I’ll be honest, it’s really difficult for me to take anything Rand Paul says seriously. This is a guy who had such an inept staff that he was caught plagiarizing various sources, including an article in the Washington Times.
He was also one of the key figures a few months ago who was trying to ridiculously use Monica Lewinsky to attack Hillary Clinton.
And we can’t forget when he suggested that the “imperfect among us” would be eliminated due to abortion.
Well, now he claimed that Hillary Clinton and Democrats are “afraid” of him running in 2016 because he’s not a war-hawk like us liberals.
On Meet the Press Paul said, “I think the American public is coming more and more to where I am and that those people, like Hillary Clinton, who, she fought her own war, ‘Hillary’s war,’ you know?”
“And I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what? We are tired of war. We’re worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war because she’s so gung-ho,'” he continued.
It’s amazing. Republicans are bashing President Obama for being “weak” on foreign policy, and Republican Rand Paul is trying to gin up the narrative that Hillary Clinton will be too “aggressive.”
You really can’t win with these people. If a president tries to avoid military conflict, they’re weak. If they’re more open to possibly military action, they’re a “war hawk.”
The truth is, Rand Paul is nothing more than Ron Paul 2.0.
Sure, he appeals to the anti-war crowd. But so did his dad. And the one thing he doesn’t seem to grasp is that no candidate is winning the GOP nomination for president appearing “weak” or “passive” against terrorists.
There are people who are always going to oppose war. So by pandering to those people, you’re always going to have a certain foundation of support.
But the thing about war is that it shouldn’t be based on public opinion or politics. War should be used as a last resort, when it absolutely has to be used. Paul’s “isolationist” approach is not only short-sighted, but it’s dangerous.
And another thing he seems to forget is that a lot of his other policies don’t appeal to independents or liberals. You know, like being anti-abortion, anti-immigration and wanting to abolish agencies like the EPA and FDA.
Let’s also not forget that he was right there alongside Ted Cruz pushing for the government shutdown. Or the fact that in 2010 he essentially said he would support the right for businesses to discriminate based on race. Though, of course, he’s since backtracked on those comments a bit.
See, that’s what someone like Rand Paul doesn’t seem to understand. Sure, he might get some support from independents and liberals who are sick of war. But he’s also going to lose much of that support because of the radically far-right tea party policies he supports. And he can’t win the GOP nomination without pandering to those unpopular, radically right-wing ideologies.
But as a liberal and a Democrat, I don’t fear Paul at all. In fact, if he won the GOP nomination for president, I would love it. Because while candidates like Chris Christie or Jeb Bush might actually put up a decent fight against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Rand Paul would get absolutely crushed.
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