Even though we are years away from the next presidential election, some Republicans have begun to take up the standard of the party and run with it.
This is a good thing, as we need young, vibrant Republicans who can start calling out Obama’s injurious mistakes and contrast them with the winning agenda of our party.
In particular, Senator Marco Rubio has been on many shows lately with an immigration reform plan that looks viable. If he sticks to it and doesn’t allow Obama to hijack it, he will go far. Already the long knives are out for him in the media and the Democrat party machine. Hopefully he doesn’t have any skeletons in his closet that will cost him votes. And, he has to win reelection in Florida first. He will need to know how to handle an adversarial media and start turning the tables on it.
Then, we have Rand Paul. The senator from Kentucky seems to realize that power is up for grabs now. As Napoleon once said, “I found the crown in the gutter. I merely picked it up.” Yes, it is that easy for someone in the Republican party to take command. Paul has been relentlessly pursuing this since the November election.
He deserves a lot of applause for it, too. He has spoken out on the fiscal cliff and proposed a better idea than Boehner had. He has been unhappy with caving on the debt ceiling and spoken out about it. Paul is unapologetically conservative and takes the time to court talk radio with it. With his dad as a mentor, he understands this topic and can call upon his dad’s huge following to make progress.
Paul also called out President Obama on his executive orders on the gun control issue. He accused Obama of acting more like a monarch than a president. He even said he would challenge Obama’s right to make these new gun regulations.
Now he has come forward and said things about Chris Christie that we all would like to say. Paul decried the pork laden bill Christie was so eager to see passed. While appearing on the Laura Ingraham radio show he
gave a wide-ranging interview, during which he attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his criticism of the NRA and his grandstanding on Sandy aid, saying that they would hurt his chances during the Republican primary.
Paul claimed that Christie had “backed down” on gun rights: “You have some Republicans backing down like Christie backing down and criticizing the NRA, and I think that doesn’t do any good.”
When asked by Ingraham why Christie made the comments, he responded that they were politically calculated. “I think he may be solidifying his support with Democrats in New Jersey and maybe liberal Republicans.”
Paul warned Christie that his criticism of the NRA, as well as his criticism of fellow Republicans over the Sandy relief bill, would come back to haunt him if he made a presidential run in 2016. “I think criticizing the Second Amendment movement and the over-the-top ‘give me my money’ stuff, ‘I want all sixty billion now or I’ll throw a tantrum,’ I don’t think that’s going to play well in the Republican primary.”
He’s got that right.
Paul also went to Israel recently and repeated his support for our ally.
With both Rubio and Paul we have two good guys. Somehow I get the feeling Paul understands the media better than Rubio and would never let them hoodwink him or misconstrue what he says.
We also have great hopes in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. If they are interested, it’s time to get in the game now.