Friday, April 18, 2014
Let’s be clear: Anyone who thinks Rand Paul can’t win the GOP nomination for President of the United States is foolish. He can. And if he wins, his “jeans” will be the reason. The jeans symbolize something that no other potential candidate for president possesses. Let’s explore.
You see, Rand Paul likes to wear jeans. While other politicians are wearing a suit and tie, Paul is different. At the recent CPAC event, all the other politicians went with the traditional look. Not Paul. Jeans were in order. Some conservative commentators were upset. Peggy Noonan remarked that, “it’s not unusual for a man to wear jeans with a tie and jacket. They look like happy farmers, or cable TV anchors whose desks don’t show their legs. That being said, could we not wear grown-up suits when we are running for high office?” But Noonan fails to grasp the deeper meaning.
Rand Paul’s choice of leg attire represents something. Whether the Senator from Kentucky knows it or not, it’s his calling card to say he’s unique, different and a trendsetter within the Republican Party. His libertarian, “genes” are represented in those blue jeans. What we are witnessing is a man who has no desire to use the same tired old GOP playbook that’s been trotted out for decades. He’s creating a new playbook and trying to create a new, younger, more diverse GOP voting constituency.
Have you noticed where Rand Paul takes his libertarian leaning message? He’s going to places that Republicans just don’t frequent. I mean, UC Berkley? He got a standing ovation from a young liberal crowd when he waxed poetic about the abuse of civil liberties and a U.S. intelligence community that is, “drunk with power.” He’s at Howard University as he attempts (some will say in vein) to convince young African-American voters that his constitutional conservative policies will be beneficial to them. And then he goes to Detroit pushing, ‘economic freedom zones” as a way of reviving a devastated city.
Do you get the picture? Rand Paul is different than every other Republican who may run for president. Heck, one of his favorite musical artists is Indie-Pop singer Aimee Allen. That’s the way Rand Paul rolls. Sunglasses, jeans and Indie-Pop. So when he wears those blue jeans, it neatly fits in with his persona. After all, his libertarian “genes” fit perfectly inside those blue jeans. It’s non-traditional, just like libertarians. He’s not waiting around for others to figure out what the Republican Party needs to do and be. He’s stepping to the plate first. He’s leading. To coin a boxing term, some may say he may be, “leading with his chin” because he might just walk into a sucker punch.
Why? Well, look; when you aren’t conventional, people get in a bit of a tizzy. The truth is Rand Paul will have a few significant challenges in securing the GOP nomination for president. First of all, he doesn’t necessarily go along with the traditional GOP neo-conservative views on foreign policy. Those folks are gunning for him and they will be a thorn in his side. He’s not like his father who had more isolationist (some will say non-interventionist) views but he will have to convince conservative skeptics within his own party. Additionally, while Rand Paul is a socially conservative Christian, he’ll still have to convince some in the pro-family crowd who were alarmed at his recent comments about how the GOP needs to, “agree to disagree on social issues.”
Can Rand Paul figure out a way to maneuver through all of the potholes ahead? Yes, he’s a smart guy who knows how to play the Washington political game. He’s not a grenade thrower. He understands how the game is played. He also understands that the traditional Republican orthodoxy of the past needs to change in order to win future elections. Does that mean those conservative principles need to change? No, of course not. But a fresh, different approach is needed. And Rand Paul is going to do his best to walk that new path…in a pair of blue jeans that could take him into straight into The White House.
This week on the Brody File we hit the road and head to colorful Colorado.
We explore the Rocky Mountain State's battle over gun control, drones and the legalization of marijuana.
Friday, April 11, 2014
This week on The Brody File, we go one-on-one with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and get his take on the battle for Ukraine.
Plus, we take a look at the "selfie craze." What's up with all the "selfies"? We bring you the latest in pop culture and politics with another edition of "Pop-Litical."
It’s a Brody File segment worth watching. What do you get when you cross pop culture and politics?
You get, “Pop-Litical” with our new contributor Amber Strong.
It’s a must watch.
Watch Mike Huckabee's interview on The Brody File show this week. When asked what would happen with evangelical voters if the GOP ditches and downplays social issues, he tells me, “It just leaves them at home. They just don't go vote."
And when it comes to his view on traditional marriage? "I'm not going to change my view just to win your vote."
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Brody File was watching Sarah Palin’s comedy bit on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and it made me wonder the following: Is Sarah Palin relevant?
The answer is a bit complicated. Is she taken seriously as a politician by the liberal mainstream media? No. But do they still pay attention to her every move? Yes they do.
Why is that? Yes, part of it has to do with the fact that there is a certain carnival atmosphere surrounding how she goes about her business. I mean, she knows how to command an audience and entertain. But let's not forget for a moment that she still has a robust, dedicated following.
I'm not just talking about her millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter. I'm talking about how in certain congressional districts in this country, her word matters. An endorsement from Sarah Palin can make a difference for a candidate in a tight race.
Also, let's be totally truthful here. As much as the mainstream media can't stand her, they listen to what she says. She has a megaphone. Liberals might call that scary but Palin has the power to help shape the political conversation in America.
And that's the dirty little secret liberals would rather not hear. But it's truth.
So, is Sarah Palin relevant? “You betcha.”
Watch The Brody File piece on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. It aired on The 700 Club this morning. He is the "idea man."
Friday, April 04, 2014
The big Hollywood production of the movie "Noah" is in theaters. John Jessup gives us his review in "John's Movie Corner" here on The Brody File.
This week on The Brody File, we are joined by two influential lawmakers who are making life difficult for President Barack Obama: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Also, CBN News's John Jessup joins us with his movie review of "Noah." Should Christians go see it?
Plus, the truth behind those "Jesus is Muslim" billboards.
Watch Jeb Bush tell The Brody File that he's not worried about all the "chirpers" out there who think he's too moderate to the GOP candidate for president.
On The Brody File show this week.