Hmmm! John McCain and Lindsey Graham didn’t like Rand Paul’s “ridiculous” filibuster

What do you make of THIS?

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday went after Sen. Rand Paul’s talking filibuster of  CIA director nominee John Brennan, calling the Kentucky Republican’s claimthat the U.S. could have hypothetically conducted a drone strike on Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War “ridiculous.”

“To somehow allege or infer that the President of the United States is going to kill somebody like Jane Fonda, or somebody who disagrees with the policies, is a stretch of imagination which is, frankly, ridiculous,” McCain said on the Senate floor. McCain said he agrees with Paul that more discussion on targeted killings is needed, but he said he does not believe that American citizens have reason to fear for their lives.

“So we’ve done a, I think, a disservice to a lot Americans by making them believe that somehow they’re in danger from their government,” McCain said. “They’re not. But we are in danger. We are in danger from a dedicated, longstanding, easily replaceable leadership enemy that is hellbent on our destruction. And this leads us to having to do things that perhaps we haven’t had to do in other more conventional wars.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who often moves lock-step with McCain on many issues, also directly called out many of his Republican colleagues who joined Paul’s filibuster last night for not taking such a bold stand during the previous administration.

“This is an important issue,” he said on the floor. “We should be talking about it. I welcome a reasoned discussion. But to my Republican colleagues, I don’t remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone.”



  1. Neftali

    The Wall Street Journal was also quick to criticize Rand Paul this morning:

    “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.”



    On many issues, I tend to side with the establishment Republicans over the tea party types. For example, I support Karl Rove in his quest to do a better job of finding more electable candidates so we don’t have anymore O’Donnell/Angle/Akin/Mourdock repeats. Of course, the far right hates this initiative. I also continue to support Chris Christie, even though he is persona non grata with the far right so much that he wasn’t even invited to CPAC this year.

    But on this issue, I stand with Rand Paul and the tea party types. And really, everyone should. McCain and Graham and the WSJ are not doing themselves any favors here. Even Charles Krauthammer supports Rand Paul on his stance.

    Of course, I’m sure all this inter-party bickering is fun for Pat and other liberals to watch. Hopefully we get some unity before the midterms.

  2. Todd A

    “This is an important issue,” he said on the floor. “We should be talking about it. I welcome a reasoned discussion. But to my Republican colleagues, I don’t remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone.”–Lindsey Graham.

    This quote highlights the hypocrisy and racism that runs so rampant in the tea party and I am glad it was a republican that pointed it out.

  3. Todd A

    Neftali, of course even some run of the mill republicans are going to find common ground with the tea party types on some issues. When they have exhausted their efforts to portray the Presidnet in a negative manner they have to start getting creative and that is where the tea party excels. They have found a way to pander to the typically pro war hillbillies and again trash our black president.

  4. Neftali

    Todd A – The number of people who are against the president simply because of his ethnicity has been widely exaggerated by the left. I would argue that there are just as people that voted for Obama only because his was black as there as people that didn’t vote for him because of it.

    Still, Republicans understand that this is no excuse. That is why this year almost half of the speakers at CPAC are black. (11 total so far….up 1 from yesterday)

    Details here:


  5. Neftali

    Eric Holder just responded to Rand Paul.

    I have to give props to Holder for his short, but quite sufficient, response.


  6. Todd A

    Doubtful considering that less than 15% of the population is black.

    Despite CPACs blatant attempt to entice minorities, the fact remains that I belong to the only party that has had the audacity as well as the fortitude to nominate a black man for the presidential race let alone actually elect him to our nation’s highest office.

  7. Rand Paul cares about our liberties as long as they don’t involve gays and women.

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