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“THE END HAS NO END …”

In case you haven’t checked your calendar lately, we are in the Year of our Lord 2014 … meaning we are sixteen years removed from the sex scandal surrounding former U.S. President Bill Clinton and ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

What was the outcome of that scandal? Well, Clinton was impeached for his conduct – but survived (and thrived) in its aftermath.

In fact with one glaring exception Clinton has an infinitely better record on freedom and free markets than the two presidents who have followed him … which is one reason he remains one of the nation’s most popular ex-statesmen.

The GOP? It came off during the Lewinsky scandal much as it still does today … a party more interested in scoring points on trivial matters than providing a credible policy alternative to Democrats.

So … why are we talking about Clinton’s nearly two-decades-old dalliances today? Because “Republicans” – most notably U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and his wife, Kelley – keep bringing the issue up.

And why are they doing that?

Because Paul is running for president – and if he wins the GOP nomination his most likely opponent will be Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State (and wife of the philandering ex-President).

So … does reviving this scandal make good political sense for Paul? In other words, will it hurt the Clintons’ presidential ambitions?

(Errr, sorry … Mrs. Clinton’s ambitions … )

Hell no. In fact were we compiling a list of topics GOP presidential contenders would be wise never to even think about (let alone mention out loud) as they prepare for the upcoming Clinton electoral onslaught, the Lewinsky affair would be at the very top of that list.

Not only does the Lewinsky line of attack fail to damage the Clintons, it is likely to backfire – reminding voters that after all these years “Republicans” are still offering voters absolutely nothing but tired old politics-as-usual (recycled politics-as-usual even).

Seriously … if you think the GOP is ideologically bankrupt now (and it most assuredly is), just imagine what going back to this mess would do for the party?

How does Rand Paul not get that?

Paul has repeatedly disappointed us since embarking on his 2016 presidential bid – veering wildly in the direction of the GOP establishment in an effort to convince them he’s not his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Apparently he’s forgotten those of us who admire his dad …

In 2012, Paul the Younger backed the presidential bid of socialized medicine supporter Mitt Romney – and just this month he endorsed the U.S. Senate bid of establishment “Republican” leader Mitch McConnell, offering up the lame excuse that he did it because McConnell “asked him to.”

Weak …

If the GOP ever expects to win another national election, it’s going to have to offer voters a legitimate choice – something we thought Paul (of all candidates) understood.

Evidently not …

We’re not closing the book on Rand Paul – he still has time to redeem himself – but we would strongly encourage him to start reaching forward in the direction of substantive free market policies as opposed to reaching back into the GOP’s old back of useless tricks.