So, I suppose it was only a matter of time. I mean apples, trees and what not. Full disclosure my dog in this fight is: “No Democrats” So No Hillary, No Sanders, No Trump.
Today on CNN (Just about 7:30AM CT) Rand was posed the birther question and he decided to roll with it. Apparently, according to Paul “it hasn’t been decided by the courts.” Which is surprisingly hyper technical, but OK. But then the poor doctor rather than shutting his mouth with the dodge continued. (Paraphrasing) “The constitution has these special terms, Ted Cruz was born to a US citizen and so is a US citizen, but since he was born in Canada it’s unclear if he’s a ‘natural born’ citizen which is what the constitution requires.”
For a dude who keeps dry humping the constitution on the senate floor this is either maliciously deceiving or woefully ignorant. And given his parentage I fear it may be the latter. One doesn’t have to be a lawyer to know that “natural born citizen” separates from “naturalized citizen.” If Ted Cruz was a citizen at birth then he clearly wasn’t naturalized. By trying to split the difference on the birther issue Paul may come off as the stupidest in the room.
Rand’s constant “I have an important voice that deserves to be heard” bull is tiring. It also misses the point: when you’re neck and neck with Jeb! no one wants what you’re selling. Rand’s liberty platform is somewhat enticing but it bundles it up with isolationism that make Obama look like an interventionist. Rand forgets that when America recedes from the global stage chaos takes over. Does that mean we need to be involved in every conflict in the Middle East? No, that’s his straw man to thump, not reality. But it does mean we need to keep our interests in line. And right now an ascending ISIS and Iran are highly contrary to our interests. And, no, Sen. Paul, merely walking away won’t cause ISIS to stop attacking us.
Paul’s inability to separate his isolationism undercuts anything valuable in his liberty platform. The backdrop on which he’s running only highlights that even more. He’s cooked, he just is too naïve to realize it.