Rand Paul's Extraordinarily Difficult Path to the PresidencySubmitted by RandWatcher on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 21:56
Pleasing mainstream conservatives without alienating his libertarian base is much easier said than done
By Matt K. Lewis | February 19, 2013 | The Week
When Chris Wallace asked Sen. Rand Paul on Fox News Sunday how serious he was about making a real run for the presidency, Paul replied: "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win."
"We won't make a decision until 2014," Paul said, adding that he believes America is ready for a "libertarian Republican narrative."
The path forward seems obvious. Paul must solidify his father's libertarian-leaning support, sprinkle in some mainstream conservative backers (folks his dad could never reach), and — voila! — he will have assembled a "libertarian-Republican" coalition capable of winning a decent slice of the primary electorate — maybe (in a large primary field) even enough to win Iowa, something his dad could never quite pull off.
In short, Rand Paul will attempt to position himself as a younger, saner, more broadly appealing Ron Paul.
At first glance, this appears to be working well. But if you look below the surface, you'll see signs that it may be hard for Rand to have his cake and eat it, too.
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