A.B. Stoddard: Next time Perry takes on Rand Paul, he needs to be better prepared. Paul is smart, hungry, and ready for a fight.Submitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 20:45
Rand Paul 1, Rick Perry 0
By A.B. Stoddard - 07/16/14 07:22 PM EDT
Let’s hope other 2016 presidential hopefuls learn from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s mistake this week — drunk on confidence and mojo, politicians often shoot themselves in the foot. Perfectly positioned as President Obama’s No. 1 nemesis on the border crisis, having successfully shamed the president into meeting with him on the issue, Perry then ditched the shrewd moves to level a bumbling broadside against Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on foreign policy.
Clearly Perry is running for president, and is being advised, over-advised and warned that Paul, who out-polls the other potential 2016 GOP candidates like Perry, is a threat to his comeback. He is. Perry knows foreign policy is Paul’s political liability, and it is. But the fight he picked instead helped Paul, who made Perry look foolish. And this time, he won’t be blaming the meds for back pain.
In The Washington Post, Perry said Paul suggests we all ignore what is going on in Iraq, calling Paul “curiously blind,” to dangerous threats, accusing him of intentionally distorting President Ronald Reagan’s record of internationalism and intervention, and concluding that the response to the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from “Paul and others” is “to do next to nothing.” Surely if there were others Perry was attacking, he would name them.
Perry might have thought it an opportune time to hit Paul on his noninterventionist positions, but he didn’t offer any new ideas, didn’t call for ground troops and is hardly a leading expert on national security or foreign policy in the GOP. Sure, there are no hawks in the weak field of potential GOP candidates for 2016, and it could help him with primary voters, but next time Perry takes on Paul, he will need to be better prepared. Paul punches back — hard. And he is smart, hungry and ready for a fight with anyone who brings it.