District of Corruption

Is Rand Paul a GOP Mole?


The title to this piece is a joke, of course, and I am glad that Rand Paul won the Kentucky Republican primary. I would have voted for him if I lived in the Blue Grass state. Paul's victory is also indicative of the power of the Tea Party movement, which originated with his father's 2008 presidential campaign but has taken on a life of its own. 

This said, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Rand secured victory, in part, by earning the endorsement of Sarah Palin, as well as that of RedState.com's terror warrior Eric Erickson. Maybe those two know something we don't? In his major TV spots, Rand promised not to close Gitmo, stated (albeit vaguely) that "fighting back" was the proper response to 9/11, and flashed a lot of images of Military-Industrial-Complex fighter planes soaring through the sky. Though I thought this kind of stuff was on the wane, the GWOT, "standing tall against Islam," and even Christian Zionism still remain integral parts of the identity politics of Red-State Christian white people. If he wins the general, Rand won't be riding into Washington on a wave of antiwar sentiment, and it's likely that many of his voters would feel surprised, if not betrayed, if there's a major Senate debate on attacking Iran, and Rand comes out staunchly against.    

Unfortunately, Peter Schiff, who's running for Senate in Connecticut, isn't faring as well as Rand (though interestingly, polls reveal that he'd do much better in a general election, in which he could draw on independents, than in a Republican primary.) Filled with rich SWPL liberals and blue-collar union types, Connecticut lacks a real Red State base, as well as a Ron Paul/Goldwater-ite constituency, which is mostly focused in the South West. In the face of this, Peter should be given kudos for running as exactly the man that he is -- an anti-Washington libertarian who wants to drastically shrink government, end the Federal Reserve, and promote capitalism. There are few people who run for office who actually don't want to manage and control the lives of their constituents. Peter is one.    

As many know, I think it's much more likely that the United States government will hyperinflate its currency and collapse than the Ron Paul movement and/or Tea Party will reform the GOP and reinstitute "limited government." Politics is a distraction for us, and nothing I've seen over the past year has done much to change my mind.