Rand Paul

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    July 15, 2014

    Rand Paul, So Mad at Rick Perry, He Defends President

    He was doing so well for a minute there. Last week Gov. Rick Perry managed to appear on the national political stage and not make an ass of himself over the immigration problem, and boy were we proud. Or maybe "relieved" is more accurate, but we were some kind of positive feeling wrapped up in the f ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014
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    March 11, 2014

    Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually namin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    The Predicted Top 4 National Political Stories of 2014

    Why four? Because five is just as arbitrary. With that out of the way . . . . Many blogs, pundits, commentators and so forth have just finished looking back at 2013 and what the biggest stories of the year past were. We're going to try a different tact: prognostication. Here's what we think the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Another Reason Ted Cruz or Rand Paul Won't Win the GOP Primary in 2016

    It's long been known by political scientists that the longer a party has been out of power -- that is, has not held the presidency -- the more likely it is to nominate a moderate. This is one reason, out of many, that we can expect Chris Christie to emerge as the Republican standard bearer in 2016. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Ted Cruz Has Been Spending A Lot of Time Iowa: Can He Win the Iowa Caucus?

    Ted Cruz wants to be President of these United States. While this is unlikely -- the party elites dislike him, view him as an electoral disaster waiting to happen and he would never emerge from the "invisible primary" as the GOP elites' choice -- Cruz dares to dream. Thus, he has been spending an in ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    2013 Turkeys of the Year — Looking Back at the Best of the Worst

    From politics to sports to education and food, the Texas gobblers provided pure gravy.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    It's Never Too Early: 2016 GOP Presidential Frontrunners

    It is, after all, almost 2014. And we know that the beginnings of what political scientists call the "invisible primary" are well underway -- i.e., the GOP (and the Dems, but more on that in another post) elites are already deciding who is a viable presidential candidate and ideologically trustworth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Blame for the Current Government Crisis: Not the Answer You Expected

    American exceptionalism, for being an abstract idea, is a real aspect of American politics. Especially among those on the right -- see, e.g., Sarah Palin -- there is a belief that we are a blessed, unique nation (note the underlying theological tones). Part and parcel of American exceptionalism is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Texans Are For Civil Unions, Paula Deen, Not Messing With Texas, Against Rick Perry

    John Steinbeck once wrote that Texas was a state of mind, approximating religion. A complex state of mind though, he owned, since people either passionately love the Lone Star State or passionately hate it. Complex also because this is a big state with lots of people and lots of opinions. We mention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    UPDATED: Wendy Davis's Abortion Filibuster Brings Laughter from Republicans, and History to Capitol

    UPDATED: After 12.5 hours of filibuster, a trio of controversial points of order, and one of the most sustained shows of political passion the state has seen in years, the Texas Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 5 Tuesday night. After departing shortly after midnight without a clear ruling, Lt. Gov. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Texas In 2016: Hillary Beats Rick Perry?

    At some point, Texas will give up its status as a GOP guarantee. That seems the consensus, at least. A burgeoning Hispanic population, increasing transplants from California and New York, and a youth bubble surpassed by only Utah -- all signs point toward an eventual purpling of this putative Republ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The Republican Candidate's Guide To Picking Campaign Music

    This week Republicans from around the country gather in Florida to celebrate all things conservative and curse Issac for stealing the national spotlight. For me the 2012 Republican National Convention marks the true start of the presidential campaign season, the playoffs to the primaries' regular se ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2012

    Barbarians in the Ivory Tower

    America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.

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    October 19, 2010

    Ten TV Shows That Need To Go Away Now

    ​We're barely a month into the fall TV season and have already lost three new network shows. My Generation, the show that was to catch us up on a group of high school graduates ten years after the fact (and presumably set to the music of The Who) pulled a Keith Moon after two episodes. Lone St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Rand Paul's Baylor Escapades Ignite Churchiness Battle

    We've written before about the odd Baylor episode of Rand Paul, son of Houston's own Ron Paul and somehow a leading candidate for the Senate (in Kentucky, which may explain the "somehow").His Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, has released an ad using details of what Paul says was a pranky tying up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Rand Paul's Aqua Buddha: Another Baylor Mystery

    Aqua Buddah, God -- it's all good​Rand Paul, son of our own Ron Paul and -- hard as it may be to believe -- a serious contender to become the U.S. Senator from Kentucky -- (well, maybe the "Kentucky" part is not that hard to believe) is in the news today because of a brief item from GQ.It addresse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Life Goes On, Even After Lost And 24

    ​In case you hadn't heard, this week marked the series finales of both 24 and Lost, leaving fans of Byzantine plots, glacial pacing, and right-wing propaganda with huge, empty spaces in their lives. At least until the next Tom Clancy novel comes out. But have no fear, brave TV watchers. For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    The Ron Paul Revolution Begins Its Next Step

    If you weren't annoyed enough by the baying hordes of Ron Paul supporters in 2008 (Fiat money!! Plague on both their houses!!!), get ready for The Ron Paul Revolution: The Next Generation.The Texas congressman has a son named Rand, who we really hope -- likely in vain -- is not named after the autho ... More >>