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NYT: Rand Paul Looks to Broaden His Base

From an article titled, Republicans Use Shutdown to Stake Turf for 2016 Bids

Rubio is sticking with Cruz like white on rice. However...

Perhaps the most revealing repositioning is being undertaken by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Mr. Paul is a libertarian-leaning first-term senator who was catapulted into office by passionate Tea Party enthusiasts, the constituency most supportive of the Republicans’ hard-line stance on the shutdown. But as he looks at the 2016 contest, he is seeking to broaden his appeal beyond his Tea Party base, distancing himself from some inflammatory views held by his father, former Representative Ron Paul of Texas, as he grows closer with the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and courts more mainline Republican donors.

Without turning off his die-hard ideological followers, Mr. Paul wants to send a message to the Republican establishment that he would run to win the nomination and not simply to carry the libertarian banner.

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Ron Paul's Main Ambition...

...was to 'ignite the brush-fires'. I don't think he ever seriously expected to win the election, but he was very excited watching idea of liberty grow over last few years.
Now, main-stream GOP is basically imploding, void of ideas and guts, losing support everywhere. Where does this support end up? In a mesh aka tea-party. A sure deal.
On the other hand, the old-guard GOP may be on the ropes, but is still influential in media and has $$.
Rubio (and Ryan) rolled the dice and lost. They started a fresh/liberty/small_gvt guys, but catered to the neo-cons and ended up nowhere. Now, there is no way back.

I have seen some interesting

I have seen some interesting liberal articles about Rand Paul lately. I guess some of the things he is doing might be working a little.

It’s Hard to Hate Rand Paul

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

I am REALLY curious as to what ....

the New York Times is referring to in this statement...
"distancing himself from some inflammatory views held by his father".

Inflammatory? Ron Paul? What are they talking about? Is it now inflammatory to suggest that the country should stop adding to it's debt? Stop killing women and children overseas with drone strikes? That the Federal Government's power is constrained by the Constitution? That the law should pertain to individuals and not to groups? Does the author really believe his statement, or is this yet another example of how the MSM are telling people what to believe rather than telling people how to think for themselves.

"The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty, but to have a slave of his own."
Sir Richard Burton

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Michael Nystrom's picture

Like I said - you have to learn to read between the lines.

Ron Paul got a raw deal. Are we all aware of that?

In the mainstream, he is viewed as a freak. Understand? We have a nice little oasis here, thanks be to Michael Nystrom, who kept this a little private island by banning all the haters.

Does the author really believe his statement, or is this yet another example of how the MSM are telling people what to believe rather than telling people how to think for themselves.


I live in Massachusetts. I can't help it. Boston is where Harvard is, and that is where my wife Samantha works. She's the one with health insurance :)

Of course the MSM tells people what to believe. But you don't have to believe it.

Does the author believe it? Probably.

Whenever I talk about Ron Paul, but most especially Rand up here, people look at me like I have a third arm growing out of my forehead. People are conditioned by propaganda.

Some people are conditioned by the NYT, others are conditioned by Fox News.

You are empowered to believe what you want.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I know that some of all y'all don't like the NY Times

But I like it. It is still a great news source.

Like anything, you just have to learn to read between the lines, and be aware of the blindspots. But the Times is an excellent news source. Don't knock it.

I agree the New York Times is

I agree the New York Times is still a great news source & at the same time a very bad wishy washy weak news source. It's a lot of work to find good honest reporting in the NY Times, you have to wade through a lot of BS to get to it.

Michael Nystrom's picture

So I'll self bump it again

For the insight from the publication that shall be shunned.