The Republican Party’s task is to thread a political needle — find a candidate irrational enough to placate the ideologically self-serving conservative base as well as the homophobic extremists of the Religious Right, the racist birther contingent, and the xenophobic, secession-happy Tea Party flakes, yet rational enough to satisfy the rest of America. And therein lies the problem: If the GOP determines that the “new normal” for their party is the “never say compromise” social conservative/tea party chest thumper, then the political ideology and policy positions required to attain the party nomination will be so extreme that the nominee will be completely unacceptable to the nation’s electorate at large. For example, by the time the GOP gets around to nominating a candidate that fully endorses gay marriage and other civil rights to all people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation … the entire issue will have become moot to the rest of the nation.
In other words, the Republican Party will continue to be chasing the caboose of the socially-progressive policy train. Enter Rand Paul … who has objections to parts of the Civil Rights Acts and strongly believes that private businesses should have the right to discriminate against prospective employees and customers based on race, religion, culture, etc. The main difference between Rand and his dad is that the Senator from Kentucky lacks Ron’s intellect and is more prone to make public comments that demonstrate his utter ignorance regarding … just about everything. Rand is yet another Republican who is inspired by the anti-intellectualism espoused by the tea party, hence the enthusiastic endorsement from the ‘Whining Wannabe from Wasilla’. For example, Rand Paul hears “stuff” from his constituents, reads “stuff” on a blog site, and runs with it without first investigating the veracity of the information. Who needs verifiable evidence, unbiased comprehensive data, fact-checking, and sound reasoning when you can rely upon highly speculative supposition and inflammatory innuendo instead? Furthermore, Rand Paul’s brand of “libertarianism” plays perfectly in the Bible Belt, as his viewpoints on women, gays, Latinos, and blacks convey the message:
“Equal rights for me, and none for thee”. Sorry Rand — you or one of your fellow tea party brown-nosing POTUS wannabes may indeed by able to win the 2016 Republican Party nomination for POTUS, but there simply are not enough anarchists, racists, and conspiracy theorists among the electorate to get you into the White House.