If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he's talking about.
~ John McCain quoting an editorial from Wall Street Journal, via Business Insider
McCain specifically objected to Paul saying that a future president as evil as Nazi leader Adolph Hitler could one day come to power and use drones to kill political opponents like actress and peace activist Jane Fonda.
“To allege that the United States of America, our government would drop a drone hellfire missle on Jane Fonda, that, that is… that brings the conversation from a serious discussion about U.S. policy to the realm of the ridiculous,” McCain said.
. . . if someone is an enemy combatant, that enemy combatant has nowhere to hide: not in a cafe, not anywhere.”
"We’ve done, I think, a disservice to a lot of Americans by making them believe they’re somehow in danger from their government: they’re not,” he added. “But we are in danger from a dedicated, longstanding, easily replacable leadership enemy that is hell-bent on our destruction, and this leads us to having to do things that perhaps we haven’t had to do in other more conventional wars.”
~ John McCain via RawStory
To my Republican colleagues, I don’t remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President [George W.] Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone. They had a drone program back then. So what is it all of a sudden that this drone program has gotten every Republican so spun up? What are we up to here?
. . . What is it, all of the sudden, that this drone program has gotten every Republican all spun up?
. . . To my party, I’m a bit disappointed that you no longer apparently think we’re at war. Not Senator Paul, he’s a man to himself. He has a view that I don’t think is a Republican view – I think it’s a legitimately held libertarian view.
~ Lindsey Graham via Mediaite
Lindsey Graham & John McCain are enemy combatants in the war on our liberties.— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) March 7, 2013
Old Man McCain condescendingly railing about those gosh darn libertarian college kids on the Senate floor. Who needs 'em! #WinningTheFuture— Corie Whalen (@CorieWhalen) March 7, 2013
Press Release Young Adults for Liberty
#StandwithRand or #DiewithMcCain
Sen. John McCain's snide remarks about 'libertarian kids' are exactly what's wrong with the GOP Establishment
WASHINGTON, DC — Taking the Senate floor today following Sen. Rand Paul's historic 13-hour filibuster on Wednesday, Sen. John McCain speedily placed himself and his fellow Establishment Republicans like Rep. Lindsey Graham on the wrong side of history, and on the wrong side of the future of the GOP.
"Senator McCain's ideas are literally a dying breed in the Republican Party," said Young Americans for Liberty Executive Director Jeff Frazee.
"These 'libertarian kids' are the future. It's just a matter of whether or not the GOP will stand with Rand and remain relevant; or turn their backs on the next generation and die with McCain," Frazee continued.
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McCain wasn't feeling that filibuster last night it seems— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) March 7, 2013
John McCain now speaking on the Senate floor, telling the villagers that he didn't mean to create that monster.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 7, 2013
I think McCain is just jealous that Rand Paul got more people excited in 13 hours than McCain could in an entire election. #StandWithRand— JTTallman (@JTTallman) March 7, 2013
#thefive JUDAS Lindsey Graham is also an Event Planner: Organized GOP dinner with Obama last night.— Hardline Stance (@Hardline_Stance) March 7, 2013
Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz tag team a Paul led filibuster while John McCain and Lindsey Graham have dinner with Barack Obama.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 7, 2013
Wonder if stuff like this will incentivize a credible candidate to take on Lindsey Graham. washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-po…— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 7, 2013
McCain is irrelevant now, he became just another career politician NOT the maverick he was YEARS ago. HE fights OUR young guns @senate_gops— Ms Patrick Henry (@possumhollow) March 7, 2013
Senator McCain just went to the floor of the Senate and blasted Senator Paul saying the filibuster was not helpful. Senator McCain, and I tell you, this illustrates the contrast between the new stars of the Republican Party and yesterday’s mashed potatoes. McCain said that Paul’s filibuster (imitating McCain), “Let me tell you what’s wrong with it, Limbaugh. It’s gonna give ammo to those who think the rules of the Senate have been abused.” Senator McCain, there’s not a person in the world who cares about the rules of the Senate right now. And if the rules of the Senate were abused last night for the American people to hear the truth, then so be it.
~ Rush Limbaugh, via PoliticusUSA
Obama busy courting Graham, McCain, yesterday's mashed potatoes. Shifttonight is to new generation. Stunning media skills#StandWithRand— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 7, 2013
McCain gettin' tired o' hangin' 'round the Bottomfeeders.Poor, lonely, bewildered old man.— chuck clarkson (@ClarksonChuck) March 7, 2013
GOP are hilarious. Were y'all expecting John "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" McCain to SUPPORT Rand Paul's questioning on drones? #tcot— Texas Leftist (@TexasLeftist) March 7, 2013
Petition Demanding Apology from John McCain to Rand Paul
While Senator Rand Paul was filibustering John Brennan’s nomination for CIA Director over the Obama Administration’s implicit assertion that it can kill American citizens on American soil without charge or trial, Senator John McCain was schmoozing with President Obama over dinner.
Millions of people, from all political backgrounds, showed support for Rand Paul’s courageous filibuster on social media. Rand Paul was eventually joined by 14 senators, including Sens. Lee, Cruz, Toomey, and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.
Instead of joining this important filibuster, Senator McCain mocked Rand Paul and made condescending statements towards libertarian young people. "If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms."
These comments are rude and out of line. Senator McCain should apologize for insulting tens of millions of Americans who rightly assert that they cannot be killed by the President.
The U.S. government has zero constitutional authority to kill a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil without a trial or due process. That’s plain and simple.
Sign the petition telling Senator McCain to apologize to Rand Paul and his supporters for his inappropriate comments!