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(National Journal)   Someone finally asks the tough question: "Is America ready for President Rand Paul?"   (nationaljournal.com ) divider line
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2014-02-26 03:46:33 PM  
I think the tough part was asking that question with a straight face.
 
2014-02-26 03:53:25 PM  
I can't wait for the GOP primaries.    It's going to be like herding catsinsane chimpanzees.
 
2014-02-26 03:53:58 PM  
President Rand Paul? Great idea! And let's make Ten Nugent the Secretary of the Interior, and make Goldman Sacks the Secretary of the Treasury....
 
2014-02-26 03:54:14 PM  
Some equally poignant questions addressing issues with similar probabilty:

Is Catholicism ready for Pope Ron Jeremy?
Is Iran ready for Ayatollah Jackie Mason?
Is NASA ready for Astronaut Louie Anderson?
Is the NBA ready for all-star center Verne Troyer?
Is Rand Paul ready to face a real medical licensing board?
 
2014-02-26 03:54:43 PM  
No. I still have to stock up on tar & feathers.
 
2014-02-26 04:00:22 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:01:15 PM  
They couldn't manufacture enough Xanax to make America ready for that if given till the end of time.
 
2014-02-26 04:06:31 PM  
The answer could be "yes" if by "ready" the question meant "ready to prevent by all necessary legal means."
 
2014-02-26 04:08:06 PM  
No, stop asking.
 
2014-02-26 04:09:39 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:09:53 PM  
I can tell you weren't serious about this question because you barely spit it out before devolving into tears of laughter, subby.
 
2014-02-26 04:12:23 PM  
If I ever decide I want to see America crash and burn, I'd go work for Rand Paul for President.
 
2014-02-26 04:12:33 PM  
I thought "today's media scare story" was greenlit for earlier this hour.
 
2014-02-26 04:23:01 PM  
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
 
2014-02-26 04:31:20 PM  
Rand Paul would make a better President than Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, or Sarah Palin.

I don't know what that says about the GOP.
 
2014-02-26 04:31:35 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:35:57 PM  
I think we should try positing the potential of a President Rand Paul to a cat first and see if we get hair tonic as a result...
 
2014-02-26 04:36:16 PM  
There's lots of these around.

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2014-02-26 04:43:46 PM  
Randal Paul.
 
2014-02-26 04:44:01 PM  
He seems to be the best chance as a compromise candidate for the GOP to avoid fissioning at the nominating convention between the establishment and Tea Party wings. However, if he runs against Hillary in the 2016 general, she will hand him his ass on a platter with his severed head still planted firmly between its cheeks.

A better shot would seem to be a warm-up run in 2016, coming in second, taking the Veep slot as his price for preventing such a fission (rather than triggering it by a third party run), then be the GOP's Anointed for a 2020 attempt from the top of the ticket after Hillary has had four years to piss people off by twisting arms.
 
2014-02-26 04:46:30 PM  

EvilEgg: I can't wait for the GOP primaries.    It's going to be like herding catsinsane chimpanzees.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-26 04:47:36 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: There's lots of these around.

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Holy shiat... I think that picture actually completes my set of GOP CLOWNS!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!
 
2014-02-26 04:49:12 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Iran ready for Ayatollah Jackie Mason?


Brilliant!

/think I'll pop in my daughter's Ant and the Aardvark DVD today to hear John Byner do a great Jackie Mason impersonation
//hello *breakfast*...!
 
2014-02-26 04:49:55 PM  
No.

Next question?
 
2014-02-26 04:49:58 PM  
"Is America ready for President Rand Paul?"

~ Rand Paul
 
2014-02-26 04:51:02 PM  
I am seriously scared of this guy.

I have some social liberal friends who actually think he is really great (even though they actually don't know what Paul actually believes).

He also is good at saying crazy things that the tea party love and then a minute later sounding much more rational and even minded to a more general audience.

This guys beliefs are scary, but he is smart enough to know he can't get elected on them and knows he needs to pull the wool over the eyes of people and he is very good at that.


For example he is against legalizing pot and against gay marriage but I know lots of people who think he is for legalizing pot and for gay marriage.

What he does is he talks about things he wants to be perceived as being against in a negative light but then when dealing with other groups says he supports them.
 
2014-02-26 04:51:14 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:51:33 PM  
Mr. Coffee Nerves-
Some equally poignant questions addressing issues with similar probabilty:

Is Catholicism ready for Pope Ron Jeremy?
Is Iran ready for Ayatollah Jackie Mason?
Is NASA ready for Astronaut Louie Anderson?
Is the NBA ready for all-star center Verne Troyer?

Is Rand Paul ready to face a real medical licensing board?

Um, that was mean. I fell out of my chair and hit my head.
You are bad person and should be ashamed of yourself.
 
2014-02-26 04:51:49 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."


- Rand Paul
 
2014-02-26 04:53:19 PM  
As ready as I need to be.
 
2014-02-26 04:54:00 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:54:39 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:55:03 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:56:57 PM  
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2014-02-26 04:58:30 PM  
Well, we all too recently had a half-wit man child as president, so there is precedent.
 
2014-02-26 04:59:34 PM  

Corvus: I am seriously scared of this guy.

I have some social liberal friends who actually think he is really great (even though they actually don't know what Paul actually believes).

He also is good at saying crazy things that the tea party love and then a minute later sounding much more rational and even minded to a more general audience.

This guys beliefs are scary, but he is smart enough to know he can't get elected on them and knows he needs to pull the wool over the eyes of people and he is very good at that.


For example he is against legalizing pot and against gay marriage but I know lots of people who think he is for legalizing pot and for gay marriage.

What he does is he talks about things he wants to be perceived as being against in a negative light but then when dealing with other groups says he supports them.


Oh come on, don't get the tea partiers' hopes up.
 
2014-02-26 05:00:08 PM  
Oh, god, it'd be like Bush all over again.
 
2014-02-26 05:00:10 PM  
Sumbiatch has to win first!
 
2014-02-26 05:00:47 PM  

Custer: Sumbiatch has to win first!


Bush didn't.
 
2014-02-26 05:02:59 PM  

EvilEgg: I can't wait for the GOP primaries.    It's going to be like herding catsinsane chimpanzees.


I would have gone with rabid, but insane works too.
 
2014-02-26 05:04:07 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Corvus: I am seriously scared of this guy.

I have some social liberal friends who actually think he is really great (even though they actually don't know what Paul actually believes).

He also is good at saying crazy things that the tea party love and then a minute later sounding much more rational and even minded to a more general audience.

This guys beliefs are scary, but he is smart enough to know he can't get elected on them and knows he needs to pull the wool over the eyes of people and he is very good at that.


For example he is against legalizing pot and against gay marriage but I know lots of people who think he is for legalizing pot and for gay marriage.

What he does is he talks about things he wants to be perceived as being against in a negative light but then when dealing with other groups says he supports them.

Oh come on, don't get the tea partiers' hopes up.


Serious we need to take this guy serious. To low information voters who just read this news articles that label him "libertarian" all the time and say he is against all the government intrusion (which like the other things he complains about but doesn't really explain what he would change if anything) like this article did, don't know that he is a very social conservative. He hides that fact.
 
2014-02-26 05:04:15 PM  
Subby, I think you left out the last part of your headline:

"Because if you're not, he's going in dry!"
 
2014-02-26 05:04:29 PM  
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2014-02-26 05:05:34 PM  
Rand Paul DUFUS it has to be
 
2014-02-26 05:07:21 PM  

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"They're all going to laugh at you!"

- Carrie's Rand Paul's mother
 
2014-02-26 05:07:42 PM  
Life in a bubble can be pretty sweet.  Thanksgivings with the Pauls must be as fun as a truckload of Playboys dumped out of a truck onto a Kansas cornfield in March, 1974.  (this actually happened, btw, to members of my own family)
 
2014-02-26 05:08:34 PM  
why don't we let the free market decide in November 2016

(hint : no.. they aren't. thank christ)
 
2014-02-26 05:09:12 PM  

abb3w: He seems to be the best chance as a compromise candidate for the GOP to avoid fissioning at the nominating convention between the establishment and Tea Party wings. However, if he runs against Hillary in the 2016 general, she will hand him his ass on a platter with his severed head still planted firmly between its cheeks.

A better shot would seem to be a warm-up run in 2016, coming in second, taking the Veep slot as his price for preventing such a fission (rather than triggering it by a third party run), then be the GOP's Anointed for a 2020 attempt from the top of the ticket after Hillary has had four years to piss people off by twisting arms.


Does he even want to win?  There is a good living to be made on perpetual campaigning, but you gotta play it so you never ever become a serious contender.  Perpetual campaigning works best if your supporters are the kind of folk that no one else will pander to, the lunatic fringe that everyone else refuses to deal with.  If you aim for broader appeal that lunatic fringe walks away and you have to compete with every other candidate for the "normal" demographics.

His dad was in the business of running forever, but his dad was a representative, beholden only to his tiny group of kooky constituents.  SENATOR Rand Paul plays it different, and has to answer to an entire state because of it.  He might similarly decide to make a compromise that drives away a lot of the lunatic fringe but gives him one golden shot at the big chair.

If he does it though, he only gets one shot.
 
2014-02-26 05:11:32 PM  
I'm so glad we're starting the cycle of "GOP frontrunner!" so early. We'll get to embarrass and burn through at least thirty semi-viable candidates before the primary even starts. They'll be down to James O'Keefe and a stained cardboard cutout of Reagan. I'll put money on the cardboard Reagan to take it all.
 
2014-02-26 05:12:09 PM  
Depends.

Are we going to get:

Crazy fundie Rand Paul.
Civil Liberties are awesome Rand Paul, or:
I take Supply-side Jesus way too far to the point where I can't fund roads and schools Rand Paul

Because I'm a fan of 1 of those, can live with one of those given a D Senate, and the third one scares me.

And given that 2016 is NOT about the Presidency, but about the Supreme Court (and Heller/McDonald/ not letting Justice Stevens get anywhere NEAR a majority opinion if we can help it*), if Rand Paul was the R candidate for some odd reason, I'd need to see which one of those I thought he was, and then grin and bear it.

* I read one of his opinions where he basically argued: "If there's a Constitutional right, and someone was breaking the Constitution for the last while, then the right has been redefined by their breaking the Constitution, and so it's OK".  And that tripped so many of my OH SHIAT filters, it wasn't even funny.  Can't find it right now though.
 
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