There has never been a question about where Senator John McCain and Senator Rand Paul’s relationship stands. It is probably on the equivalent scale of a couple going through a divorce and fighting over the custody of a child. Nasty jabs here, smart remarks there, nothing is really sacred between the two of them.
The latest sibling brawl between the two came Wednesday while speaking on the Senate floor regarding a bill advancing Montenegro’s bid to join NATO. McCain, referring to the few objections to the bill began by stating:
You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup. If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.
McCain then asked for the floor to push the bill through unanimously, but not before his old buddy, Paul, got to throw his temper-tantrum on the podium. Paul came full force to the front of the floor, dramatically stated his opposition, and as if he were a diva exiting stage left, stormed out of the room. This seemed to spark something inside the 80-year-old McCain who went back to the podium and stated:
I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number—perhaps 98, at least, of his colleagues—would come to the floor and object and walk away.
The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians.
So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.
For obvious reasons we know that McCain wasn’t saying that Paul LITERALLY worked for Putin, that would be crazy….wait I guess it wouldn’t be crazy but still. Just to clarify. though, a spokesperson for McCain told The Daily Beast:
Senator McCain believes that the person who benefits the most from Congress’s failure to ratify Montenegro’s ascension to NATO is Vladimir Putin, whose government has sought to destroy the NATO alliance, erode confidence in America’s commitments to its allies, overthrow the duly-elected government of Montenegro, and undermine democratic institutions throughout Europe. Senator McCain, and certainly the people of Montenegro, would appreciate an explanation from Senator Paul as to why he sought to prevent this small, brave country from joining in the defense of the free world.
Oddly enough, Rand Paul did not take the bait from McCain’s explosion and responded by stating:
Currently, the United States has troops in dozens of countries and is actively fighting in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen (with the occasional drone strike in Pakistan). In addition, the United States is pledged to defend 28 countries in NATO. It is unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt.
Seriously, politics has now become a cross between a soap opera, a reality television show, and a peek into your neighbors dirty family history. Calm down boys, we have a long way to go in this current administration.
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