Following the nearly thirteen hour filibuster by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), RINO Republican Senators Lindsay Graham (R – SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) blasted the Kentucky senator. While Graham called his filibuster "ridiculous," McCain called his 13 our engagement of the American people a "political start." However, immediately following McCain's statements, the two came face to face in an elevator. Talk about awkward!
Stephen Crowley, a New York Times photographer, captured these pictures immediately following Mcain's statement on the senate floor Thursday morning. You can see the obvious close quarters and the appearance, at least from the photos, of the senators not seemingly engaging each other.
Quoting a recent Wall Street Journal editorial, Sen. McCain said, "If Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts than fire up impressionable libertarian kids." He then added that Paul did a "disservice to a lot of Americans by making them believe that somehow they're in danger from their government."
"They're not," he crowed. McCain is obviously one who has not understood the concerns of the founders of the nation.
"Either they were drinking a lot at the Obama party or they're just completely dismissive of what was going on," said one senior Republican strategist. "They're living in an alternative universe. I don't get it at all. You have a party where there's all this talk about how divided the establishment is from the grassroots, and then you have John McCain and Lindsey Graham come out of left field with this. People are just scratching their heads."
One McCain aide said that Sen. McCain "is doing what he thinks is right. Unlike many of these guys, he's actually been involved in a few national security debates over the years. He knows that jumping on the Rand Paul black helicopters crazy train isn't good for our Party or our country, no matter what Twitter says."
Perhaps this aide could be roused from their slumber with some video footage and actual photos of black helicopters in major cities like Orlando and Los Angeles doing training exercises. I'm doubting that would accomplish much since the aide went on to say, "Senator McCain is obviously well aware of the politics of this. He just doesn't care."
Apparently he doesn't care about the Constitution being violated either or the truth.
McCain told the Huffington Post, "It's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."
"I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They're not," he said.
Interestingly enough, Steve Schmidt, McCain's 2008 presidential campaign manager, said "This marks [Paul's] arrival as a serious national figure in the Republican party." Schmidt went on to say that Paul would be a "formidable candidate" in 2016. Something McCain never was in 2008. "He has the ability to gain currency and momentum in the mainstream of the Republican Party, and the libertarian wing of the Republican Party has historically been a potent one," Schmidt said. "It has been dormant for quite a while." So what does Rand Paul think of the 'Good Old Boys' clubs bashing of his stand for the Constitution? In an interview with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on Friday, Paul said, "You know, I think he's just on the wrong side of history, and on the wrong side of this argument, really."
"I treat Sen. McCain with respect. I don't think I always get the same in return," he added.
Click here to listen to the entire interview. Notice the respect that Senator Paul does give to Senator McCain. Enjoy the token Libertarian Girl, Julie Borowski as she helps to put in perspective just where men like John McCain and Lindsey Graham are going....political irrelevance.