The Rand Paul Formula is WorkingSubmitted by Allegory on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 00:12
In a week kicked off by a spat with fiery left-wing economist Paul Krugman and gift-wrapped with a poignant address to the Values Voter Summit, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) quietly had one of the best weeks of his budding political career.
Of course, the biggest news to come out of “Paul-world” last week was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) tapping of Rep. Ron Paul's former campaign manager Jesse Benton to play the same role in his 2014 reelection bid. More on that to follow, but other, less high-profile events also offered a glimpse into how far Paul has come since a heated 2010 primary that saw McConnell line up behind failed opponent Trey Grayson.
To this point, he has blazed a trail unique unto himself. Unlike other Tea Party voices, such as Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), Paul’s last name entitled—or cursed—him to inherit a nationally established brand long before he held office.