Larry J. Sabato Professor of Politics, University of Virginia, had this to say on Politico:

Even Ron Paul doesn’t actually believe he’s going to be the GOP nominee for president in 2012. But Rand Paul? Interesting. Many Republicans sense a lack of enthusiasm for the field of candidates that has emerged thus far. It’s one reason why fireworks explode high in the sky every time Chris Christie clears his throat.

Every now and then, a new, relatively inexperienced officeholder throws caution to the wind and runs for the White House. Barack Obama won, but most have lost. One of the few mistakes Ronald Reagan ever made was giving in to the pleas of supporters and getting into the 1968 GOP presidential mix after less than two years as California governor. He never had a chance. The same for Reagan’s successor, Jerry Brown, when he took on Jimmy Carter in 1976 as a brand new governor.

Rand Paul would shake up the Republican race. Presumably, he would consolidate the tea party forces — but he’d have to keep people like Michele Bachmann out in order to do it. Like Reagan and Brown, Paul would be unlikely to get nominated or, given his unconventional views, to win a general election if somehow he emerged as the nominee.

But Rand Paul would be a stick of dynamite in a terribly placid GOP pond. He might make the other candidates better. And hey, it would be fun to watch for the rest of us.

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