As if Bill Johnson did not embarrass himself enough on Monday evening in his debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes on KET — in which he ranted on and on about rich people’s kids being kidnapped and the obvious socialist threat to democracy that comes in the form of homeless people and has led to the ouster of good Republican public servants like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and replaced them each with Red Commies — there is more embarrassment to come.
Mixed in with his claim that the most important part of a Secretary of State’s job is to protect the rights of people who may or may not ever exist (yes, that’s the most important), Bill Johnson took fantastical thinking to a higher level and claimed our democracy is being attacked by a nonexistent organization.
As for Paul, Grayson said he appears to be more focused on staying in the national spotlight than on getting a seat at the table for Kentucky in budget negotiations.
“I don’t get the sense that he’s, at this point, really that effective in Washington. He’s not part of the discussions,” Grayson said.
But he said Paul can use that national profile to affect policy from the outside, as then-Sen. Jim Bunning did in 2010 with his one-man filibuster of extending unemployment benefits.
“By being a national figure, you can impact policy without being one of those players inside those negotiations,” Grayson said. “To date, I don’t think (Paul has) been effective in that. But it’s March – they’ve only been in session for a couple of months. It’s a little too early to say for sure.”
No, Rand Paul’s ego is too busy being a Fox News Superstar to be concerned with silly things like playing a role in policy. Yet, he is called Senator Paul now.
As we’ve explained many times here at B&P, Rand Paul was able to win the Republican nomination in 2010 partly by promising voters that he would never ever ever vote for a budget that was not balanced. He ridiculed Trey Grayson for saying that this was not practical and that a multi-year plan could be feasible. Paul scoffed: “those who would propose a ten year plan to balance the budget might want to remember the Soviet agricultural five-year plans. Remember all of the balanced budget plans we’ve had over the last 30 years and that’s why we get nowhere… someone’s going to have to think outside the box and we’ll have the courage to stand up and say no”. Once Paul was sworn in, he promptly offered a three plus year plan to balance the budget.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has ratcheted down his proposal to cut $500 billion from the federal budget for fiscal year 2011.
Paul on Tuesday introduced an amendment on the Senate floor to cut $200 billion over the next six-and-a-half months.
Paul has come down from the $500 billion in spending cuts he called for at the beginning of the year. That plan would have kept 85 percent of federal spending in place and would have not cut Social Security or Medicare, according to Paul’s office.
An aide to Paul said the senator wanted to see if he could attract more support by offering different levels of cuts.
Yes, Rand Paul is another one of those compromising politicians saying one thing in order to get elected, then springing out a watered down version of the budget that simply borrows more money from China, as he once said. But don’t worry, he still left in all of the money for Iraq and Afghanistan.
David Williams’ Papers Please Worse-than-Arizona immigration bill was already taking on water, but now Trey Grayson has decided to take a parting shot at it before he heads out to Harvard. Here are his thoughts on the way that Williams rammed it through the senate without discussion of how foolish it could be:
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Outgoing Secretary of State Trey Grayson said action by his own party “disappointed” him and it was “all about politics.”
Grayson was referring to Kentucky’s Senate Bill 6, an immigration bill similar to the controversial law Arizona passed. Grayson criticized SB 6, one of the several pieces of Republican legislation rammed through in the first part of the session, for flying through the State Senate without the cost analysis attached to it.
“You can make a case that something like Senate Bill 6 might be needed in Kentucky in a sober way, but just slamming it through the way it was done showed it was about politics,” said Grayson. “I was disappointed in that.”
Grayson also declined to endorse David Williams’ gubernatorial candidacy, citing the restrictions of his new job at Harvard (you aren’t there yet, are you Trey?), but managed to take a crack at Beshear:
“I have enjoyed working with Gov. (Steve) Beshear, but if you were to ask me what he wants to do in the second term, I don’t have any idea,” said Grayson. “He doesn’t really have a lot of an agenda, and I think he’s really missing an opportunity.”
If you ever find this out Trey, pass it along to me, I’d love to know too.
One of the reasons Rand Paul was able to beat Trey Grayson in the primary was that he pledged never to vote for a unbalanced budget, whereas Grayson ridiculed that as impractical. See below:
Of course, 2010 was not the year to be a practical Republican in Kentucky, and this was one of several issues that lead Rand Paul to an easy primary victory.
Rand Paul then doubled down on this pledge in the general election, stating in this August e-mail:
I will not vote for an unbalanced budget. I will not vote for a tax increase. Ever.
Ever! Well, that changed a bit a few weeks later, when Rand Paul hedged and said that he will propose a budget that would balance over a period of 5 years. He claimed to not be hypocritical because the first budget he proposed would balance it in one year and if that one didn’t pass, he would propose bills that balanced it in multiple years. His claim failed.
A week after his election, Rand Paul claimed that he would propose $500 billion in spending cuts. Considering that the budget deficit was estimated to be $1.7 trillion at that time, this is what you would call a “Soviet 4-Year Plan”. However, Rand also said at this time that he would vote against raising the debt ceiling, even though he acknowledged that this would cause the government to default and thrown the entire world into a catastrophic economic crisis. Sometimes Liberty requires things that you find abhorrent, you know?
Ron Paul (Father Liberty) then warned that leadership would try to wheel and deal in order to trick new Republicans in Congress to vote for an increase of the debt ceiling. Shortly afterwords, Rand Paul claimed that he might vote to increase the debt ceiling if folks promise to balance the budget. Ugh, another one of those awkward “Sunshine Patriot” moments…
And late last week, Rand Paul finally announced his budget plan, which would cut $500 billion in spending, or $800 billion short of the projected deficit. You’re free to call this a “Soviet 3-Year Plan for the Proletariat”.
So not only is Rand Paul breaking his amended pledge to offer a balanced budget bill first, he’s quite obviously abandoning his pledge to never vote for a budget that isn’t balanced.
Unless he’s voting against his own budget. Unorthodox, sure, but sometimes Liberty requires that.
Coming this Monday at the University of Louisville. Here are the details from Yarmuth’s office:
Congressman John Yarmuth, Secretary of State Trey Grayson to Participate in Bipartisan Forum on Tone of Public Discourse
(Louisville, KY) On Monday, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) will join Secretary of State Trey Grayson and University of Louisville Political Science professor Jasmine Farrier for a panel discussion entitled “Do Words Matter in Political Discourse? A Community Discussion.”
In the aftermath of the violence in Tucson, Arizona that claimed six lives and injured 12 others – including Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords (AZ-8) – Grayson and Yarmuth began discussions about the necessity of returning civility to public discourse. Both Grayson and Yarmuth are close friends and colleagues of Giffords. Congresswoman Giffords corresponded with Grayson shortly before she was attacked about toning down political rhetoric, while Yarmuth and Giffords collaborated often and met weekly as members of the Congress’ 2006 class.
In collaboration with the University of Louisville – the sponsors of this event – both will join with Farrier for a conversation about the state of political rhetoric.
The event is open to the public. UofL media relations director Mark Hebert will moderate the forum and field questions from attendees. The event begins at noon in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free public parking for the event will be available in the “P” lot on Floyd Street next to the railroad tracks and across the street from the football practice field (for a map, see http://uofl.me/mh-evt2). A round-trip shuttle will operate between the parking lot and Bigelow Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The forum will also be streamed live on the web at: mms://livestream.louisvilleedu/remotelive
WHEN: Monday, at 12:00 PM
WHERE: Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, University of Louisville Main Campus
WHO: Congressman John Yarmuth Secretary of State Trey Grayson Mark Hebert, Director of Media Relations, University of Louisville Dr. Jasmine Farrier, Professor of Political Science, University of Louisville
After many hours of reflection, conversations and prayer with family, friends, advisors and others, I want to announce, today, that I will not be a candidate for Attorney General — or any other office — in 2011. While I am not ruling out a campaign in future years, I am confident that this is the best decision for my family and me.
I appreciate all the encouragement from past supporters as well as complete strangers to run for Attorney General. In the final analysis, at this time, I want to spend more time with Nancy and the girls than an elective office will allow.
This desire was brought home to me a few weeks ago during the annual post-election Republican State Central Committee meeting. It was great to see so many of the candidates who won on Election Day. There were smiles on the faces of everyone in the room, including my own, about the Election Day outcomes. On the inside, however, I was torn, because to attend the meeting, I had to miss my youngest daughter Kate’s first-ever basketball game. As the girls have grown older, these conflicts are becoming more common and more difficult to address.
Even as I had meetings and conversations with many friends and stakeholders about a race in 2011, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wouldn’t be able to reconcile my desire to have more family time with another grueling, statewide campaign and the extensive time required to be a successful elected official. So for the past few weeks, even going back before the November election, I have been leaning against running.
Some may say that this decision is related to Jack Conway’s announcement that he plans to seek re-election. It is not. I am confident of my ability to wage a successful campaign against Jack next November. I believe that more Kentuckians share my view that the Attorney General can and should play an important role in fighting the unconstitutional and anti-Kentucky actions of the federal government in areas like health care, energy and agricultural policy. I was looking forward to the two of us waging a vigorous but fair campaign, since we both respect each other. So, no, his announcement didn’t deter me from running.
What his announcement did, however, was move up my timetable. I had originally thought that I would discuss the decision in-depth with my family during Thanksgiving break, much as Nancy and I did during November 2002 about my first run for Secretary of State. So this weekend, in addition to working with the girls on dribbling, serving, raking leaves and making brownies, I spent a great deal of time thinking, praying and talking with Nancy. Ultimately, the decision was easy.
-Word on the street is that Steve Beshear has a choice: stick with Daniel Logsdon as your KDP chair an risk losing, or put your arch-enemy Jerry Lundergan back in charge and win easily. There actually is a third choice, but nobody’s talking about it yet.
-Trey Grayson is toying with the idea of running for Attorney General.
-Speaking of Trey Grayson, nobody really believes that Trey voted for Paul when he was in the privacy of the voting booth, and nobody believes that Rand Paul doesn’t still hold a grudge.