The U.S. Congress sounds increasing like the Washington branch of the Knesset. I'm just waiting for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to show up on the Senate floor wearing yarmulkes.
Senators debating the Iran bill this week have been busy trying to out-Israel each other.
Among the most ardent are Presidential hopefuls and senators facing tough reelection campaigns. A number of them were in Las Vegas last weekend kissing the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who they hope will dip into his billions to fund their campaigns.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the latest Republican to declare he hates Washington so much that he is prepared to spent billions of dollars – of other people's money, naturally – to win a four-year lease on government housing and become the personification of Washington and government.
After Trent Lott left the Senate to get rich as a K Street lobbyist he wrote a book about his days as Senate Majority Leader. The Mississippi Republican aptly named his memoir "Herding Cats."
As Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) looks ahead to leading Senate Republicans in January he may feel Lott understated the challenge. He not only inherits the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul, but there's a colorful new crop in his herd that will give him headaches as well.
Day one of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the biggest confab of conservative political activists, was underway. As a non-partisan political junkie, I was there. I was just feet away from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), as they gave their speeches to standing ovations of thousands of conservatives. However, for all the enthusiasm in the room, disability issues alone show that if things don’t change, the Republicans are doomed to fail in their election goals yet again. Indeed, policies for people disabilities were completely absent from the speeches of Rubio, Paul and others at CPAC gathering.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) has elaborated on his recent call to end all foreign aid – including Israel's $3 billion allotment, and the Tea Party Republican isn't backing down in the face of strong criticism within his own party.
Speaking to ABC News, he said the Tea Party movement is serious about wanting big cuts in federal spending and that “[t]here’s a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but aren’t maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come.”
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to end all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel.
Paul, a Republican newly elected in Kentucky, was on CNN Wednesday outlining where he would cut the $500 billion in government spending he says is critical to sustaining the U.S. economy. His focus was on the departments of energy, education and housing.
Interviewer Wolf Blitzer then asked about foreign assistance, asking if he wanted to end "all foreign aid." Paul said yes, and Blitzer asked him about aid to Israel.
Update: CNN is calling the Delaware Senate race for Democrat Chris Coons, who apparently will beat Republican/Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell. That's better news for the Republican Jewish Coalition, which also refused to endorse her candidacy.
In the non-surprise of the evening, libertarian/Tea Party favorite Rand Paul looks like an easy winner in the Kentucky Senate race.
This isn't good news for Jewish Republicans, who otherwise seem poised to have a pretty good night. The Republican Jewish Coalition conspicuously spurned Paul as being outside the GOP mainstream.