How Rand Paul's GOP opponents will use his minority outreach against him

The backlash is coming

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It's just a matter of time. There will be a backlash against Rand Paul's efforts at minority outreach, spearheaded by Republicans who see this as an opening to the Kentucky senator's right in the 2016 presidential primaries, especially in the wake of the crisis in Ferguson.

Paul's outreach to African-Americans has largely consisted of rhetoric very much in line with his libertarian principles, such as criticizing the prison industrial complex and the militarization of local police. And right now, the discontent on the right is mostly rumbling beneath the surface, on conservative listservs and less prominent special-interest websites. But already, Michael Gerson fired a public warning shot at Paul in The Washington Post.

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