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Dick Cheney does not approve of Rand Paul, which is certainly a strong recommendation.

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But not strong enough. The senator from Kentucky's occasionally expressed doubts about the national security state and wars of whim and folly may offend the delicate sensibilities of the former vice president, who has made no secret of his disdain for the Republican presidential prospect. But the truth is that Paul still fits rather too comfortably into the autocratic mainstream of Cheney's Republican Party.

There is no question that Paul is more interesting than the other Republicans who will join him in the race for the 2016 primary contests. His objections to Cheney's over-the-top militarism are worthy of note, and even sometimes of praise. And he deserves at least some credit for recognizing that the party has a grumpy-old-man problem. "I think Republicans will not win again in my lifetime for the presidency unless they become a new GOP, a new Republican Party," said the senator, as he prepared the way for his entry into the race for the party's nomination.

But what makes him genuinely interesting is that he can be rather specific regarding his stylistic concerns with the curse of Cheneyism: declaring that the GOP must undergo "a transformation, not a little tweaking at the edges." Paul wants the party to start talking about dialing down Ronald Reagan's "war on drugs," with an acknowledgement that "it's disproportionately affected the poor and the black and brown among us." He reminds his fellow partisans that serious conversations about "big government" must deal with the looming presence of the military-industrial complex.

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