The Best Opinion Is None At All
Rand Paul got into trouble early on when he let his positions be known. Well it would appear that he learned his lesson and/or got some new advisers because it appears that now he has no opinions at all.
RN: Do you agree with the president’s decision to accept Gen. Stanley
PAUL: Ultimately it is the prerogative of the president to decide who
his generals are. My first thought was, going back to the historic
controversy between Truman and MacArthur, but the thing is I’m not sure
I’d call this insubordination, but he had a public disagreement and I
think — I don’t think anybody questions that it’s the prerogative of
president, whether it’s a small or big disagreement, to decide who
generals are at the top level. I haven’t read all his comments nothing
specific to say.
RN: You’ve started to take heat for your approach to the BP escrow
fund. Do you support the fund, the way it’s set up?
PAUL: Well, I don’t think there are many people who don’t believe in
any regulations, myself included, and even my dad — I don’t think
you’ll hear him say he doesn’t believe in any regulation. But I’m not
sure I have the answer to that, sincerely. I think everyone in the
country wants BP to pay for the clean-up, myself concluded. I’ve never
had any argument with that — it’s amazing how you say things and they
get blown into things you didn’t say! I’m not even sure I can talk to
some people anymore because they take things out of context.
RN: But do you support the set-up of the fund? Do you oppose
regulating offshore drilling?
PAUL: There should be some regulations, but I want to do it in a
rational, reasonable way, and ask: Did they obey the regulations? Do we
not have enough regulation, and do we need two blow-out preventers from
now on? These are the things scientists and inventors should tell us.
Should we be drilling at that level? There are a lot of issues, but we
shouldn’t react in an emotional way and say no more drilling. I see some
of that emotionalism happening because the president feels trapped —
his advisers say you’ve got to be tough, you’ve got to have tough
language. I’m not sure that’s a rational way to handle this.
RN: To finish up, though: Do you oppose the fund? I’m not going to
trap you and ask whether or not it was a “shakedown,” but do you think
it’s legal and legitimate?
PAUL: I was listening to some people on the Hill today, and they were
looking for the justification for setting it up. I don’t know what the
legal justification is — I’m not an expert in whether Congress has to
give you authority or the president has authority to do it. Those issues
take research and time, and I’m not going to make an off-the-cuff
Notice he never answered any of the questions – dance moves that would make Fred Astaire look like an amateur. Yes, Rand Paul is now just another politician.
Cross posted at Newshoggers