By the Left Coast Rebel
I'm a day late on this but this should go down in infamy as the starkest of the stark contrast between Rand Paul's brand of conservatism and John McCain's statism and awful personality.
From the floor of the United States Senate yesterday. Background on the story from The Hill:
Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and John McCain (Ariz.) battled on the Senate floor Tuesday over a proposed amendment to the pending defense authorization bill that could allow American citizens who are suspected of terrorism to be denied a civilian trial.
Paul argued the amendment, which is cosponsored by McCain, "puts every single American citizen at risk" and suggested that if the amendment passes, "the terrorists have won."
“Should we err today and remove some of the most important checks on state power in the name of fighting terrorism, well then the terrorists have won," Paul argued, "[D]etaining American citizens without a court trial is not American."
McCain, however, who has spent hours of floor time in the last weeks promoting his amendment, hurried to the floor to defend it against Paul's onslaught.
More analysis over at Humble Libertarian. More here. Here's Rand Paul's incredible speech:
More Paul and McCain's response
Beyond his failure to grasp any of the valid, Constitutional points Senator Paul makes, McCain's demeanor speaks to his moral and intellectual bankruptcy and vapidity of his points.
Rand Paul -- "we lose if we surrender the Constitution to a police state..."
McCain -- "Americans might die! Guns! Rockets! How dare you even make such a ridiculous assertion... Grrr!"
Imagine this guy was nominated in 2008!