When Rand Paul chose to skip a debate, it was because the network wanted to isolate him. When Trump skipped a debate, it was because he had some strange ego driven point to make about just how important he really was.
Well, when you skip a debate, you need to have the right reasons. Trump is out and Rand is in, proving once and for all, that what Rand Paul has to say is valued by the GOP voter base.
Saying that his inclusion in Thursday’s debate “proves he’s a top tier candidate,” Rand Paul takes the stage formerly denied him, while Trump attempts to show the world how important he is. Which is to say, not very. Rand Paul refused to be shunted off with third level candidates nobody knows or cares about, and he was right to do so. Trump, with all his support for better or worse has earned front stage, and yet he tosses it away in a fit of child like rage.
However, debating isn’t all Paul is doing. Right after the debate, he is getting on an airplane back to Washington D.C. to perform his job as a U.S. Senator, noting “The taxpayers pay me, so I try to show up for work.” This sort of dedication is rather unusual in this day and age of near perpetual political campaigns, and a growing indifference to the needs and will of the American people.
We can be certain without Trump, tonight’s debate will have a refreshing air of sanity about it. We can hope that the usual struggle to demonstrate rabid nationalism and borderline racism will be gone. Trump thinks he’s “already elected himself king”, and demonstrates a crushing indifference to reality.
When you choose to skip a debate, you need to make sure your reasons are sound. You need to make sure that not only do you have the best interests of your supporters in mind, but also that you have reasons that will make the American people respect and support your cause. Rand Paul spent his skipped debate reaching out to the people and engaging them one on one via social media. We can only speculate what Trump will do, perhaps spend his time in some lecherous pursuit, or maybe driving around in his limo and shaking a fist at scary brown people. Either way, tonight Rand Paul once again takes the center stage where his ideas are so powerful as to really be scary to some. Does tonight’s debate represent a new stage in Rand Paul’s prospects? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman
(Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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