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May 10, 2013 11:39 AM Rand Paul Opens the ‘16 Cycle

By Ed Kilgore

Today’s a big day for Rand Paul: he’s in Iowa, where he will address a sold-out crowd at the Iowa Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner.

A bit earlier in the day, he will attend the little-publicized (it’s closed to media) but very important “Pastors and Pews” event in Des Moines, organized by David Lane and largely funded by the famously homophobic American Family Association. This is the first big Iowa Christian Right networking session on the long road to the 2016 Iowa Caucuses; a similar initiative, dubbed “Pastors’ Policy Briefings,” played a big role in the 2008 and 2012 GOP nominating contests.

So Paul, whose father finished third in Iowa in 2012, and who is benefitting from a Paulite takeover of the Iowa GOP apparatus later in that year, is working both the outside and inside games pretty hard. And it’s not like he’s having to come out of nowhere or overcome a fringe reputation like Ron did in his presidential contests: an early poll of past Iowa Caucus attendees released on Monday showed Paul the heavy front-runner for 2016, with 39% support as opposed to 20% for Marco Rubio, 11% for Chris Christie, and 10% for Jeb Bush (with Bobby Jindal and Condi Rice at 3% each).

By all accounts, Rand Paul is already running for president, scarcely bothering with the usual coy talk or the pretense that a man who won his first electoral contest—the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky—just under three years ago might need some seasoning. That’s how you roll when you are the heir to an intense ideological dynasty, and also think you uniquely represent the views of the Founding Fathers of America and their God.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on May 10, 2013 11:50 AM:

    OY!

    It literally scares the living sh*te out of me that his mop-topped moron is taken seriously - even by Conservative morons with no, or white, hair.

  • Bob M on May 10, 2013 11:56 AM:

    Isn't inheriting dynastic power contrary to everything he proposes? No shortage of hypocrisy, I guess.

  • Sean Scallon on May 10, 2013 11:58 AM:

    "By all accounts, Rand Paul is already running for president, scarcely bothering with the usual coy talk or the pretense that a man who won his first electoral contest—the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky—just under three years ago might need some seasoning."

    No more seasoned than freshman U.S. senator Barak Obama of Illinois in 2008

  • Peter C on May 10, 2013 11:59 AM:

    Iowa always has been a good place to sell snake oil. Will they chant 'aqua-buddha' as he comes on stage?

  • Mimikatz on May 10, 2013 12:26 PM:

    No Ted Cruz? No Paul Ryan?

    What a sad collection. Jeb Bush is the only one whom is objectively qualified and he can't even get his own mother to support him. Shows what you get when you value showmanship over every thing else.

  • bobatkinson on May 10, 2013 1:30 PM:

    Here comes Condi "Mushroom Clouds Over Manhatten" Rice back from the political wasteland. I look for her to be the VP candidate for whatever idiot the GOPTEA picks. They will reinvent her into the best National Security Advisor/Sec. of State the country ever had and did I mention she is a black female? With the state of Mainstream Media and the bullhorn of Right Wing media the proles will be reconditioned into seeing the disgraced woman in an entirely new airbrushed lite and they will fall for it and that scares the shit out of me.

  • mudwall jackson on May 10, 2013 2:14 PM:

    "That’s how you roll when you are the heir to an intense ideological dynasty, and also think you uniquely represent the views of the Founding Fathers of America and their God."

    Aqua Buddha?

  • exlibra on May 10, 2013 3:26 PM:

    Sean Scallon, @11:58;

    Obama had no more experience than Paul *as the US Senator*, true. But his abbreviated stint as a US Senator had not been his first experience as an elected official, the way it is for Paul; Obama had been a state senator for 7 years (which means election and reelection) prior to his run for the US Senate. That's quite a bit of "seasoning" right there though, for some reason, lots of people choose to forget that.

  • boatboy_srq on May 10, 2013 4:39 PM:

    @Sean Scallion:

    Lest we forget, BHO actually attended university and obtained his degrees the old-fashioned way: he attended class, sat his own exams and impressed Academia sufficiently to be awarded his credentials. Paul, in contrast, was so incensed by his chosen field's requirement for certification to prove competence in the field, that he founded his own certification board and awarded the certification to himself.

    Paul IMHO either falls squarely in the 'I's smartz cuz I sed sew" camp of self-centred, self-important, entitled little s##ts, or else he's the new millenium's archetype snake-oil salesman.