I'm sure if you're following Rand Paul you've seen this piece in the AP somewhere. (If not, here it is: Ron Paul's Son Borrows Tactics for KY. Senate bid). I first saw it on Google news thanks to Lew Rockwell. As he says, it's really something when the mainstream media start admitting that liberty is popular and a candidate that embraces it is likely to win.
The main stream media still doesn't get it though. They have it in their head that Ron and Rand Paul tell their people what to do and they do it. That's not the case at all. It's quite the opposite really. People who love freedom have chosen people like Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Peter Schiff, and others as people they can trust. Ron Paul wasn't running for the presidency. The people were and Ron Paul was their avatar. Now, in his race, Rand Paul has become a representative of people who love liberty, because of his past integrity.
MEMO TO POLITICIANS: If you want people to campaign for you in a grass roots, guerrilla, bottom-up manner, be honest. I know, I know. You're wanting to find out the Pauls' fancy schmancy techniques. I have news for you. They don't have any. They simply have a message that they believe in, and they practice what they preach.
A more recent article over at The Wall Street Journal, Underdogs' Senate Bids Pressure GOP is a very good review of how conservatives are sick of big government Republicans. The Rand Paul/Trey Grayson race in Kentucky is their prime example of this. (The Video's good too.) From the article, Trey is apparently trying to be seen as anti-establishment now.
Mr. Grayson said he was confident that primary voters in Kentucky know him as a "true conservative." He said he speaks regularly with Mr. McConnell, but that he is not shy about criticizing him, particularly on the financial system bailout. "I wouldn't have voted for it, and he did," Mr. Grayson said. "He and I talked about it, and I said, 'I'm going to criticize you on the campaign trail."
But, if Grayson is so critical of McConnell, why is he so mad at Paul for refusing to endorse McConnell for Senate Minority Leader?
It seems to me Grayson is a bit schizophrenic.
Of course we have excellent video of Rand Paul being a fiscal conservative from before the TARP bailout.
What proof does Grayson have that he was opposed to corporate welfare in the past at all until only 2 weeks ago? In fact, a few months ago Grayson openly grumbled at Rand Paul for criticizing his fellow Republicans who voted for the Bank Bailouts.
All in all, it's a good thing that the GOP establishment is being pressured to at least pander to Constitutional Conservatism.
Update: Regarding Honesty vs Double-talking.
Trey Grayson and Mitch McConnell at the Bailout BALL -- Again.