VAN DER GALIEN: Rand Paul Has Become a Pathetic Afterthought
By Michael Van Der Galien
After he heard that he was not allowed to participate in the grown-ups debate on the Fox Business Network this week, Rand Paul responded thusly on CNN:
I will protest. It's a mistake. We have been in the top five or six in most of the recent polls… it’s a mistake to try and exclude me from the national debate.
Sadly for Rand, it's not a mistake. At all. On average, Rand is in seventh place in Iowa, with a mere 4% of the vote. His numbers in New Hampshire are exactly the same: 7th place, 4%. And he does even worse nationally: again he's in 7th place but then with only 2.8%. That's 31.2% behind frontrunner Donald Trump.
A candidate with only 2.8% of the vote nationally and 4% in Iowa and New Hampshire has no business participating in a debate with people who can actually win. He's totally irrelevant, an afterthought at best.
That's bad, but what's worse is that Rand is quickly becoming a bitter afterthought; a man who blames everyone but himself for his own failures. The Fox Business Network isn't to blame for his low poll numbers, he is. Until now Rand got every opportunity he could wish for; he wasn't even ejected from the debates when polls showed he had no right to be there (as Donald Trump handily pointed out on Twitter back then). It didn't help him one bit.
The reason Rand's campaign hasn't taken off is simple: he's not the guy his father was.