From my point of view, this leaves the junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, standing near the altar like a jilted bridesmaid. Not a very pretty picture.
And now what has Rand Paul got?
I’ll tell you in four words at the end of this article.
First, the bigger picture … So far Rand’s gamble – endorsing Romney – doesn’t seem to be paying off. And there may be a salutary lesson in this.
It is late in the day.
The power elite that wants to run the world is more ruthless than ever. Panicked by the Internet and the exposure of the globalist conspiracy, they have launched half a dozen wars and kicked off a worldwide economic depression.
If they cannot run the world, they seem to be saying, no one else shall have it either. Like children, they clutch the Earth’s big blue ball to their collective chest.
Only they are not children. They control the world’s central banks, the world’s nuclear arsenal and are collectively worth trillions. And they are furious.
They don’t like to be challenged, apparently, not fundamentally, as the Internet has done.
What we call the Internet Reformation has exposed their plans and shown quite clearly the length and breadth of the directed history they’ve practiced while snickering behind their long, gilded sleeve.
Rand Paul can promise to serve them. But it is, as I said, late in the game. Their arrogance is rising along with their fear. And thus, they treat their servants more carelessly than ever. They are discarding the useless ones feverishly.
They are preparing to jettison a whole shelf-load of bankers, for instance – accusing them of corruption in order to pass more laws that will further tighten their grip over the world’s financial commerce. These elites RUN government. When laws are passed, they inevitably benefit.
Their servants, former masters of the universe, are just now starting to understand what it means to work for Money Power … and how quickly the dynastic families worth trillions will slough off mere billionaires if it suits their purposes.
Rand Paul is getting that treatment now. Perhaps he insufficiently understood their ruthlessness and desperation.
Did he really believe at this late date that he – a mere mortal – could horse-trade with the gods? Once they saw how angry he’d made his base with the Romney endorsement, they no doubt cast him aside.
Perhaps Rand Paul didn’t know … or doesn’t understand. Their promises are worthless. He is less than human to them, a two-bit player in the carny act of regulatory democracy.
What does Rand have now?
There is the nebulous promise of speech-ifying at the GOP Convention, but no specifics announced yet.
And, really, at this point, who will be watching the convention?
Nobody much likes Mitt Romney that I can tell, even his supporters. They say things like, “I will gladly pull the lever for Mitt Romney to get rid of the socialistObama.”
They’re not excited about Romney, you see … just excited about ridding themselves of someone else.
“Savvy” observers counseled that Rand Paul had made his endorsement to “play the game” – with the idea that you have to show the powers-that-be that you are willing to accept the current reality before you are allowed to change it.
These observers speculated that Rand Paul was in the running for the vice presidential nomination. They also surmised that Rand Paul’s endorsement might have won him a center-stage speech slot at the upcoming convention. Maybe even his dad might be given a slot as a result.
But so far, it doesn’t look like it.
US News recently pointed out that Ron Paul “suffered a setback in his effort to have a major impact on the Republican National Convention” when the Republican National Committee declined to recognize a slate of Paul delegates from Louisiana.
Much thoughtfulness there, eh? Meanwhile, there is no news about Ron Paul addressing the convention. The leading constitutionalist politician of his era will not even speak at his “last hurrah.”
And if Rand does, I doubt he’ll get center stage. I doubt in the long run it will mean anything at all.
He can’t bring the young people with him to vote for Romney because the young people have delved deep into the Internet and discovered the con. The wars are a con, the economy is a con … even their future is a kind of con.
Are they supposed to vote for this media airbrushed personality, this second-rate financial thug whose supporters literally beat Ron Paul supporters like a collective drum in order to satisfy … what? Rand Paul’s measured, calculated massaging of the GOP ego?
It is late in the day for Ron Paul supporters as well. And there are tens of millions of them. They could have been Rand’s.
And ironically, if he hadn’t decided to be a little too smart, he could have “taken them with him.” If he hadn’t compromised, if he’d stood up to the pressure and the powers-that-be, he’d actually have come closer to achieving his goal.
What’s clear is that Rand Paul DOESN’T control his father’s base. One only needs to read the Internet to see that. If they perceived of him as they do his Daddy, then they WOULD be his.
And he would be stronger rather than weaker.
Because ALL they respect is strength. Rand Paul may have thought by portraying himself as a more reasonable man than his father, he’d ingratiate himself and receive cooperation and kudos. (And eventually more power.)
But ironically, he HAD the power … millions, young and old, who were willing to donate for him, campaign for him, literally bleed for him.
All he had to do was say “no” to the established interests.
But he thought he was just a bit smarter than those around him. He apparently figured he’d play the game and keep his base, anyway. Instead, they’re casting him off.
Bush crime family: Jeb Bush, right, with his brother President George Bush at an Orlando fundraiser in 2006. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters
Speculation that a late challenger might still emerge in the increasingly bitter race for the Republican presidential nomination is set to surge after former Florida governor Jeb Bush made remarks criticising the current field.
Bush, who is the brother of President George W Bush and son of President George Bush Sr, is a beloved figure among many conservatives who see him as a strong and charismatic leader who is popular in the must-win swing state of Florida. (Must be the Free Meds George Jr gave them?)
That contrasts with a widespread unease among many Republican leaders and grassroots activists with the remaining crop of Republican candidates and the vitriolic nature of the fight between frontrunner Mitt Romney and his main challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
In answers to questions from the audience after a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Bush cautioned the remaining Republican campaigns from drifting so far to the right that they put off the key independent voters needed to beat President Barack Obama in November.
“I think it’s important for the candidates to recognise though they have to appeal to primary voters, and not turn off independent voters that will be part of a winning coalition,” Bush told the audience according to CBS news.
Bush also directly took on the strident tone of recent Republican debates, accusing participants of scare-mongering. “I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that’s kind of where we are,” he said according to Fox News.
With Mitt Romney failing so far to secure the nomination but with no convincing challenger emerging to unseat him, many Republican pundits have speculated about the possibility that none of the current field will be able to amass enough support to secure the nomination this August in Tampa.
Though that is still unlikely, and Romney remains favourite to win the contest, it has led to a slew of names being mentioned as possible “white knights” (KKK?) who could still enter the race or emerge at Tampa as a compromise candidate to unite a splintered party. They include Bush, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan.
Though none of these figures have expressed any intention to run, and several have repeatedly denied it, Bush’s comments are likely to set the rumour mill spinning furiously.
They also come after Tea Party favourite (Cousin) Sarah Palin entered the fray, raising the idea that she might see herself as her party’s saviour. In recent interviews the former Alaska governor has said she would “help” out the party if a contested convention happened and told CNN earlier this month that she believed such an event would be a good thing. “I don’t think it would be a negative for the party … That’s part of the competition, that’s part of the process and it may happen,” she said.
Ron Paul’s campaign has also complicated matters. Though the libertarian-leaning Texan congressman has not yet won a single state’s popular ballot, he is trying to build up a large number of delegates to take to Tampa. In caucus states, where complex rules mean the number of delegates assigned to a candidate can outweigh their score in the popular vote, Ron Paul’s campaign is working hard to win as much support as possible. That could see him amass a body of delegates in Tampa that far exceeds his standings in the polls and makes a contested convention, with no one having enough support to secure victory, more likely.
Hey – Aren’t the Hutaree Militia in Mich. being held and charged for the exact same thing? Difference is that they were set up by the very Govt. which makes constant threats, and then laughs it off. “I wasn’t serious.” OK Whatever
Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) apologized on Thursday after Talking Points Memo obtained an audio recording of him saying he would need to kill members of the Senate in order for the Republican budget to pass there.
“I supported the Paul Ryan budget and sent it over to the Senate,” he said at a town hall meeting. “Now I live with some senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and shook him and I’d love to get them to vote for it.”
“You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I don’t think they’re going to listen unless they get beat.”
A spokesperson for Sullivan apologized for his “poor choice of words” and said the congressman did not condone any form of violence against legislators.
The use of combat-related rhetoric and symbols in politics has become somewhat taboo following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who survived a gunshot wound to the head last year.