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A.B. Stoddard: Next time Perry takes on Rand Paul, he needs to be better prepared. Paul is smart, hungry, and ready for a fight.

Rand Paul 1, Rick Perry 0

By A.B. Stoddard - 07/16/14 07:22 PM EDT

Let’s hope other 2016 presidential hopefuls learn from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s mistake this week — drunk on confidence and mojo, politicians often shoot themselves in the foot. Perfectly positioned as President Obama’s No. 1 nemesis on the border crisis, having successfully shamed the president into meeting with him on the issue, Perry then ditched the shrewd moves to level a bumbling broadside against Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on foreign policy.

Clearly Perry is running for president, and is being advised, over-advised and warned that Paul, who out-polls the other potential 2016 GOP candidates like Perry, is a threat to his comeback. He is. Perry knows foreign policy is Paul’s political liability, and it is. But the fight he picked instead helped Paul, who made Perry look foolish. And this time, he won’t be blaming the meds for back pain.

In The Washington Post, Perry said Paul suggests we all ignore what is going on in Iraq, calling Paul “curiously blind,” to dangerous threats, accusing him of intentionally distorting President Ronald Reagan’s record of internationalism and intervention, and concluding that the response to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from “Paul and others” is “to do next to nothing.” Surely if there were others Perry was attacking, he would name them.


Perry might have thought it an opportune time to hit Paul on his noninterventionist positions, but he didn’t offer any new ideas, didn’t call for ground troops and is hardly a leading expert on national security or foreign policy in the GOP. Sure, there are no hawks in the weak field of potential GOP candidates for 2016, and it could help him with primary voters, but next time Perry takes on Paul, he will need to be better prepared. Paul punches back — hard. And he is smart, hungry and ready for a fight with anyone who brings it.


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Gilligan's picture

I'm not sure that "The Hill" counts as MSM,

but if it is, that's the FIRST time I've ever heard the MSM correctly refer to Rand's foreign policy as "noninterventionism".

All the idiot talking heads refer to it as "isolationism".

Google is government.

I will fight with Rand Paul

to victory or defeat, he's what we have, the only national contender we have, I am in full go.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

misi(N)form BC

Led with Krispey Kreme as the annointed one again tonight with no legitimate challenger, Lamestream dinosaur media.

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

the headline makes it sounds like

they are fighting over a chicken drumstick

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

Chicken you say?

If he's supposedly hungry...

he certainly isn't showing it. Look at all that food. The iced tea is still filled to the brim!