Dog Whistle or Coincidence?

One of Rand Paul’s challenges in his 2016 presidential campaign will be to keep his old man’s supporters (and his old man, for that matter) in harness even as he slip-slides towards more conventional Republican views. What’s the obvious way to do that? Lotsa dog whistles.

I’m not real familiar with Louisville, but I have a hard time believing the choice of the Galt House Hotel for Paul’s launch is entirely a coincidence, just as I don’t quite buy the idea that the junior senator from Kentucky’s first name got shortened from “Randy” to “Rand” during his adult years strictly because his wife liked it better.

If Paul suddenly acquires a dog named “Dagny Taggart” or nicknames his campaign bus “Atlas” or his headquarters “The Gulch,” we’ll know for certain sure.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.