Endorsements from the Kentucky senator and his congressman father, Ron Paul, were critical in a primary race where the GOP establishment lined up against Cruz and behind Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, an arch-conservative whom the Tea Party nonetheless made out to be a moderate. But Cruz didn't return the favor by endorsing the elder Paul's presidential bid.
Oooh, Ted Cruz didn't endorse Ron Paul? Big deal, neither did Rand Paul if you remember so I doubt Rand Paul will hold that against him. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul agree on quite a few issues and will likely work together far more than they will fight on the Senate floor (e.g. Ted Cruz did support Rand Paul's amendment to deny F-16 fighter jets and M1A1 tanks to Egypt). I really don't see them "brawling" anytime soon.
The BuzzFeed article just has a few people "associated" with each camp talk smack about the other, mostly anonymously. So take all that with a grain of salt. Over beers you can get people to talk smack about anybody. Here are some tidbits:
"[A]nd now for the rebuttal to the GOP response from 2016 Libertarian Party Nominee Rand Paul #sotu," tweeted Brad Todd a principal at On Message Inc., a Republican media firm whose clients include Jindal (and have included Paul in the past, when they made television ads for his Senate race).
Oh wow, a tweet from a guy who makes ads for Jindal and used to for Paul. Does he even count as being in the Jindal camp? And then there is this nugget:
"I don't see Bobby Jindal being much of a player on Rand or Marco's side of the field," said one senior Republican operative associated with Paul. "Quite frankly I see him as the 2016 version of Tim Pawlenty without the Minnesota nice."
Try to hold back. A comparison to Tim Pawlenty? Them's fighting words, I guess.