Run, Rand, run!
The best thing about Rand Paul’s talking filibuster this week is that public reaction to it seems to have heightened the Kentucky senator’s presidential ambitions, as we see HERE:
Paul himself seemed to appreciate that this was an important moment for himself, confidently acknowledging to POLITICO in an interview that he was “seriously” considering running for president in 2016.
“I think our party needs something new, fresh and different,” he said. “What we’ve been running — nothing against the candidates necessarily — but we have a good, solid niche in all the solidly red states throughout the middle of the country.”
But he suggested previous Republican candidates have had limited appeal to voters beyond the Republican base.
Partisan liberals like me would gladly welcome a Rand Paul bid for the Republican nomination four years hence. Like his dad, he would enjoy the enthusiastic backing of a band of libertarian ideologues. And like his dad, he would have no chance of winning the GOP nod, let alone the presidency itself.
So, yeah, go for it, senator!