Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kentucky GOP is finally loving Rand Paul: "Shining" and "courageous"

Rand Paul is to Mitch McConnell as Ted Cruz is to John Cornyn as water is to life (photo: Rand Paul's office)

A bit of irony as the Kentucky establishment falls over itself to embraces Rand Paul in a statement:

The executive committee of the Kentucky GOP has passed a resolution applauding U.S. Sen. Rand Paul as a "shining example of Republican leadership" for last week's nearly 13-hour filibuster.

Once a political outsider in Kentucky, the resolution suggests that Paul has won support even among establishment Republicans in the state.

But my favorite part -- the party praises Mitch McConnell for coming to Paul's "aid" during the filibuster.

Here's the full statement:

WHEREAS, on March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky took a principled stand when seeking clarification to his questioning of Executive authority and American drone policy; and

WHEREAS, Senator Paul led a nearly 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the United States Senate, which ignited a grassroots phenomenon across the country, striking a chord with so many Americans yearning to see elected leaders stand on principle; and

WHEREAS, this filibuster, lasting 12 hours and 52 minutes, is recorded as the ninth longest speech in the history of the United States Senate; and

WHEREAS, Senator Rand Paul took a bold stand in support of the United States Constitution and against unchecked Executive power; and

WHEREAS, the Republican Party stands for the Rule of Law and a limited, constitutional government; and

WHEREAS, Senator Rand Paul was aided in this principled endeavor by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee, 10 of his Senate Republican colleagues, one Democrat member of the Senate, as well as Kentucky Congressmen Thomas Massie and Andy Barr; and

WHEREAS, by Thursday, March 7, 2013, the White House relented on Senator Rand Paul’s request by affirming the Obama administration definitively rejected the use of drone strikes against non-combatant American citizens on American soil; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, the Republican Party of Kentucky applauds Senator Rand Paul for his courageous efforts; and FURTHER RESOLVED, the Republican Party of Kentucky recognizes Senator Rand Paul as a shining example of Republican leadership and thanks Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the 13 other Senators who came to his aid; and FURTHER RESOLVED, the Republican Party of Kentucky calls on all Republican elected officials to follow Senator Rand Paul’s example by continuing to fight for principle.

"Whereas" in "Wherein is Trey Greyson now?"