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As his presidential campaign gathers steam, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) appears to be going out of his way to cozy up to establishment “Republicans” in key early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina.

Paul swung through the Palmetto State a month ago, raising money for the ideologically bankrupt state party while also holding a series of meet-and-greets with local GOP activists. Apparently his efforts to endear himself to the state’s status quo are paying off,  too …

“Many in the GOP (say) Paul was received favorably by rank and file in the party, particularly as he made efforts to distance himself from strictly libertarian views of his father,” wrote Shawn Drury, editor of The (Columbia, S.C.) Patch.

Hmmmmm … that sounds awfully familiar.

Here’s our question, though: What, exactly, is wrong with the views of Paul’s father – former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul? And why would these be views Paul the Younger needs to “distance” himself from? More importantly, why does Rand Paul need to move in the ideological direction of the Republican Party – especially in a state as corrupt, incompetent and fiscally liberal as “GOP-controlled” South Carolina?

Isn’t the whole idea here for the GOP to move in the direction of Rand Paul?

Anyway, Paul will be back in the Palmetto State on August 26 to participate in a “Faith and Freedom” barbecue held at the Anderson (S.C.) Civic Center – an event sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan. Wonder which Paul we’ll see at that event? The crusading libertarian Senator? Or the accommodating candidate for president?