Paul has framed this race for the Republican nomination as a referendum on Washington and the GOP, and it seems to be working: Some polls have him up by double digits over Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the establishment candidate endorsed by the state’s senior senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“A day of reckoning is coming, and we have to stand up and take our government back,” Paul told several dozen supporters gathered in a picturesque park in the center of this college town Monday afternoon. “It will be the first victory for a tea party candidate in a statewide election, and this will have huge ramifications. We the tea party, we the people of Kentucky, will help to decide what that message is, where the Republican Party goes, what the Republican Party becomes.”…

Grayson complained that Fox has made Paul a celebrity and that he’s been unable to break through in the same way.

“I’ve been on Fox News once — on a live feed on one of the shows,” Grayson said. “I was told to expect a different line of questioning, and I was given a different line of questioning. He’s on all the time. But again, the voters of Kentucky are starting to see through that as they are starting to pay more attention to this election.”