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Rand Paul Plays Game of Thrones

Rand Paul thinks the TEA Party will rally around Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said yesterday that he believes members of the tea party movement who backed Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary will quickly coalesce behind Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

And he said he plans to do everything McConnell asks of him to make sure that happens.

Mitch McConnell has been instrumental in preventing the conservative, constitutionalist, libertarian bloc in the Senate from pursuing an agenda supported by the majority of the Republican Grassroots. Why then has Rand Paul been such a loyal friend and advocate to McConnell? Is McConnell pulling Rand Pauls’ strings or has Senator Paul figured out a way to gain more control over the establishment? I have many libertarian friends who are horrified by Rand Paul’s close ties to McConnell and are desperately hoping someone like Thomas Massie or Justin Amash runs in 2016.

Let’s look at this more optimistically. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Sarah Palin and Ben Carson, have all positioned themselves as enemies of the establishment. This is, after all, why we love them. Rand Paul however may be keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. It’s impossible to tell. Again, the most important rule for judging our representatives is to ignore everything they say and pay very close attention to everything the do.

So far. in 2014, Rand Paul has voted against every bad bill that has made its way to the Senate floor. He voted against cloture for S2224, Minimum Wage Fairness Act. He voted against cloture on The Paycheck Fairness Act. He voted against HR 4302, His voting record seems stellar. Clearly, the Republicans cannot effectively deal with President Obama, so long as President Obama is being effectively protected by the Senate. This puts TEA Party activists in a bit of a pickle. I cannot imagine voting for McConnell. He seems no better than a Democrat to me. I cannot imagine voting for Mr. Gillespie in November either, if Shak Hill cannot defeat him first. Will enough TEA Party activists vote for these Corporatist non-Constitutional Republicans for the GOP to retake the Senate?

What’s worse? Empowering the Republican Establishment or Empowering the Democrat Establishment?

And what is Rand Paul up to? Does he have inroads with the Republican Establishment that we, the TEA Party, are ignorant of; or is he playing a game more complicated than that? Is this simply Presidential politics, endearing him to the Establishment so that come 2016, he’ll begin as the front runner?

We’ll have to pay closer attention as we get closer to 2016. Presidential politics is a brutal game; where a candidates presidential hopes depend upon the ignorant mobs’ uninformed opinion. Often it seems that a candidate’s success or failure depends on how many “groups” support them, how the media reacts to them, and how the social narrative is written. I wonder, if Rand Paul isn’t maneuvering brilliantly, or has he sold out for his own political gain? Only time will tell.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

3 Responses to “Rand Paul Plays Game of Thrones”

  1. Robert Shannon says:

    Not until we separate ourselves from the fools within the Patriot movement will we make any tangible progress towards our goals.
    Rand Paul is running for President, he makes it clear that he values the establishment backing by supporting men like McConnell, who are poison to any remedy the TEA Party seeks.

    I watch in absolute disgust the establishment embrace us every election cycle, solely for the volunteer army we can raise for their campaigns, only to be left at the altar when they no longer have any use for us. When will these fools learn this irrefutable fact ? Any potential candidate that backs someone like McConnell, regardless of their stated reasons has sold out.

    Winning—–don’t confuse it with making progress. For the thousandth time, republicans have won a lot of elections the last 30 years, at every level, and just what do we have to show for it ? Nothing. When you hear the words ….”but we must compromise” remind yourselves just what that word has come to mean.

    Compromise…in legislative speak today means
    BIGGER GOV’T–MORE SPENDING–LESS LIBERTY.
    Bob Shannon

    • Steven Brodie Tucker
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      Well, that’s the thing Bob, he hasn’t compromised on any votes. I don’t care what politicians say, I care what they do. Rand Pauls voting record is stellar. So what “is real”? His voting record or his “support” for McConnell? I’m concerned, but it’s his actions that matter, not the game. There is a contradiction here and contradictions are big red flags.

  2. Alexis Rose Bank says:

    “What’s worse? Empowering the Republican Establishment or Empowering the Democrat Establishment?”

    What’s worst is that there doesn’t appear to be a difference – two wings of the same bird of prey, as they say.

    Having watched this particular relationship for quite some time, I dare say Paul has turned McConnell into his inside man in the establishment. Since there’s really very little McConnell can do in the Senate as long as the Senate protects Obama (and even less than usual with the “nuclear option” having been used), it isn’t necessarily strategically helpful for McConnell to have a public conversion – if that conversion has occurred in private, which I believe is a distinct possibility, that’s good enough for government work, as they say.

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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