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MICHAEL REAGAN: Rand Paul understands need for unity

Cagle Cartoon Syndicate Published: March 14, 2014 4:00 AM

I disagree with some of Rand Paul's more libertarian positions, especially on social issues. And I'm certainly not endorsing him or anyone else to be the Republican nominee for president at this time. But Sen. Paul of Kentucky did two things recently that won my favor.

He showed the 2,500 conservative activists at the CPAC conference last weekend that he understands what the GOP must do if it wants to take the Senate this fall and win back the White House.

And then on Monday he wrote a good column for Breitbart.com calling for his fellow Republican presidential wannabes to, as the headline said, "Stop warping Ronald Reagan's foreign policy."

CPAC, as all conservatives and political junkies know, is the annual bathing beauty competition for every Republican who's ever had a daydream about running for president.

He was the landslide winner in the straw poll, taking 31 percent of the vote. Ted Cruz stumbled in second with 11 percent and neurosurgeon Ben Carson had 9 percent. The media's favorite conservative, Chris Christie, managed 8 percent.

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At CPAC Sen. Paul had a personal victory, but he also did the right thing for the GOP. He went out of his way to give his full support to fellow Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who's up for reelection.

A Republican Senate is Prize Number One. Making friends and cementing cracks in the party is what's most important right now and Sen. Paul understands that side of the equation.

In his Breitbart column he did two good things. He reminded his more bellicose fellow presidential competitors that their hero Ronald Reagan was a peacemaker and a negotiator, not a war-maker.

In his column Sen. Paul wrote that he doesn't claim to be the next Ronald Reagan and will not engage in disparaging his fellow Republicans for "not being sufficiently Reaganesque."

But, he said, no doubt thinking of Sen. Ted Cruz, "I will remind anyone who thinks we will win elections by trashing previous Republican nominees or holding oneself out as some paragon in the mold of Reagan, that splintering the party is not the route to victory."

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Splintering itself is something the GOP has become really good at doing.

The 2012 presidential primary was a cluster suicide mission for conservative Republicans, which is why Moderate Mitt was the last candidate standing. Then, because 25 percent of evangelicals stayed home in November rather than vote for Romney, we ended up with "The Obama Horror, Part 2."

Liberals speak with one voice. Conservatives are a squabbling family of factions -- social conservatives, economic conservatives and libertarian conservatives.

But if conservatives of all stripes want the GOP to win in 2016 they have to come together and pick their best candidate early, then let the party moderates fight among themselves and split their votes.

That's what happened in 1980. My father was the only conservative in the primary and he got to watch as the George H.W. Bush moderates and Rockefeller Republicans beat each other up and split their votes.

That's the way it should work in 2016 -- after the GOP takes the Senate.

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little_r_republican Mar 16, 2014 9:47 AM

Tiggy is afraid his opm is at risk.

redleg6 Mar 14, 2014 4:44 PM

The Obama Horror; Part 2

"The Hand Writing is on the Wall"

From www.nationalreview.com March 13, 2014 9:19 AM

Chris Matthews: ‘The Senate Goes’  By Andrew Johnson

Chris Matthews is already bracing for a disappointing November for Democrats, and he sees little that can be done to change that outcome.

“It’s going to be very hard to hold the Senate — I think the Senate goes,” he said on Morning Joe on Thursday. “I think we heard from the Ghost of Christmas Future this week; they’re going to lose the Senate,” he added, referring to Republican David Jolly’s victory Tuesday in Florida’s special congressional election.

Matthews offered his own campaign advice for Democrats if they want to minimize the damage this fall: Go all-in on scare tactics. He encouraged Democrats to up the ante on various issues, such as framing voter-ID laws as attacks on minorities and pro-life measures as attacks on abortion rights.

Be sure to watch the next feature in the Obamaland Horror Trilogy, "The Ghost of Christmas Future"...Due out in November 2014.

TaggR Mar 14, 2014 1:20 PM

The little whiner below belongs to that 1% group.

The other 99% of are fed up with these whiners.

little_r_republican Mar 14, 2014 12:33 PM

Democrats can't even put together a fake ad campaign about how great obamacare is. obama thinks there are 57 states. Shela jackson thinks the Constitution is 400 years old. Yet...the rpubs are so inept they will still lose the lying game of buying votes.

little_r_republican Mar 14, 2014 11:43 AM

~~The Obama Horror, Part 2."  Much much worse than just a horror story. A total continuing nightmare of greed, incompetence, outrageous lies, lawlessness, racism...radical democrat progressism is here to stay until the total collaspe of America. REmeber, socialism is for the people, not for the socialist.

stanback Mar 14, 2014 7:51 AM

"The Obama Horror Part 2" Michael Puh-lease! Maybe a horror for 1% of this country.