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The Conservative Campaign to Purge Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) makes his way to a weekly policy luncheon in Washington on June 11
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) makes his way to a weekly policy luncheon in Washington on June 11Photograph by Christopher Gregory/ The New York Times via Redux

If you’re not a political inside-baseball junky, you may have missed the proliferating conservative campaign to vilify Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky libertarian with presidential aspirations. Catch up quickly via the vigorous work of Jennifer Rubin, author of the Washington Post’s Right Turn blog. Rubin advocates purging Paul based largely on his employing as a Senate aide one Jack Hunter. According to Rubin, Hunter “has a history of outlandish statements (as late as 2009) including opposition to the Civil War that would make Pat Buchanan cringe.”

She draws on the legwork of yet another conservative outlet, the Washington Free Beacon. It reports: