Rand Paul Clears Hurdle: Can Run for Senate and President Says State GOP

Rand Paul and vacinations
With as many candidates as they have running, it is inevitable that the Republican Party will suffer the first losses in the race for the White House. According to Rachel Maddow yesterday, Lucky #1 will be none other than Rand Paul, who will be forced to choose between a long-shot at the Oval Office and an easier road to the Senate.

Watch courtesy of MSNBC (coverage begins at the 2:55 mark)

Unlike Marco Rubio, who went “all in” in Florida by choosing the presidency over his position in the Senate, Rand Paul has been “trying for years” to get his state to change the law so he can cover his bases and run for both president and Senate.

Not the sign of a man with the courage of his convictions.

Unfortunately for Paul, as Maddow points out, not only do Kentucky voters not want the law changed, but the legislature declined to change it. Which is why Maddow thinks Paul will be the first to drop out of the race, as early as this weekend.

As it happens, The Washington Post has reported that “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided a major headache Saturday after Kentucky Republican Party approved a rule change that would allow him to run for president while seeking reelection to his Senate seat.”

Paul said in a statement posted to Facebook,

“I applaud the Republican Party of Kentucky on their decision to hold a caucus in the upcoming Republican presidential cycle. The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process.”

So he cleared that hurdle. He can hedge his bets and have a consolation prize. As HuffPost Politics put it after today’s decision, his presidential campaign “has been saved.”

Does this make much of a difference? HuffPost Politics noted yesterday, and this is still true today,

Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign is teetering on the edge, with the once-trendy presidential candidate telling fellow Kentucky Republicans that his chances of winning the 2016 GOP nomination are no better than “1 in 10.”

Obviously, being able to run doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if the support is not there, turning Pauls’ presidential campaign into nothing more than a vanity campaign.

Republicans began today’s meeting by praying “your will would be done here today,” which is great, except for one little detail: God doesn’t get a vote, and there is nothing the Republican Party can do about that, and much as they will hate to hear it, Donald Trump will have more of a say than the Almighty.

20 Replies to “Rand Paul Clears Hurdle: Can Run for Senate and President Says State GOP”

  1. McConnell was saying on Wednesday that the caucus was a done deal. I don’t think Paul was so optimistic. He’s been running around the state lobbying lawmakers for the change, and they kept telling him, show us the money! Guess the little titty baby got the money together. I believe one thing is a certainty though, people find him irrelevant, and he’ll be one of the first ones out.

  2. Typical GOP BS, if you don’t like to playing the game by the rules, change the rules. But it doesn’t surprise me, the Kentucky GOP is as worthless as Rand. Hopefully nobody expected anything different. It’s nothing but a waste of time anyway.

  3. Isn’t this his stock in trade? To get board certified as an opthomologist, he created his own board. His whole life he has not been able to play by the rules so changes the rules.

    And he wants to be president? What Constitutional provisions will he jettison because they don’t fit his slavering desire to rule the world?

  4. I am among the many hoping to hear that both Pauls have somehow become sane and have withdrawn from public life.
    Both Pauls are fools.
    The entire GOP is full of dirty dealers.
    Many are dirty politicians looking to make their fortunes and live out the rest of their lives in abject wealth and serenity.

  5. Kentucky can make up the rules as they go along in order to bolster Paul’s political options … but it’s not gonna help win the nomination.

    So Rand, you shouldn’t start closing up shop in your Senate office any time soon.

  6. He’s not closing up shop with reguards to his senate seat. He’s recruited some unknown to run against the state auditor Edelen, in his words to dirty him up. He thinks Edelen is going to run against him for the senate. He knows he has absolutely no chance to win the repub nomination for pres. Pushing to get the caucus in Ky, and staying in the presidential race, is just a way to save face and to sooth his ego. When he ultimately fails, he’ll go back to running for the senate. Hopefully he’ll pick a fight with one of the other repub candidates, and Ky will realize what a sore looser and childish candidate he is. Won’t hold my breath though.

  7. Something the article neglected is that Paul does not have a ‘sugar-daddy’ billionaire funding his shoestring ego-folly. As such, he has no realistic prospect of remaining in the GOP presidential pomposity, much less winning the nom.

    Right now, he can only hope that other marginals drop out first.

  8. I live just across the border from Kentucky.

    NEVER underestimate the stupidity of Kentucky voters, please. After all, they installed Mitch McConnell for another six years, didn’t they?

  9. Rand Paul has less than zero shot to be president. His father has a better chance at zero. Talk about a waste of peoples’ money and typical Republican MO for Republican presidential candidate – running for/working two high paying taxpayer paying jobs while performing neither job successfully. Rand Paul is the Republican definition of ‘failure’?

  10. …please remember, the Bigshots o’ the Libertarians are the Kochs…which is what I remind relatives when they ‘oooh and ahhhh” over Ron Pauls commercials about his “new financial forecast”…they are starting to see “Libertarian” ain’t “Republican’t”…

  11. The way I look at it is the people from the great state of Kentucky have gotten used to the sweet talk from the republicans that any other is bad or evil. So they keep people like McConnell and Paul in office. By now though, after many signing for the Affordable Care Act, Kentuckians are beginning to wake up from their political dormant state and eventually will replace those individuals that have lied to them for so long.

  12. Not all of the people of Kentucky have fallen for Mitch McConnell’s lies. I have voted against him every time he runs for office. To be perfectly honest I don’t think he should be permitted to run for a Senate seat for Kentucky. The only time he is in Kentucky is when he is running for re-election or fund raising. I think it is wrong of the Kentucky GOP to permit Rand Paul to run for re-election for his Senate seat while he is run for President. My hope is that he loses both. So please don’t think that all Kentuckians are idiots. Just the ones that are desperate and need to believe he is going to bring jobs to their area. The the rich and big business support him for their tax breaks. Personally I think there should be a limit on how long Senators and House Representatives can serve, but I’m not holding my breath on that law ever being passed.

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