Election 2016 Rand Paul

Rand Paul’s “Futile Crusade”

The head of a super PAC supporting Rand Paul's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination is calling it quits.

PurplePAC leader Ed Crane says the Rand Paul campaign is a "futile crusade."

Crane, a co-founder of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, told the site: “I wasn’t going to raise money to spend on a futile crusade. ... I don’t see the point in it right now.” [...]

I want to grab Rand by the lapels and say, ‘What are you doing?’” Crane continued. “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul. But whatever motivates his campaign, I don’t get it.

He's not wrong.

We always knew Rand Paul will never become president or even the GOP nominee, but what makes this especially amusing to me is Rand is flushing $500,000 down the toilet so he may continue to run for president and reelection as a senator at the same time.

Rand Paul will pay the Republican party of Kentucky $500,000 to hold a presidential caucus rather than a presidential primary, enabling him to appear on the Kentucky ballot as a senator while running for president.

Rand has already paid $250,000 of the $500,000 fee, the latter half of which is due by March of next year. Rand will have long ceased to be a relevant candidate by that time, however, and some may say he has already become irrelevant. He may not even be included in the next primary debate.

You couldn't overstate how big of a waste of money it is for Rand to run for both offices at once.

  • For a few reasons, I’m not buying into all these “death watch” pieces being written about the Paul campaign; in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these reports were orchestrated by Paul’s team. Since Paul hasn’t yet submitted his quarterly fundraising reports to the FEC yet, any increase over his past quarter can convincingly be spun by Paul as a demonstration of a steadily-building ‘Liberty’ movement, contradicting the ‘MSM’ narrative of a dying campaign. Besides, Rand Paul has repeatedly stated his intention to stay in the race for the long-haul, and with his substantial army of true-believers working for free for his scampaign, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t stay in the race at least through the S. Carolina primary, even if his fundraising does slow down.

  • David Greenberg

    I wouldn’t get my eyes checked by him if he were the last ophthalmologist in the world.

  • muselet

    Amusingly, Rand Paul believes Ted Cruz is “done for” as an effective Senator. Take a moment to savor the deep, rich, full-bodied irony.

    What Paul thinks he’s going to get for his half-mil investment—most of it other people’s money—in a Kentucky caucus has always been unclear. Perhaps he’ll win the caucus, but Kentucky only has 45 GOP delegates out of 2.470. That’s not much clout, even if he wins.

    Rand Paul is not a serious person, and if he keeps running for President and the Senate, he may lost both races and become merely an unserious, irregularly-accredited ophthalmologist again. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    He must be taking cues from Wall Street…