Apparently it wasn’t enough for Rep. Peter King (R-NY) that, as reported yesterday, Democrat VP Joe Biden spent most of his time at a gathering of firefighters bashing Republicans — a very petty Peter King opted to do the very same thing.
Per a Mediaite report, King used his time to especially target Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), telling the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) presidential forum that the two aren’t “responsible adults.”
“[Rand Paul] is concerned about drones, he’s afraid the CIA might use drones to attack Americans drinking coffee in Starbucks,” King said, drawing a few laughs from the crowd. He suggested ISIS might be further emboldened to attack America if the commander-in-chief thinks the “real threat” is the CIA killing Americans with drones.
“Then we have Ted Cruz, who believed that … the government should be shut down a year and a half ago,” King said, referring to how Cruz read some Dr. Seuss tales on the Senate floor. “Again, do you really want a commander-in-chief who thinks the way to run the government is to read Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor and shut down the United States government?”
King went on to say America needs “responsible adults” who can recognize the threats the country faces. At one point in the speech, he also criticized those who voted against homeland security funding but say they stand with the military and law enforcement.
In reality, King is simply pandering to Democrats, some neocons and his own limited New York district, while many younger Libertarians the GOP is desperately going to need to win big elections going forward share many of Rand Paul’s concerns. King has absolutely no answers to solve that problem; instead, he enjoys playing the buffoon, because it gets him headlines he apparently craves. As Mediaite also points out, at one point he threatened to run for president himself. Instead, it seems he’s just a lot of talk with no real action to back it up.
Last year, King even suggested he would run for president just to prevent Cruz and Paul from having a strong influence on the Republican Party, and to make sure the “realistic foreign policy wing” or “national security wing” of the party “does not give in to the isolationists.”
Meanwhile, while King to continues to run around like a chicken with his head cut off over the previous GOP shutdown, the GOP won big this past election cycle, which puts the lie to King’s and other’s ongoing fear mongering over it as a way to avoid taking a strong stand against Obama’s vast overreach.