Over the weekend Christian conservatives in Iowa were treated to pandering to 5 potential GOP candidates. The audience got to hear Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal. It seems Ted Cruz got many of the biggest applause lines, it helped that he told the crowd that they were actually winning.
Interestingly many speakers took shots at Rand Paul, who was not in there that day. Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats said U.S. Rep. Steve King doesn’t run from conversations — a reference to King arguing with young Latina who crossed the border illegally as a child while Paul grabbed his beer and hit the bricks. In addition, conservative author Joel Rosenberg said people in both parties “are turning against Israel.”
I am guessing that unanimous approval of increased funding Israel doesn’t count.
Going after Paul shows two things. First, people see him as a threat to the nomination. Second, they know he is vulnerable to attack on issues involving Israel and his inability to take criticism.
It’s early but storm clouds are already starting to brew.