March 4, 2015 11:00 pm -

It’s not enough to be in the chamber, applaud, and stand up for Benjamin Netanyahu. You have to applaud wildly or you must hate Israel.


“Unenthused Rand Paul Lifelessly Applauds Netanyahu Speech” wrote the National Review Online, citing a handful of conservative tweeters to bolster the claim that his slow-clap must mean something. The Washington Free Beacon, known for its barrage of attacks on the senator and his staffers, posted the GIF without comment.

During an appearance Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends, the senator hit back at the suggestion that this GIF shows he is secretly anti-Israel:

You have these gossipy websites who really demean themselves by putting stuff like that out. I gave the prime minister 50 standing ovations, I co-sponsored bringing him here, and on the day that I also decide to co-sponsor the Corker bill saying that any final deal has to be approved, we have gossipy websites looking at, you know, the metric of how fast you clap. I mean, I think they demean themselves by putting that out.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

29 responses to Right-Wing: Rand Paul Didn’t Applaud Enthusiastically Enough For Netanyahu

  1. Anomaly 100 March 4th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Oh, FFS.

    • burqa March 5th, 2015 at 6:00 am

      O don’t know what FFS is, but I’m sure it’s something good, so you get a upvote on faith….

      • Anomaly 100 March 5th, 2015 at 6:52 am

        FFS: For Fuck’s sake.

        • burqa March 7th, 2015 at 2:36 am

          Oh, er, um, well then, I, uh, well I guess I was right.
          And just let me say that that is a cause I support…….

      • Anomaly 100 March 5th, 2015 at 6:52 am

        FFS: For Fuck’s sake.

  2. Hirightnow March 4th, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I’m not that bad of a cook…and I’ve been thinking;
    I could market a sauce, for when these guys inevitably turn and eat their own.
    Something earthy, and simple…

  3. arc99 March 4th, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    When I first saw this story’s headline in my surfing of various sites, I thought it was from the Onion or a similar satirical publication.

    Amazing isn’t it how right wingers accuse us liberals of having a “messiah” but these same people have no trouble demanding specific levels of intensity of the applause for their chosen one.

    Pointing out that right wingers are usually the people most guilty of the behavior they criticize is about as pointless as alerting people that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning. Everybody already knows it.

    • Hirightnow March 4th, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Wanna invest in my Tea Party themed sauce?
      I’m thinking of calling it “RINOaisse: for when unpalatable isn’t enough! Makes eating your own seem like a trip to France, if France weren’t a bunch of America-hating frogs

      Available at gas stations everywhere!

    • craig7120 March 5th, 2015 at 8:12 am

      “chosen one”
      Well done sir
      I’m not surprised you said it, I’m disappointed I didn’t think of it.

  4. jasperjava March 4th, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    This reminds me of North Korea, where you can be jailed for not applauding the Dear Leader’s speeches enthusiastically enough.

    The GOP has lost its mind.

    • Hirightnow March 4th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Diffidently, I point out that one must have a mind to begin with…

    • nola878 March 5th, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Or the old Soviet congress under Stalin where nobody would dare be the first to stop applauding.

      “They easily pasted ten years on him [the first man who stopped applauding] on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him”

      “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.”

      Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      The Gulag Archipelago

  5. jybarz March 5th, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Don’t really give a sh!t! A bunch of GOP Numbskulls listening to a GOP Senator Numbskull from Israel.

  6. rg9rts March 5th, 2015 at 12:56 am

    So the gopee has a clapometer to measure your enthusiasm

    • burqa March 5th, 2015 at 2:08 am

      No, the GOP clapmeter measures something else entirely….

      • rg9rts March 5th, 2015 at 2:53 am

        I thought that was the vaginal probe with the optional digital exam feature

      • anothertoothpick March 5th, 2015 at 8:49 am


  7. frambley1 March 5th, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Another instance of the Right WIng’s obsession with Political Correctness.

  8. OldLefty March 5th, 2015 at 6:20 am

    These people and their BibiBamboozlePalooza Extravaganza are petulant middle school children.

    They show you that every day.

    Showing once again that we are very unserious people in very serious times.

  9. OldLefty March 5th, 2015 at 7:18 am

    If Rand was principled, he would not have been there at all.

    • anothertoothpick March 5th, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Rand Paul and his father both belong on a Morton Downy JR. show.

      • OldLefty March 5th, 2015 at 9:28 am

        That’s why someone, “(who?) called him the Schrodinger Candidate.

      • fancypants March 5th, 2015 at 8:57 pm

        at least ron paul knows his politics a lot more. it might end up in a debate with ron on one side and rand on the other

  10. anothertoothpick March 5th, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Let’s have a closer look into how Israel got her nukes.

  11. Hirightnow March 5th, 2015 at 8:46 am

    After about the 20th standing ovation, those things start to lose meaning…
    (50? Really?)

    • anothertoothpick March 5th, 2015 at 8:48 am

      they were trying to show their HATE of Obama.

  12. William March 5th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    That must mean he’s a Muslim