It is often observed that American presidential elections tend to be an application of Isaac Newton's Third Law of Physics: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
In other words, we tend to elect presidents who contrast with their immediate predecessors.
To the degree that proves true in 2016, Senator Rand Paul (R - Kentucky) could face a difficult uphill climb should he opt to run. In at least one important rhetorical regard, he will encounter great difficulty distinguishing himself from the current White House occupant.
"Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly withdrew from the House speaker's race on Thursday, a casualty of a fractured Republican conference. The Californian didn't do much to inspire confidence last week when he suggested that the House Benghazi committee had been designed to attack Hillary Clinton. One pity of the McCarthy comments is that they tainted the committee's work with politics. The bigger pity is…[more]