Re: Rand Paul
"Blimey, I didn't think an intelligent Republican actually existed!"
There are plenty. I had the pleasure of seeing Rand Paul filibuster over the drone policies when I visited the US and it was impressive.
The difference between the Democrats and Republicans seems to be that the crazy Democrats never seem to run for office, or get very far if they do.
I note Michael Habel is trolling and offering Harry Reid as an example of a crazy Dem, who "obliviously" hates cancer kids. Nice spinning, but you've handily missed out a line from the 3-person conversation which changes entirely the context:
Bash: “But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, to Bash, “Why pit one against the other?”
Sen. Reid: “Why would we want to do that?”
Reid was in effect saying the idea of running piece-meal budget bills was nuts, and to quote him in the same question "what gives them the right to choose which parts of the government are funded?". There's a cruel irony that this healthcare that is currently unfunded, is due to a Republican congress that wants to unpick the healthcare reforms brought in by Obama.