While his father Ron Paul was long considered something of a political outlier banished years ago from the Republican Mainstream, Senator Rand Paul has managed to quickly rise up within the ranks of the GOP machine – so much so that Senate Minority Leader and longtime Republican power player Mitch McConnell is publicly embracing the Rand Paul phenomenon.
EXCERPT: (via the Weekly Standard)
At CPAC, McConnell Embraces Rand
Mitch McConnell, the leader of the GOP minority in the Senate, struck an upbeat tone in his Friday morning address to the conservative activists gathered at CPAC. “Friends, this is a moment of renewal. I truly believe it,” he said. In this era of new beginning, McConnell is seeking his sixth Senate term next year, and the 71-year-old conservative Republican is embracing his much younger Kentuckian, Rand Paul.
“More than ever, we need the kind of constitutional conservatives we’ve got in the Senate who’ve been really bringing the fight to the left,” McConnell said to loud cheers. “And I’m going to mention my Kentucky colleague Rand Paul as an example of that. He’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about. He’s a warrior, and we need more warriors.”
“Last week, Rand reminded the world that politics isn’t just about tactics,” McConnell said. “Actually, it isn’t just about ideas, either. It’s about standing up for your values and your principles. It’s about courage.” LINK
This gesture by Senator McConnell favoring the more outspoken politics of younger Republicans will not go unnoticed, and is a signal to others within the GOP that figures such as Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Ted Cruz, among others, are the real future of the party. While McConnell’s colleagues such as Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham attempted to recapture their own quickly fading relevance, Mitch McConnell, facing a re-election battle in 2014, understands McCain and Graham represent the kind of Republicans conservatives have grown tired and frustrated with.
A new Republican era is now upon us.
The Power of Paul…
The United States is no more…and hidden away within the isolated wilderness of Alaska’s interior resides the tiny community of Dominatus. There lives a small but diverse group of people seeking out simple lives of personal liberty and freedom, but who now face termination under the oppressive and deadly regime of the New United Nations. They will fight, and if need be die, for an America that once was. An America before being swallowed up by the monster of tyrannical global governance. An America before the mandates. An America before the government drone killings. An America before Obama… LINK