Brian Doherty on 3 Problems Rand Paul Must Face Post-Filibuster


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) catapulted out of his 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan's nomination for CIA chief a world-changing politician, the new conscience of his party, and a Republican that nonpartisan progressives should love for his defense of our Fifth Amendment rights.

Paul is center stage now. He needs to play act two and beyond with the same unpredictable political intelligence he showed in his day in the spotlight. Brian Doherty argues that the freshman Senator has (at least) three problem areas to navigate to extend his fresh status as a star national politician (and 2016 presidential candidate: Democrats and Independents; Republicans; and the rest of the world (foreign policy).