Matt Welch on Rand Paul vs. John McCain Over War


Sen. Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

Last Thursday, about 30 hours before President Barack Obama changed his mind about seeking congressional approval to bomb Syria, Reason Editor in Chief Matt Welch asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) about how the whole Wacko Birds vs. Angry Birds conflict within the GOP was playing out in Washington.

"We're losing, on a good day, 70/30 among the Republicans," Paul said. "But we win every day among the grassroots, probably 80/20, 90/10."

This coming week, which promises to be the most important and bitterly contested conflict of governing visions on Capitol Hill since the September 2008 votes on the Troubled Assets Relief Program, will put Paul's math—and lobbying abilities—to the test.