Rand Paul Calls Shutdown a “Dumb Idea,” Then Suggests He Would Do It All Over Again

Rand PaulWhen I think of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the first thing that comes to mind (aside from massive amounts of plagiarism) is “name recognition.”  As in, the only reason this guy got where he is in politics to start with is because of who his dad is.  The guy’s an absolute moron.  While I’ve always thought his dad to be a crazy, creepy old man who lives in some alternate reality, Rand Paul just seems like a wannabe who tries to be like his dad, only doesn’t really know how.

See, he wants to pander to the “Paulbots” (the people who blindly follow Ron Paul around like he’s the second coming of Jesus Christ and the only savior for all humankind) so he skirts the edge of a few Libertarian ideas, but most Libertarians I know can’t stand him.  At the same time he’s doing this, he tries to come off as a hard-liner conservative who’s obviously trying to pander to the tea party.

Though he’ll never be the kind of whack job Ted Cruz is.  You know, the current tea party hero.

Rand Paul is just that guy you know who never had to earn his spot in life.  Those kinds of people are often shallow individuals—devoid of pretty much all substance, because they’ve just gotten by based off of who they happened to know.  Which I feel is a perfect description of Rand Paul.  He’ll just say whatever he thinks sounds right, even if it makes absolutely no sense.

That brings us to the comments he recently made on Fox News about the government shutdown, where he called it a “dumb idea.”

“I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea.  Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea.”

Funny, I seem to recollect how I saw him standing right beside Ted Cruz giving speeches in support of shutting down the government if Democrats didn’t give in to Republican blackmail.  I absolutely love how people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul — two of the key figures behind the government shutdown to begin with — have been trying to distance themselves from it by claiming it’s not what they wanted.

It’s amazing how intense public backlash against your party can suddenly rewrite history.  Luckily for them, conservative voters tend to make up whatever “history” they feel like believing in.

But he didn’t stop there.  After calling the shutdown a “dumb idea,” Paul then went on to suggest that if he had the chance to do it again, he’d most likely vote the exact same way — only hoping this time it wouldn’t lead to a government shutdown.

A statement that make absolutely no sense.  He thinks shutting down the government was a “dumb idea,” except he’d most likely vote the same way if given the same opportunity again.  His reason being that — oh, who the hell really knows?  Like I said, it makes absolutely no sense.

His whole premise for his “position” on the shutdown is not only fallacious, it’s downright bizarre.  He’s basically looking back and calling it a dumb idea in hindsight, but saying he’d still vote “no” on the same budget supported by Democrats hoping that somehow his “no” vote wouldn’t lead to another shutdown.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you desperately try to pander to both the people who supported the shutdown (tea party Republicans) and to those who blame the Republican party (most Americans).

It’s also how you look like an absolute fool to anyone who has any level of common sense.  Thankfully for Rand Paul, most of the people who would vote for him don’t have any.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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