Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Friday that his newly revealed presidential ambitions are motivated by what he views as a "lack of a real defense policy or defense debate" among leading 2016 contenders like Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
"A number of people in the last several months, particularly in New York but also around the country, were concerned about what they feel is a lack of a real defense policy or defense debate among Republican candidates for president, focusing primarily on Rand Paul and Ted Cruz," King said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." […]
The New York congressman said Paul, who led a marathon filibuster earlier this year to demand answers on the use of drones to target Americans, has misplaced his priorities in the debate. […]
"It bothers me when the leading Republicans out there, someone like Rand Paul, seems more concerned about an American being killed in Starbucks by a CIA drone than he is about Islamic terrorism," King said.
How debased has GOP hawkery become? Consider that the Great Neoconservative Hopes these days are John Bolton, Liz Cheney, and now Peter King, while Angry Birds Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John McCain (R-Arizona) talk about boycotting another Russian Olympics and building a new Berlin Wall. This is what happens when you spend decades working to marginalize political opponents as "unserious" instead of taking on their arguments: The last "serious" pols standing will have all the policy gravitas of Eric Cartman.