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The 'swift-boating' of Rand Paul

The Republican establishment has been frustrated again and again by the campaign of Rand Paul, whose insurgent bid for the GOP's U.S. Senate nomination in Kentucky has won the endorsements of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

But while Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are doing their best to aid Paul's struggling opponent, Trey Grayson, few are really taking it to Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.).

That's being left to the American Future Fund, a conservative 501(c)4 based out of Iowa that usually -- which is to say, in every other election -- backs Republicans over Democrats and attacks Democratic policies. In Kentucky, it's trying to tear down Rand Paul with a six figure buy. Here's the ad running right now.

Contrast that with this ad AFF ran in Indiana, where it might have helped Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) survive his primary.

Paul's campaign is, naturally, raising funds to respond to this "swift boat" attack from one of the "shadowy groups that seem to come out whenever the establishment is threatened."

By David Weigel  |  May 11, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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