The GOP Candidate Who Scares Dems the Most?

Rand Paul is the GOP candidate who has been attacked more times by DNC social media than any other Republican candidate.

The Hill reports,

The Democratic National Committee has unleashed relentless attacks on a handful of GOP candidates in the ever-widening 2016 presidential field, while virtually ignoring others.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have emerged as the DNC’s top punching bags, while the committee has mostly disregarded other campaigns — including that of businessman Donald Trump, who trails only Bush in some recent polls.

The Hill tallied the DNC’s social media mentions of Republican presidential contenders, scanning press releases, tweets and Facebook posts from July 2014 through June 2015, to see whom the group has been hitting the most over the past year.

Paul ranks as the DNC’s top target, with 203 mentions. Christie follows with 202 attacks, and Bush trails closely behind him with 199.

With a slew of declared candidates and even more potential contenders, the DNC has spread its fire wide. The DNC has hit 17 potential Republican contenders over the last year.

That’s a marked contrast from the 2012 cycle, when most attacks were aimed at Mitt Romney, who was seen as the likely GOP nominee early on.

Former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) comes fourth in total mentions with 162, followed by Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who were the target of 159 and 147 DNC statements or social media posts. Also on the DNC’s target list, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has 96 mentions.

It is interesting to consider why Rand Paul is attacked even more than Jeb Bush.

If think back to 2008, one of the reasons that Barack Obama was so popular is that he sounded like the anti-empire candidate. He opposed the wars and promised to wind them down. Unlike Barack Obama, Rand Paul really seems to believe in reigning in the so-called “war on terror.” And he has used the filibuster to publicly call Barack Obama into account over his “kill list” as well as opposed NSA domestic spying.

Not only has no other GOP candidate campaigned on such issues, no one has a proven record of actively opposing the things that Barack Obama once gave lip service about opposing.

Paul’s stance on prison reform and the drug war is also likely to attract independent and perhaps even some Democratic voters.

No wonder they see him as a threat.