Sen. Rand Paul’s fiery denunciation of Beltway business as usual showed why the mainstream of the Republican Party has such a hard time dealing with the Tea Party. People like Rand Paul and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, make other Republicans look like go-along, get-along career politicians.
You didn’t even need to have the sound on Tuesday night to notice the difference between the televised address of Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who gave the official Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, and the one broadcast via the Internet by Paul, the Kentucky senator who spoke on behalf of Tea Party Express.
Although Rubio himself was elected with Tea Party support, he looked like a presidential wannabe. He stood before a grand window framed by heavy brocade curtains and an American flag, with a family picture artfully placed in the backdrop. Even his pale blue tie, by chance, resembled the president’s.