OK, sure, there’s little doubt that Rand Paul is going to win the next presidential election by a 538-0 electoral vote margin. But there’s maybe .000001 percent possibility he won’t that we can’t fully rule out. He could lose the general election, for example, if the Democrat Party Voter Fraud Machine tries to steal it. He could also lose to one of the other ~35 Republican presidential candidates in the primary. And then what does he do? Go home to Kentucky and be a boring old eye doctor for the rest of his life? He’d probably like to return to the Senate, where he’s up for reelection in 2016. This is the problem. Kentucky law states that “no candidate’s name shall appear on any voting machine or absentee ballot more than once.” That means that on May 17, 2016, the day of the Kentucky primary, Rand Paul cannot be a candidate in both the presidential primary and Senate primary. Kentucky Republicans had hoped to change this law. The Republican-controlled state Senate has already passed a bill to allow Paul to run for both. But Republicans failed to win control of the state House on election night, and the Democratic House speaker, Greg Stumbo, has blocked the bill. He claims “the state constitution bars lawmakers from passing ‘special legislation’ that would benefit only one person.” He added, a bit more to the point: “I’m not a fan of Sen. Paul, and I’m not eager to see my country turned over to him.”
Ever since the results of the election, when Republicans weren’t able to take the Kentucky House, the CV has been that Paul will have to make a decision: run for president or run for Senate reelection. And what a decision that would be! ESPN could film an hour-long special on the whole thing, live from a Boys and Girls Club in Connecticut. After 59 minutes of time killing, Paul could say something like, “I’m taking my talents to the Iowa caucuses” and then dunk on Jeb Bush’s head.
But don’t expect anything so stark as a decision. There are several workarounds available to Paul. None of them are perfect, and some are more “fun” than others.