WashingtonPost: Rand Paul’s unpredictable streak (and why it matters)Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 02:50
Damn right, he's playing Chess; he proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt today!
And perhaps MSM is finally catching on...
Posted by Sean Sullivan on March 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not an easy politician to read. And that would make him a pretty dangerous candidate for opponents if he runs for president in 2016.
Consider Paul’s recent moves in the Senate:
* He was one of four Republicans to vote FOR Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as defense secretary after voting AGAINST the motion to invoke cloture on the very same nomination. Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley explained that while the senator agreed that there were questions about Hagel that needed to be answered, the president should be afforded some “leeway” when it comes to his nominees.
* Today Paul launched the Senate’s first talking filibuster since 2010, opposing John Brennan, the president’s nominee to be CIA director. “I will speak until I can no longer speak,” said Paul, who strongly opposes the nomination of Brennan and the Obama administration’s use of unmanned aerial drones. Brennan’s nomination has not stirred nearly as much controversy as Hagel’s did. The Senate Intelligence Committee cleared Brennan by a 12-3 margin on Tuesday, and all indications were that he was well on his path to being cleared by the full Senate.
So what do Paul’s moves suggest? For one thing, he marches to the beat of his own drum in the Republican Party. Now, that’s not wholly a new observation, considering the Paul’s libertarian brand of conservatism and the issues over which he has found himself at odds with members of his own party during his time in the Senate.