The Tea Party folks were jumping for joy the day after Scott Brown won the special election in Massachusetts. Brown’s victory was all about stopping the Democrats from passing health reform and little else. His subsequent vote, incidentally his very first vote, supporting Obama’s “stimulus 2″ jobs bill reinforced this reality amongst some of his now formerly devoted supporters.
Rand Paul is everything the Tea Partiers wanted in Scott Brown and more. He is their Reagan fantasy becoming reality. Only they don’t appear to completely realize it yet. Sarah Palin’s endorsement was huge, but the jury is still out on whether Palin is more than just a conservative “Barbie” to Scott Brown’s “Ken”.
Dropping the campaign sweat from Rand Paul’s brow on truly limited government litmus paper reveals two names that would make almost every conservative smile: Goldwater and Reagan. These two icons are at the very root of Rand Paul’s philosophy of governance.
Philosophy is nice for those of us that immerse ourselves in the issues on a daily basis, but it’s not very appealing to the large majority that catch a whiff of it on the news while stepping through the routine of their lives. To be successful politically, as much as I hate to admit it, requires more than just being right on the issues. So much more.
In today’s media-centric world it requires an attractive appearance, charm, charisma, no skeletons, and a beautiful family and articulate wife doesn’t hurt either. Rand Paul has all of these things plus he’s right on the philosophy.
Proof came recently when Rand’s wife Kelley delivered a speech on behalf of her husband to a county GOP woman’s group in Owensboro, Kentucky. She details some of her husband’s history including a story about Rand Paul attending the 1976 Republican convention with his father, Ron Paul. The younger Paul witnessed his father be one of only 4 Republicans to stand up and support Reagan against the incumbent Ford at the time.
I highly recommend you take some time and watch Kelley Paul speak in the video below (2 parts). When you are finished head over to WinRandWin.com and pledge to participate in the March 23rd money bomb. He needs help to fend off the barrage of attacks that have already started from his GOP primary opponent Trey Grayson.
I get concerned when I hear that Rand is dedicated to being a citizen legislator and that he’s not embarking on this political journey as a stepping stone to higher office. I suppose that can change like it does for many of our elected officials (including his father). I worry about this because I see potential in Rand Paul that goes beyond the title of Senator right on to the title of President.
The final quote from Rand’s brother Robert, in a recent Houston Chronicle article does provide some hope.
Rand, he said, is a good messenger for the second generation of the Paul revolution: “I think my dad has always wanted someone to take the message forward.”
And how sweet that Tea Party-Goldwater-Reagan-Paul message is. Watch Kelley Paul below.