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The Rand Paul Moment

You won’t find him on any Federal Election Commission disclosure forms, but Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is the biggest in-kind donor to the incipient Rand Paul for president campaign.

Whatever its merits, the National Security Agency meta-data program couldn’t be better fashioned to play into fears of the government. Is it vast? Yes. Was it secret? Check. Does it arguably run outside the normal checks and balances of government? Uh-huh. Does it raise profound questions about privacy? Roger.

This is the kind of issue Rand Paul was born and (literally) raised to raise holy hell over. And it isn’t just the NSA program lately. The leak about the program came on the heels of revelations that the IRS was singling out tea party groups for extra scrutiny and invasive questions, and on the heels of the AP and James Rosen investigations.


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It's the setup that I remember from 2007 with some writers and journalist. Andrew Malcolm from the "Los Angeles Times" and I forgot his name from the The Hill but he stuck with Ron for the last two cycles. Mad props. I would not be surprised if Rand Paul's staff may have paid Mr. Rich Lowry to right that in concert with all the "issues" of the day that Rand has scored "4-4", but if it helps keep the issue going on drones and on the NSA, good. Just don't forget about the Federal Reserve and states rights. He should say something about the Seventeenth Amendment and that senators should be decided in the several states legislature.

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