GOP rips Rand for shutdown

Thanks to Bill Londrigan for sending us this.

The Kentucky Republican came in for harsh criticism — from his own party — for sending the government over the brink.

By BURGESS EVERETT

Rand Paul took a stand, consequences be damned. And Senate Republicans are livid about it.

After driving the government into a brief shutdown over his demand for an amendment to cut government spending, the Kentucky Republican took friendly fire from a significant number of his Republican colleagues for delaying an inevitable passage vote in the Senate. They accused the senator of misusing the Senate's time for no real reason other than to draw attention himself.

"It's a colossal waste of time," said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). "He never gets a result."