Fox’s Chris Stirewalt asks a question Rand Paul doesn’t want to answer. In fact, Sen. Paul wishes the when-will-he-drop-out question would disappear entirely. According to Stirewalt’s article, it’s more likely that the questions will persist until Sen. Paul pulls the plug on his presidential campaign. Based on the shape it’s in, that might happen sooner rather than later. That’s why Sen. Paul’s stump speech sounds shrill.
Stirewalt notes that “a libertarian super PAC has cut off Paul”, which is essential to his campaign continuing. That isn’t Sen. Paul’s only problem, though. Sen. Paul’s other problem is that “Ted Cruz…has been rustling libertarians and young voters while Paul’s attentions were focused on making peace with his party’s elders.” Sen. Cruz has legitimate appeal with libertarians, something Sen. Paul’s dad didn’t have to contend with in 2008 or 2012.
The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker notes that that’s a big problem for Sen. Paul, saying that “Cruz is implementing a longstanding, well-funded effort to seal the deal with those voters.”
The truth is that Sen. Paul, like most of these candidates, thought he had a better chance of winning the GOP nomination than they had. Sen. Paul, Sen. Graham, Sen. Santorum, Gov. Pataki, Gov. Huckabee and Gov. Gilmore never had a path to the nomination. That’s because they’re factional candidates who either represent splinter groups or they don’t draw support from anyone. Because they aren’t full spectrum candidates, their campaigns were doomed before they started.
Sen. Paul was a hot name when the NSA was the hot topic. Once ISIS emerged, the world changed. It essentially eliminated the logic behind Sen. Paul’s campaign. When terrorists are flexing their muscles, privacy isn’t the priority it is when things are relatively peaceful.
When Sen. Paul’s fundraising went relatively well initially, Sen. Paul hired an organization. Now, that organization is dragging him down. Most importantly, it’s leading to his supporters to question how much longer he’ll be in the race. In the end, that might hurt Sen. Paul the most.