I have already criticized the speech for being sing-song, but I thought the neocons would like it. Apparently not. They don't like its wishy-washy tone either, even if it was probably meant as a way to somehow endorse neocon views without explicitly coming out and doing so:
Neocon Jennifer Rubin writes:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a foreign policy speech at the Heritage Foundation today. He tried to posture himself on the middle ground between hyper-isolation and hyper-intervention.[...]The major problem with the speech is that, on one hand, Paul sounds like he fully appreciates the dangers of radical Islam, but on the other, he insists we can deploy Cold War containment, a strategy entirely unsuited to the threat he acknowledges.His speech, in other words, is getting bad reviews from all who listened. In attempting to appease everyone, he appeased no one. It came off to all as the incoherent speech that it was. Instead of expanding his base, the tone deaf Rand, who once called for the playing on a bus the song Knockin' on Heaven's Door, to bond with evangelicals, has blown his base apart.
Rand will have to work hard to get the neocons back in his corner. Expect more over-the-top sound bites from Rand on the importance of protecting the 51st state. Right now, the neocons don't seem that impressed with Rand.