Is Rand Paul Soon To Leave His Quest For The White House?
UPDATE—Rand Paul will be on debate stage this week only after CNN tweaked its criteria to add a ninth podium for the Kentucky senator. Like adding a special ramp for the politically challenged.
(Candidates qualified if they achieved an average of 3.5 percent in national polls conducted since late October – or 4 percent in either Iowa or New Hampshire. According to POLITICO’s calculations, Paul was at 2.8 percent nationally–hence the special accommodations for Paul.)
At some point reality has to strike for a number of the Republican candidates seeking the party nomination. For Senator Rand Paul that may come very quickly.
I have thought him an odd candidate for the GOP nomination as he does not mesh with where the base is on a number of issues. And as terrorism takes hold of the national conversation in the manner it has–and in large part by the way it is being used as an election issue–places Paul even more outside the box of his party.
I differ in larger measures to where Paul stands on issues. I also fault how he arrives at his positions due to his failing to understand the constitution is a living document. But having said that I still find him interesting and engaging as a speaker. He is certainly provocative. So he gets at least one point.
But he is not anywhere near to the place that his party is when it comes to seeking a nominee for the party. Therefore he is close to shuttering his campaign apparatus and fading back into the senate.
Though Paul stated he “is confident he will be on the primetime Republican debate stage Tuesday, but if he falls short, he will make an announcement this week about what comes next,” the Boston Globe reports.
Paul has a political future like his father, Ron. Bet that makes for a shaky hand when shaving in the morning.