Senator Rand Paul has been chased out of the race for the presidency:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, bringing an end to a bid that began with aspirations of expanding the libertarian base that his father, Ron Paul, built into a powerful national coalition.
"It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."
The low-key senator, as apt to quote a philosopher as to quote Pink Floyd, struggled in a year dominated by hard-line outsiders such as Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and businessman Donald Trump. In a call with reporters, his campaign strategists bemoaned that the mogul had sucked the "oxygen" out of the race, and admitted hat his non-interventionist views on foreign policy were not embraced by Republicans as terrorism and unrest raged abroad.Here's a guy who would make a great vice-president if he wasn't a libertarian. And, really, what does he have to offer? He's another short-term United States Senator who doesn't like doing his job enough to actually show up. He was running for president because why not? America pretends to believe in libertarianism right up until the moment when it is time to vote. Then, they vote for someone else.
Rand Paul was vice president material the moment he won his Senate seat. He has that weird charisma that will make it look like he's able to help the ticket. He energizes a shrinking pool of weirdos who would gladly vote for him.
And really, "shrinking pool of weirdos" would apply to half the Republican Party right now, wouldn't it?