December 19, 2013

Rep. Peter King has openly been feuding with tea party favorites like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul for months now. He said that Ted Cruz has tapped into a dark strain of the American political psyche and Rand Paul reminds him of Hitler appeasers. I just love it when wingnuts collide, don't you? Anyway, what has set King off the rails this time is a CNN interview Rand Paul did with Wolf Blitzer that trashed DNI Clapper.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the nation’s top intelligence official should resign for “lying” to a Senate committee about mass data collection by the National Security Agency.

"I do think what your government is doing is unconstitutional, and I really think that in order to restore confidence in our intelligence community, I think James Clapper should resign," Paul said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Paul, also said actions by Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, have done more to compromise the credibility of the intelligence community than leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

"I find that really, that Clapper lying to Congress is probably more injurious to our intelligent capabilities than anything Snowden did because Clapper has damaged the credibility of the entire intelligence apparatus, and I'm not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to Congress."

(As you know I am no fan of Clapper or the NSA surveillance program) Peter King was furious at Senator Paul's remarks and he didn't mince his words at all.

Rep. Peter King said fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul owes the nation’s top intelligence official an apology after saying he should resign for “lying” to a Senate committee about a controversial surveillance program.

The New York congressman also said that Paul's comparison of National Intelligence Director James Clapper to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is "absolutely disgraceful."

"For Senator Paul to compare that patriot, General Clapper, with someone like Snowden, who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk - Senator Paul should be ashamed of himself," King said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

"It's an absolute disgrace. He disgraced his office and he owes General Clapper an apology immediately."

Peter King has mentioned that he might run for president in 2016 and has just launched a PAC. We already know Rand Paul will probably jump into the GOP pool for 2016 as well so the GOP presidential primaries are already looking like they might top the crazy ass GOP presidential primaries of 2012.

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