Rand Paul: A Politician After All
He’s playing the game.
BY JOHN MCCORMACK Bookmark this
On the evening of September 11, Rand Paul sipped red wine out of a clear plastic cup as he wended his way through a bar full of 200 or so millennials. After snapping photos with admirers who had gathered to hear Paul speak and partake of free food and drink provided by Generation Opportunity, a libertarian-leaning nonprofit, the Kentucky senator took the stage.
“How many people here have a cell phone?” Paul asked at the beginning of his remarks. “How many people think it’s none of the government’s damn business what you do with your cell phone?” The crowd cheered.
“I really, really worry about Anthony Weiner. Because you know he likes to take the selfies,” Paul said of the former Democratic congressman who accidentally posted lewd photos of himself on Twitter. “He’s had trouble finding a place to put them where no one can find them. So ...
. . . . It’s not clear how much of a price Rand Paul will pay among those who remain staunchly opposed to an American air war in Syria and Iraq. Libertarians and noninterventionists will have no one more dovish than Paul to turn to in the 2016 Republican primaries. But by “playing the game” on matters of war, Paul has opened himself up to potentially devastating attacks that could keep the rest of the GOP from giving him a second look.