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March 07, 2013 5:20 PM RINO Hawks

By Ed Kilgore

In a final note today on the ironies of the Paul filibuster, you have to figure Sen. John McCain’s head is spinning at the treatment he’s getting from the Right over his criticism of the Kentuckian’s complaints about the drone program. I mean, seriously, when the man ran for president in 2008, it was his relentless hawkishness that was his one piece of serious coin with otherwise skeptical “movement conservatives,” while his opposition to the torture policies of the Bush administration was a real political problem for him.

Now he’s just a damn RINO all around. Check out this comment from Erick Erickson:

Rand Paul has done a brilliant thing filibustering the President’s appointment to the CIA.
By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Rand Paul forced ABC, CBS, and NBC — chief sources of news for low information voters — to cover the issue.
Along the way, Rand Paul had help giving him time to rest his voice. Ted Cruz came down a few hours in to give Paul a break. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran came in. Cruz read tweets in support of Paul.
Mark Kirk, who returned to the Senate a short while back after a very bad stroke, came in to support Rand Paul.
Even Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon joined in the filibuster.
Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham and John McCain went to eat dinner with the President. That speaks for itself.

McCain needs to understand that policies acceptable under a Republican president are a violent assault on the Constitution when advanced by the Kenyan Socialist in the White House right now. Particularly when you are breaking bread with him.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Lifelong Dem on March 07, 2013 5:51 PM:

    Maybe John Sidney McCain III should have referred to Rand Paul as "my friend." That used to work for him.

  • golack on March 07, 2013 6:08 PM:

    so "filibuster" was just a ploy to step on coverage of White House bipartisanship

  • Anonymous on March 07, 2013 6:58 PM:

    Erickson was wrong about Wyden, who came to ask a question, not "join the filibuster". Wyden voted to move the nomination to a vote and for confirming Brennan.

    Facts are a sill thing.

  • T2 on March 07, 2013 7:05 PM:

    Grumpy McCain is an old Pol......if a free dinner is offered at the White House, he'll jump on it. Besides stroking his huge ego, it will guarantee him several more Meet The Press paydays.

  • Col Bat Guano on March 07, 2013 9:07 PM:

    It's amusing to watch the brave patriots in the comments section at Red State proclaim their allegiance to civil liberties now. A few years back they were all wetting their pants about the terrorists that were on every block and how we needed to abandon all of our rights without question.

  • mudwall jackson on March 07, 2013 10:13 PM:

    further proof that the right has no real ideology other than its slavish devotion to cutting taxes. everything else is subject to change, depending on circumstances of the moment.