Jonah’s column today discusses recent comments by Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz about foreign policy, Ronald Reagan, and each other. (I said my piece about the topic yesterday.) Jonah points out that while Senator Paul speaks warmly of Reagan today–he even cites the “Eleventh Commandment” and warns against “splintering” the Republican party — his reaction at the time to eight years of his presidency was to join his father’s anti-Reaganite third-party campaign.
I don’t think primary voters will weigh that episode heavily against Paul because it was his father’s campaign, and because people change. The more Paul talks about Reagan, though, the more likely it is his rivals will bring it up.