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Time article on Rand: The Rebel

Rand Paul has risen from Tea Party troublemaker to GOP celebrity. Can he reshape a party that never quite took his father seriously?

By Alex Altman | Time | Monday, Apr. 15, 2013

Riding shotgun in a red minivan, his foot propped on the dash, the Republican Party's man of the moment zips down the back roads of southern Kentucky. Rand Paul is on his way to a meeting with Christian leaders in Somerset, a conservative stronghold where locals couldn't buy alcohol until last year. It's his third event in as many hours, and he looks tired; his voice nearly gave out the day before. But social conservatives have rarely enlisted in the libertarian army, and Paul is trying to build a new coalition that can revitalize a deflated GOP.

"A new Republican Party," he says, "will emerge over the next four years."

Paul, 50, has won exactly one election in his life, but his sudden star power suggests it may be wise to listen to him now. After a month marked by an audacious 13-hour filibuster and his victory in a conservative straw poll, he has vaulted from quirky rabble rouser to GOP agenda setter. From Iowa to Israel, a man just three years removed from his Bowling Green, Ky., ophthalmology practice is laying the groundwork for a presidential bid, and the party can't afford to ignore him.

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"The younger Paul seems

"The younger Paul seems determined to broaden his father's base of perhaps 10% to 15% of the GOP electorate and is hunting for new recruits across the political spectrum."

And this is why the GOP will never win again unless the decide to work with us.

Yeah for Rand.

I hope he makes his speech in NH a good one. The stance on guns and abortion has me worried.

I heard Rand speak on existing background check law that I am not familiar with. Can one truly state that if funded and managed correctly, that more people with criminal and psychological issues would not have the right to have a firearm?

Well they attack Ron Paul in the piece

Par for the course.

They said Ron Paul's following was "narrow" and "zealous" (zealous isn't so bad I guess).

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ron Paul following is narrow an zealous

I think we can all agree that we can be quite zealous when necessary. We also are narrow, too narrow to win the nomination on our own. Don't hate the messenger when they tell the truth, a little introspection is not a bad thing for the liberty movement either.

Josh Brueggen
Jack of all Trades
Precinct Commiteeman Precinct 5 Rock Island Co Illinois

If following the Constitution and wanting personal liberty

are "narrow" then I'm guilty as charged. I believe our message crosses the establishment party lines. It has the ability to bring together enough voters to make a difference in the direction our country is headed. That is what frightens them. Altogether, I thought the article cast Rand in a good light. I will support Rand in his attempt to work the political angles to our advantage.

I guess our recent

voting in favor of Rand Paul (Times has a poll going) forced Times to write a story (surely with a progressive spin.) Thumb up.