Emily might like his swag, but I am not so easily impressed. I don’t think Rand Paul is presidential material.
This shouldn’t come as much surprise to anyone familiar with my views. I’ve been critical of Paul on a litany of matters including his statements on voter ID laws (to which his office responded), vaccines, running away from voters with tough questions, his lionization of Edward Snowden, his willingness to seek out the advice of Al Sharpton and his support for the Obama Administration’s Cuba policy not to mention his frivolous NSA lawsuit. Then there is the small matter of his indecisiveness of his stance on ISIS and his assertions that a nuclear Iran is not a threat to the U.S. or Israel.
Yet there is one good thing about Rand Paul’s GOP presidential bid. He and Ted Cruz basically cancel each other out. They love to deploy political theater and their constituencies are nearly identical. Sure, Paul is more isolationist than Cruz and doesn’t wear his religious beliefs on his sleeve in the way Cruz does. While I think it is possible that could serve Paul well in New Hampshire, I suspect it won’t serve him as well in Iowa and especially in South Carolina.
Paul and Cruz are both classic examples of sizzle with no steak. While they cancel each other out, it will leave more room for Republican candidates of more substance like Scott Walker and Marco Rubio.