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    Today, 07:49 PM
    Thanks. Yeah, Cruz has been a disappointment. It looked like Cruz was moving our way on foreign policy back in 2013, back when non intervention was more popular. Now that it's less popular he's a hawk once again.
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    Today, 07:26 PM
    Oh jeez you're still here?
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    Today, 08:07 AM
    I hope Rand warns Trump not to name Bolton as national security adviser.
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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    Well I hope that Rand can convince Trump to not name Bolton as national security advisor.
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    02-14-2017, 11:01 PM
    Then why does voting for a President's cabinet nominees mean anything?
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    02-14-2017, 04:18 PM
    Towards the end of his career, Ron endorsed all of the incumbents in the state of Texas, including Lamar Smith, the author of CISPA. Ron also voted for Gingrich as speaker every year that he was in the house. Those are both things that purist libertarians would disagree with. Ron wasn't 100% "pure" either. Nobody is.
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    02-14-2017, 04:15 PM
    Yep.
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    02-13-2017, 09:28 PM
    It's an abuse of executive power for the President/Attorney General to just decide on their own which laws are Constitutional and which are unconstitutional. Now, it's true that resources are scarce and there isn't enough money for the AG to be able to enforce all the laws on the books. So he has some amount of prosecutorial discretion in that regard. But, the AG can't just decide on his own that he won't enforce certain laws because he personally thinks they're unconstitutional.
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    02-11-2017, 08:04 AM
    Sessions is seen by conservatives as being anti establishment. Rand voting against Sessions wouldn't be seen by conservatives as being "anti establishment." It would've just been seen as a betrayal and a liberal vote.
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    02-10-2017, 08:11 PM
    Matt, did you ever give credit to Rand when he voted against Pompeo as CIA Director?
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    02-10-2017, 05:15 PM
    Abstaining from the vote would've been the most cowardly and least principled thing he could've done. He would've been criticized by both libertarians and the Republican base if he had done that.
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    02-10-2017, 12:32 PM
    Then what would Rand voting against Sessions have actually accomplished? All it would've done is cause the entire right wing of the Republican Party to hate him, and make him lose influence with his fellow Republican Senators, making it harder for him to get their support on things like his Obamacare replacement plan.
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    02-10-2017, 11:47 AM
    I'm the one living in the real world. You're the one who doesn't believe in being practical. You think that Rand somehow could get away with joining the Democrats and rewarding their despicable race baiting. Rand would've been seen as the enemy by the entire right wing of the Republican Party if he had voted against Sessions. Rand is a Republican Senator. If he were to be completely independent he would have to run for office as an independent or as a Libertarian.
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    02-10-2017, 11:43 AM
    And Giuliani or Christie would be better when it comes to upholding the Constitution? Those were the alternatives had Sessions been blocked.
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    02-10-2017, 10:52 AM
    As a result of Rand voting to confirm Sessions as AG, Sessions will now be more willing to listen to Rand when he voices his concerns about protecting civil liberties. Had Rand voted against Sessions, then Sessions would simply disregard anything Rand says in the future. But of course libertarians don't believe in being practical and will never consider those kinds of practical implications.
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    02-09-2017, 03:25 PM
    Rand got all kinds of criticism from the right for voting against Pompeo, now so called libertarians say they will no longer support him because he voted to confirm his friend and colleague, Jeff Sessions. Really, if I were Rand I would just want to quit the Senate and go back to his medical practice. There's no point of fighting for people who are completely ungrateful for what he's done in the Senate. I would truly hate to be him and try to deal with so many irrational and unreasonable people. The liberty movement has been a dying movement for quite some time anyway, but yet I guess the goal is to make it as small as it can possibly be by condemning the one guy in the Senate who actually fights for liberty every single day. Good luck with that.
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    02-09-2017, 01:23 PM
    There was also a political witch hunt going on against Sessions by the Democrats, claiming he was a racist when no such evidence ever existed. So let's see. Rand was going to give up all of the political capital he had and be the only Republican to join the left in a political witch hunt against someone who's a good man, regardless of how you feel about his politics. Yeah, that would've been a brilliant move. 😏
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    02-09-2017, 01:10 PM
    Matt seemed to be politically smart and realistic at one time. Not so much anymore apparently.
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    02-09-2017, 01:05 PM
    Of course he wasn't going to vote against a Senator from his own party for a cabinet position. To do so would've been unprecedented and would've accomplished nothing. Would Christie or Giuliani as AG have been better? Of course not, and one of them would've been confirmed as AG had Sessions been blocked.
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    01-23-2017, 10:04 PM
    He's already said he's going to vote for Sessions. Rand generally votes to confirm cabinet nominees even if he disagrees with them ideologically as he believes that the President should have wide latitude to pick his cabinet. This is a rare instance where he voted against a cabinet nominee. He's also not going to vote against a fellow Senator.
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