Rand Paul had a strong debate performance on Tuesday in the Republican presidential debate,
His new advisor the former libertarian Randy Barnett prepared Rand well.
There were certainly times when I cringed with some of Rand's answers, but it was to be expected given it is a former libertarian that prepped him. But prepping him well, in terms of style and gaining traction with voters, Barnett did successfully.
Rand was particularly skilful in grabbing openings when he saw them. When the debate turned to the Trans Pacific Partnership and Trump started talking about China in terms of the TPP. Rand skewered Trump by pointing out that China isn't part of TPP.
When Carly Fiorina said she wouldn't talk to Putin and made a forceful statement about instituting a no-fly zone over Iraq, Rand brought things back to reality by noting that Russia was now using that space and a no-fly zone would mean a confrontation with Russia.
Given this performance, it is not a surprise that Rand is doing well based on the early Drudge poll numbers.
Rand has survived for another day.