This was the funniest part of last night’s Overtime after Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO. What is sad is that it is really true. It is the state of today’s Republican Party.
In discussing the future of the party Bill Maher said the following.
“It seems to me that the Party,” Bill Maher said. “The future is between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They are in the same generation. But they are appealing to completely different generations. Ted Cruz, his notion is always, ‘What is the stupidest thing that the stupidest Republican voter out there is thinking, and how can I channel exactly that?’ He never misses a beat. I said this once, on this show. He never misses. He must have meetings with his staff and say ‘I think this is stupid. But help me out. Is it really stupid?’”
Many laugh when one posits that Rand Paul could actually emerge as the Republican nominee. It is not as far fetch as many would think. Many scoff at this notion. They do so at their own peril. Too many buy into the prevailing narrative of a Republican Party that is so out of touch with the average Americans that it cannot win a general election. Many also scoffed at “an uninformed and inarticulate ‘stumblebum’” Texan when he was running for the presidency. That underestimation brought us George W. Bush, two major wars, and policies that destroyed our economy.
If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, given her Wall Street baggage, the triangulation used by the Clintons against the Republicans in the past may just be used against them in 2016. A Republican with the semblance of a populist message, with limited Wall Street ties, with a fairly liberal social stance on marijuana, marriage equality, immigration reform, incarceration (mandatory minimums), and women’s rights could win. Rand Paul is attempting to morph into that Republican.