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Ok, so last week Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R. KY) was on the Senate floor to filibuster President Obama's nominee for the head of the C.I.A., John Brennan.  Paul's colleague, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY), also joined Paul in his filibuster:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 25,  2007.   (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination for CIA director, praising Paul for his "tenacity" and "conviction."

As Paul's filibuster, which began on Wednesday morning, neared the 12 hour mark, McConnell made an appearance on the Senate floor to voice his support for his colleague's efforts.

"I think it's entirely appropriate that the senator from Kentucky engage in an extended debate with the support of his colleagues," McConnell said.

McConnell added that he would oppose Brennan's nomination if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) invoked cloture to end the filibuster. - Huffington Post, 3/6/13  

Of course Paul received some praise from the left and from members of the Daily Kos community.  Well remember when last week I wrote how you shouldn't applaud Rand Paul's filibuster?  I wrote about why you shouldn't here:

Then Jed Lewison justified my distrust for Paul's filibuster:

Well look who else is fundraising off of Paul's filibuster:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster about 12 hours into the marathon, 13-hour speech. Now he’s using the speech as an opportunity to raise funds for his own reelection.

In an e-mail, McConnell asks his supporters to sign a petition declaring, “I stand WITH Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. They are shining examples of Republican leadership.”

He says he wants his fellow Kentucky Republican to be “overwhelmed with support and thanks for the battles he is fighting.” He also warns that ”President Obama has put a huge target on my back and will no doubt soon start eyeing Rand as well.”

Along with the petition, the e-mail encourages readers to donate to or volunteer for McConnell’s reelection campaign. - Washington Post, 3/11/13

Yep, Paul's filibuster was also a ploy to help McConnell out with getting the Tea Party base behind McConnell so he wouldn't have to face a Tea Party primary challenger in his 2014 re-election bid

It was a masterful coordination that put the Obama administration's drone policy in the national spotlight, and put Senate Democrats on their heels.

But what Team Mitch was apparently unaware of was Paul's intention to actually perform a "talking" filibuster rather a "cloture." The reaction amongst McConnell surrogates has been a mix of admiration ("he's savvy") and apprehension ("it was shrewd").

"Of course Sen. Paul did not tell our team about his plans for a talking filibuster," Benton told WFPL. "He could not. Rand's plan relied on total surprise or else (Senate Democratic Leader) Harry Reid would never have allowed him to take control of the floor."

Much has been written about the level of cooperation between Paul and McConnell as tension between their respective bases in the GOP remains.

Paul is a relatively new rising star and heir to a liberty movement that has been re-incarnated under the Tea Party mantle in recent years. McConnell is a 30-year "creature of Washington" who over time has adapted to the changing political winds and mastered the levers of the Senate.

The two are a contrast, but have coordinated when necessary. - WFPL News 89.3, 3/11/13

With McConnell's lousy approval numbers back in Kentucky, especially among Republican voters, he is going to need all the help he can get.  The Tea Party may have found their ideal candidate to challenge McConnell but he has some skeletons in his closet:

East Hampton, CT 05/30/12  Matt Bevin, 6th generation owner of the Bevin Bros. Bell Company in East Hampton, stands near the 150 ton press that was the companies largest press.  Photo by Dan Haar |
Matt Bevin, who may challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is distancing himself from improper activities that took place at an investment company where he worked a decade ago.

Bevin, a New Hampshire native, was virtually unknown in Kentucky political circles until a few weeks ago when he began reaching out to Tea Party leaders to explore a race against McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary.

Some of the initial reviews of Bevin among conservative activists have been positive, but as they begin to dig into his record Bevin will have to address his role at a company that was penalized hundreds of millions of dollars for its role in a market-timing scheme from 2001 to 2003.

If Bevin pulls the trigger, he will face a bruising race against McConnell, who has stockpiled $7 million in his campaign war chest. McConnell has a history of making races about his opponent. He first won election to Congress by highlighting then-Democratic Sen. Dee Huddleston’s spotty attendance record. - The Hill, 3/11/13

But even if McConnell survives the primary, he'll may still have to face her:

It’s official—almost.

Actress Ashley Judd, who has reportedly been exploring a Senate run since last December, will announce her candidacy in the spring, MSNBC’s Howard Fineman reported Sunday. Her candidacy would pit her against Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

The 44-year-old star of “Double Jeopardy” also has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and has been a women’s rights activist for years. She had met with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to talk about women running for office more than a year ago, Fineman reported.

In a statement to The Huffington Post, Judd denied that she was planning on making announcements any time soon.

“I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I!” Judd said to the website. “I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us yesterday these stories are fabrications.” - MSNBC, 3/11/13

Hopefully we'll be hearing more about that soon.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:14:26 PM PDT

  •  Sociopaths will FEED on each other (2+ / 0-)
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    LeftHandedMan, Pinto Pony

    No love lost between them. The republican party is sometimes just a strategic alliance among a group of sharks that would tear each other to bits under other circumstances.

    I'm of course talking about the "leaders", including the bozo Senators from Tennessee, not the followers who are motivated in a completely different fashion.  

  •  Rand Paul is an intellegence test (1+ / 0-)
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    for non-Movement Conservatives.

    When he's making what seem to be principled mouth noises, you can always be sure that the sounds you hear mask that there's an angle being played that you aren't seeing. Yet.

    I'm sorry that so many culture war weary non-Movement Conservatives are still so fucking desperate to find the magic unicorn star pony that is a good faith principled conservative that they will put their brains in the pickle jar over what they wish was actually occuring right before their eyes.

    Senator Paul is trolling a hated Democratic administration for fun and profit. That's it.

    Rand Paul is one of the most cynical human beings in a city full of double talk and three card monte tables. He hasn't taken a single stance on pure principle in his entire political life without an angle.  

    Rand Paul would never, ever have done what he did last week to a Republican President. Ever. Even if that Conservative Republican President had actually used a drone domestically and used one in a way that harmed innocent people. He was trolling Obama. Rand Paul is doing what Paul Ryan is currently doing by releasing his new new newest granny starvin' plan while calling for the ACA to be repealed. It's stemwinding the Teahadi. The difference is that Paul Ryan's draconian anti-social safety net agenda doesn't leave naive or stupid non-Movement Conservatives any wiggle room to endulge in fatasies about finding the fools gold of an honest principled conservative in the era of Rightwing bad faith. It simply boggles my mind that anyone would be praising Rand Paul up and down because of what the praiser thinks is going on, rather than what is going on.

    It's 2013.

    Ron Paul was a hypocritical "for me, but not for thee" wingnut piece of shit with a faux reputation for principles, and so, now, is his fucking douchebag kid.

    There's no good faith on the Right, there hasn't been any good faith on the Right for a long long time.  

    Of course, it makes perfect sense that after the latest version The Great Conservative White Man on a Great Conservative White Horse is literaly punking people who should know better after the Clinton and Bush years, Ashley Judd is getting slagged by the same Democrat Party Democratic Party hacks, the great chickenshitted, the tactical 'an echo not a choice' crowd, that gave us the epic fail of the Democrats being placeholders inbetween Movement Conservative bar-lowerings and moderators of bad Movement Conservative policy as the limits of what is possible.

    If Judd runs, and she loses a primary fight fare and square, so be it Kentucky Democratic anonymous sources to the Village. (God, I just love how, in 2013 there are still Democrats who fall for RW bullshit artists punking them, and establishment Democrats willing to play "Democrat Party sources tell Fox News" or talks shit to the Huffington Post when not to the RW echochamber that works to destroy them anyway) But for Christ's sake, trying to sneer her out of even trying is just screaming for America to look right at the yellow streak running right down your backs.

    If Ashley Judd decides to run, and wins a primary and is the nominee, at worst, that race will eat up millions and millions of dollars of RW resources that won't be spent fucking some Democrat someplace else into the ground.
    Give her a chance to at least make an argument before saying she's a sure loser. At least.

    Demographics or no, the GOP is probably going to get another undeserved decade or two of relevance, and the Democratic Party another decade or two of shotgun blasts to the foot, because our party likes to talk about seeing the changing theatre of our politics but doesn't consistently act or govern like the believe it.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:31:07 PM PDT

  •  Quintessential (2+ / 0-)
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    jplanner, Pinto Pony

    McConnell and his phony corn pone southern bullshit drawl is the poster child for what's wrong with current American politics. Oh yes there are sleezy counterparts on the other side of the aisle but, the Democrats/Progressives represent something.

    These charlatans are running out of ways to fool the ignorant into voting for them, that's their problem. Gays in the military the end of DOMA, soon some kind of Immigration reform. All they'll have left is the hypocrite religious zealot crowd and that train has left the station.

    I can't think of anyone in American politics that so well represents all that is abhorrent in self serving shill for the rich Republicanism.

  •  I don't think I've ever seen McConnell smile (0+ / 0-)

    before. It looks odd. Probably I'm not used to it.

  •  Real dough rises thanks to the yeast. (0+ / 0-)

    What politicians do best is beg for dollars by flapping their lips. If they want to call lip flapping "leadership," that's their prerogative. But, we don't have to go along with their definition of what's going on.
    Lip flappin' may be their only talent and, if so, that's sad. But, we shouldn't confuse lip flappin' with speech. Maybe we could have a contest for truthful campaign slogans.

    "Dollars for Blather"


    "Begging Dollars for Blather"


    "Dithering for Dollars"


    "Mitch Mouthing for Moolah"

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 03:15:12 AM PDT

  •  The challenge for progressives (0+ / 0-)

    is and always has been to convince the Libertarian that they are more comfortable as a Democrat. Republicans must walk lockstep behind the money boys. I listen to Rand Paul's social and peace agendas and hear a progressive. Of course, his fiscal perspective is looney-tunes, but in general everything I hear (Keep the government out of my house and off my body) is Democratic.

    House to house in Kentucky, you ask "What do you want? What do you want for your kids? Did McConnell vote for those things?"

    I read an analysis of the "machine" in Kentucky that would normally pick their candidate. No wonder they lose!

  •  What Rand Paul did (1+ / 0-)
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    Was bait the Attorney General with a completely hypothetical and loaded question, and when he got back a completely hypothetical answer, he twisted it into claiming that the Obama administration was literally going to drone people in a Boston cafe. And he ranted about this on the Senate floor. For 13 hours.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 08:16:13 AM PDT

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