Jan. 30, 2015

"Keep Your Eye on Rand Paul"

"Keep Your Eye on Rand Paul"
by Marc Platt
January 30, 2015

There was a learning moment in October, 2013 for Rand Paul AND Mitch McConnell. It was the day they were caught on a hot microphone gloating about the Government Shutdown that ended up costing American taxpayers $24 Billion. These two men got caught up in the empowerment of shutting the U.S. Government down over a piece of legislation that the current President would NEVER turn around on, The Affordable Care Act.

Both Paul and McConnell are way too savvy politically to have Obama's prime achievement go away under any circumstances. These men BOTH know that their state of Kentucky is benefitting greatly from what is now known as Obamacare.

Since that day, each of these men have not made any political missteps whatsover. McConnell won his re-election using Rand Paul's political machinery and Rand Paul has been marching towards the middle of the road. He is a Libertarian, but more of a "Politician" in this day and age of political division.

Paul has gone to black colleges, Berkely, NAACP and other places you would least expect him to speak at. He has backed off a lot of his earlier right wing stances like Voting Rights. He paired up with Liberal Democrat Corey Booker regarding getting rid ofDrug Mandatory Minimums.

You watch him start to start weedling his way into foreign policy in a way that doesn't criticize Obama too heavily. He has actually sounded supportive of Obama's ISIS policy in recent months. 

WHat if Rand Paul were to maneuver his way towards winning the nomination in a way he isn't backed into any political corners? What if he were to pivot CLOSER to Obama's positions on several issues and suck up some of the space Hillary Clinton was planning to distinguish herself in. Hillary is hawkish and Rand Paul is not. 

I could easily see Rand Paul drifting to the LEFT of Hillary Clinton on a lot of issues, especially foreign policy.

The economy is improving and Rand Paul is astute enough to steer clear of domestic issues. 

The more I look at it, the more I see Rand Paul being th enominee and a threat to take it all. Hillary Clinton should take clear aim right at Paul ASAP and seperate herself from him. He is her toughest match-up.