Sen. Rand Paul's tea-party response to the State of the Union was a mixed bag. At its best, it reflected real movement on the right in favor of immigration reform; at its worst, it was just plain weird.
The Kentucky Republican was least convincing Tuesday night on the topic for which he is best known. He promised to balance the budget in five years, but what he offered was not promising. Consider this passage:
"It is time for a new bipartisan consensus. It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred. And it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud. Where would we cut spending? Well, we could start with ending all foreign aid to countries that are burning our flag and chanting death to America. ... Not only should the sequester stand, many pundits say the sequester really needs to be at least $4 trillion to avoid another downgrade of America's credit rating. Both parties will have to agree to cut, or we will never fix our fiscal mess."