Most Republican senators choose to speak at a post office opening, a county GOP fish fry, or the local Rotary club pancake breakfast. Meanwhile, the junior senator from Kentucky is hanging out at Howard University, Detroit and now the University of California at Berkeley.
Delivering a rare speech for a Republican at this bastion of liberalism, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday was given multiple standing ovations by the left-wing audience after railing against government surveillance and warning the students: “Your right to privacy is under assault.”
Tech titans seek to invent disruptive technologies: revolutionary new products that displace established products and create a completely new paradigm. In this post-Snowden era, Paul's warnings on government snooping are finding a receptive audience across the right, the middle, and the left. He rightly sees privacy as a disruptive politics that can shake up long-stagnant political alliances:
Paul noted that he was taking his campaign to places that don't traditionally vote Republican. "Like Berkeley," he said to cheers.
For years, many conservatives have pleaded with Republicans to go into hotbeds of liberalism, a la Jack Kemp. As an old "bleeding-heart conservative" myself, I'm thankful for Sen. Paul's bold, possibly game-changing outreach.