Originally Posted by Taco John
Also for what it's worth, I do think Rand Paul is the only Republican with any hope of winning in 2016. There is no other candidate that I see in the current field who can both unite the Republican factions, as well as draw from the left. I like Ted Cruz, but I don't think he could draw from the left like Rand Paul could. The rest of the field doesn't have the ability to keep the coalition together. Paul's problem is going to be the Dick Cheney faction, which has a solid grip on the establishment media in this country. I think that they're going to be willing to take the party down knowing that Clinton gives them everything they want anyway. They will bloody Rand and pave the path for Hillary - but they're going to have trouble with both sides once that happens. Who knows how that shakes out. We live in interesting times...
Who is Paul going to pull from the left? Sorry, but he and Cruz are the face of the party of "no" that frustrated voters about Congress. Even if I think Paul's been savvy about making his image appeal to the middle, he'll still be considered one of the key faces of the wildly unpopular GOP leadership the past few years.
The guys who might pull people from the left are Rubio and Ryan. Even if it pains everyone to say it. The only reason these guys couldn't win is because the base still thinks they can win with a hardliner. And because their time to run is probably not now.