The Worst Kind Of Deja Vu: GOP Senators Reject Common Sense Gun Safety Bills

Today, the following GOP senators voted against legislation that would help prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns:

Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

These GOP senators also voted against closing the background check loophole for guns bought online and at gun shows:

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

“These are common sense measures, but Senate Republicans refuse to take action against gun violence,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Instead of supporting legislation that could make real change, GOP leaders introduced sham legislation that will do little to prevent another mass shooting and will still make it possible for suspected terrorists to get their hands on guns. The GOP should be ashamed that they continue to cower and risk Americans’ safety rather […]

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Trump Swag Sold To Bolster Rand Paul’s Senate Race

 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s newly minted Donald Trump koozies are being hocked to fund raise on behalf of their slate of Senate candidates for 2016, including CURRENT presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul.

“In a twist you’d only see in the 2016 Republican primary, Senator Rand Paul could be in a position that he not only votes for Donald Trump but he also gets a campaign boost from the hateful, divisive rhetoric of his current primary presidential opponent. Rand might be talking trash to Trump now, but when reality sets in and he gets back to his Senate race the NRSC will have a war chest from Trump’s face on swag,” said Jessica Mackler, president of American Bridge 21st Century. “Voters are already learning that Trump and Rand aren’t all that different, including legislation Sen. Paul introduced that he called similar to Trump’s Muslim ban. The Trump-Rand agenda will hurt Kentucky students, seniors, and families.  Just like the NRSC […]

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Rand Paul Poll Makes Us LOL

National Journal conducted a less than scientific poll asking Republicans and Democrats if Rand Paul should refocus his efforts on maintaining his Senate seat. The results were hysterical — and surprising. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that Rand Paul should refocus his efforts on his Senate election, but in a twist the GOP out-polled Democrats with 91% supporting Rand focusing only on keeping his seat in the upper chamber. 

The comments ranged from hysterical to LOL-worthy, including a Republican saying Rand should keep his sights on the White House because the anonymous poll participant preferred Rand lose his Senate seat, too. One Democratic voter in favor of Rand refocusing on his Senate seat said that after watching his dumb ass livestream Rand needs needs a reality check and a hug. 

National Journal Poll Question: Should Sen. Rand Paul refocus his efforts on maintaining his Senate seat?

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Rand Paul Out-Offends Himself On LGBT Rights

There are almost too many offensive quotes about LGBT rights from Rand Paul packed into 1:21 of video, but here it goes:

 

“I think really the things you do in your house, just leave those in your house and it wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace, to tell you the truth.”

 

“It sets up a classification, or a class of people who can now sue. You see what I mean? So what happens is, it sets up a whole industry of people who want to sue. So if you happen to be gay and you get fired, now you can have a reason to can fire.”

 

“If you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you.”

 

Watch here from Rand Paul at Drake University in Iowa:

 

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New GOP Marriage Equality Position Will Be Constitutional Amendment

Now that the Supreme Court has recognized marriage equality nationwide, the race is on to stake out the far right fringes of the Republican Party. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz have an early lead with their support for a constitutional amendment to allow states to ban marriage equality.

Sure Marco Rubio called homosexuality a sin. Jeb Bush thinks the fight against marriage equality should continue because “we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.” And Ben Carson thinks being gay is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

But now that conservatives lost yet another Supreme Court case, GOP candidates are going to have to appease the Tea Party and support a constitutional amendment. Scott Walker saw the writing on the wall and took the extreme position before he needed to. Who will be next?

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Prime time? Not so much

Rand Paul failed at damage control last night with Megyn Kelly. Rand wasn’t interested in answering any of Kelly’s questions:

Do you regret shushing the one reporter and jumping in?

The question some people are asking about you is whether you’re ready for prime time?

Did you get overly emotional?

People are accusing you now of being too thin-skinned.

Rand continued to prove that he doesn’t want to be held accountable to his extreme positions. He’s trying to trick viewers into writing off past statements like ending all foreign aid to Israel or a complete ban on a woman’s right to choose as “editorializing” by reporters.

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Rand Paul REALLY doesn’t like reporters asking him about his extreme positions

Add Savannah Guthrie to the list of reporters who have been shushed or berated by Rand Paul for asking him questions about his past right-wing positions. Rand shushed CNBC anchor Kelly Evans recently and hung up on Howie Carr. Guess Rand hasn’t mellowed out.

“No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, listen. You’ve editorialized, let me answer a question. You ask a question and you say, ‘Have your views changed?” instead of editorializing and saying my views have changed.” — Rand Paul

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Rand’s New Senior Adviser Oversaw A 19th Century Party Platform

Rand Paul is moving forward on his presidential pipe dream, but his vision for America is hauntingly backwards. Look no further than his campaign’s newly minted senior adviser, former Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri.

Under Munisteri’s leadership, the Republican Party of Texas established an official party platform last year that endorses reparative therapy for homosexuals; urges the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, the 17th Amendment (direct election of US Senators), and the minimum wage; offers support for nullification of federal laws and the immediate privatization of Social Security; and encourages “dispelling the myth of separation of church and state.”

Rand Paul continues to try to paint himself as the Republican candidate who can broaden the party’s appeal — a remedy the GOP desperately needs. But when you move past his charade, it’s the same ol’ movie… Honey, I Shrunk The Tent.

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ICYMI – Rand Paul to Howie Carr: Withhold Foreign Aid from ‘Crazy Countries’

Rand Paul is touring New Hampshire this week, retail-politicking the first-in-the-nation (again) in an unofficial presidential bid that feels like it’s been going on forever. Well in case you missed it,on Friday, Rand Paul called into the Howie Carr show, where he promptly demonstrated both his unpresidential temperament and his dangerous foreign policy platform. Paul, who raised eyebrows a couple years ago when he said we should end all foreign aid, including to Israel, told Carr that we should withhold foreign aid from ‘crazy countries,’ and then became irritated when Carr followed up.

It seems Rand has a tendency for making half-baked policy proposals

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All of the poison in all of the wells!

In case you haven’t heard, Republicans are adamant that when Obama announces his immigration reform executive action tonight, he will be “poisoning the well.

But how can you poison a well that’s already been poisoned so many times? Why, it seems every time the President takes a position, according to Republicans, he’s “poisoning the well.”

When President Obama tried to pass background checks on gun sales after Newtown — a policy supported by 9 in 10 voters — Lindsey Graham accused him of poisoning the well. And when Obama signed legislation reforming a broken health care system — a goal of Democratic and Republican presidents for decades — John McCain said he had poisoned the well. Jeff Flake said that if Obama took any credit for the immigration reform principles in the bipartisan Senate bill, he would be poisoning the well. According to Marco Rubio, policy to protect DREAMers poisoned the well. To other Republicans it was the president’s refusal to cave to their demands during their government shutdown that poisoned the well, or criticizing Paul Ryan’s draconian budget, or passing a stimulus package, or repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

So what was truly the moment when President Obama poisoned the well? What was the well-poisoning-iest moment of his illustrious well-poisoning career? To Republicans, it appears that perhaps it was just the moment he was elected president — ever since then, the GOP can’t stop finding newly poisoned wells.

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