Rand Paul's Problems With the Fringe (Another Yahoo Cheap Shot)Submitted by LiberteaWarrior on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 22:59
Already this week, Rand Paul has issued one of the strongest statements from any U.S. politician on the crisis in Egypt, and he's tossed light jabs at a potential competitor for the 2016 Republican nomination for the presidency. But those steps are quickly being overshadowed by the personal history of one of his Senate aides. As has been the case for much of his political career so far, the Republican senator from Kentucky can't shake off the wacko-bird fringe.
It's not for lack of trying. Over the weekend, Paul responded to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi with an op-ed in The Washington Times pushing against U.S. aid to Egypt. Paul argued that the aid has tied the U.S. to "despots" and that "due to our aid and support, Egyptians see Mr. Morsi and America as the same." On Monday, Paul came out strongly against the actions of Egypt's military, calling the military a "junta" on Twitter and accusing American neocons of unfairly pushing aid on the country.
Paul was in some very unfamiliar company with his stance on Egypt, as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.—the man who termed Paul a "wacko bird"—called last week's events a "coup," and said that the United States should not be supporting it. Paul has often clashed with the GOP's elder statesman, particularly on foreign and security policy, but with his statements on Egypt, he's seemed to have found himself somewhere near the party's mainstream.