Elder statesmen tell those crazy kids to get off their lawn

Those darned kids:

U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted fellow Republican Rand Paul on the Senate floor this morning for his 13-hour filibuster against the Obama administration's drone policies... "If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stuntes than fire up impressionable libertarian kids," he said. "I don't think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people."

Taking the floor after McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) echoed these criticisms, adding that he was "disappointed" in his Republican colleagues who supported Paul's filibuster.

McCain and Graham seem to have a real bee in their bonnets about anything libertarian. Extra-judicial assassination of US citizens strikes me as a pretty awful milestone to pass with such limited debate. For instance, we can start by asking why we're handing out citizenship to such inimical people in the first place, which is just inviting these awful dilemmas.

The Republican Party has become the party of Boomer suburbanites, still believing in the system, still confident that Dear Old Dad (Greatest Generation ever!) is out there somewhere, running the machines and keeping everything on track. The Democrats are energizing young voters--social democracy and cultural Marxism sound great when you're young. The only Right-ist equivalent is libertarianism, and the Ron Paul movement was young, white, intelligent and male. This brief infusion of testosterone of course horrified old queen bees like McCain and Graham, who never move quicker than when it's to take the floor and assure us that nothing of the like will ever be allowed to happen again. Indeed not, Senators. Seven million whites stayed home last year rather than vote for the Republican nominee who doesn't want their votes anyway, and the numbers will only get worse.

Time to pull the Republican Party's feeding tube.


Rev. Right said…
For the first time in forever, A Republican siezes the political initiative, stands up for a Constitutional principle in a clear and forthright manner, and does it in a way that 90% of America, left or right, could support, and the leadership of the Republican Senate comes out and slaps him down for daring to question the motives and intent of a Democrat President who daily accuses Republicans of wanting to starve seniors, take medicine from babies, and enslave minorities.

That must of been one damn good dinner Obama gave McCain and Graham.
Matt said…
For McCain and Graham, blowing people up with drones is a sign of Strength and Strong America, Taking No Shit From Nobody. I don't think they really care what America is doing with its bomber-drones, so long as it is doing something and doing it Strongly.
IanH said…
It's amazing listening to Graham. I especially like hearing about how "we're in a war" as if the past decade never happened.
Visibilium said…
Sorry to disillusion you, but the GOP has no feeding tube. The squabble between the mainline and entreprenuerial wings has been have been going on for at least 50 years. Need ancient archetypes? Think of Bob Dole (or elder Bush) and Jack Kemp.