Less than 12 hours after Senator Rand Paul ended his 13 hour filibuster, John McCain offered up this response reported in the Washington Times:
“The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.”
Perhaps Senator McCain has forgotten how quickly fortunes change in DC. Because if he was counting on support for his remarks on the basis of being the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008, he is in for a rude awakening at least insofar as the grassroots and activists of the party are concerned.
Without a doubt, Senator Paul’s filibuster contained the element of theater to it. No national politician worth his salt says the things Paul did without considering how that will play in Peoria, as the saying goes.
But that sentiment holds true for Senator McCain as well. His ignoring of the feigned collegiality of the Senate and referring to “Mr. Paul” rather than “Senator Paul” and the mere fact that he himself was on camera talking make his remarks both rude and little better than a bad political stunt.
But the real outrage lies in McCain’s complete and utter ignorance regarding who Rand’s audience was and what their response has been. Senator McCain dismisses the audience as “impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms.” While I am sure there is that element in Rand’s audience, it is far more than that.
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