splitting votes and Rand Paul is having it all ways

Chuck Hagel nomination vote.

The four Republican senators who voted for Hagel: Sens. Thad Cochran (Miss.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Mike Johanns (Neb.) and Rand Paul (Ky.)

The earlier breaking of the filibuster vote to vote on Hagel.

Weirdly disappointed in, for instance, Murkowski of Alaska and Collins of Maine.  Like, aren’t they supposed to be Moderates not tied to this manner of Extreme Partisanship?

Other than that… Rand Paul voted nay.  Even though he went aye on to vote for the man.  “Against him before he was for him”, if you will.  Here’s Rand Paul’s reasoning — it is all very convoluted… and comes across a tad rationalizing to join the popular (Defend Israel from any faint whiffs as well just thumb Obama) Republican position and popular (Ted Cruz proto McCarthyite as well as thumb the Anti-Christ Obama) Tea Party position while maintaining Iconoclast status and holding onto his Paulian spot of Tea Party…

He’ll try to be the ironic Liberal Hero on John Brennan now.

Then again maybe he’s just voting in a way to draw attention to him?  Like… does anyone care to dwell into his supposed Tea Party dual rival of Ted Cruz of Texas, who… voted as you’d expect, and thus it’s not even worthwhile looking his reasoning up.

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