What can be better for The Republican Party (in general) and Neocons (specifically) than to get those Ron Paul supporters....without Ron Paul?
Now that would be something.
Neocons hate being out of power. Their writings are filled with gibberish on how Obama is gutting the military, how he's weak in The Middle East, not nice enough to Israel, and just not doing this Empire thing right.
Neocons can't fathom not being in control come 2016.
Hillary is coming (a 3rd Super PAC has just been formed) and you're gonna need every edge you can get to beat her. She's going to have the massive media apparatus at her back. If you think Hope & Change was intoxicating, wait till the Hillary propaganda kicks in.
The elephant in the room for the Republicans/Neocons is the large number of Ron Paul supporters. If I were a neocon, my first thought would be: "How can we get these votes, with as little damage to our agenda as possible?"
The doors swung open immediately after Obama was re-elected.
Despite the relentless blackouts and censorship of Ron Paul just weeks before, the RNC Chairman was now standing with open arms:
“We would be fools not to welcome in the liberty movement in this party.”Of course it's ok to welcome Ron Paul supporters now...Ron Paul is no longer a political threat. Having him in power would've been a huge problem. But his supporters are not him. They are just numbers...and numbers you'll need to win the election game in 2016.
After control is achieved, you can throw those gullible Ron Paul supporters overboard and get back to running the world the right way.
Who could possibly be better than Rand Paul to deliver the votes needed for the Neocons. What a fortunate situation. Rand, over time, has consistently proved to the Neocons that he's not his Dad and can be trusted. When it comes to foreign policy, he's as flexible as silly putty.
That's like music to Neocon ears.
Then comes the "spontaneous" filibuster.
National Stage...everyone watching for hours on end.
In action (i.e., the only thing that counts) the filibuster accomplished absolutely nothing. But the Neocons we're all cheers (Rubin, Krauthammer, Limbaugh, Beck). Buzzfeed even put together a list of just about every other bad guy that got on board.
Sadly, a large number of Ron Paul supporters took the bait...It proved too hard to resist. You'd have to be for Obama droning you to resist, right?
Yet nothing was done. Brennan was sworn in swiftly the very next day, and The White House gave itself enough leeway to drive a Homeland Security tank through with its "letter".
In other words, the ship is still on course. It just now has a bunch of Ron Paul passengers on board! Talk about a unified Republican Party is everywhere.
But I'm going to repeat Jennifer Rubin:
He wasn’t attacking the war on terror. He wasn’t attacking drone use overseas. He surely wasn’t attacking indefinite detention at Guantanamo for enemy combatants.Max Boot echoed:
"...he was clever enough not to make his filibuster about drone strikes per se."Yes Max...very clever of Rand (who had the stage, and all eyes and ears on him) to not denounce this:
Droves of Ron Paul supporters hopped onto the the wrong ship. They felt comfortable because a man with the last name "Paul" was greeting them as they climbed aboard.
The filibuster was a BIG score and the answer to my Neocon question was answered: "How can we get these votes, with as little damage to our agenda as possible?"
In this battle, the Neocons won.
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