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The Republican party has gone so far to the right, that they are now in the throes of being hijacked by the denizens of libertarian wingnutistan.

ASPEN, Colo. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday offered a clear broadside against Republicans drifting toward a more libertarian view of foreign policy, lumping Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in with them and suggesting they explain their position to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Rand Paul, as most of  you know, is the son of Ron Paul.  Ron Paul is a racist who has ties to white supremacist groups as diaried here on DK before:

Rand Paul has (laughably) likened traitor Edward Snowden's actions as civil disobedience.

Edward Snowden is a jerk, and by his actions, his only motivation are to make Obama look bad.  Snowden, as it turns out, also donated money to the Ron Paul campaign in the past.  There is clearly a conflict of interest at play here.

Rand Paul is a phony.  We all remember him for his self-serving filibuster against drone policy (the following makes an excellent case that filibusters should be abolished, if only to stop windbags from bloviating to score cheap political points).

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If the Republican party wants to stand a chance in the 2016 elections, they would be be wise to nominate a moderate with broad appeal like Chris Christie instead of catering to the anti-American Teahadists like Rand Paul.

Chris Christie courageously put politics aside in the 2012 election by standing side by side with Obama during the Sandy flood crisis.  Chris Christie, his repulsive politics aside, is a true patriot unlike Rand Paul.

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  •  Christie may not be as crazy as Rand (4+ / 0-)

    Paul, but he's not much more appealing either.  

    I'm not sure his being a "patriot" is anything more than his right to speak his mind, seek public office, and express his views, which holds for nearly anybody who meets the Constitutional requirements.  

    I don't think of Rand as a "phony."  I think he's very real -- a real hater, a real bigot, and a real danger.

  •  Wait (5+ / 0-)
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    k9disc, Lilith, spacecadet1, JeffW, unfangus

    Christie says that balancing national security against privacy is an 'esoteric' concern, and we should all shut up about it because 9/11, and you're taking his side?

  •  "a moderate with broad appeal" (6+ / 0-)
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    spacecadet1, MHB, FG, The Pollster, JeffW, unfangus

    How does Christie qualify as a moderate?  He seems to toe the conservative line pretty well, unless we've set the bar so low that not spitting in the president's face is all one need do to achieve "moderate" status.

  •  Nope. (2+ / 0-)
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    spacecadet1, JeffW

    Not liking Christie. He's already shown what side of the loaf of the bread his tub of butter is on.

    Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave. - Roy Batty

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:47:54 AM PDT

  •  I would suggest (2+ / 0-)
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    you take cover, after saying your piece about Snowden.

    I have my issues with Snowden, but I have difficulty believing he decided to go into hiding and commit to living in Russia the rest of his life just to make Obama look bad.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:50:15 AM PDT

  •  Christie is Herbert Hoover until FEMA needed (4+ / 0-)

    Why are "progressives" so intent on building up Christie as if he's one of you?  He's not.  He's an unreconstructed Wall Street Republican who's not that great on the social issues either.  

    Come to NJ and get a taste of what it's like to have this conservative bully running the show.  If you were ever bullied in middle school, this is the guy who bullied you.

    Let's get real.

  •  "Snowden, as it turns out, also donated money" (1+ / 0-)
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    IMO the fact that Snowden has donated money to Ron Paul doesn't justify making a lot of assumptions about his character and motivations.

  •  We really need to stop (3+ / 0-)
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    painting Christie as reasonable. He isn't.

    He is far to the right. He vetoed Marriage Equality and is preventing Republicans in the Assembly and Senate from overturning that veto.

    He is refusing the Medicaid exchanges, making it harder for New Jerseyans like me to get on the exchange next year.

    He vetoed funding for women's health clinics. Even though it wouldn't have cost the state any new funds.

    He cancelled the ARC tunnel, even though NJ had already taken money from the fed for it. This project would have put hundreds to work and improved transportation to NYC. AND he is fighting in court the ruling that he has to pay the money back. Fiscally frugal?? I don't think so.

    He withdrew NJ from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which attempts to decrease carbon dioxide emissions regionally.

    He isn't moderate and he isn't reasonable. Let's stop with the eye-gazing and hand-holding of a hateful bigot.

    I wonder what Markos thought when he started this blog? Sure, come for the politics, but stay for the friendship and cat pics!

    by The Pollster on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 09:20:36 AM PDT

  •  Shhh..... (0+ / 0-)

    ....don't tell them. The country would be far better off if they were to nominate one of their lunatics in 2012 (of which they have many) Democrats can win in a landslide and, perhaps, take both houses of Congress, too.

  •  LOL Can you say "Snowden is a jerk" (0+ / 0-)

    while fellating Chris Christie?  We do see that you can write it.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 01:21:53 PM PDT

  •  Do Not (0+ / 0-)

    back Chris Christie over Rand when it comes to this issue - it makes us look like complete hypocrites. Rand is right about this particular issue - we do need to tone down our foreign entanglements and scale back the police state here at home. To give Rand credit on this does not mean we are forgetting that he is a complete nutbag on everything else and would work tirelessly to defeat him in any election - even if it was for dog catcher....

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