Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been on a winning streak for the past week. Something I wish I could say about more Republicans.
Earlier I wrote about Paul’s appearance at CPAC 2014 where he made a point to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even though McConnell has a tea party opponent in the Republican primary. Defeating good, solid conservatives because their record doesn’t withstand a molecular-level examination is simply foolish and Paul shows he understands that fact.
A party can’t hope to govern if it is continually roiled by internal civil wars that sap energy, money, and good candidates.
The junior senator from Kentucky also understands the basics of my father’s foreign policy and he’s not afraid to speak out when other candidates twist the Reagan record.
But both of those examples are internal Republican matters. Where Paul really shines is he also understands that to win Republicans are going to have to reach out to independents and others who may have previously held negative views of the party.
To win we have to go to them, not wait for them to come to us. Or as Paul told reporter Alexander Bolton, “I don’t spend any time trying to criticize others in the party because I realize the party needs to be bigger, not smaller.”
Even better, Paul intends to practice the outreach he preaches. The senator is scheduled to speak at the University of California at Berkeley (often known as Berserkly). This campus is ground zero for leftists, the politically correct, the "diversity complex" and may have been the vector for Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Still, Paul thinks his message of resisting government intrusion, liberty, and a rousing defense of the Fourth Amendment will find at least a few sympathetic ears. “I think there’s a real opportunity for Republicans who do believe in the Fourth Amendment to grow our party by attracting young people and bring that energy into our party,” he said.
No doubt he plans to reprise his line from CPAC as he talks to the tech-savvy crowd, “If you have a cellphone, you are under surveillance . . . [and] I believe what you do on your cellphone is none of their damn business.”
Now don’t get me wrong. This is not an endorsement of Rand Paul. He and I part company on his libertarian social issue positions and it’s still very early in the presidential sweepstakes. But right now he’s working to build the Republican Party and reach out to voters who have not heard our message and that’s something all members of the GOP should support.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
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