This is something that the party's other ambitious officeholders have been slow to recognize. Since the 2012 election, a number of prominent Republicans — Eric Cantor, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, and so on — have given speeches that tiptoe toward new ideas, new policies, new visions of what their party might stand for and support. But ultimately they've all stopped short of actually breaking with the policy consensus that sent Romney down to defeat.
Paul, by contrast, has actually challenged that consensus in a substantive and constructive way. And far from being excommunicated for it, he's been rewarded with greater prominence and increased conservative support.
For those with ears, let them hear.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
While Other Republicans Tiptoe, Rand Paul Openly Challenges
An insightful piece in the New York Times, especially this part: