Posted by | May 18, 2010 19:47 | Filed under: Top Stories

Rand Paul has beaten Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson for the GOP Senate nomination for the seat being vacated by Jim Bunning. Paul, the son of Ron Paul, is considered the Tea Party candidate. It was Grayson who had the support of the Republican establishment.

Paul’s victory came after a year of smoothing over the difference between libertarians and conservatives. His first TV ad stated opposition to the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He sought, and won, the endorsement of conservatives who are anathema to some libertarians — Dr. James Dobson, Sarah Palin.

In the process, however, he crossed a chasm with hard-core conservative voters that had been shrinking under President Obama. They were ready to be convinced that a defender of the 10th Amendment and states’ rights was not a stealth opponent of abortion but a proud opponent of the Obama agenda. And they were notably unimpressed by the endorsements of Bush-era Republicans, like Dick Cheney, Rick Santorum and Rudy Giuliani, for Trey Grayson.

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