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Rand Paul Divide Memo (1)

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TO: INTERESTED PARTIES FROM: Isaac Wright, Director, Correct The Record by American Bridge DATE: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 SUBJECT: Rand Paul, Paul Ryan and Republican rift
Rand Paul’s “ 
Middle Flank 
” 
 
Even as he publicly teases a Presidential candidacy, Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul is putting a greater distance between himself and the bulk of the American electorate as he publicly criticizes an end to partisan gridlock in the budget impasse that led to the federal sequester.
He is out of touch with mainstream voters pushing Congressional gridlock when the country wants Congress to get things done.
 This is not only a direct vulnerability for a potential Paul Presidential candidacy, but also a greater weakness for the Republican Party as it approaches 2016.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R
-KY) self-promotion campaign for the 2016 GOP Presidential primary has been as subtle as a megaphone in a library. Yet, his tact regarding
the country’s
feelings about
Congress’s perpetual gridlock has proven as
politically in-tune as a plagiarizer attending a copyright convention. Paul has alluded to and blatantly discussed his own
and his familial “considerations”
of the 2016 Presidential Primary publicly dozens of times. Yet in no way does that seem to have moved him closer to mainstream voters or their priority on getting Congress back to work again. According to a recent CNN/Gallup poll, just 9 percent of Americans approve of Congress. The record disapproval and frustration with Congress is primarily because of Congressional gridlock, particularly related to the budget and fiscal matters. Still, Rand Paul remains a proponent of Washington gridlock, recently
calling a proposed budget compromise “shameful” and
saying he would do anything he could to stymie it in Congress. Rand Paul has found himself not in the situation of a statesman sticking to his principals even when they are politically unpopular, but instead has created for himself the reality of a political ideologue out of touch with the soul of the electorate whose support he now seeks. In doing so, he has created a vast political vulnerability in his likely pursuit of the White House. Rather than generating
vulnerabilities to his political “right” or political “left” he has left his “middle flank
wide open to attacks of disconnect from mainstream America. If the 2012 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Congress Paul Ryan, a co-creator of the bi-partisan budget compromise is a candidate, it only exacerbates the ferocity of the debate.
Ryan’s dangerous abdication of bipartisanship will cost the GOP 
 
Not to appear too mainstream himself, Ryan insisted that even after the budget compromise Republicans would hold the full faith and credit of the United States of
 
America for ransom in debt limit negotiations.
Even after being part of the
bipartisan budget compromise, he’s abdicating appeal to mainstream America
by taking the budget limit hostage and again pushing gridlock.
 
This kind of fiscal brinksmanship is part of the well-founded perception of Congressional gridlock that has brought Congressional approval numbers to a record low. Playing to his far-right base, Ryan has, in the long-term, abdicated much of the political advantage he might otherwise claim for having been part of a budget compromise. Again, he further alienates himself and the Republican brand from the desire across the country to see that Congress gets back to work.
Conclusion
 
Both Paul and Ryan hurt the Republican brand going into 2016 by forcing fiscal gridlock at a time when Americans are fed up with Congressional gridlock.
BACKGROUND:  Americans are fed up with Congressional gridlock, particularly related to the budget and fiscal matters.
“According to a 
Gallup poll released on Tuesday, only
9% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. It’s the lowest congressional
approval rating in the 39 years Gallup has asked the question.
‘The government shutdown in October clearly didn’t help Congress’ image, and it appears that the
impact of that incident may linger, given the record-
low approval this month,’ Gallup CEO Frank Newport wrote. ‘This no doubt reflects the rancorous partisansh
ip and bickering that characterized the shutdown - the top reasons given by those who
disapprove of Congress.’ Earlier this year, Americans indicated the two top reasons
they disapproved of Congress was the incessant gridlock and partisan bickering, as wel
l as the fact that the legislative body is ‘not getting anything done’ and ‘not making decisions.’” [CNN, 
Paul Called The Budget Deal
“Shameful.”
 According to the Washington Times,
“Sen. Rand Paul added his name to the list of lawmakers opposing the bipartisan
budget deal carved out between House and Senate negotiators, saying it is
‘shameful’ to restore previously agreed to spending cut 
s in exchange for promises of future deficit reduction. Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 presidential contender, said that the two-year spending proposal is like many that have come
before it.” [Washington Times,
Paul Said He Would Do Everything He Could To Slow Passage Of The Budget
Deal: “I Don’t Think There’s Going To Be Unanimous Consent On Anything
Until
Hell Freezes Over.”
 
According to CQ Roll Call, “Sen. Rand Paul, R
-Ky., a strong opponent of the budget deal, said he would try to slow it down and would object to
any efforts by Democrats to expedite floor action on the budget. ‘With the budget
deal, they will have to cross through all of the hurdles to get it passed next week. I
don’t think there’s going to be unanimous consent on anything until hell freezes over,’ Paul said.” [CQ Roll Call,

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