The GOP's establishmentarian wing, sometimes referred to as "neoconservatives," are already gearing up to paint Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as a wild-eyed weirdo on foreign policy come 2016. Reason's Matthew Feeney passes along the details of the Republican Jewish Coalition conference held this past weekend in Las Vegas, a pow-wow involving major donors to the GOP in which Paul's name was nearly verboten:
At the RJC meeting Paul was nowhere to be found, but his presence was felt in the form of a straw man - and frequent worry. Speaker after speaker, from former Florida governor Jeb Bush to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, laid into Paul's more isolationist views on foreign policy. They never mentioned the lawmaker by name, but the message came across loud and clear.
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson (pictured below), who backed Mitt Romney in 2012 and is reportedly motivated by "concern for Israel," is prepared to spend vast sums against Paul if he appears to be a contender in two years time.