Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WaPo: Rand Paul ≠ Ron Paul

Chris Cillizza at WaPo writes:

Rand Paul is his father's son. But, he is not his father[...] Let's start with what Rand has said about Ron's views. Pressed about the extremeness of his father's policy ideas over the weekend by "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory, Rand Paul offered this defense

:"I think there are always perceptions of what is extreme versus what is mainstream. I've always said, you know, that spending what comes in, balancing your budget, is actually the very reasonable sort of proposal, and spending $1 trillion you don't have is an extreme proposal."
That response alone shows how different Rand and Ron actually are. We have long believed that if only Ron Paul were willing to hedge some of his foreign policy views or, at a minimum find a way to effectively pivot away from them during the Republican debates, he would have actually had a puncher's chance at winning a state or two in the primary process in 2012. But, of course, that wasn't Ron Paul.
This, of course, is appearing in WaPo, so Cillizza thinks it is a good thing that Rand is different from his father, but at  least Cillizza correctly understands that Rand  ≠ Ron.

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