… BUT CAN HE GO HOME AGAIN?
|| By FITSNEWS || There is no politician in recent American history who has advanced freedom and free markets – and challenged fascism and statism – as consistently as Ron Paul.
That’s why we endorsed his 2012 bid for the GOP nomination.
Unfortunately the apple (a.k.a. U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky) has fallen a considerable distance from the tree … a distance that was only growing as the younger Paul announced his presidential aspirations back in the spring.
Now that Rand Paul’s 2016 candidacy is struggling mightily, he’s running back home … trotting out an endorsement letter from his father this week praising his “commitment to liberty, Austrian economics, small government, and following the Constitution.”
“Even where Rand and I do have minor differences of opinion, I would take Rand’s position over any of his opponents’ in both parties every time,” the elder Paul added.
Last time we checked Rand Paul – the candidate who was supposed to grow the party by inviting new views – had taken on the role of GOP loyalty czar, all in a desperate bid to undermine the candidacy of Donald Trump, who is raking in all the anti-establishment supporters the younger Paul was supposed to be inspiring.
We’re going to be blunt about what went down here: Rand Paul made a strategic decision over a year ago that his name was enough to keep the pro-freedom, pro-free market libertarians in line … leaving him free to run to the mushy middle of the “Republican” political spectrum.
That plan has failed miserably … and now Paul is trying to run home.
“The letter appears to be a renewed pivot toward (Rand Paul’s) libertarian roots at a time his campaign has been struggling for cash and sagging in primary polls,” Politico reported.
Yeah … that may work for some “libertarians,” but we’re not buying it. In fact his “pivot” strikes us as completely devoid of substance … sort of like his big “win” on domestic spying.
Of all the 2016 “Republicans,” Rand Paul’s candidacy was the one we were most excited about. We viewed him as the sort of guy who would take the fight to the establishment (as Trump has done), not coddle it … or lend it his imprimatur.
But that hasn’t happened …
Rand Paul’s attempt to flip back to his libertarian roots by embracing his father – after months spent keeping him at arms’ length – is worse than a flip-flop on a particular issue, it’s a fundamental shape-shifting maneuver that would make a chameleon like Mitt Romney proud. And the fact it involves his own father is even more disappointing.
Ron Paul may still be willing to put his arm around his son … but we’re not.