McCain: Hillary Clinton v. Rand Paul Would Be “Tough Choice” In 2016

Just exactly what is the Republican Party supposed to stand for if Hillary Clinton looks attractive to any former GOP Presidential candidate in a race against another Republican? Yet McCain said, “It’s gonna be a tough choice.”

The writer of the report for suggested McCain wasn’t really being serious because he laughed when he said it. But I’m not so sure. In that same interview he said words about Hillary as Secretary of State that I’m sure she’ll be happy to use in her campaign:

“I think she did a fine job. She’s a rock star. She has, maybe not glamor, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world.”

So if Rand Paul wins a chance to run against his “rock star,” what are the chances he would side with Paul?

The problem with McCain, in part, is that he doesn’t want to acknowledge how much the American Empire has cost us. Consider this exchange:

IC: I want to talk about the Senate. It seems to me that the GOP leadership has been frozen by Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. JM: I am not sure if it has been frozen, but certainly there is an element in the party that has been there prior to [World War II], the isolationist, America-Firsters. Prior to World War I, it was Western senators, and then Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, and then Taft versus Eisenhower. Even Reagan—Reagan’s presidency was perfect without ever a problem [said sarcastically]—there was an isolationist wing that fought against Reagan. And now the bad economy has exacerbated what has always been out there.”

That last sentence is revealing. The “bad economy” is giving an opportunity to the message of Rand Paul. That is true but that is not just a happenstance. A major reason why we are now in recession was because 1. Our wars were so expensive and 2. Bush was motivated to cover up how much they cost by having the Federal Reserve keep stimulating the economy with low interest rates. We were encouraged to send off the soldiers and keep shopping. So our wars have both directly (cost) and indirectly (Federal Reserve manipulation to keep people happy and compliant) contributed to this economic downturn.

What is also more or less glossed by McCain is that this economy is a security threat to the nation. Being massively dependent on ongoing debt to the Chinese and other foreigners is not a recipe for a secure and independent country.

I suspect McCain knows that there is little chance that a President Hillary Clinton would get us past our economic problems She would probably make them worse. But it is a mistake to think that we can simply allow our economy to stagnate and worsen while continuing our overseas interventions. It can’t happen. Something has to change.

Even Republicans who want to see the national security state continue ought to be in favor of Rand Paul. He knows what it would take to get our country through a reset and on the road to real growth. If he did that, he would save the country. After he’s out of office another President can always use that growth to rebuild whatever parts of the national security state that Rand Paul has reduced.

If our economy continues to worsen, we will lose the national security state anyway, and we won’t be able to rebuild anything.