The response to the State of the Union is the opposition party's opportunity to inform the president that, yes, his agenda is welcome to crawl into a corner and die. Call it the STFU to the president's SOTU. It's also a hazardous assignment, if history's any judge.
Tonight Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will give the official Republican response, and Sen. Rand "Son of Ron" Paul will give the official Tea Party response, which is a whole lot of responding–and a whole lot of room for error.
Here's what Rubio and Paul need to do in order to avoid making complete(er) fools of themselves:
Tags: Bob McDonnell, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Republicans, State of the Union, Tea Party
The Pauls are good at so many things. Eloquently defending civil liberties against the encroachment of executive power. Getting ignored by the mainstream media. Playing baseball.
Getting through an airport without becoming a national news story, however, is not in the Paul family skillset.
First there was Rand Paul's run-in with the security state at a Nashville airport. This weekend, Rand's 19-year-old son William Hilton Paul was taken into custody on charges of underage alcohol consumption, disorderly conduct and public intoxication at a North Carolina airport. He's since been released, but was forced to post a $750 bond, even after performing a weak do-you-know-who-I-am routine:
While in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, reports say William Hilton Paul identified himself as the son of Sen. Rand Paul.
I can't believe that didn't do anything for him!
He may have had better luck pleading a case of mistaken identity. Forbes (screenshot above) seems to think 19-year-old William Hilton Paul's mugshot is a perfect match for 85-year-old billionaire William Barron Hilton, who I suspect is much better at growing facial hair and holding his liquor.
Tags: Alcohol, Crime, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, TSA
Hello and welcome to our very last post of 2012. Thanks for reading, commenting, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Tumblr. What better way to review the year that's almost past than with an exclusive interview?
Indecision: Hi, 2012. Thanks for talking with us.
2012: [stares, dazedly]
Indecision: It's okay. You've been through a lot.
2012: I'm so tired. I'm just so tired.
Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Hillary Clinton, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, Primaries, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Sex, Twitter
Looks like the Ron Paul Revolution will be getting a reboot even faster than the Spider-Man franchise…
"I'm not going to deny that I’m interested" in a 2016 presidential run, the Republican told ABC News. "I am different than some in that I'm not going to deny that I'm interested. I'm not going to deny that I think we have to go a different direction because we’re not winning."…
"I think we have to go a different direction because we're just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas," Paul said. "States should be allowed to make a lot of these decisions. I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different."
The way I figure it, Rand is going to have to run as a states rights advocate in 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028 and 2032, at which point his son William will be old enough to take over for him.
William should really only have to carry on his family's ideological message in 2036 and maybe 2040. By then, the U.S. economy will almost certainly have collapsed due to poor sales of Justin Bieber, Jr.'s concept album.
Then, the Paul family can begin its crusade for village rights.
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Tags: Rand Paul, Ron Paul