• • The Rand Paul Moment Has Arrived
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine - Daily Intelligencer Paul’s sudden ascent represents the convergence of two broad currents of Republican thought. The first is the rise of Ayn Rand–ism, which has become the party’s main ideological response to the Obama years. Randism is an apocalyptic mind-set that conceives of politics as a struggle between makers and takers. Not just Paul himself, but such diverse figures as CNBC shouting head and tea-party father Rick Santelli, Paul Ryan, AEI President Arthur Brooks, and [Ted] Cruz — who quoted Ayn Rand while enthusiastically leaping to Paul’s defense — have all claimed the deep influence of Rand.