For what it's worth, here's my prediction: There will be a big swell of support for Rand Paul in 2016, but he's end up like the Bill Bradleys and Rick Santorums of history, and instead they'll nominate a 'sensible' candidate, i. e., another Goddam Bush. When everybody is totally sick of Democrats, the argument will be that Bushes do win elections, and the safest thing to do will be to nominate Jeb, and that's what they'll do. And the Democrats will be on a roll of nominating exotic minorities/women/weirdoes and will go with Villaraigosa or something like that, and we'll get another Bush. I just know it. And his policies will be just like Obama's/W's/Bill Clinton's, only just a little bit worse. But the Republicans will be oh so happy and smug that they won, and we'll get more perpetual war overseas and massive crime and taxes and immigration at home.
Anyhow, Jim Goad thinks pretty much the same way I do about Rand, and he says:
Or maybe not. Despite the tremendous publicity his marathon speech generated, Paul did not appear on the usual Sunday-morning round of political TV programs, which chose instead to interview the puffy-cheeked and criminally unexceptional Jeb Bush, who’s sort of the Carl Wilson of the Bush family dynasty.
Still, the tremendous reaction to Paul’s speech suggests that while he may not be as principled as his father Ron, he might be a far shrewder politician. The fact that a Republican can deliver a 13-hour speech that draws praise from Bill Maher and Jon Stewart while angering John McCain and Lindsey Graham hints that Paul may have some sort of strange and unprecedented cross-platform appeal.
The filibuster was technically aimed to delay the nomination of new CIA Chief William Brennan, but it focused specifically on a leaked Department of Justice white paper that raised the question of “imminence” and whether the feds had the right to use drones to kill American citizens within US borders if they felt someone posed an imminent threat to national security. Paul said that Barack Obama had made comments suggesting such a right existed. Paul said he’d also hectored Attorney General Eric Holder and his egregiously obnoxious mustache whether such a right existed but that Holder’s responses were evasive. (Keep reading HERE.)