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The Top 11 Insults Hurled at Rand Paul by His Colleagues

Rand Paul single-handedly shut down the government, and his fellow senators let him know in no uncertain terms what a dumb idea that was.

By NTK Staff | 02.09.2018 @12:15pm
The Top 11 Insults Hurled at Rand Paul by His Colleagues

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is used to taking abuse. Last year, his next-door neighbor brutally attacked him for reasons that are still somewhat unclear. And on the 2016 Republican primary debate stage, Donald Trump gave Paul such a brutal verbal beatdown that it likely still smarts today.

But when Paul single-handedly shut stalled a budget vote Thursday night into Friday morning, he triggered yet another government shutdown.

“The dumbest shutdown ever,” read Politico’s headline Friday morning.

Below are the top 11 insults hurled at Paul in the past 24 hours:

11. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Paul is waging his fight “probably to help Rand Paul.”

10. Sen. John Thune (R-SD): “It’s a colossal waste of time,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). “He never gets a result.”

9. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): Cornyn blamed Paul directly for “wasting everybody’s time.”

“It’s just grossly irresponsible,” Cornyn told reporters, explaining why Republicans would not grant him his amendment. “Why reward bad behavior?”

8. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS): “I would be more critical if I thought this was shutting down government for a period of time,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

7. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE): “I once again fail to see the point of what Sen. Paul is doing. This has been an experience I have had many times in our seven years together. He is a wonderful colleague who has mastered the art of ticking off his colleagues,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

6. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who presided over parts of the floor debate, said the looming shutdown was an example of the “total dysfunction” and “ridiculous” but blamed both sides.

“I don’t know why we didn’t vote on his amendment. It would have been … the right thing to do. But at the same time he’s not getting a vote. It kind of seems ridiculous to, you know, shut down the government for even an hour or two,” he said.

5. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL): “He’s tilting at windmills. Don Quixote, you know,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

4. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA): Asked about the standoff, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) quipped: “I’m just having a ball. Just having a ball. Living the dream.”

3. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): After the midnight deadline, McConnell introduced Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), a Paul ally, to a pair of senators on the Senate floor with a trademark crack about Paul’s current low standing among congressional Republicans.

“I want to introduce you to a congressman who likes the senator from Kentucky,” McConnell said with a grin.

2. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC): “You haven’t convinced 60 senators or 51 senators that your idea is good enough for them to support,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) upbraided Paul, during a tit-for-tat on the Senate floor. “Go to work, build a coalition, make a difference. You can make a point all you want. But points are forgotten. There’s not a whole lot of history books about the great points of the American Senate.”

1. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA): “When Rand Paul pulls a stunt like this, it easy to understand why it’s difficult to be Rand Paul’s next door neighbor,” said Dent, referring to the neighbor who assaulted Paul last year, breaking several of his ribs and sending him to the hospital. “The whole delay and filibuster exercise on the budget agreement is utterly pointless.”

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