July 14, 2010

NOTHING BECOMES A LIBERTARIAN LIKE SILENCE:

The Reeducation of Rand Paul (Robert Costa, 7/14/10, National Review)

Soon after Rand Paul won Kentucky’s GOP Senate primary in May, his campaign was rocked — not by an affair or a kamikaze YouTube clip, but by his own textbook libertarianism. In a series of post-election interviews, Paul criticized parts of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, expressing concern about the federal government’s power to regulate private behavior. For raising a question about the landmark bill, Paul was roundly lambasted by the press, Democrats, and many Republicans. “Everybody piled on,” he laments in an interview with National Review. To stop the bleeding, Paul quickly went mum, canceling a scheduled sitdown with NBC’s Meet the Press and other media appearances.

Now, two months later, Paul leads in the polls, topping Democrat Jack Conway, the state’s attorney general, by seven points in Rasmussen’s latest survey. His campaign has also had its best quarter at the bank, raking in $1.1 million.


If he were to enter a monastery and stay until mid-November he'd be a lock. He can only lose if he speaks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2010 2:07 PM
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