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Rand Paul finds resistance in the GOP

Jim Carroll:

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul leads the Republican presidential field in at least one national poll and in surveys in New Hampshire and Iowa.

But Paul is getting a lot of push-back in his own party from would-be presidents, former would-be presidents and others who find his smaller-government, smaller-American-footprint-in-the-world messages at the least offensive and at worst dangerous.

It is not too much to say that Paul is becoming the focus of the ferocious debate within the GOP over its vision and future. And that puts the junior senator from the Bluegrass State on a collision course with other rising figures in the party like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as with party leaders like Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee.


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Rand has a big hill to climb.

A crowded field will help Rand early.
He will probably win a few states that Ron did well in, like NH and Maine. Possibly even Iowa if the field is crowded.

In a two or three candidate field, Rand loses.
The neo-con base of the GOP will pool behind one candidate and it won't be Rand.

bigmikedude's picture

The media buddies up to him right now with his popularity

to take advantage of the ratings, but rest assured, when the election rolls around, if he runs, they'll turn on him like pit vipers just like they did to his father once the GOP begins pushing their chosen business-as-usual establishment candidate.