A candidate really can't lose campaigning against Congress — even if he so happens to work there.
According to Gallup, just 7 percent of Americans say they have either "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress, a historic low recorded by the polling firm. So it makes sense for Sen. Rand Paul to criticize his colleagues in the run-up to a likely run for the White House. "I can tell you without exaggeration that I've met the enemy, and the enemy is too often us," he said in a Friday speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to the Majority" conference, which attracts Christian-values voters to Washington.
Many of the speakers at the event spoke in populist terms — Rick Santorum called for a turn to "blue-collar conservatism," Michele Bachmann anchored her fiery speech in Obama's low poll numbers. But Paul's anger was focused mainly on Congress. Here are some of his key lines:
Congress is responsible for "the bipartisan destruction of our currency," he said.
"They pass 100-page bills no one has read," he said. "No bill should ever pass that has not been read."
"Congress routinely passes laws they exempt themselves from," he said.
"Over time many politicians become distant and distanced from their constituents," he said.