On any other Sunday, this morning would be devoted to navel-gazing about quarantine protocols and the defiance of Kaci Hickox, or as one conservative Twitter pal calls her, “Ebola Fluke.” With just 60 hours to go until the first returns from Election 2014 start trickling in, though, it’ll be (mostly) midterms, midterms, midterms. And who’s the Republican whom all the Sunday shows are eager to hear from? Right: Rand Paul, who’s spent the past month barnstorming for any GOP candidate who wants him — and they all want him — and who even took to the pages of Reason to argue that libertarians interested in shrinking government should vote Republican this time, not third-party. The strategy is straightforward here on all sides. For Republican candidates in tight races who are desperate to consolidate support on the right, Rand’s the man who, more than any other, might be able to steer reluctant libertarians their way. For Rand himself, doing endless favors for the party this fall is his way of showing a reluctant GOP establishment that he’s a team player and not to be feared as a prospective presidential nominee. I wonder how many new endorsements he’s earned from being such a loyal soldier this past month.
Paul will appear on “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” and “State of the Union” to make one last pitch to tea partiers, whether conservative or libertarian, to swallow hard and pull the lever for underwhelming dinosaurs like Pat Roberts on Tuesday. If that doesn’t grab you, Mitt Romney will be on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss his plans for his first 100 days in office after he’s inevitably elected president in 2016. The full line-up is at the AP.