I am somewhat mystified about how a news organization accidentally replaces Rand Paul with Jeb Bush. But it seems to have happened. Sunday, I saw this in my Instagram feed:
Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley also posted the same image on Facebook.
This is a serious mistake. Anyone who glanced at that picture and didn’t take time to read the names would get the false idea that Jeb Bush was one of the top five candidates in Iowa and that Rand Paul was not. But that would be the compete opposite of the truth. Rand Paul may be lagging behind, but in Iowa he is ahead of not only Jeb Bush , but Chris Christie and John Kasich .
All three of those candidates were given top-tier billing at the debate because of their national poll numbers, while Rand Paul was not given a place. The Rand Paul campaign vigorously protested.
Multiple national polls including CNN, CBS, Fox, Marist and others have him in 5th or 6th place, one had him just a single point out of 4th. In multiple polls he scores ahead of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Carly Fiorona. In yesterday’s Marist Iowa poll he was alone in 5th place. In fact his numbers are on the rise in recent weeks.
If Fox News wants to remain credible as an arbiter of who is a contender for the Republican nomination, switching the image of Rand Paul with Jeb Bush is not the way to go about it.
In fact, one blogger at RedState argues that Rand Paul is going to do better than anyone expects in Iowa.
Another candidate with a great ground game is Rand Paul. Influential Iowa radio host Steve Deace, a Cruz backer, has given Paul top marks for his ground game.
He adds many other testimonies about how much campaigning Rand Paul is doing. I don’t know if he’s right, but if it turns out that way, we’ll know that Fox and the rest of the media missed a story.
I have to wonder: If Paul starts doing better, will we see the media ignore him like they ignored his father?