Video: Here is What Is Wrong With Your GOP Today – McCain Tells Rand Paul to “Calm Down”
March 7, 2013  //  By:   //  Homeland Security, President Obama  //  16 Comments

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham ripped into Senator Rand Paul this morning in response to his 13-hour talking filibuster.

Via Business Insider:

U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted fellow Republican Rand Paul on the Senate floor this morning for his 13-hour filibuster to block John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director.

“Calm down, Senator,” McCain said, in an apostrophe to Paul. “The U.S. government cannot randomly target U.S. citizens.”

In his filibuster Wednesday, Paul criticized the White House over its drone policies, and for refusing to rule out military strikes against U.S. citizens on American soil.

McCain, a staunch foreign policy hawk, said Thursday that Paul’s warnings that the U.S. could target “Jane Fonda” or “people in cafes” bring the debate into the “realm of the ridiculous.”

“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” McCain said, adding: “I don’t think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people.”

The entire conservative blogosphere was energized by Rand Paul’s defense of the Constitution, Due Process, and the American people yesterday, and McCain ridicules them as “impressionable libertarian kids”.

Lindsey Graham also chimed in, saying he was “disappointed” with those who joined Paul’s filibuster, and added he would vote to confirm Brennan … because of the filibuster.

Let me get this straight – You’re going to confirm a man as Director of the CIA because somebody had the balls to ask the President of the United States whether or not he feels he has the authority to execute an American citizen on American soil?

These two clowns are exactly what is wrong with today’s Republican party.  When somebody in the party decides to grow a spine and stand up for the American people, McCain and Graham laugh it off as ridiculous.

What’s truly ridiculous is what these two – along with 10 of their colleagues – were doing yesterday as Paul fought to preserve the America that our Founding Fathers envisioned.

These people (h/t Eye On Politics)…

Lindsey Graham SC
Bob Corker TN
Kelly Ayotte NH
John McCain AZ
Richard Burr NC
Saxby Chambliss GA
Dan Coates IN
Mike Johanns NE
Pat Toomey PA
Tom Coburn OK
Ron Johnson WI
John Hoeven ND

Were having dinner with President Obama.

They were having dinner with the man who finds it difficult to say ‘No’ to the question, “Can you kill an American on American soil?”

That question, as Paul noted yesterday, should have been pretty easy to answer.

To be clear, Paul is not infallible in any way, shape, or form.  His vote to confirm Chuck Hagel seemed to play to his father’s base, and he  does other things that tend to mirror his father that I find objectionable.

But he was right in what he did yesterday.  He was right, and he should be applauded.

What’s actually entering the “realm of the ridiculous” Mr. McCain, is that you have been entrenched in the old school GOP so long that you are completely unable to identify a staunch defense of the very documents that you and the President of the United States have sworn  to uphold … if it bit you in the ass.

Update:  As WTH at Publius Forum points out, Senators Johnson, Toomey, and Chambliss all returned to the Senate floor to lend moral support to Rand Paul’s efforts.

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

16 Comments to “Video: Here is What Is Wrong With Your GOP Today – McCain Tells Rand Paul to “Calm Down””
  • Adam House
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    Great article. McCain & Graham are an embarrassment to free people.

  • Richard Black
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    Mccain need’s to retire, he’s part of the reason we are losing our country, he’s a sellout and a has been!

  • James Eldon Taylor
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    Wouldn’t it be ironic to see this two on the receiving end of a drone strike?

  • David Bond
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    In defense of the genleman from Georgia, Mr. Saxby Chambliss, after he was finished with the meeting he was on the floor in support of Paul.

  • cristo52
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    McCain wrote a paper for the War College after he was released from Vietnam. In it, he cautioned that anyone who spent as much as 6 months to a year as a POW would have serious mental issues. McCain, of course, spent 5 years in captivity. Time for the senator from Arizona to bow out gracefully, put his feet up in one of his seven homes and drink a little of his wife’s mediocre beer.

  • Brian Smith
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    Mr McCain, what has the President promised you in the future?

  • Bo Compton
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    John McCain, I am ashamed to say you are part of Arizona Conservative politics. You have forgotten who you serve, sir. You have forgotten the crimes committed against the people that you have been elected to represent, as evidenced by your participation in trying to bring about amnesty for criminal illegal aliens. (By definition, anyone in this country illegally is a criminal, dummy!) Arizona has seen crimes against People and Property increase proportionally with the influx of Illegal Aliens. No other state has been hit this hard. No matter what your sister Janet Napolitano says, the border is not secure. Represent your state, and the folks who legally reside here!

    You have forgotten those who served and were confined beside you in Viet Nam, as evidenced by not supporting a drone strike against Jane Fonda instead of saying it would never happen. (Couldn’t resist a little well pointed humor.) Your attempted alignment with Conservatives is an embarrassment and a sham considering your desire to join Liberals and their agendas. Do yourself and Arizona a favor; Pack up and move to California, New York or Colorado, where you will be much more at home…

  • Melody Morris-Kiley
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    Juan and his friend Lindsay can’t stand that someone stole the lime-light from them. The two “Illegal Lovin RINO’s” need to go. They are part of the problem not a solution!

  • MominNV
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    May mcPain’s Constituents REMOVE his rino @S$ upon his next election.

  • Debra Drummond
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    I’m not a kid and i was extremely proud of Rand Paul…he is exactly what we want going to battle for what’s right for the American people…I’m sorry McCain but your days in office are numbered…you have proved that you can not be trusted with the office you hold nor to work with your party to support and what is needed for a better America…it’s people like you that has brought so much doubt in any politician and why voting has been down especially for your party…Rand Paul and those that were there to support him are exactly what the people are looking for…if he got the kids attention then he definately is what we need as leadership in this country

    • Greg Bischof
      March 7, 2013 - Reply

      McCain needs to go! It may be early stage dementia, but who is this guy anymore?

  • Steve Harris
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    we all need to send letters of appreciation for what Paul’s did, most people complain but lets let him know we appreciate his work.

  • Brian Gunderson
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    I heard Ron Johnson talk today on radio…sounds like he’s already lost is principles and has given into the ‘rationalism’ of how business is done in Washington.
    You Congressmen don’t recognize evil when it stares at you in the face. Obama has you under his spell. He uses peoples’ pride to weaken them. Seems like we’re heading into territory where only devote Christians will be able to avoid serving the beast.

    I need to finish reading the Screwtape Letters.

  • Laura Thompson
    March 8, 2013 - Reply

    I pray that they lose their next elections to real conservatives and the GOP can be grand once again. There are several more that need to lose elections, but these two need to go first!

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