My hope is that Rand Paul now recognizes that even the most conservative Americans want to hear about policy, not polemics.
The problem is that the experience appears to have left him with an insatiable appetite for polemics.
As the fate of the Soviet Union dramatically showed, modern superpowers cannot be sustained by polemics and police forever.
1630s, "controversial argument or discussion," from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning "disputatious, controversial" (see polemic (adj.)).
1640s, from French polémique (from Middle French polemique) "disputatious, controversial," or directly from Greek polemikos "of war, warlike, belligerent; skilled in war, fit for service; like an enemy, stirring up hostility," from polemos "war," of unknown origin. Related: Polemical (1630s).