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President Rand Paul
Watch out, he´s becoming a
better politician every day

The New Republic, by Julia Ioffe

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Posted By:DaddyO, 6/17/2013 8:15:41 AM

It was the first time in recent memory that the Iowa GOP Lincoln Day Dinner sold out nearly two weeks in advance, and it was on the strength of its headliner, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (snip) "They say the Federal Reserve has been robbed. And we said, really?!” Paul said, his voice nearly cracking in mock disbelief. “They said, ‘Yeah, but we caught the thieves. They got in front of the safe, they had the big safe open, but they were perplexed. They were flummoxed. They didn’t know what to do with minus sixteen trillion dollars!’ ”

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Interesting piece from TNR, usually not taken to give favorable articles on Republicans.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 6/17/2013 8:34:56 AM     (No. 9379656)

If only he would get a half-way decent haircut and a case of shampoo.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: HotRodLincoln, 6/17/2013 9:06:29 AM     (No. 9379703)

His hair is fine and if that is all you got #1 then you don´t got nothin´. Is that you McCain?

I nominate for a must read.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2, 6/17/2013 9:08:06 AM     (No. 9379709)

Hm. Very intesting because it gives some new perspective on Rand´s ideology, which seems pretty pragmatic. Stranger things than taking Rand Paul seriously have happened.

Paul has managed to take the essence of his father’s radical ideology—more radical than that of any modern presidential candidate—and turn it into a plausible campaign for the Republican nomination.

"Radical" conservatism is not a term I´ve thought much about, but when I did, it became clear that perhaps, just perhaps, "radicalism" of Rand´s kind is needed just now.

He is right; we do have to make it clearer that we are more inclusive. We´ve done a rotten job of that so far.

And we do have to deal with the illegals, the hard-working type, that are here now. We cannot talk about sending them back and be taken seriously by Hispanics as a viable option for their votes.

It´s not sensible to say that we have to be more like Democrats; that´s not the point. But we do have to do a better job of letting more than white people know why the GOP is better for them than the Democrats are.

Paul may be on to something with his "radicalism". After all, we have been screaming for a leader and not getting anything close to one. "Radical" is a word almost always used to describe Leftists.

But why have conservatives not thought about the fact that perhaps the time is right for "radical" conservatism rather than the lukewarm conservatism of Mitt Romney? I rather like the idea of forcing the media into calling Rand a "radical", thereby stealing Obama´s label.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: southernboy, 6/17/2013 9:17:46 AM     (No. 9379729)

Sadly, the story told by Paul would sail right over the heads of at least 47% of the population. Include the college prof. crowd, maybe 60% of the population.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Brittany, 6/17/2013 9:38:22 AM     (No. 9379776)

Haven´t read all. But there is a distinction between Ron Paul´s supporters and the Tea Parties. Ron´s supporters, when I was active, tended to be very political and, to put it mildly, pushy. Not to be mean, they were aiming to take over local Rep Committees, many of which need reform, but sometimes got on the wrong side because they didn´t always back more open laws that would help us...those who were trying to get rid of the ossified powers-that-be more legally. There is a bleed over into the mostly non-political, but dissatisfied older and middle class Tea Party members but, no, Ron Paul´s base support was never the Tea Party.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chillijilli, 6/17/2013 9:49:45 AM     (No. 9379797)

He´s right. The GOP needs to be completely rebranded. Our message needs to be heard and we have to acknowledge that the country´s demographic has changed drastically. We have GOT to find a way to appeal to ALL segments of society.
And don´t give me the standard bee ess that the MSM is standing in our way. Their ratings are tanking. It doesn´t take a genius to see that the media´s nosedive gives us an OPPORTUNITY ---when they are vulnerable, it´s the time to strike! For God´s sake, RNC, get out there and hire some smart, creative people who can data mine AND market to this evolving society! Quit allowing the Demos to define who WE are!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 6/17/2013 9:54:48 AM     (No. 9379808)

Until our leadership does away with open primaries and early (and often) voting, along with getting up to speed on how to mine the data like the dhims do, we´re scroooooed. Frankly, I don´t expect pubbies to win another election. They (dhims) will hand SOME of the candidates a win, but that will be to just keep conservatives off their slimy backs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 6/17/2013 11:12:25 AM     (No. 9379951)

I agree that primary process needs to be reformed. I see no reason for the small states to drive the process. Maybe do it all on a single day with a run-off primary for the top 2 or 3 vote getters if no single candidate receives majority of delegates.

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