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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

State of the GOP Disunity

While President Obama talks about the state of the union Tuesday evening, the GOP is going through a state of disunity. Don’t underestimate its significance and how this will play out.

We know that the Tea Party and constitutional conservative groups are not happy with Karl Rove’s group, American Crossroads. While their new Conservative Victory Project PAC is looking to weed out bad, gaffe-prone ultra-conservative candidates, the Tea Party thinks these guys just want to water down conservatism and consolidate power by putting their money behind anybody with an ‘R” next to their name.

However, for all the vitriol being spewed by both sides, The Brody File sees an area of agreement that could make everybody happy. Maybe instead of fighting back so much against American Crossroads, Tea Party groups around the country might want to expend even more energy finding top notch constitutional conservative candidates in their districts.

Yes, I understand that work is already taking place but the truth is a lot more work needs to be done and Tea Party groups know it. Surely there are other potential Senate candidates out there that will please both the Tea Party and American Crossroads? Surely, there are more like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio out there. It takes time, investment, organization and money, but they’re out there.

The truth is this: The main challenge for the Tea Party movement isn’t fighting against American Crossroads. If anything, you can make the argument that Karl Rove’s group might actually be doing the movement a favor by pushing local Tea Party groups to really get downright busy and serious about finding constitutional conservative political candidates who are ready for prime time.

That’s the main task here. Maybe, just maybe, this internal squabbling will lead to a better conservative farm team. If so, then the bickering amongst conservatives will have served a noble purpose.

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posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:40 PM | Feedback (1)

Rand Paul on Immigration Reform: Border Security Before Probationary Legal Status

Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File that he will only vote for comprehensive immigration reform if the U.S. border is secured first before any sort of “probationary legal status.”

He wants to see annual border security reports delivered to Congress by an independent agency before he will even entertain the idea of temporary legal status for illegal immigrants.

This interview was done up on Capitol Hill last week.

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Key quote:

Sen. Rand Paul: I’ll only vote for this proposal if we have annual reports that have to be approved by Congress. So each year a report comes from an independent investigator saying we are meeting X, X and X targets and that the border is secure and we are really not allowing any illegal immigration. At that point in time, I think there is room then for normalizing these folks.

David Brody: But do you believe those checks should come before any probationary legal…

Paul: Security has to come first. That’s why I would have a year’s time period where you secure the border and then I would have a report at the end of the year and then I would have a normalization process.

posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:48 PM | Feedback (1)

Rand Paul Shot at Hillary Clinton: Benghazi Incident 'disqualifies her from holding a position where the security and the lives of people are under her direction'

Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File that Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi incident “disqualifies her from holding a position where the security and the lives of people are under her direction.”

Was that a not to subtle hint that she is not qualified now to be Commander-In-Chief? This interview was done up on Capitol Hill last week.

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Key quote:

Sen. Rand Paul: I think it (how she handled the Benghazi incident) disqualifies her from holding a position where the security and the lives of people are under her direction and really it’s an indication that maybe she was not in the proper position or out of her league.

David Brody: People will speculate now. What you just said means wait a minute that means she’s not qualified to run for president?

Paul: Well I think the American public will judge that if it ever came up.

posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:28 PM | Feedback (0)

Rand Paul Tells Brody File U.S. Should Stay Out of Israeli Settlement Issue

Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File that the United States should stay out of the Israeli settlement issue and believes the Israeli/Palestinian conflict could get better if the struggle is divided up into smaller, more achievable goals.

He also believes it’s important to figure out ways for Palestinians to become more economically prosperous.

This interview was done up on Capitol Hill last week. Paul recently came back from his first trip to Israel.

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Key quote:

Sen. Rand Paul: I think it’s presumptuous of politicians, many from this administration to go over there and tell them where they can build and where they can’t build. I think that’s a conversation that they need to have and there’s pros and cons to building neighborhoods and settlements but really it’s not American politicians that need to tell them where to build.

posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:05 PM | Feedback (0)