While speaking to the Iowa Republican state convention, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he wants the Republicans to be the “dominant party again.” He goes on to explain that the best way to achieve this goal is to embrace their inner John Birch/Alex Jones and pretend that the general elections don’t exist.
Politico reports he told the 1300 delegates that they need to nominate a different kind of candidate if they want to win the presidency. He noted the time he’s spent in African-American areas and on college campuses in an attempt to broaden the dying, Whites-only base, and talked about how the drug war and emphasis on privacy resonates. Despite this, most of the 20-minute speech was little more than him throwing red meat to the frothing crowd.
“You guys have a strong force here but frankly the president won Iowa twice so we can’t do the same old same old. The definition of insanity is thinking the same thing will get you different results,” he said, adding that, “there are people who say we need to be more moderate. I couldn’t disagree more. . . I think the core of our message: we can be even more bold. When Ronald Reagan won a landslide, he ran unabashedly … that’s what we need … It isn’t about being tepid.”
And speaking of hogs — prior to his speech, Paul met with Joni Ernst. He opened his speech with jokes about her infamous hog-castrating campaign spot, saying that “I can tell you the purveyors of pork are shaking in their boots and worried that Joni Ernst will win.”
Paul then attacked her opponent, Representative Bruce Braley. Braley made statements at a fundraiser that were critical of Chuck Grassley, another Republican from Iowa. Grassley stands to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee if the Republicans walk away with a majority in November; Braley noted that Grassley doesn’t have a law degree and implied Grassley isn’t qualified.
Not that degrees matters to the GOP; you’ll find more degrees in the Boomerang Nebula than you will a GOP convention. All that it takes is one look at the clowns on the so-called “Science” committee to see that. Still, Paul feigned indignation, saying that: “I don’t see how Iowa can send us a guy who disparages farming and disparages my friend Chuck Grassley.”
It’s easy to see how that could happen — the alternative is a crazy lady who castrates pigs and shouldn’t be heading anything more than the midnight shift at a 7-Eleven, running for what might be one of the most hated groups in the country right now.