US Senator Rand Paul likes to spend his vacations helping people to see better. Last week, the Kentucky senator (an ophthalmologist) was on a humanitarian mission, performing pro bono eye surgery in Salama, Guatemala.
And while some Guatemalans are sure to have better vision as a result, Americans are starting to envision the possibility he could be president.
Polls conducted by NBC News and Marist College last month showed him either winning or tied against leading Republican rivals in both the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential primaries.
This is not an aberration; Paul, who was elected in 2010, has long polled well in these important early states.
It’s too early to make any serious predictions, but winning the first two primary contests would potentially set him up as a juggernaut for the Republican presidential nomination. As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake observed: “No non-incumbent Republican presidential candidate has won both states since they were granted first-in-the-nation status in 1976. Not one.”
This kind of talk makes me a little nervous - not surprised though. If Paul gets front runner status, it could get interesting. I just hope he has a little more establishment blood in his veins then he lets on, for the sake of the country. Or this could just be a trend that will die out before 2016.