Skip to comments.Rand Paul Is the King of CPAC
Posted on 03/07/2014 2:06:29 PM PST by Red Badger
One year after his filibuster, the Paul love at CPAC is stronger than ever.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.A year after his 13-hour filibuster won the hearts of young conservatives just a week ahead of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, the fandom for Sen. Rand Paul here has only grown.
Paul gave a speech Friday before the first standing-room-only crowd at the conference so far, asking a cheering audience, "Will you, America's next generation of liberty-lovers, will you stand and be heard?"
Following his typical style, Paul's speech focused largely on personal freedom, the Fourth Amendment, and rights he alleged are being usurped by the Obama administration, while avoiding the tricky topic of foreign policy, where his libertarian views are not as widely accepted by conservatives here.
Paul's biggest applause line of the afternoonthe biggest applause line at CPAC so farcame during his discussion of what he perceived as President Obama's failures, particularly at the National Security Agency. "As our voices rise in protest, the NSA monitors your every phone call. if you have a cell phone, you are under surveillance. I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business," he said to loud cheers.
Paul continued an assault on Obama's record, getting laughs when he asked how history will remember the president, and later quoting Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters in asking whether former supporters of the president now believed they had "trade[d] your heroes for your ghosts? Did they get you to exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?"
"I don't question President Obama's motives," Paul added, "but history will remember his timid defense of liberty."
Like his father, who was known to pack conservative conferences with supporters, the younger Paul has shown a striking ability to bring in engaged activists. In the packed hallways of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center over the last two days, the bright red-and-black "Stand With Rand" gear easily overshadows the few dozen Ted Cruz stickers and Ben Carson buttons adorning attendees' lapels.
Paul's team didn't have its own booth at CPAC this year, but the Young Americans for Libertywhich sold "I Stand With Rand" shirts and gave away stickers and posterswas easily the most crowded of the booths at this year's event, with dozens of largely young conservatives waiting patiently in line for their Rand gear throughout the conference up to now. Another group installed a life-sized cutout of the senator for photo ops, an honor that was only accorded to Paul and William F. Buckley.
Young Americans for Liberty Executive Director Jeff Frazee said that the booth was even more packed than at last year's event. The group gave away each and every one of the 1,100 T-shirts they brought with them by early Friday afternoon, Frazee said. The group's goal before the event was to sell 250 CPAC tickets through their website, he added. They sold more than 460.
Posters aren't allowed into the main ballroom where Paul took the stage Friday afternoon, but even an hour before his speech more than 30 "Stand With Rand" signs were lying on the floor outside the entrance, having been confiscated by security staff. Several made it into the room, though, thanks in part to a few Young Americans for Liberty volunteers who guided activists in how best to hide their signs to hold up during the speech.
Paul's book is easily the best-selling title this year, according to volunteers manning CPAC's bookstore, and his book-signing event Friday afternoon was crowded with activists dressed in full "Stand With Rand" gear.
And stand they did. As Paul wrapped up on Friday, he reminded the audience of his popular filibuster to a standing ovation. "It's a time for boldness and action. The time is now. Stand with me, stand together for liberty," he said, before exiting the stage.
The King and Queen of CPAC.
What's this Rand Paul thing all about?
Rand Paul is a Mcconnell lackey. It’s those little things that tell us who you are rand.
I’d probably vote for Paul if he won the primary, but my Number 1 and 2 choices are depicted in your previous post.
Does CPAC get my vote?
Does Rand Paul get my vote?
I’m king of my vote.
Rand Paul showed his true colors early on. Amnesty and the GOPe’s McConnell.
A libertarian whose number one concern isn’t the national debt is a fool.
His father’s zealots have switched their allegiance to the son, as far as I can tell.
Paul is down my list of GOP candidates, but I would vote for him over Christie or certainly Hillary any day.
In the first place, CPAC is doubtfully conservative. Last time around, they came out in favor of gay marriage.
As for Rand Paul, Ron Paul always used to be very popular with CPAC—because he bused in hundreds of young followers, who were mostly there because he supported legalizing pot.
I imagine it’s the same crowd again.
Rand Paul Is the King of CPAC
Who wrote this article? Rand’s press agent?
And more recently, on September 18, 2013, Rand Paul uttered these very words to the Senate Judiciary Committee:
And I think what a tragedy it would it would have been if he [Hussein Obama] had gone to prison. What a tragedy it would have been that America wouldn't have gotten to see Barack Obama as a leader.
No, I'm not making this up nor is it taken out of context. See the unaltered video here and hear his repulsive words at the 4:50 mark. Anyone who thinks it's a tragedy that Hussein Obama isn't in prison is simply not a Patriot. And for Rand Paul (like father, like son) to characterize Hussein Obama as a "leader" is beyond the pale.
Rand, I like you but your support for amnesty is a deal killer.
I stand with Ted.
I’m hoping that someone with more gravitas and seniority than I can post this as an attention-grabbing News/Activism article. Anyone with even the slightest inclination to support Ron’s little boy Rand Paul, need to watch and listen to that video. Rand Paul’s defending of Hussein Obama — whatever the venue — is an absolute deal breaker.
I have no gravitas or seniority, so I hope that some kind person will take you up on that.
I agree. Plus, he seems to be making a more concerted effort to attract younger voters than other candidates, and is not afraid to speak to minority groups. Speaking truth to Bill Clinton being a sexual predator is uncommonly daring, and it will be interesting to see how the Clinton camp retaliates. You know they will.
The most important aspect of this speech: RAND PAUL SPOKE LOUD AND CLEAR ABOUT DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL.
When when when will Americans wake up to this travesty? Maybe now, but I see the article doesn’t even mention it. Everyone has always been more interested in the NSA spying issue. It’s important too, but the detention issue has been ignored.
Don’t let the brouhaha over the candidate or the speech obscure this issue. Bravo, Senator Paul. God bless you.
He did point out that liberty is the prerequisite for economic health.
I hope it doesn’t come down to having to vote for him for president. We will all realize quite quickly that he is not all he pretends to be. That is all I will say on this for now, but I am quite hacked at his tricks.
Senator Paul has figured out that young voters are deserting the Democrat Party, and President Obama, in droves over the NSA snooping scandal, and he speaks directly to them on that issue.
Overall, I’m impressed with the depth of candidates for 2016 over those we had in 2012. Paul, Rubio, Cruz, Walker, even Jeb Bush, are far stronger candidates than Romney, Cain, Santorum, etc., in 2012 and certainly more so than Dole and McCain in earlier years.
Hopefully, we won’t get Christie shoved down our throats the way we got Romney, McCain, and Dole in the past.
I find myself wondering if the likes of Perry, Huckabee, and Palin shouldn’t sit this one out and see what the new kids on the block can accomplish.
That’s exactly wrong!
So sez “National Journal?” Pardon me while I roll my eyes to the next county....
Rand is his own person. His father or his father's supporters has nothing to do with his accomplishments.
CPAC seems to be like the Iowa caucuses — recent winners don’t seem to get very far in the primaries.
They both seem like a lot of media whoopla that ends up being rather meaningless when the actual primary season gets going.
Oh, c’mon! You’re saying he’d be a US Senator today without being his father’s son and his followers? Pull the other one, it has bells on it.
I think the answer to that is “yes.” After all, he won statewide as a Senator. His father was a Congressman.
Sure, he learned much from his father, but he is, to my mind, a far more attractive candidate than his father ever was.
Senator Paul is the most likely candidate to peel away Democrat voters among the young, Hispanics, blacks, and probably women, at least the younger ones.
And his clear intent to defend the Constitution, as written, will appeal to most traditional GOP voters today.
He’s obviously smart, capable, and an excellent speaker. We could do worse. As I said earlier, I’m impressed with the depth of the field and its quality this time around. We won’t likely be casting around for another Herman Cain in the middle of the primaries with this bunch to choose from.
Although we might be trying to beat down Christie in the process...
I would add, statewide in a different state.
Thanks for concluding that the Tea Party supporters that overwhelmingly supported Rand are not the wild-eyed white supremacist 9/11 Truthers that you like and others here like to concoct. Yes, he had coattails from the old man, but by and large Ron stayed out of Rand's way.
So his father’s supporters (many of whom don’t live in Texas) were unable to send him money to run in Kentucky?
I can show you dozens of pictures with "Ron Paul" and 9/11 truther and racist/anti-Semitic sayings side-by-side without breaking a sweat. Are you saying they're all photoshopped or some kind of media conspiracy? Just like "all those Obamacare victims are liars"?
Very interesting !
Thanks for posting the link to that video, although I’m almost certainly doing so for reasons other than you intended.
I watched the entire video. Senator Paul is a sincere legislator trying to right wrongs and injustices. Anyone watching the video can figure that out. He also, in that one speech, offered more support to blacks and Hispanics than our President has in his entire presidency.
I also noted that after he made the reference to President Obama that you cited, that he hesitated for a moment, probably playing back in his head the way his quote would be used by his GOP opponents. Clearly, his intent was to say that a future, first black, President of the United States could have been jailed for a minor drug offense and never thereafter have been elected.
While you might justifiably think, in this particular case, that it’s too bad a young Obama didn’t get caught, tried and convicted so that we could have avoided the travesty of his Presidency, that is hardly the point that Senator Paul was making. Quite the opposite, in fact, as he was speaking to squelching potential, the same as with the rest of his excellent speech.
Yeah! Let’s all bash one of the most conservative Senators we have! That’s the ticket.
Sure they were. That hardly makes your case, however.
Show us some of the pix linking Senator Paul to the 9/11 Truthers, etc.
My guess is that you’ll have trouble doing so, because Senator Paul is his own man, and a far better politician than his father with a lot more sense.
Tell me this. What will happen to the lock on the black vote the Dems now have if a future President Paul were to seriously address the injustices he brought up in that video being discussed above? The man has better political instincts than most, in my opinion, and is likely to expand the GOP the stronger he gets.
Please do, and make sure that they were actually at Ron Paul rallies instead of supporters doing these things on their own.
Are you saying they're all photoshopped or some kind of media conspiracy? Just like "all those Obamacare victims are liars"?
Oh, not at all. Dr. Paul had his kooky supporters. But what percentage of these kooks actually represented Paul or his supporters? Probably less than one-tenth of one percent. I was at Paul's rallies in 2008, the people there were no different from today's Tea Party supporters. In fact, many Tea Party supporters got their start in supporting Ron Paul.
Paul has had a great influence on the Tea Party and in bringing the limited government debate back into the GOP fold. No amount of hating is going to change that.
Were you a Ron Paul supporter?
Thank you for your list! I am not understanding the Libertarian love of Paul. It must be the lefty contingent of Libertarians, the same type that refused to help elect Cuccinelli and fell for the stooge because he ran as a “libertarian.”
I'll second that! And just like Jerry Seinfeld, I'm master of my domain!!!
I’m tired of putting Senators up for president. When I was young I loved and voted for Reagan...even campaigned for him. I remember how passionate and hopeful he was. He believed in America. It was morning in America.
I think the youth of today would go for Perry.
Yes, I too thank him for the list, but again, not for the reason either of you would think.
I read four of the articles and I’m more convinced than ever that Senator Paul has tremendous potential for expanding the GOP base. He makes more sense than almost anything I’ve read on immigration reform.
So thank you.
He was my congressman, I liked him in the House but I never supported him for President. He does not have the necessary leadership skills to be commander in chief. However we are not discussing Ron we are discussing Rand.
Along with an unflinching defense of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
I'm not saying I'd vote for the guy, but those pissing on him on this thread obviously haven't seen his speech today.
Despite one's disagreements with Rand Paul, it's worth the watch for that reason alone IMO.
Fine print: Out of courtesy, I pinged the boss since I did allude to him in this message and try to be a good guest in his house.
He’s not so much removed.