Rand Paul's Challenge...

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    Will Ron Paul's Son forge a deeper connection with the mainstream GOP?


    By W. James Antle III

    For Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, his Wednesday night speech at the Republican National Convention is not just a prominent speaking slot. It represents a symbolic passing of the torch from father to son, and an opportunity to forge a deeper connection with the mainstream of the party than Ron Paul ever did.

    Paul is his father’s son. He has carried on the fight for auditing the Federal Reserve, which is now part of the Republican platform. He has extended that call to auditing the Pentagon, one part of the government that is sacrosanct to many Republicans. Senator Paul has opposed foreign wars in Iraq and Libya, while demanding any conflict be authorized by a congressional declaration.

    But the younger Paul has also emerged as a leader in the broader tea party. His 2010 Kentucky primary victory over a candidate handpicked by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was one of that movement’s biggest triumphs over the GOP establishment. Unlike his father, Rand Paul adjusts his stump speech for different audiences and is comfortable delivering conservative red meat.

    Paul may have previewed his line of attack against President Barack Obama in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “As the president campaigns against those who succeeded, as the president vilifies those who employ millions of workers, he condemns the very system that made America great,” Paul said. “Today there is a war going on for the heart and soul of America, a war between those who believe in the American dream and those who cannot grasp what makes America great.”

    “There’s a battle going on between those who would respect the Constitution and those who would scrap it for the South African constitution,” Paul continued. He described the president as “missing in action” and denounced those who “would bow down and apologize for capitalism and profit and America’s exceptional history.”

    Not only is Paul a successor to his father, but he has an opportunity to fill a void within the Republican Party. None of the candidates who tried to block Mitt Romney’s nomination from the right — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann or even Herman Cain — were perfect fits for the tea party mood. They were episodic advocates of government-cutting and few of them seemed animated by fiscal issues.

    Paul speaks in stark terms about the country’s looming fiscal crisis, declaring even Paul Ryan’s budget plan inadequate for the challenge. But his views on civil liberties and foreign policy give him the potential to reach out to independents. While his father was more of a loner,...

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    Eh... I'm not sold on Rand yet. But he's certainly closer than Obama or Mitt.
     
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    I think that's a fair assessment. Thanks.
     
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    That link siezed up my computer.

    You can see Rand Paul's speech on Saturday here: Sen. Rand Paul sees

    He's not going to get far when he says something like, “There’s a battle going on between those who would respect the Constitution and those who would scrap it for the South African constitution."

    That is quite the obscure reference!

    He does not explain what he means by it.

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