I won’t call him a contender

Hot Air:

Rand Paul’s foreign policy speech: No to isolationism, no to neoconservatism, yes to containment

Carve out time for the video or the transcript, as he’s already the GOP’s leading advocate after two short years in the Senate for less intervention abroad. If you’re not interested in it on the merits, watch it anyway as a sneak preview of a flashpoint in the 2016 primaries. Paul is already thinking about running and he’s very, very likely to clash with you know who on this subject if he does. But distinguishing himself from GOP hawks is only half the goal here; the other half, as is often true lately, is distinguishing himself from his pop. Which explains why the speech begins with an indictment of radical Islam, including this pointed comment:

As many are quick to note, the war is not with Islam but with a radical element of Islam – the problem is that this element is no small minority but a vibrant, often mainstream, vocal and numerous minority. Whole countries, such as Saudi Arabia, adhere to at least certain radical concepts such as the death penalty for blasphemy, conversion, or apostasy. A survey in Britain after the subway bombings showed 20% of the Muslim population in Britain approved of the violence.

Some libertarians argue that western occupation fans the flames of radical Islam – I agree. But I don’t agree that absent western occupation that radical Islam “goes quietly into that good night.” I don’t agree with FDR’s VP Henry Wallace that the Soviets (or Radical Islam in today’s case) can be discouraged by “the glad hand and the winning smile.”

The question about Paul for mainstream conservatives, now and for the next few years, is whether he really is qualitatively different from Ron in his view of international affairs or whether he’s simply a far, far savvier salesman of Paulism.

I won’t call him a contender but Rand Paul obviously hopes to be a major player. He is one of several GOP hopefuls who will spend the next few years jockeying for position. Which is as it should be.

I really don’t want to spend the next four years watching breathless “horse race” coverage of the 2016 election. Four years is a long time. The hopefuls on both sides should spend it mastering policy, building their records and demonstrating leadership rather than campaigning and raising money.

We need leaders, not perpetual candidates.

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10 Responses to I won’t call him a contender

  1. jeffhas says:

    “We need leaders, not perpetual candidates.”

    I fear the die is cast.

    Everyone after The Once seems to think this is what you will have to do to win.

    So much for actually doing your job and gaining experience.

    • angienc (D) says:

      Well, to be fair — last year we had the choice between an amazingly qualified leader — with a documented — not composite — record of leadership over his lifetime against TheOnce and 51% of the electorate went with the perpetual candidate.

  2. myiq2xu says:


    War’s Paradoxes II: From the Peloponnesian War to ‘Leading From Behind’

    It’s one of them “think pieces” that make you go “huh?”

  3. Not sure yet on Rand Paul. And I know it is because my mind links him with hi father. Can he overcome that linkage?
    Remains to be seen.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Obama has really set the bar low when I look at qualifiers, Rand Paul will have a full Senate term by 2016. Didn’t Obama only serve 140 days before he hit the road ? Also, Rand ran a medical practice, that’s already a lot more accomplished than BO’s first term 🙂

      • driguana says:

        Amazingly, Obama had little or no relevant experience in any category…other than campaigning and personal fund raising…still his strongest empty suits…..

  4. driguana says:

    Yes, we need leaders who are problem solvers. Obviously if they are politicians they need to campaign at some point but then they need to get to work, understand problems and the options for solving them. Obama just picks an ideological option and spouts off about it.

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Gonna be a long 4 years.or tears??? 😯

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