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One would think that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) is not thrilled with the moderate, albeit RINO, stances that his colleague Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). Yet, the junior Senator from Kentucky has endorsed the senior Senator from Kentucky in this year’s closely watched Senate race. McConnell is facing a Tea Party primary opponent, and if he squeaks through that round in May, he will face a hard battle with a Democrat with Bill Clinton in her corner.

So to get Paul’s endorsement, did McConnell play politics with family in choosing his campaign team. Perhaps that question should be addressed to his campaign manager, Jesse Benton. Mr. Benton, according to Wikipedia, “is a political consultant and libertarian activist known for working with conservative and libertarian organizations like Americans for Tax Reform, the Liberty Coalition, and the American Conservative Union. Benton is strongly associated with the Paul family, serving as a high-ranking staffer for both Ron Paul and Rand Paul.”

Benton’s “strong association” with the Paul family may come from his marriage to Valori Pyeatt. Ms. Pyeatt’s mother is Lori Paul Pyeatt, who happens to be Ron Paul’s daughter and Rand Paul’s sister.

Politics and family…. Family and Politics!!


During the shutdown, 85 percent of government stayed open despite the hoopla  reported in the media. Government is now 100 percent open. Debt-ceiling  deadlines have been averted, but the real problem remains: a $17 trillion debt  and a president who continues to pile on new debt at a rate  of $1 million a minute.

The government  shutdown  occurred because Senate Majority Leader Harry  Reid allows the Senate to lurch from deadline  to deadline without passing a single appropriations bill. Had he done his job  and passed each of the 12 appropriations bills, the government could have stayed  open.

Opening government has not resolved  the big picture — a debt  problem so large that it dwarfs all deadlines and threatens the very fabric of  the nation. What remains is an unsustainable debt, precisely the problem that  motivated me to run for office.

There was never any reason to shut down government. If both sides were  willing to compromise, we could have found amicable solutions to these severe  problems. But let the record state clearly, no significant spending restraint  was accomplished because President Obama  steadfastly refused to negotiate. Let us also remember his promise that he will  negotiate as long as the compromises are outside of any budgetary deadlines.

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From the SharkTank:

Senator Marco Rubio is probably adrift on his boat somewhere down in the Florida Keys, as he is vacationing with his ‘familia’ before hitting the road again to make his case to defund President Obama’s Obamacare law.

Rubio, along with Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and others, is pushing to exclude funding for Obamacare in the upcoming short-term budget negotiations.

Rubio’s road trip could also be perceived as an immigration reform damage control play, as many Floridians took issue with him over his amnesty-lite policy shift on the immigration issue. It is fair to say that Rubio sustained a self-inflicted near-death blow to his reputation and political career when he embraced liberal Democratic Senators Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, and John McCain, in co-sponsoring the Senate ‘Gang of 8′ immigration reform bill.

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In the first CPAC conference since the 2012 Presidential election, Kentucky’s junior Senator, Rand Paul, took the honors as the winner of the annual straw poll. On the heels of his epic filibuster, Rand Paul addressed the group earlier in the week. Sen. Marco Rubio, like Paul, is being touted as a potential candidate for POTUS in 2016, took second in the straw poll.

Sen. Paul is showing a “principled” approach, as evidenced by his filibuster. Perhaps it is time for principle over party politics.

From The Hill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he’s interested in mounting a 2016 presidential bid.

“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” Paul told ABC News in an interview published on Tuesday.

A bid for the Republican nomination would continue a family tradition. Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has repeatedly sought the party’s nomination. The elder Paul is retiring at the end of this congressional term.

The younger Paul emphasized that he was not yet ready to announce his candidacy, but said he believed his brand of libertarianism could open up the map for Republicans.

“I think we have to go a different direction, because we’re just not winning, and we have to think about some different ideas,” said the Kentucky lawmaker, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement.

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Fans of the “Ron Paul Revolution” were not happy with his son Sen. Rand Paul after he endorsed Mitt Romney last night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show.
Paul explained that although his “first choice was always my father,” he insisted that he had a lot in common with Romney, who signaled to him that he was serious about a number of government reforms.
But the backlash on Sen. Paul’s Facebook page was fierce as the vocal supporters of the Ron Paul Revolution, took to the comments section to denounce his son. As of this morning, over 2,000 comments were posted, a majority of them negative. Supporters blasted Rand Paul for “selling out” the legacy of his father to the “Republican establishment.”

A few fans approved of Rand Paul’s decision, but only 270 people “liked” his endorsement message.
Others even speculated that Rand Paul was threatened or bribed into supporting Romney, by the Bilderberg group, suggesting that it wasn’t a coincidence that his endorsement came after their conference.

Other angry fans even started a “Ron Paul Supporters Who Don’t Give A Sh*t Who Rand Endorses” Facebook page that now has 210 members.

Freshman Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to cut federal spending. The Kentucky Republican and tea-party favorite said Thursday he’s returning $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury — money from his operating budget that his office never spent.

The half million dollars represents about 16 percent of Paul’s annual budget. He contended no senator had returned as much to taxpayers, though at least two senators disputed that claim. An aide to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said his office returned $636,036 in unspent money to the Treasury in Fiscal Year 2010 and another $503,161 in 2011.

“I ran to stop the reckless spending. And I ran to end the damaging process of elected officials acting as errand boys, competing to see who could bring back the biggest check and the most amount of pork,” Paul said at a news conference in Louisville, where he presented taxpayers with a massive mock check for $500,000.

“I hope this sets an example for the rest of government — at all levels,” he added. “We can carry out our duties in a fiscally responsible way. Government can be both smart and efficient. We are proving that — and trying to convince the rest of Washington.”

 Although I despise the idea of the media telling us that Mitt Romney is the most electable candidate to unseat King Barack, if Mitt is to get the nomination in Tampa in August, who should he put on the ticket with him.

       Mrs. James believes that Romney has made a promise to Gov. Chris Christie. We both think this would be a colossal mistake.

       Of course, almost all of the pundits have annointed Florida’s junior Senator, Marco Rubio, to take the VP slot. A Tea Party favorite, and a Hispanic, Rubio could be a major force for a Romney ticket.

       Then there is the idea of Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell.

       While I cannot see Romney asking Ron Paul to be on his ticket, there is something intriguing in the idea of putting Rand Paul on the ticket. Could he bring over many of the supporters of his father?

       Lastly, there is the idea of a Kennedy-Johnson team: Just as there was no big friendship between John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, the same could be said of Romney and Rick Perry….. but it could be an interesting ticket.

In an e-mail to supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint said waiting until the January arrival of many of the Senate Republicans, whom he helped elect this past cycle, would mean the GOP could “fight for a better deal.”

“I appreciate the efforts made by my party’s leaders to negotiate this deal but I believe Americans deserve much better. This deal should be rejected and then fixed,” DeMint wrote. “We can easily extend these tax rates without increasing spending once the new crop of Republican senators, including Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson are sworn in.”

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