RINO Hawks

In a final note today on the ironies of the Paul filibuster, you have to figure Sen. John McCain’s head is spinning at the treatment he’s getting from the Right over his criticism of the Kentuckian’s complaints about the drone program. I mean, seriously, when the man ran for president in 2008, it was his relentless hawkishness that was his one piece of serious coin with otherwise skeptical “movement conservatives,” while his opposition to the torture policies of the Bush administration was a real political problem for him.

Now he’s just a damn RINO all around. Check out this comment from Erick Erickson:

Rand Paul has done a brilliant thing filibustering the President’s appointment to the CIA.

By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Rand Paul forced ABC, CBS, and NBC — chief sources of news for low information voters — to cover the issue.

Along the way, Rand Paul had help giving him time to rest his voice. Ted Cruz came down a few hours in to give Paul a break. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran came in. Cruz read tweets in support of Paul.

Mark Kirk, who returned to the Senate a short while back after a very bad stroke, came in to support Rand Paul.

Even Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon joined in the filibuster.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham and John McCain went to eat dinner with the President. That speaks for itself.

McCain needs to understand that policies acceptable under a Republican president are a violent assault on the Constitution when advanced by the Kenyan Socialist in the White House right now. Particularly when you are breaking bread with him.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.