Rand Paul Slams Chris Christie, Peter King, for Being All ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme’ After Hurricane Sandy

This is who Republican moneymen want you to vote for. ||| Pete Souza/White HousePete Souza/White HouseIt's getting real over here in the Angry Birds' multi-front attack against GOP 2016 presidential front-runner* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Asked Sunday about recent broadsides from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ("this strain of libertarianism that's going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,") and New York Rep. Peter King ("When you have Rand Paul actually comparing [Edward] Snowden to Martin Luther King, Jr., or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness."), the Kentucky senator went there:

"They're precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their 'Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now.'" Paul said, referring to federal funding after the hurricane last year. "Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense." [...]

Paul said he wasn't the one itching for a fight.

"I didn't start this one, and I don't plan on starting things by criticizing other Republicans," he said. "But if they want to make me the target, they will get it back in spades."

Called it! |||So how long until we hear from Sen. Paul about Pete King's IRA fetish?

I don't know if attacking Chris Christie for his operatic Hurricane Sandy demagoguery is politically astute, but I do know that A) our national disaster-relief politics have long been idiotic, wasteful, and filled with WTF line items; B) Republican hawks should be put on the defensive about being able to afford everything they insist is our patriotic duty to finance; and C) the actual Republicans who vote and donate during primary and pre-primary season might have a negative association or two with Gov. Christie and the hurricane.

The openness and vehemence of this interventionist campaign against one of the GOP's rising young stars three full years before the party's next nominating convention is telling. Even if the current foot-soldiers in the anti-Paul war are either comic-book non-entities like Peter King and Liz Cheney or foreign-policy blank slates like Christie, the most important thing is that the candidate (and ideological tendency) making headlines and attracting support from unusual quarters get contained before the virus spreads. The defense establishment, long accustomed to getting its way in both policy and politics, is gearing up for some of that ol' pre-emptive war.

Like President Barack Obama, these people don't actually want to have a debate, and still apparently believe that if you shout "9/11!" loud enough you don't have to have one. By forcing this issue out in the open on the Republican side of the aisle, Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) are not just smoking out the priorities and anxieties of the interventionists, they're jump-starting a national War on Terror policy discussion that has lay dormant for at least the last five years.

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  • Marc F Cheney||

    Why do you hate 9/11?

  • db||

    You mean 9/Sandy/Trayvon?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I heard Sandi took nine shits on Trayvon's corpse once.

  • RBS||

    Paging teenage girl...

  • Ted S.||

    Are these Gimme, Gimme, Gimme people less bad than Christie and King?

  • SugarFree||

    What about these gimme, gimme, gimme people?

  • wareagle||

    sorry Matt, but I'm plenty happy with someone giving it back to Christie be it for "operatic Sandy demagoguery" and generic assclownery. The right was in full throat when that buffoon was calling out teachers and their union, and then some folks realized he was selective in that - he willing gave blowjobs to other public unions and he got all pissy when called out about his kids being in private school. Fuck Christie.

  • Drake||

    I live in NJ and I'm getting sick of Christie's BS. I was disgusted that his first reaction to a disaster was to blow Obama for federal cash.

    Now he's going after the freedom wing of the GOP? Time to split the party.

  • KDN||

    The right was in full throat when that buffoon was calling out teachers and their union, and then some folks realized he was selective in that - he willing gave blowjobs to other public unions

    This is false and you continue to repeat it. The pension and benefit reforms in NJ went after all pubsec unions. The cops and firefighters had to kick in less of an increase because they were already paying more than the teachers (and still are), and they weren't called out by Christie because they didn't spend boatloads of resources in opposition to it.

    There's lots of shit to get on Christie about. How he handles the pubsec unions is not one of them.

  • Killazontherun||

    Might even be the one damn positive in his misbegotten life.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    There's a thin man in Christie trying desperately to get out, lol!

    obviouslyfakewebaddress.com

  • Agammamon||

    Only the one dear?

    AbsolutelyFAbulous.Com

  • crashland||

    When asked about Rand Paul, Christie replied "Jesus Christ he's tiny, I've had bigger chunks of corn in my crap. I'm bigger than him and higher up the food chain, he needs to get in my belly,"

  • db||

    Does anyone have a list of "pivots-to-something" that Obama has done and the dates they were announced?

  • SugarFree||

    Twirling, twirling, twirling toward FREEDOM!

  • SugarFree||

    Tis a poor place that makes us provide our own alt-text...

    "Terrorist Bro-shake"

  • Ted S.||

    I saw alt-text when I first loaded this page a half hour before your comment.

  • Guillotined||

    Just remember the motto....

    "It's okay when my side does it"

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Paul is turning into the "it's about time somebody said it" candidate.

    Will it work? I don't know, but it should be fun to watch. At least it's not the usual:

    Jack Johnson: It's time for someone who has the courage to stand up and say,
    [slams his fist on the podium]
    Jack Johnson: I'm against those things that everybody hates!
    John Jackson: Now, I respect my opponent. I think he's a good man. But quite frankly...
    [slams his fist on the podium]
    John Jackson: I agree with everything he just said.
  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Are there Gay Masonic lobbies?
    That sounds sinister and sexy.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Are there Gay Masonic lobbies?

    You've never heard of Bohemian Grove?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I think I saw it mentioned once in a newsletter...

  • Ted S.||

    I don't read Infowars, so no, I've never heard of them.

  • Zeb||

    Owl worshipers. Cool.

  • Slammer||

    Did he really say Masonic?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    According to the BBC, he did.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    I don't know how accurate the BBS is, and I don't really know how influential the Masons are, but I know that John Quincy Adams (the guy from Amistad, you know, the ex-president) was elected to Congress on the Anti-Masonic ticket after a disgruntled ex-Mason ended up dead and the likely killers exonerated by Masonic officials.

    Just because wackos don't like them doesn't mean they're on the level.

  • RBS||

  • Zeb||

    I blame the Lizard People.

    I suspect that the Masons are mostly just a social club with some funny traditions at this point, but who knows. I bet they really enjoy being the subject of so much curiosity and far out speculation as to what they are really up to.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    And just to be clear, I wasn't including the Pope among the wackos; I was referring to people like the ones with "MASONIC SECRETS" Web sites, etc.

  • Ted S.||

    so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.

    Rename them foyers. Problem solved!

  • Agammamon||

    Yes, because everyone should just do as they're told and never try to get a better deal for themselves.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    There was also this:

    “When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem … they’re our brothers.”

    It's as if you disagree with someone's political position and still love them!

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr.....am-i-judge

  • Zeb||

    "Masons" nice. This Pope is way more entertaining than the other recent ones.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I am glad to be shed of the temporary "allies" that were these Republicans. The only question is how big the cow John must be having will be.

  • Agammamon||

    Or if he'll be sticking around now that we've parted ways with the Republican mainstream. Not that the Republicans ever changed, its obviously *us* who have changed course.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    John at least has enough of a sense of honor to stick around. Not like joe from lol.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Ah, Libertarians, we used to be cool.
    Well, back to the pot, sodomy and paranoia.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    Paranoia?! Who is accusing us of paranoia?

    *looks around rapidly*

  • Zeb||

    Oh, I don't think John has much love for the Chris Christy end of the Republican party. He's definitely more of a conservative than most on here, but he's not such a team player as that.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He should have slammed Christie on property rights and 2nd Amendment rights, too.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    On Morning Joke, the sleazy little crook Rattner said the reason the economy has not recovered is teh Austerity. Rand Paul hates America and the Working Man.

  • Zeb||

    Austerity means what now?

  • Redmanfms||

    Austerity means what now?

    A marginal decrease in the rate of growth in government spending.

    Even the slightest decrease on the rate of increase results in orphaned minority children starving in the streets and war widows dying in preventable house fires, dontcha know??

  • KPres||

    """Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense."""

    What? Not enough money for National Defense Offense? The military and entitlements are what's bankrupting the country, not money for hurricane relief.

    Rand Paul seems intent on embarrassing libertarians.

  • Spoonman.||

    Yeah, this seems kinda dumb of him.

  • Hyperion||

    Rand Paul seems intent on embarrassing libertarians

    He's in campaign mode, what do you expect?

  • Stilgar||

    Rand needs to remember one thing: NY, NJ, CT all receive significantly less in federal money than they put in - on the order of 75 cents or less per $1. Better to criticize how the disaster money is wasted than that it was requested in the first place by states who already feel ripped off.

  • Killazontherun||

    Its your fault for being a solid Team Blue voting block that you can be kicked around by Team Red politicians without them having even a whit of concern for your interests or reaction.

    Speaking of your interests, you should be concerned about the negative consequences of this getting passed even more than the rest of the nation, given that money is being used to further entrench the political establishment that already lords over you. The chance of growing a viable libertarian opposition for your elected offices in the current environment of massive federal bribery over the next decade and more has gone from slim to nil due to this bill. So, why are you complaining about Rand instead of Christie on this one again? You are the one that is fucked by this.

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