Rand Paul – Nationwide

posted at 4:01 pm on October 13, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul isn’t running for reelection this year. Nor will he be running in 2014. In fact, he’s got a full four years left before he has to worry about securing a second term in the upper chamber. So what has him spending so much time out on the trail and raising millions of dollars from supporters? Obviously, as a high profile figure in politics with a lot of popularity, he’s a natural choice to act as a surrogate for the Romney – Ryan team. But there are some who seem to feel he’s looking little further down the road than next month.

For Rand Paul, campaign season is just getting started.

Less than a month before the end of the 2012 election, the first-term Kentucky senator is embarking on his most vigorous effort yet to expand his national profile…

When Paul’s leadership PAC reports its fundraising haul later this month, a Paul strategist said RAND PAC will have over $1 million in the bank. Paul intends to put that hefty sum to active use: the TV ads he has begun to air bolster congressional efforts to block foreign aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan…

If all that sounds like the maneuvering of a man who hopes to run for president in 2016 or beyond, Paul and his advisers don’t rule out that possibility. But, they say, Paul’s increased national presence — and especially the TV campaign from his PAC — have more to do with his passionate opposition to gratuitous overseas spending than any long-term political goal.

I love a good political parlor game as much as the next person, but this one seems a bit ill founded, as well as vastly premature. I have little doubt that the idea of eventually running for President has at least crossed Paul’s mind, but that’s hardly the only thing that gets politicians up out of their chairs. Paul is in a good position to act on behalf of Republicans running in close Senate races as well as the top of the ticket and, one might argue, has a certain responsibility to do so. Also, as the Politico article admits, he’s out there pushing some policy ideas which are not exactly in line with a lot of mainstream GOP thinking. Trying to make that into a push for the party’s nomination is a bit of a stretch at best.

But what of those positions? Paul may not be quite as much of an isolationist as (*cough*) some of us… but he’s certainly not shy when it comes to holding other governments responsible for their actions. Why are we still sending money to Egypt, Syria and Pakistan? (Okay, I know the arguments about Pakistan, given their arsenal, but still… ) And while it’s true that the total amount of foreign aid we send off shore doesn’t add up to a very significant percentage of the total budget, you know the old saying. A million dollars here, a million dollars there… pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

Rand Paul continues to make a name for himself, and he’s clearly not shy about stepping on a few toes along the way. What’s his long game? Nobody knows at this point but the Senator himself. But I’d wager that some of the choices he’s mulling will depend on what happens next month.


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The heck with his long game . For now, he just needs to turn out the Paulbots for Romney.

natasha333 on October 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Why are we still sending money to Egypt, Syria and Pakistan?

And why are we still sending so many more billions to Afcrapistan as well as sending so many of our troops to die and lose limbs there for that worthless Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhere?

VorDaj on October 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

What’s his long game?

I don’t know, maybe doing his job? Maybe helping protect his country?

peacenprosperity on October 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

We need more Rand Pauls.
And fewer Mitch McConnells.

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Rand Paul is every bit as kooky and bigoted as his kooky old bigot father — but he has the benefit of his father’s hindsight.

Hence — he does not run on their 3rd party platform and is signed up with the Republican party — and Rand Paul knows what not to say and do to escape the ‘kooky old bigot’ Paul family label.

FlatFoot on October 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I like Rand Paul and agree with him on the issue of closing down the taxpayer pocketbook on aid to these countries as well as many others.

As I understand it, he wants to equate foreign aid to what those countries do in line with the US foreign interest. That makes common sense to me.

I don’t find it odd that he wants a bigger national stage platform…seems that you have to start 4 – 6 years ahead in order to gain the money and backers and have Q rating registering with all voters.

I hope he can convince some of his Dad’s supporters to the RR ticket!

CoffeeLover on October 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Rand Paul is every bit as kooky and bigoted as his kooky old bigot father …
FlatFoot on October 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Are you sure about “every bit as”? Many of his father’s followers are skeptical that he’s true to the old man.

The only time I have seen him come close was when he was on the stage with his father in Florida at the time of the RNC. Even then, he seems much less kooky and not at all bigoted.

gh on October 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

…Rand Paul is not his old man!…he’s closer to my orbit…I like him.

KOOLAID2 on October 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I’m not a Ron Paul supporter, but I like Rand Paul a lot. Personally, although I don’t know everything, it seems Rand has just the right amount of “moderation” in relation to his father on key issues, especially foreign policy, to win it all, let’s say in 2020 or 2016 if Mitt somehow loses (or even 2016 if Mitt fails us in office, lol, and if we have a credible possible primary challenger from the start, this will keep Mitt honest to conservative principle!). Rand has been fully supportive of Romney. And if he is able to raise money now for himself or other causes, that’s what we call effectiveness, and it shows that he is way ahead of the political game. We should applaud this. Awesome squared.

anotherJoe on October 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I get the impression that Rand Paul seriously wants to make some basic changes to the GOP itself, and that means the platform as well as the way the party views this nation’s role in the world.

Foreign aid spending has increased 80% under the Obama administration. Yet, we see no measurable result for those dollars and in some cases, we are sending foreign aid to those who openly defy us and ally themselves with this nation’s enemies.

Its time to turn off the spigot. WE need to demand concrete proof of results for our dollars. Whether we are trying to educate or medicate, feed or house, liberate or defend, those dollars need to be applied in a way that brings concrete, measurable results. No positive concrete results….no aid.

How many times has the humanitarian aid we’ve shipped to Africa ( and many other places as well) ended up in the hands of the very warlords who are terrifying their own people, allowing them to spend their own resources on more weapons and ammunition, rather than in the hands of those it was intended? How many times, around the world, have our tax dollars, meant to aid those in need, been simply drained away in graft and corruption, or worse, used for as a means to further subjugate?

Accountability may start at home, but it needs to be applied abroad as well. I think Senator Rand has a good point on this issue.

thatsafactjack on October 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I like Rand Paul and agree with him on the issue of closing down the taxpayer pocketbook on aid to these countries as well as many others.

As I understand it, he wants to equate foreign aid to what those countries do in line with the US foreign interest. That makes common sense to me.

I don’t find it odd that he wants a bigger national stage platform…seems that you have to start 4 – 6 years ahead in order to gain the money and backers and have Q rating registering with all voters.

I hope he can convince some of his Dad’s supporters to the RR ticket!

CoffeeLover on October 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

yes

rob verdi on October 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

We need more Rand Pauls.
And fewer Mitch McConnells.

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Exactly.

Rand Paul actually says what he means and follows through on it, which is something many Republicans can’t seem to do. They like to talk about cutting spending, limited government, etc., but really only want to spend more and grow government, just their way instead of the Dems way.

This is why I really wished the Repubs hadn’t chased Gary Johnson away. He would have made a great senator, backing limited government, less regulation, and more freedom.

Common Sense on October 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Paul is a scary proposition for the eSTAB-lishment Repubs! He has no loyalty to them & they know it. If Rand get’s enough National recognition, he has a real chance to make waves in 2016 & 2020! In the mean time, he should be looking to help get some Conservative Republican Senators reelected, for some more political clout!
Update On:How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

He’s bad, he’s nationwide

Dollayo on October 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

He is doing what he is doing because HE IS RIGHT. That works for me.

ModerateMan on October 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I think the silver lining to a possible Romney loss would be Rand Paul in 2016.

ModerateMan on October 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

So what has him spending so much time out on the trail and raising millions of dollars from supporters?

Um I dare say he’s as flat out scared as we are of 4 more years of this, chit! Maybe he just kinda knows our Republic is on the line, er sumpthin???? Yeah, feathering the nest doesn’t hurt either, but I think it’s first and foremost door #1 (BB reference unintentionl BTW)

Chewy the Lab on October 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Rand Paul is insurance to keep Romney from doing something wreckless on foreign policy. The idea that Romney should face no opposition in 2016 just because he is the incumbent is insane.

ninjapirate on October 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

anotherJoe on October 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Dittos.

KirknBurker on October 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

OT if anyone is interested: Texas Tech is hammering #5 West Virginia. 35-7, 0:35 2nd quarter.
West Virginia would have to nearly equal the record for 2nd half comebacks to win.

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

He’s bad, he’s nationwide

Dollayo on October 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Thumbs up!

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

We need more Rand Pauls.
And fewer Mitch McConnells.

Amen to that!

Ibanez Lotus on October 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The heck with Egypt and Libya. Why are we sending money to our own State Department? They are hiring pizza delivery guys instead of special forces.

HopeHeFails on October 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

If the country, generally, and the GOP, specifically, are to survive, it’s the Rand Pauls of the nation who will have to lead. There’s just no getting around the fact that the Overton Window has been shifted Left for decades and we are a more Statist nation than ever before. Paul has ideas that will push back and the fortitude to keep pushing.

As far as premature in his decision-making, consider Paul Ryan was considered premature or “risky” in advancing his economic reforms. Well, his plan imposed a dramatic shift in this country that will not be denied. Yes, the economic collapse has everything to do with Ryan’s plan gaining traction, but no one else stepped into the breach to actually design something of use and, horrors, present it to America.

America is ready for something different because we are on the decline. Americans don’t like to be on the decline. Rand Paul is one of those who will be instrumental in turning the nation around and the nation will embrace it. But, like any Juggernaut, it takes a long time to turn the ship. It also takes a long time to prime people for change when so many have been hypnotized into the status quo.

AnonymousDrivel on October 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Why are we still sending money to Egypt, Syria and Pakistan? (Okay, I know the arguments about Pakistan, given their arsenal, but still… ) And while it’s true that the total amount of foreign aid we send off shore doesn’t add up to a very significant percentage of the total budget, you know the old saying. A million dollars here, a million dollars there… pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

I have to agree with this. We’ve got to start somewhere on spending cuts and cutting foreign aid to countries that work against our interests is a good place to start. We’ve given tons of money to other countries over the decades and it hasn’t made us any more popular with them.

I heard someone on the radio say that it’s ridiculous to stop funding PBS and NPR because that’s just a drop in the bucket. So what, every little bit helps!

Ibanez Lotus on October 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If Romney wins on 11/6, it will be a beginning, not an end. I think Rand Paul can chart a course to help America be successful & respected again. Hopefully we can support him & other leaders who have that goal

22044 on October 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Get with the times.

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.

That was back in the 1960s. Elect Obama again and we’ll have to change to “A trillion here, a trillion there,…

theo22 on October 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

He’s bad, he’s nationwide

Dollayo on October 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Rock ‘n’ roll worships at the altar of sex, drugs, and Rand Paul…

JohnGalt23 on October 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Rand Paul is insurance to keep Romney from doing something wreckless on foreign policy. The idea that Romney should face no opposition in 2016 just because he is the incumbent is insane.

ninjapirate on October 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

And that is something we need to mention from time to time. If Romney sells out conservatives, as some here are sure he will, we will not hesitate to challenge him in ’16.

davidk on October 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Rand Paul seems to be more of a small “L” libertarian, the kind of guy to drag the GOP to the right on fiscal and other matters. That is a good thing. We need to create a more Tea Party GOP establishment, destroy taxpayer funding for Socialists in Democrat’s clothing (Public unions, NGOs, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, ACORN), this will cause the current crop of Social Democrats to wonder in the woods.

Guys like him and Ryan (Ryan is more of a bridge to the Establishment, witness TARP and the sequestration vote) need to be the focus of a future GOP. The daylight between the two wings of the party need to be just as wide as the daylight between them. The Boehner types need to be outliers. The McCain types need to be the future Democratic Party.

Spartacus on October 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

The heck with his long game . For now, he just needs to turn out the Paulbots for Romney.
natasha333 on October 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I like Rand and other conservatives like Ted Cruz, Amish and DeMint. Romney isn’t a conservative, he’s nothi g but a big government statist. Have fun with his lies and corporatism just like Obama.

MoreLiberty on October 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Jazz, learn the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism

Dante on October 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Jazz, learn the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism

Dante on October 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Dur dur bah golly there IS no difference ya raycist joo-hayter!

/sarc

MelonCollie on October 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

And that is something we need to mention from time to time. If Romney sells out conservatives, as some here are sure he will, we will not hesitate to challenge him in ’16.

davidk on October 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

If Romney seriously sells us out on the major issues, we’ll have to abandon the Republicans forever and pray that 2016 isn’t too late for a 3rd party to fix things. Because by then Obamacare will be all but another Roe v. Wade, among other things.

MelonCollie on October 13, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I don’t know what his long game is and I can’t stand his father, but I truly loved his speech at the Republican convention. ICYMI, here it is.

Buy Danish on October 13, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I don’t know what his long game is and I can’t stand his father, but I truly loved his speech at the Republican convention. ICYMI, here it is.
Buy Danish on October 13, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Liberty, individual liberty just like his father. That’s the most important aspect about our republic. It’s a shame you brain washed lemmings can’t see that.

MoreLiberty on October 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

The observation needs to be updated:

A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there… pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

slp on October 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Aside from his stance on borrowing money from China to pay foreign aid to our (non)allies….

I stand foursquare with him for standing up in the US Senate and admonishing gob’mint agencies for taking away our toilet rights and requiring us to buy 24 in high toilets requiring three flushes !!!

You go, Rand!!!!

Pecozbill on October 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I love a good political parlor game as much as the next person…

So, you love the next person?

Akzed on October 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM