It is good to see a little thing like plagiarism charges are not keeping Rand Paul from doing what he really loves – fighting with Chris Christie. Apparently, the Kentucky Senator believes it was federal money that paved the way for Christie’s big win last week.
Here’s a quote from an interview Paul gave with a Philadelphia station:
“Well, his victory was, in large form, based on that he got a lot of federal money for his state. The problem is…unlimited spending is sort of – you could call it moderate, or even Liberal, to think that there’s an unlimited amount of money, even for good causes.
“If you’re a conservative Republican, the federal government will be involved in certain things, but when you spend money, particularly when you’re at trillion dollars in the hole, it shouldn’t be just this, ‘gimme, gimme, gimme all my money’ without any considerations or strings. It should be, ‘Yes, this is why it’s necessary, but this is also why I’ll cut spending somewhere else.’”
This kind of talk has its rewards and its risks. If Paul can get Christie painted as a wasteful spender, big government Republican, it will certainly weaken the governor’s support among fiscal conservatives. However, there is a risk that he could alienate large chunks of GOP primary voters in the Northeast and places that have been hit by natural disasters.
Also, he gives Christie plenty of reason to come back at him. What would I say if I were Christie? Something along the lines of “Are those your words or did you get them from somebody else?”