Saturday, October 3, 2015

What in the World Happened to Rand Paul?

The above headline comes via WaP after the latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 22-27 among 1,502 adults, including 1,136 registered voters, puts Rand at 2% of likely voters.

WaPo's Chris Cillizza writes:
On Friday, a Pew poll came out that showed Paul at 2 percent, which put him in tie for seventh place with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Earlier this week, Paul announced he had raised a meager $2.5 million over the last three months — a total dwarfed by one-time long shots like Ben Carson ($20 million) and Bernie Sanders ($26 million.)

"He is out of money," said Republican strategist Ed Rollins of Paul. "His ideas are not taking hold, and he is the odd man out in the presidential debates."...

Paul's move to court the establishment cost him among libertarians. The theory of Rand was that he would have all of his dad's support among libertarians AND enough support from the establishment to keep himself relevant throughout the early-state votes. Didn't happen that way. Instead, Paul not only proved unable to convince any real chunk of the establishment to be for him but also wound up alienating parts of his libertarian base who didn't like that he was trying to move beyond them.  Lose-lose.



  1. The irony of the whole thing, is that the 2% he is polling is likely due to people who loved his father. So even after all his establishment wheeling and dealing he is STILL holding onto 2% of his fathers supporters. Imagine what he could have done if he would have been more like his father. Such a waste.