This one involves the Pauls … namely former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
In an excerpt from his book, The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House, Coppins details “the intensely personal father-son rivalry that helped derail the younger Paul’s presidential ambitions – twice.”
Coppins’ book alleges that Ron Paul – jealous of his son’s success – ran for president in 2012 in an effort blunt Rand Paul’s political momentum. Since then? According to Coppins, a “growing divide” between father and son has emerged – with diverging ideological allegiances overlapping a more personal battle between operatives.
“The two camps have spent much of the past three years bitterly feuding behind the scenes,” he wrote.
This website has already written its obituary of Rand Paul’s 2016 bid – which squandered its immense potential on a policy of appeasing the “Republican” establishment. We didn’t know there was an alleged Ron Paul component to the collapse, though.
It didn’t work …
Rand Paul – who was polling as high as 17 percent two years ago – is currently drawing the support of just 1.8 percent of the GOP electorate, according to aggregate polling data from Real Clear Politics. At this point it will be a miracle if he even makes it to 2016.
All of this is very, very sad …
This website endorsed Ron Paul’s bid in 2012, and had high hopes for his son’s candidacy. Unfortunately, Rand Paul eschewed his father’s “revolution” in favor of a cookie cutter campaign of accommodation.
Whatever motivated that decision, it was the wrong one.