yoo of anything.
    Also unclear: why Paul’s concern, as raised concerning Eric Holder’s testimony, and answered by memo from the Administration, which Paul has accepted, does not form a circuit. Yoo’s opinion, while interesting, seems peripheral.

  19. Beeblebrocs
    March 8th, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    All I can say is “whew”. For a second there I thought it was McCain who was grandstanding.

    Thanks for letting us know it was actually the guy mentioning the Constitution for the first time in a long time on the floor of the Senate.

  20. William T Quick
    March 8th, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    No Senator has been denied renomination in Indiana since the early 20th century. Senator Richard “Dick” Lugar has several million in the bank, and can raise more as needed (2012). You expect some young and promising Republican to sacrifice his career for nothing, just to satisfy your own resentments.

    Huff. Puff. Pant.

  21. Wombat_socho
    March 8th, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    Allahpundit parachute account detected. 😉

  22. Adjoran
    March 9th, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    Sorry, but Paul wasn’t filibustering ObamaCare, he was questioning whether the President has the authority to kill American citizens who are not an imminent threat on American soil. That is settled law.

  23. Adjoran
    March 9th, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    Yoo’s written AG opinion is on point. That you, Holder, and Paul are ignorant of it is quite germane.

  24. Adjoran
    March 9th, 2013 @ 1:43 am

    SC hasn’t “become” anything. Incumbents have a strong history here, especially in the US Senate.

    If Graham wasn’t in trouble after the whole “Gang of 14” fiasco, he has little to fear now. The state reelected Fritz Hollings time and time again when he was voting against our principles every day in the Senate. Tommy Hartnett is the only one who even came close.

  25. Adjoran
    March 9th, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    Put your money where your big mouth is, then?

  26. SDN
    March 9th, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Adjoran’s been this way for over a year. He was one of the people who kept telling us how Mitt was so much better than those icky teabagger types without realizing how the Democrats were only too happy to run against the RINOiest RINO of them all.

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