Rand Paul

The RNC's Sneak Preview of the Coming Republican Primary Bloodbath
August 31, 2012

Four or eight years from the next GOP primary, it's already hard to keep track of the talented potential candidates.

Whatever Happened To Tax Cuts?
August 30, 2012

Has the GOP relegated talk of tax cuts to quiet rooms?

Members of Congress: Call Your Pastors and Rabbis
July 11, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up a farm bill today that includes substantial proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program).

Rand Paul’s Strange Obsession With an Obscure, Century-Old Trading Act
May 04, 2012

The Republican Party, and its libertarian faction in particular, has a long—which is not to say distinguished—history of singling out bureaucratic bogeymen that allegedly represent the dangers of government overreach. It’s a list that includes the welfare office, the EPA, and the Federal Reserve.

Liberalism Needs A Toilet
March 20, 2012

Mitt Romney has decided that light bulbs represent liberalism's soft underbelly. Actually, they don't. The replacement of incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives is at best a minor inconvenience. (My only complaint is that I can't yet find any three-way light bulbs at my supermarket, though apparently three-way CFLs do exist and can be purchased on Amazon.) And as multiple sources have pointed out, Romney is quite wrong to blame this on "Obama's regulators" because the law mandating the change was signed into law by President George W.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Conservative Reactions to Herman Cain’s Sex Scandal
November 05, 2011

When news broke last Sunday that GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain had been accused of multiple instances of workplace sexual harassment in the 1990s, conservatives had the opportunity to reevaluate their opinion of the candidate and his fitness for the highest office. Instead, reactions broke down roughly into two camps: those who saw nothing but a racist witch-hunt from the liberal media and those who took the opportunity to dispute and belittle the existence of sexual harassment in the first place.

How the Debt Committee Could Turn Republican Against Republican
August 02, 2011

Grover Norquist is always filled with triumphalist theories, and his book elucidates one favorite Norquist claim, that shrinking revenue will turn the Democratic coalition (the "Takings Coalition") against itself in a cannibalistic orgy: The Takings Coalition can hold together as long as there is more money flowing into the state to finance the demands of each constituent group.

Michele Bachmann: Why She and Other Backbenchers Don’t Have a Chance
June 10, 2011

Do the surprise victories of Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell in the 2010 Senate Republican primaries mean that seemingly fringe candidates like Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, or even Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore have a chance? That’s what many pundits have been saying.

Ron Paul vs. Rand Paul!
June 02, 2011

[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner] Representative Ron Paul, in Iowa: "We're not on the verge of having a king, but we are on the verge of having way too much dictatorship in Washington, D.C.." Senator Rand Paul, in Washington D.C.: "I’m not for profiling people on the color of their skin, or on their religion, but I would take into account where they’ve been traveling and perhaps, you might have to indirectly take into account whether or not they’ve been going to radical political speeches by religious leaders. It wouldn’t be that they are Islamic.

Ron Paul's Racism
May 13, 2011

Last fall, Rand Paul briefly caused a stir when he suggested that his libertarian principles would require him to have opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Paul danced around the subject, refusing the let himself be pinned down. Tonight his father and political idol, Ron Paul, appeared on "Hardball" and said, very forthrightly, what his son merely implied: Rand's statements on the law (which he later retracted) came during his first week as the Republican nominee for Senate in Kentucky in 2010.