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But Sen. Rand Paul owned the day, even winning The Washington Times straw poll vote — the first for 2016. And his message was something different altogether: “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don’t think we need to name any names, do we?” he said to cheers from the surprisingly young crowd.

No names necessary. We know who the losers are. The question remains: Can any of these young bucks actually win?

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at and on Twitter at @josephcurl.