Saturday, May 16, 2009
Technically he's setting up an exploratory committee, because there's always the chance that the incumbent senator could decide to run for re-election in 2010, but barring that Rand Paul has decided to run. This is very good news and something I've thought for a long time (and wrote about recently), as the GOP we saw during the 2008 election needs to be firmly ground into the dust and replaced with something intellectually consistent, which is what Ron Paul has always been and hopefully Rand Paul will be.
He also gets extra points for announcing that he'll be running on Rachel Maddow's show.
The question is just how similar he will end up being to his father. He certainly sounds like him and from his speeches he's given in 2008 during Ron Paul's campaign he also had the same message, but it remains to be seen whether he has the same incorruptibility that Ron Paul has. Ron Paul is interesting in how he runs on a message that is philosophical in nature and not one tailored to get extra votes based on the present mood, which can be quite unnerving at times considering that sometimes the public seems prepared to hear a message like his, and at other times it can come across as political suicide. At the same time, Ron Paul has only had to defend a single congressional seat, and it's hard to say whether he would have been able to do the same thing had he been something more prominent like a senator.
After the announcement $15,000 in donations quickly flowed in, and there was quite a bit of national news coverage, which he addresses in this video the day after.
First item I'd like to see him address as a senator: changing the name of the state back to Transylvania. I know there's the economy and two wars and everything else, but Kentucky used to be called Transylvania? Let's change it back to its former name right away and up the coolness of the state a hundredfold. Chop chop.