…you’ve got one in Rand Paul.
I’m not familiar enough with Paul’s positions to know whether I agree with him in general or not. I certainly am not especially keen on his father, although I do subcribe to a great deal of the libertarian approach. But I am in complete agreement that we need someone—or rather, a lot more than one—with the courage to stand up and do more to fight against the opposition rather than cave to them for the sake of collegiality, and who isn’t afraid to look a bit ridiculous in the process.
Truculence for truculence’s sake is not my goal, either, and it has to be done with intelligence. But it must be done. And yes, Paul’s cause was doomed; it was a sort of stunt. But it shows a spirit that’s needed, although that’s hardly all that’s needed.
That was one of the best things about Sarah Palin when she was first chosen to run, and it’s something I really admire in Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Arizona’s Jan Brewer as well. Christie certainly used to have it (not sure exactly what’s going on with him lately), as did Giuliani (one of the reasons I supported him long ago). It was one of the things I actually liked about Newt Gingrich, although the Grinchyness of his demeanor took away a lot of his appeal to the sort of voter he would have to attract. Reagan and Thatcher, of course, had it in abundance.