New rule: if you happen to agree with something Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says, wait five minutes and he’ll say the exact opposite. Yet somehow both the left and the right gets suckered by this guy at every turn. He’s nothing more than an opportunist who will say just about anything in order to flimflam either the far-right and the far-left into supporting him. So far, he’s making Mitt Romney look like a rock-solid, unswerving pillar of integrity. It’s really quite remarkable how often it happens, especially when it comes to his ludicrous attempted to outflank the Democrats to their left.
You might recall how Paul accused Hillary Clinton of being a war-hawk, while planting himself in the non-interventionist camp, thus appealing to the pacifistic tendencies of the left.
Here’s Paul on Meet the Press, August 24:
“If you wanna see a transformational election, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton.”
And in The Wall Street Journal, August 28:
To interventionists like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, we would caution that arming the Islamic rebels in Syria created a haven for the Islamic State. We are lucky Mrs. Clinton didn’t get her way and the Obama administration did not bring about regime change in Syria. That new regime might well be ISIS.
Anyone who put their money on a flip-flop regarding Middle East intervention within five days wins the jackpot. Here’s Rand Paul on Tuesday, September 2, after news broke about a second beheading of an American journalist by ISIS terrorists.
Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: “If the president has no strategy, maybe it’s time for a new president.”
In an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: “If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily.”
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