- - Monday, May 12, 2014

Somebody save Rand Paul from himself.

At a time when champions for liberty are in short supply, someone has apparently convinced the original “wacko bird” that the road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t “stand with Rand,” but “where does Rand stand?” Because, you know, it worked so well for President Romney or something.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Ambitious Republican wants desperately to be president, so he begins what amounts to a nationwide pandering tour. To show he’s not like all those other “spiteful conservatives” that inhabit his party, he pre-emptively apologizes for what his base believes, or even presumes to sanctimoniously lecture them why they’re wrong to offend the very people trying to dismantle American Exceptionalism institution by institution, cherished ideal by cherished ideal.

His strategy is to assume if he doesn’t stand for anything now, he can’t be attacked for it later on, despite the fact the Left treat all GOP presidential nominees with the same disdain whether they deserve it or not. When he’s criticized for his duplicity, his supporters tell us we have to realize that “so-and-so has to play the game now to get elected, but once he’s in office he’ll fight for us.” Of course, so and so can’t get elected president doing this because people don’t trust him so they don’t vote for him.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Sadly, Rand Paul is dipping his toe into the lukewarm water already soiled by the previous two GOP presidential losers. Remember when the “Paul” name in politics meant revolution, draining the swamp, and challenging the status quo? Yeah, good times. That’s ancient history now, dude. Puff, puff, pass the decriminalized marijuana, man. Puff, puff, pass.

Now it appears Rand has decided to assimilate into the very Borg Collective known as Washington, D.C. his father fought for decades to dismantle. And his timing couldn’t be better. I mean, with admiration and respect for his father’s liberty-minded mission at an all-time high, why not start sounding like every other Republican that hasn’t won the presidency? Makes sense to me, but I’m still waiting for Karl Rove to tell Mitt Romney to go ahead and concede.

Rand’s latest step to what our insipid ruling class calls “maturing” is to play the race card against those of us who think you ought to show photo identification to vote. Because nothing says “racist” like demanding people to show the same documentation to vote that is also required to buy Sudafed. How come when minorities have to show photo I.D. to get a library card the public library isn’t racist? Unfortunately, there’s no time for commons sense while Rand is pandering like this:

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.

“Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”

There you go, folks. We can’t uphold the rule of law because its “offending people.” Viva la Revolution! Come on, shouldn’t the “surrender caucus” have a libertarian wing for its “big tent” as well?

In just one paragraph, Rand Paul violated almost every one of the 10 commandments of political warfare from my new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” He abandoned his base, he allowed his opponents to define him, he accepted the premise of his opponent’s argument, he got put on the defensive, etc.

I’m sure Rand will be getting all kinds of thank you cards from Republicans for voter ID after the lamestream media asks them this question repeatedly: “Senator Rand Paul says so-called voter ID laws are offensive to African-Americans, and your own party leadership believes it needs to diversify to win elections again. So why are you proposing policies that even Rand Paul agrees drives African-American voters away? Those are Rand Paul’s words, not just the words of your Democrat opponents.”

Yikes! With friends like Rand Paul doing your messaging, who needs MSNBC? Rand also forgot to mention we can’t call President Obama by his full name (McCain 2008), and that we shouldn’t talk about Benghazi either because the consultants say it doesn’t matter (Romney 2012).

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