Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has done more than most Republicans in outreach efforts to leftists and minorities. Paul has tried to distance himself from the fringe of his party and movement, and grow the GOP with new demographics to make it a true big tent party. He has led this charge for many years.
For these outreach efforts, he was greeted with an assassination attempt at his own home by his socialist revolutionary neighbor. The liberal media, who Paul tried so hard to placate throughout his Senate career, cheered on the leftist and avidly propagandized on his behalf, clearly trying to embolden other liberal terrorists to attack conservative lawmakers.
Will this serve as the reality check Sen. Paul finally needs regarding the political climate that is at hand?
As Paul nurses his injuries, he should be rethinking his political strategy. Is playing patty cake with people who literally want to kill him and his family really the way to go? Now that Paul has emerged as one of Trump’s most trusted confidants, he is especially a target. The neo-McCarthyist left is more of a death cult than a political movement these days. When they aren’t championing terrorist acts or trying to overthrow a lawful election, they are busy turning their children transgender or encouraging women to make false rape accusations. These are not the folks who should be recruited for any right-related political causes, except perhaps death squads (and not to organize them).
Rand needs to let the fantasy go that he can win over leftists and change their hearts. He unwisely listened to the consensus of the political class, and lost focus of what got him into office. He was elected because of populist, anti-leftist fervor that formed against President Obama in the early days of the tea party movement. Sure, there were leftists who supported Ron Paul and were apart of the ‘Ron Paul Revolution’ because of the elder Paul’s stances for legalizing drugs and bringing the troops home. However, most of the leftists who supported Rand’s father were fly-by-night losers who contributed nothing to the movement except allowing it more easily to be co-opted and turned inside out. Casting these bums off for the greater good of the movement is necessary.
Rand has certainly shown that he can maneuver well in the new era of politics, and it is why he has earned the trust of Trump. He is doing a great job since his embarrassing failed presidential run last year, but just needs to take the final leap. Groveling with political hacks like Jack Hunter obsequiously to sworn enemies as penance for the past sins of alleged racism has only made Rand look weak. Pursuing criminal justice reform with Democrats has only confused and alienated his core base. Working to get more Democratic felons in the voting booth so they can pull the lever for more welfare benefits is a counter-productive waste of time. These are efforts he must leave behind in the new political age. Paul is a sympathetic favorite right now amongst conservative Republicans following the attempt on his life, and when he returns, he must unleash a side of fury and wrath that he has suppressed for far too long. And with that comes the deathsquads.