Ben Smith on Rand PaulSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 07:58
Those genuine outsiders, like Paul, aren’t to be mistaken for the more popular, ersatz variety. Obama and Brown, for instance, were both statehouse veterans, media pros - consummate insiders, really – who through careful management of their personal images rode the popular desire for change to improbable victories. In the Senate, Brown has maintained a maverick identity without alienating Republican leaders, a balancing act accomplished with the help of his experienced, establishment political team.
Paul, by contrast, ran promising a confrontation with both parties.
“He will be something different," said his spokesman, Jesse Benton. "He’ll stand up to leaders of both parties and he’ll vote against any budget that’s not balanced whether it’s a Republican budget or a Democratic budget.
Paul's most fervent supporters are hoping he won't fit in.
He will be “a senator with tea party support who is bucking the establishment and kicking them in the groin,” said Tom Woods, a scholar at the libertarian Ludwig von Mises Institute. Donors “sent him money on the understanding that he would be the guy he was on his father’s campaign, when he went around giving speeches for his father,” he said.