Skip to comments.Why Rand Paul Is Winning
Posted on 03/10/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Count me as one who was not suprised at the size of Rand Paul’s victory  in the CPAC straw poll. I’m only surprised it wasn’t bigger — even though he nearly tripled the votes of his nearest rival Ted Cruz.
You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the immediate horizon — Republican or Democrat. I’m not going to badmouth the Republicans (I may have to vote for them), but Hillary is as dull, predictable and reactionary as Obama, if that’s possible. Neither of them has evidenced an ounce of creativity, or even an original thought, while in office.
It is this creativity that distinguishes Paul. He seems future oriented, unlike the rest of the potential candidates who mouth platitudes, liberal and conservative, bashing each other in the most tedious manner imaginable. Yes, the liberal side is by far more repellent, and old fashioned in ideology to the point of ridiculousness, but this does not absolve the right of the need to come up with forward-thinking solutions to the obvious American decline.
That is why Paul appeals to the young who are oriented, as they should be, toward the future. The whole Democratic Party is oriented toward the past and so are, alas, too many of the Republicans. The young see this. They’re smarter than we are. (They still have some brain cells.)
Paul is doing the right thing in seeking to expand the Republican base — appealing directly to minorities and students to explain how conservative/libertarian policies are better for them, instead of running and hiding from these liberal constituencies as Republicans normally do. That Paul is going into the very bowels of the beast in the next few days, UC Berkeley, to give a speech is commendable and dramatic. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had some interesting results. The time is certainly ripe. And beyond that, I think we all know that if we show people some respect they often — though certainly not always — return the favor.
The other potential Republican candidates would be wise to pay attention to Paul, to “learn from Chairman Rand,” as it were. In this digital age, history races along. We all know Obamacare is terrible and the deficit is bad, but if that’s all you have to run on, I don’t think you’re to get where you want. Ideas, please. Big ideas. Fortune favors the daring. (Incidentally, one big idea I might favor is to virtually abolish almost all of the federal government with the exception of defense, and let the states do almost everything. It is here we could “learn from Chairman Rick Perry.” More of this later.)
Speaking of which, as I wrote  last week, defense is Paul’s potential Achilles’ heel. He has to figure out how to negotiate his libertarian principles in an obstreperous world that, most of the time anyway, couldn’t care less about them. On a planet occupied by the likes of Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Khamenei, he needs a foreign policy that doesn’t sound like naive wish fulfillment. Barack Obama already checked that box.
Unfortunately for Paul, in this area in particular he is in a position where the most minor of his tea leaves will be read. I was concerned, for example, that he referenced lyrics by Pink Floyd, and therefore Roger Waters, in his CPAC speech, when Waters has been closely associated  with the anti-Semitic BDS movement in the last few years. I sincerely hope this was a mistake or an oversight.
Still, if someone like me — once a neocon of a sort, I suppose — can be interested in Paul, something important must be going on. There’s no doubt that Barack Obama — we can assume inadvertently — has done his best to turn America libertarian. It would be deliciously ironic if that devotee of Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis would be responsible for electing our country’s first libertarian president (well, at least since the days of the Founders).
He is too scary for me. especially on forign policy.
To soon to tell...there is plenty of time for candidates to step on it, as in Rubio.
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry. Any one of them OK with me.
Free advice; libertarianism stops at the border. By disposition we want to leave all alone the evil world. It’s in their best interest to keep it that way.
His father won straw polls too. But that was the extent of his wins.
I’d rather he spent at least one term as Governor of Kentucky. Let’s see how he would run a state before we give him a chance to run the whole country.
You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the
immediate horizon Republican or Democrat.
Didn’t Ron Paul win the CPAC straw poll a few times but never made much
more than a blip on the GOP primary scene. Rand may be a contender but it
is still earlier in the process.
The poll, which is not a scientific sample by any stretch of the imagination, was dominated by the 18-25 year old age group, which represented 46% of the polling sample.
The next closest age group was the 26-40 year olds, who made up just 18% of the vote.
Sounds a bit like the usual Paulista tactic of swamping the place with bussed-in bodies.
Rand Paul is winning straw polls the same way his father did. It may just mean the Ron Paul cult is behind him.
At least he HAS a foreign policy.....................;^)
Rand Paul is an open-borders pro-amnesty libertarian.
That’s all I need to know. Next candidate, please!
He won the last CPAC straw poll. The CPAC straw poll, as pretty much every other single straw poll, is about as meaningless as anything can possibly be. Right along with that silliness are online polls. Meaningless.
Polling is both art and science. It isn’t just pulling a bunch of people together and asking them questions.
Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark!...............
True but Rand won a Senate election in a state that historically is competitive between both parties.
I think he’s far more mainstream than his Dad.
It must be the hairpiece. Or using lyrics from anti-semites to illustrate his positions.
Exactly. CPAC straw poll = The Paulistas’ Big Day.
Ditto what you said ...
The same demographic that gave us you-know-who....................
Winning the CPAC straw poll is like winning and Oscar. The next day it means nothing.................
I think Scott Walker has the best chance and the proven record not to cave to political pressure. That man took a beating by the press and unions but he kept to his guns. And most importantly he has proven he can get a conservative agenda passed in a democrat leaning state.
Put him at the top of the ticket and the rats will be going nuts—watch the lunatics come out and that will drive more to our party. Because Scott Walker has not been successfully painted as a hate monger, racist, idiot, unelectable or any of those things the left tries to do to us, but my oh my have they tried.
please. with all the media hoopla, this race is hillary’s to lose. and we best not forget it or WE will be the losers again
Rand Paul wins the RINO-PAC straw poll.
Color me surprised.
Is that why he threatened to filibuster the Gang of 8 Shamnesty bill if they didn’t include a “build the fence and verify the border is closed FIRST” amendment?
Doesn’t sound very “open borders” to me.
Come on Travis.
All of our choices this time around have warts, but let’s not adhere to fake ones drummed up by the GOPe machine.
Yes, he is. At least, the votes in the Senate he’s cast are certainly and solidly Right.
Runt Paul is a moron Liberaltarian.
If he came out against pot legalization and queer marriage his support would drop to zero.
Any of the young mush heads that would vote for him, would vote for Karl Marx if offered a big sack of dope to smoke with their queer boyfriend!
His thinking would gain zero votes for the GOP.
You certainly won’t be able to objectively ascertain if Rand Paul is winning by a CPAC poll. They are notoriously and regularly spammed by Ron/Rand Paul PaulBots.
Each and every year CPAC is held, it’s the same old trick, try and pretend one of the Pauls is the front-runner by giving Ron/Rand Paul supporting college students tickets to CPAC and stack the deck.
They do this with online polls as well.
Given this behavior, I’d say that Ted Cruz was probably comfortably out in front.
Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll for the same reason he did last year, and the same reason his dear old dad won so many times. That is because Ron Paul/Rand Paul groupies buy up a whole bunch of tickets to CPAC.
P.S. Why are you, a Democrat, concerned with the Republican Party business?
build the fence and verify the border is closed FIRST amendment?”
And Owebama would ‘verify’ the border sealed the day the bill was signed.
RE: If he came out against pot legalization and queer marriage his support would drop to zero.
He already has a public stance on gay marriage.
Rand Paul on gay marriage — No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states. (May 2013)
He also made a public pronouncement on drug use.
Drug abuse isn’t a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
Want to try Hillary's instead?
But it doesn't matter - the banksters control the battleground states and one of their stooges will get the job in 2016. Jeb, if they think Hillary is too sick to rely on.
Yes, he’s an open border libertarian who will work with the ‘Rats, meaning, the ‘Rats will roll him and we’ll have ten million new ‘Rat welfare voters in no time at all.
I heard him on Laura Ingraham dodging and weaving around her questions. He’s as bad on amnesty as Boehner, just more cagey about hiding it.
I agree 100%.
I agree with that too.
An “amenesty” is just giving them citizenship. Like Reagan did.
Rand’s plan isn’t even as much of an “Amnesty” as Bush’s plan.
Closing the border, making them “go to the back of the line” under current regulations, and cutting off all benefits isn’t an “amnesty”. No matter how much you want it to be.
He’s not as bad as Reagan, Bush, McCain, or Willard. He’s also a lot better than Christie, Perry, and Rubio.
Maybe not as good as Palin, Nugent, West, or Cruz. Who, IMO, are perfectly acceptable as candidates as well.
Rand’s amendment was that Congress verified the status of the border. Not the President.
Don’t take my word for it... Read it for yourself. It’s only one page...
He already has a public stance on gay marriage.
Really? So if legalizing gay marriage was on the ballot in Kentucky, which way would Rand Paul vote?
The thrice married, New York City resident Simon, 70, writes novels and is a "former liberal", so he says. I say he's still a liberal operating under the "Libertarian" cover.
He was a civil rights activist in the 60's, now he's into liberal/Libertine-arian views, such as supporting same-sex marriage.
The Libertarian agenda under conservative cover is cleverly being promoted to the max today, even on these pages, and it will only heighten as the election gets closer. Libertarian accolytes embed themselve into conservative discussion websites and into conservative conferences like CPAC.
Rand Paul is all over the tubes 24/7.......and embedded lib writers like faux-conservative Simon promote him and the party's ideology.
Paul is a likeable little guy and a smooth talker...but beware, he's a TROJAN HORSE stabled in the Republican party.
Too many conservatives are falling for his seductive line. Libertarians regularly pack CPAC sessions with young techies so that a Paul or Paulista will win its straw vote. They work assiduously to draw votes away from the GOP to further their goal of a Libertarian presidency....and Rand Paul is their present poster child.
Remember, amnesty-promoter Paul's first name was not pulled out of thin air.
So? Prosecute them. I assume you have a list?
I still don’t trust that. There is nothing saying Pelosi won’t be running Congress in a few years.
I don’t trust government. Period. But y’all insist we have one. So here we are...
Rand Paul’s immigration plan is about as anti- American as you can get:
Let people come here, work, take their tax money, BUT DON’T LET THEM VOTE???
That is flat out immoral.