By David Beilstein
March 8, 20013
Nearly 24 hours after Rand Paul’s filibustering defense of constitutionalism, the old guard of the Republican Party kvetched. Senator’s Lindsey Graham and John McCain took to the senate chamber in anger, and denounced Mr Paul’s statements.
According to Stephen Dinan, of the Washington Times,
“The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about,” said Mr. McCain, Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2008 — who topped Mr. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul, in that year’s primary.
And where Democrats praised Mr. Paul for using Senate rules properly to launch a filibuster, Mr. McCain said it was an abuse of rules that could hurt the GOP in the long run.
“What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused,” the Arizona Republican said.
Mr. Paul said he was filibustering to get the administration to affirm it won’t kill non-combatant Americans in the U.S. — and his effort was joined by more than a dozen other senators who said they, too, supported his effort to get answers.
Mr. Graham said asking whether the president has the power to kill Americans here at home is a ludicrous question.
“I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Mr. Graham said.
Mr. Graham and Mr. McCain led a Republican delegation that held a private dinner with President Obama on Wednesday, as Mr. Paul was holding the floor with help from other GOP colleagues.
Who needs to listen to senator’s McCain and Lindsey Graham?
Both senators make up the old guard of Republican Party leadership. One ineffective and worse, timorous. The same old guard GOP leadership, mind you, that continues to grow federal government, and subsequently has been impotent in the mission to roll back the Federal government’s intrusive character.
Consequently, the lack of opposition to Barack Obama’s policies has been spearheaded by folks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Added to this, Sen. McCain did one better: losing to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
In actuality, Rand Paul’s statements during a 13 hour long filibuster yesterday was the kind of philosophical defense of constitutionalism Republicans used to make in their heyday—as in, when Ronald Reagan sat in the Oval Office more than 25 years ago.
Constitutionalism demands more GOP senators like Rand Paul.
And far less ones like U.S. Senator’s Lindsey Graham and John McCain.