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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) pauses in his remarks as guests applaud at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Theiler Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) pauses in his remarks as guests applaud at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Theiler  

Why Rand Paul will win the 2016 primaries, and the presidency

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Brent Hatley
Radio Personality

You have probably seen all of the ridiculous speculating about the GOP nomination in 2016. This is still speculating, but my sincere hope is you don’t think it’s ridiculous too.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is laying the foundation for his presidential bid in concrete and steel.

First, forget about Jeb Bush unless you want to hand Hillary eight years in the White House. The latest Rasmussen poll shows her leading Jeb in a general election 47 percent to 33. His name is Bush and to the general public the specifics of how smart he is doesn’t matter one iota.

Then there’s Ted Cruz, he’s nothing but a hack. There’s no substance to what he says. He only cares about adulation and applause. When he speaks, it’s contrived and inauthentic. Matt Lewis’s recent piece on Ted Cruz’ strategy illustrated this, pointing out that Ted Cruz is trying to get close to Paul, while sticking to the mainstream GOP foreign policy to not seem to far out there.

Even before Chris Christie’s troubles with the George Washington Bridge and being exposed at the very least for hiring a petty, inept staff he was a poor fit for the Republican party base. His disdain for the second amendment is a major obstacle. Governor Christie has done nothing to restore the gun rights of the people of New Jersey and doesn’t care to. Whether intentional or not, Christie helped Barack Obama get re-elected through his endorsements and photo ops after Hurricane Sandy. In a recent interview with S.E. Cupp on CNN, Glenn Beck said Christie was “a fat nightmare.” Judge for yourself whether he was proven right.

At CPAC, Texas Governor and bad George W. Bush caricature Rick Perry gave a raucous speech that resembled a Southern Baptist preacher rather than a politician. It got big applause, but had nothing but platitudes and researched crowd-pleasing lines written by spin doctors. If you have the delusion that Perry could somehow gain fifty IQ points and be ready to stand on stage to debate men of great intellect, you’re sorely mistaken.

Rand Paul relies on his philosophy and personal convictions. It’s the reason that every single time you hear him speak it sounds more authentic. This cannot be taught, and much of it probably comes from his father. Senator Paul tells you what you need to hear, not always what you want to hear.

There’s no GOP candidate that will be able to stand on stage with Rand Paul and talk about spending cuts. The spending cuts that Rand Paul constantly proposes would make a real difference, they’re not just cuts to future growth called spending cuts. That’s the illusion that traditional Republicans use, hoping you’re not paying attention. Rand will draw this contrast and it will be powerful.

Rand Paul’s positive message of getting government out of your way so you can reach your full potential is one that is resonating with young people far more than the progressive puritanism behind today’s e-cigarette bans. Paul is the antithesis of this mentality.

His father, Dr. Ron Paul had a presidential campaign in 2008 that caught fire, although a little too late. In the 2012 campaign, Paul.

By 2016, when Obamacare has completely devastated the health care in this country, Paul fils’ message will be that much stronger. His call to repeal both the nanny state and the security state enacted by the last two presidents will not only seem like a good idea, but the only idea.

Supporting Rand Paul in the primary and general election is going to be synonymous with supporting freedom. It sounds crazy but it’s true. Over 20 years in radio, I’ve learned that when your cause is thought to be cool, it catches fire very rapidly. Rand Paul’s core supporters are resolute, and freedom is very cool.