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Rand Paul Returns To Libertarian Roots


By Hunter Wallace

Rand Paul is polling at 5 percent in Iowa is because he is suffering from the delusion that his father’s former supporters are like the brat pack in the video below:

“With time running out before the Iowa caucuses and his polling still in the low single digits, Sen. Rand Paul finds himself desperately needing a strong showing in the Hawkeye State to get back into the presidential discussion.

Once a promising candidate who was leading in some polls two years ago, the U.S. senator from Kentucky has seen his fortunes plummet as his message became lost in a large field of GOP contenders who had more money and more star power. …

According to the most recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, Paul gets 5% of the vote and sits in fifth place among likely caucus-goers in Iowa behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Nalle’s group last week endorsed Paul because Nalle said his small-government, libertarian message is more pure than that of his opponents, who he said are pandering to establishment Republicans to win votes.”

Although we won’t know for certain until February 1, the polling indicates that 3 out of 4 supporters of Ron Paul have deserted the Rand Paul campaign in Iowa.

In 2012, 99 percent of Iowa primary voters were White. Paul won 48 percent of 17-29 year olds and 26 percent of 30-44 year olds. 40 percent of Ron Paul voters were liberal or moderate. 63 percent made less than $50,000 a year and had at least some college education or above. Ron Paul voters skewed more male and less evangelical than the Iowa electorate and their most important issue was the budget deficit.

The typical Ron Paul voter was a college educated While male Millennial or Gen X’er who was more secular and less conservative than the average Republican voter. Who does that sound like? Does it sound like the brat pack below or the Alt Right?

Note: The big change in this election from 2012 is that the Alt Right, which is now a much louder voice on Twitter, has deserted the Pauls for Trump. Maybe the Alt Right is a much larger constituency than anyone realizes.