ISIS Killed Rand Paul’s White House Hopes

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 9.44.02 AMLast night’s debate was notable in part for a missing person. Rand Paul — banished from the main stage — boycotted the undercard and ended the evening an afterthought. His White House hopes are on life support.

It was not always so. There was a time, not long past, when Paul was arguably the most consequential Republican in the Senate. An original tea-party candidate, he immediately established himself in Washington as a conviction politician — a man with a set of specific, distinct political ideas that set him apart not just from the Democratic majority but from many of his GOP colleagues.

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