- Posted March 7, 2013 by
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Don't Look Now, But the 2016 Presidential Race Has Begun
I know, I know we are still fatigued from the nearly 2-year 2012 presidential election. Yes, I know we are still trying to recover as we continue to be bounced from one political crisis to the next. Yes, I realize that we have congressional seats and a couple of governors' mansions up for grabs in about a year and a half.
But...on Wednesday, the 2016 presidential race took off in a fevered sprint to get out ahead of the pack.
As I have stated for the last two years, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul would be picking up his father's mantle and running to take the White House in 2016. Over and over I pointed out over the last two years that the senior Paul, former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Dr. Ron, was grooming his son to take over the Liberty Movement and bid for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Today the junior Paul confirmed that he has his eyes on snagging the Republican nomination to succeed President Barack Obama come January, 2017.
That quest for the White House began in earnest Wednesday as Paul took the Senate floor with an old-fashioned filibuster that would have made Jimmy Stewart proud. Yes, the stand Paul staked out in questioning the Administration on the constitutional authority of the President to order a drone attack against American citizens on American soil preemptively was the right stand to make. Yes, the question rightly needed an answer.
But don't let anyone think that Paul did not, while eating candy on the Senate floor and continuing to speak for nearly 13 hours, wasn't looking ahead to how his principled posture would play in 2016.
Paul only spoke on the Senate floor for a grand total of 9 hours in the last two years while his father ran for president. Without worrying about his father's campaign, Rand Paul came out swinging and scoring points with civil libertarians everywhere.
Most importantly Wednesday, Paul was singing to the choir of the Liberty Movement and to the discontents within the GOP.
Will Paul's filibuster be remembered in 2015 and 2016?
I am sure that the Kentucky Senator will make the most of it airing clips over and over of his capture of the Senate while delaying the confirmation vote for John Brennan to be CIA Director. Paul will not let voters forget.
So hold your hats and get ready.
It's going to be long and exciting ride to the Republican National Convention in 2016.
From the Cornfield, Paul may prove me wrong, but as I see it looking through the cornstalks, the 2016 presidential race is off.