Well the Pureblood Patron Saint of Independent Civil Libertarians has spoken. And the question -- the only question -- is whether or not you still stand with him.
And of course, the the only admissible answer is either an unreserved, dog-loyal "Yes, I agree completely with everything Rand Paul says and does." or an eternal, condemnatory "No, Rand Paul is an asshole who has never been on the right side of any issue in his life.".
No middle-ground will be accepted. No conditional statements will be admitted. Because as we all know, "Yes, if..."'s and "No, but..."'s are for pussies and nuance-drunk O-bots only.
Here is the Pureblood Patron Saint of Independent Civil Libertarians from CNN:
Rand Paul: Obama used Newtown families as 'props'Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky argued Wednesday morning President Obama is using the families of victims from the Newtown elementary school shooting for political purposes and compared them to "props" in the ongoing gun control debate....
And here is what the Pureblood Patron Saint of Independent Civil Libertarians helped to accomplish today:
Senate bill to extend background checks killed by filibusterPosted by Brad Plumer on April 17, 2013 at 5:09 pmSo much for significant new gun-control legislation. The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey bill to extend background checks to gun shows and Internet sales has died in the Senate. It got 54 votes, but that wasn’t enough to overcome what was essentially a Republican filibuster.
The Manchin-Toomey compromise bill was a scaled-back version of earlier proposals to extend background checks to unregulated private gun sales. Many gun experts argued that the slimmed-down proposal would have only marginal effects on gun violence. But even that small step couldn’t get through the Senate....
Charles Pierce summarizes:
Well, cut off my legs and call me a Democrat. The famous watered-down Manchin-Toomey "bipartisan compromise" on this country's preposterous infatuation with its firearms has gone down to an ignominious defeat in the United States Senate. So much for Newtown. So much for" tipping points." So much for the changing climate of the country. And so much, for good and all, for the absurd Beltway notion that "bipartisan compromise" is the golden key to Happyland. I can't imagine how all the members of the courtier press are feeling right now. I think my man Chuck Todd may be weeping.
"Bipartisan compromise," as it turns out, is hopelessly vulnerable to empowered paranoids like Ted Cruz, and to abject bipartisan political cowardice as represented by Mmes. Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, and Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota. I have no hope for Ayotte who, between this fiasco and her performance piece on the Benghazi attacks, is plainly casting herself as Sarah Palin With Verbs...
So are you still Standing With Rand?
(Bonus points will be awarded for Rand Standers who also still feels the need to mansplain why there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the America's two major political parties.)