American Spectator: Rand, The Better PaulSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 09:28
By John Tabin on 2.10.12 @ 7:48AM
At the start of the Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said:
This week at CPAC, the American Conservative Union is honored to host former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and Senator Rand Paul, a powerful surrogate for his father Congressman Ron Paul.
Cardenas similarly characterized Rand Paul as representing his dad in a press conference before his speech. It's easy to see why; contested primaries inject CPAC with a special energy, attracting large (and lucrative) crowds, and the absence of Paul père -- ostensibly because of "travel constraints," though his light schedule undermines this claim -- is rather conspicuous (especially coupled with the virtual disappearance of Campaign for Liberty, the organization built from the 2008 Paul campaign that had a huge presence at the last two CPACs but is nowhere to be seen this year). With Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum all scheduled for today, yesterday felt like the calm before a much-anticipated storm.