We’ve already got Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum clearly working toward campaigns in the Republican presidential primary in 2016. How about Rep. Peter King too? King would add a great deal of amusement to an already ridiculous slate of candidates.
For a politician whose time in public life has included both public support for a notorious terrorist organization and a willingness to oppose plenty of other things by comparing them to terrorism, it’s hard to be surprised by anything involving Rep. Peter King (R-NY).
Nevertheless, a report Thursday by the conservative outlet Newsmax did the trick. It featured some of King’s allies pushing the idea that the longtime New York lawmaker, known for his tough talk and cable news ubiquity, could run for president in 2016. King followed it later in the day by saying he’s “not ruling anything out.”
If that were to happen, it could make King the Republican Party’s loudest, most over-the-top candidate since Herman Cain.
And now he says he’s considering such a run because Paul and Cruz are not sufficiently “tough” — meaning stupid and authoritarian — on defense and foreign policy.
“A number of people in the last several months, particularly in New York but also around the country, were concerned about what they feel is a lack of a real defense policy or defense debate among Republican candidates for president, focusing primarily on Rand Paul and Ted Cruz,” King said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Criticism of U.S. drone policy by the likes of Cruz and Paul has drawn the ire of hawks such as King and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), setting the stage for a potential split within the GOP on national security…
“It bothers me when the leading Republicans out there, someone like Rand Paul, seems more concerned about an American being killed in Starbucks by a CIA drone than he is about Islamic terrorism,” King said. “So I think we are the party of Eisenhower and Reagan, which believed in strong national defense. Also, I believe the Republicans have managed to cut themselves off from what used to be the old Reagan coalition. They’re the building trade unions, the operating engineers, the construction workers, the cops, the firefighters. We needlessly antagonize them. So on just two issues, national defense and reaching out to what I believe are really hardcore workers who should be part of the republican majority. I’m certainly willing to be out there and be a spokesman to see where this goes.”
This is all for amusement to me. There isn’t a chance in hell that King would win the nomination and, if he did, the Republican ticket would be doomed. The comparison to Herman Cain is a good one, except that Cain came across as a dull but friendly doofus. King, on the other, comes across as a loudmouthed asshole.