Rand Paul launched his filibuster Wednesday night. He may have also fired the first shot in the second wave of the Tea Party movement.
The actions of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and other conservatives in the Senate have galvanized the Tea Party movement in a way we have not seen in a long time.
What does that mean for 2014 or even 2013?
We have seen friends and enemies for 2013 and 2014.
Top on the enemy list is now Lindsay Graham. I have been preaching caution as to which Republicans we primary so that we ensure that we take control of the Senate. Graham is an exception to that.
South Carolina needs to pull out all of the stops to find a winning candidate who can beat Graham.
Republicans can and should learn from Rand Paul’s filibuster. Stepping out and being courageous brings support. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz singlehandedly brought a desperately needed jolt of enthusiasm to the movement.
In the space of 13 hours, Rand Paul transformed himself from the Junior Senator from Kentucky to one of the top leaders of the conservative movement. Doing even less, Ted Cruz went from being a freshman Senator to another major leader in the conservative movement.
In Colorado, Republicans are planning a Rand Paul like filibuster to stop radical gun control. While some of the radical bills will probably pass, the Republicans will energize their base by simply standing up and fighting. Reports indicate some Democrats are wavering and may even break from the party.
Why is this happening?
It is happening because Republicans are showing courage.
This is a lesson that is totally lost on the House Republican leadership.
John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the entire House leadership are clueless. You would think they would have learned by now in their dealings with Obama that they cannot simply deal with the Obama Regime.
What do the Republicans need to do?
First they need courage. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz just showed them how to do it. John McCain and Lindsay Graham, who were dining with Obama instead of standing for liberty, reacted like petulant, hormonal teenaged girls. Graham said he had been opposed to CIA nominee John Brennen before Rand Paul’s filibuster. Now because Rand Paul had taken the spotlight, he would now vote for Brennen.
Rand Paul’s filibuster reminds us that it was not the GOP message that was the problem in the 2008 and 2012 elections. It was the candidate and the candidate’s message.
#standwithrand became the top twitter hashtag in the world while Rand was doing his filibuster. There is a reason for that. There is a reason why the RINOs like McCain, Graham, Boehner and Cantor have repeatedly failed.
It is time for the Tea Party to go hunting for 2014.
RINO are in season and there is no bag limit.