On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal blaming the United States for the rise of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, while taking shots at “interventionists” like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well “hawkish members” of the Republican Party.
Beyond that, it is unclear what Paul is trying to argue, as the op-ed is only semi-coherent. As best I can tell, he is suggesting that U.S. policymakers talking about military intervention in Syria, and then ultimately deciding against it, is a major reason why ISIS came to power. Or something. He also comes out in favor of having both foresight and hindsight.
Paul’s column invited a lot of predictable criticism, but it was also trashed by an unlikely source:
A top southern Democratic official said at a meeting last Friday that if the party can’t successfully use the racial tension in Ferguson “into a message for our party, we just need to pack it up and go home,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Many have noticed that the Democratic National Committee chose an interesting week (given the ongoing problems at the Veterans Health Administration and the Obama administration’s passive response thus far) to unveil this cool Obama sticker.
It may soon become a “meme” (pronounced MEEM), for example:
The union-owned Amalgamated Bank, which is still owed millions by the Democratic National Committee, was introduced as a new partner of the Democracy Alliance at its annual meeting in Chicago this week.
Three weeks after the RNC whittled down their list of potential 2016 convention sites, the party in charge of the White House released its own list of prospective 2016 host cities. After the 2012 funding disaster that still has the DNC in the red, you’d have to imagine by 2016, they’d be caught up by then.
The DNC sent requests out for proposals to Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.
The Democratic National Convention in Utah. Let that soak in. This is SLC this past Patriot’s Day:
Former Democratic National Committee and Obama for America national platform director Michael Yaki is being sued by the city of San Francisco for illegal lobbying activity.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is mired in debt and is even putting off payments to vendors, who complained anonymously to CNN about overdue bills owed by the party’s national committee.