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Rand Paul creates a 50 state network in his presidential bid

March 27, 2014

 There is no doubt in my mind that Rand Paul is going to run for president in 2016, but if you still harbor doubts that he is seriously considering a bid perhaps this story will change your mind.

  Rand Paul has set up a 50 state network in his exploration of a presidential bid, this certainly seems to me as if he is going to announce in the near future his candidacy.

Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns.

Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman.

The younger Paul’s nationwide organization, which counts more than 200 people, includes new supporters who have previously funded more traditional Republicans, along with longtime libertarian activists. Paul, of Kentucky, has been courting Wall Street titans and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who donated to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, attending elite conclaves in Utah and elsewhere along with other GOP hopefuls.

“A national leadership team is an important step, and it’s a critical one for the movement going forward,” said Fritz Wenzel, Paul’s pollster. “Rand has tremendous momentum, and the formation of this team will guide him as he gets closer to a decision and [will] serve as a foundation for a campaign.”

  There is one area, in my opinion, where the Republicans lag way behind the Democrats and that area is organization–specifically at the grassroots level–and Rand Paul appears ready to bridge that gap.

  I believe the Democrats fear the possibility of a Rand Paul candidacy and that is why they are working so hard to discredit him. But in addition to this, and the fact I believe he is one of only a few true Constitutionalists who will be running for president, there is one other aspect to a possible Rand Paul candidacy that I find intriguing and that  is the fact that the establishment Republicans seem to fear him as much as do the Democrats. The establishment is worried that he will not be willing to go along to get along so they also do not want to see him run.

  Do not believe the hype coming from the establishment Republicans, via people like Karl Rove, that only a moderate establishment candidate such as Jeb Bush can beat the woman who has already been declared the Democratic nominee.

  There is an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment wave moving through the nation and with Rand Paul’s anti-NSA, libertarian-leaning views he may be the only Republican candidate who can siphon off enough of the younger vote, which traditionally favors the Democrats, to win the presidency.

  The old guard had their chance and they used it to give us John McCain, Bob Dole, and Mitt Romney and if they have their way we will get Jeb Bush or Chris Christie. If the establishment Republicans foists upon us yet another unacceptable candidate it is time to send a message to the Republican party that more of the same is not good enough and it will be time to vote for a third party candidate for they did not get the message when the base stayed home rather than voting for Mitt Romney.

  Those who do not learn from history…..

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2014 11:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Cold Dead Hands Days and commented:


  2. LD Jackson permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:37 am

    I know some people who shy away from Rand Paul because of his connections to his father’s network of libertarians. While I understand that caution, I also understand that the younger Paul is appealing to a lot of conservatives who are simply fed up with the establishment of the Republican Party. Given the opportunity to take that establishment down, or at least hamstring their efforts to fight conservatives, Rand Paul is an attractive option.


  3. Petermc3 permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:11 am

    LD you nailed it, nuff’ said.


  4. Bruce permalink
    March 28, 2014 12:13 pm

    I am on Paul’s mailing list, and not a day goes by that I don’t get at least one piece from him asking to join him, get involved, and help him fight. And he has a different, engaging way of communicating. He was even allowed at UC Berzerkly. I grew up seeing the benefit of a strong military, but our world policing hasn’t done so well.
    As I have said here before, I will follow anyone who can beat the left. I am a firm supporter of Regan’s idea that you don’t need perfect agreement to get my support.


    • March 28, 2014 6:40 pm

      I accidentally signed up to his mailing list when I tried to join his class action lawsuit against the NSA and I receive something from him also everyday, if not more than once a day. I posted an article about his reception at that liberal institution and I think it shows he has connected with the youth in a way most Republicans cannot.


      • Bruce permalink
        March 28, 2014 10:47 pm

        That’s how I got on the list!!! Now I remember the class action suit I sent money to. I will look up your Berzerkley article.


      • March 29, 2014 7:06 am



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