Rand Paul is leading the way in the GOP right now, and there are some who are not very happy about it. Most of those people currently hold office or used to.
My sense is that Rand may be a remarkable political animal. He’s not afraid to lose, but he expects to win. That is a very powerful disposition in poker, business, or politics. It allows one to take risks with confidence, and when tempered with good judgement, can prove deadly to opposition.
I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly in person recently. He has the quiet confidence of a good surgeon.
The next 3 years should be fun to watch. The old political hacks aren’t going to know what to do with him.
(From The Wall Street Journal)
Former Senator Jim DeMint, a conservative Republican from South Carolina, said, “Rand showed early on that he didn’t need to be loved by the establishment or official Washington.”
UPDATE: I think that Dr. Paul stumbled in the recent interview below posted by ERISMO. He should clarify what he said.
UPDATE 2: From Rand Paul’s Senate website-
Sen. Rand Paul released the following statement this evening following erroneous reports of a change in his position on the use of domestic drones.
“My comments last night left the mistaken impression that my position on drones had changed.
“Let me be clear: it has not. Armed drones should not be used in normal crime situations. They only may only be considered in extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat. I described that scenario previously during my Senate filibuster.
“Additionally, surveillance drones should only be used with warrants and specific targets.
“Fighting terrorism and capturing terrorists must be done while preserving our constitutional protections. This was demonstrated last week in Boston. As we all seek to prevent future tragedies, we must continue to bear this in mind.”