I guess I was right about Paul. I almost changed my mind after I listened to him on Beck’s show the other day, but not quite (I remembered his audio clip on the radio from the day before). It seems he needed a day to get ready for Beck’s audience and, judging from Beck’s response, Paul seems to have pulled the wool over Beck’s eyes – but not mine. Here’s the proof that I was correct:
“I’ve got a news flash for those who want to call people names on amnesty: What we have now is de facto amnesty,” he said during an appearance on Fox News.
“We have 11 million people here. They’ve been here, some of them, for a decade or more. No one is telling them to go home, no one’s sending them home,” Sen. Paul responded.
Whether Rand Paul likes it or not, he just admitted to supporting amnesty, he just doesn’t want to call it amnesty (how very “progressive” of him).
But there’s another hidden gem in this story: the secret to why Republicans have been losing so many recent elections.
Rand’s critics say:
“People like Coulter and Limbaugh say people like you are being suckered into an agreement here,” Hemmer said. “What they argue is that conservative principles should not be sacrificed here, it’s that the Republican message has been lost in the process. What would you say to that?”
“If amnesty goes through, America becomes California and no Republican will ever win another national election,” Coulter said last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
To which, Paul answers:
Paul responded: “Here’s another news flash: We haven’t been too competitive in the last two national elections.”
Well, Senator Paul, maybe you Republicans haven’t been winning because all you Republican “leaders” have been folding on the principles your constituents want you to stand on instead. Ever think of that? Well, you should, because polling suggests – no – it pretty much confirms this is why Romney lost: because conservative Republicans couldn’t see a difference between him and Obama and they stayed home. And as long as the like of you, Senator Rand Paul, continue to fold on the values your constituents want you to hold the line on, the Republicans will continue to lose.
Senator Paul, get over in the corner with Lindsey and John.