Monday, June 17, 2013
He's making all the right moves.
One of the things that I like about Paul is that he doesn't play it safe: He's willing to go out on a limb for what he believes. And when was the last time you saw that in the herd of politicians who basically spend their lives telling people what they want to hear?
Rand Paul is one of a regretfully small handful of Republican candidates who goes beyond what is currently acceptable and is willing (and able) to not only argue on the basis of what people already believe, but to argue people into positions they do not already hold.
And he knows exactly how far he can go politically in doing this.
He's willing to push the envelope, make people mad, stir things up, and whatever other political cliche there is for doing what needs to be done.
I have long been uncomfortable with his libertarianism--which I maintain is not true conservatism--and yet he has so far stuck to conservative positions on cultural issues.
Another interesting thing about his is his ability to cross the usual political lines. As just one example, here is the New Republic (of all places) on Paul's meteoric political rise and his prospective run for president.