Paul jumps out to a 25-point lead in KY Senate race

posted at 1:36 pm on May 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The knock on Rand Paul from both Republicans and Democrats during the primary was his electability in a general election.  His conservo-libertarian views would push the Republican ticket out of the mainstream, allowing the eventual Democratic nominee to grab the center and win a takeaway in the midterms.  Rasmussen’s latest poll of likely voters in Kentucky show that the problem may be reversed, and that Jack Conway is in serious danger of being marginalized:

Rand Paul, riding the momentum of his big Republican Primary win on Tuesday, now posts a 25-point lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, but there’s a lot of campaigning to go.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Kentucky, taken Wednesday night, shows Paul earning 59% of the vote, while Conway picks up 34% support. Four percent (4%) percent prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.

Conway can’t even make the sale among Democrats:

Since winning the primary, Paul has gained ground among Republican voters and is now supported by 82% of the GOP faithful. That figure is up from 69% earlier. Paul also earns 73% support from unaffiliated voters at this time. That, too, reflects a huge bounce following the primary victory …

Conway, on the other hand, attracts support from just 59% of Democrats. Most conservative Democrats currently prefer Paul over the Democratic nominee. Conservative Democrats represent just under 15% of all Kentucky voters.

That’s hardly the only problem Conway faces, either.  His favorability rating is a -1, 44/45, with only 15% being “very favorable” of Conway against 20% “very unfavorable.”  Among independents, it drops to 36/49, with 15% undecided.  Comparatively, Paul has a favorability rating of +41 (69/28), with indies giving him an 74/25 favorability split.

Even if the Democrats continue to attack Paul as an extremist or nut, which has already begun, it’s going to take a lot of erosion to bring Paul down to Conway’s low favorability ratings.  It doesn’t do anything to build Conway, either.  In a state as conservative as Kentucky, a Democrat has to have a substantial amount of personal popularity to overcome the fact that his election will enable an agenda antithetical to Kentucky’s electorate.  Not only does Conway not have that, at the moment he’s in negative territory.

Paul’s challenge to Barack Obama to campaign in Kentucky was a smart move, according to the poll’s internals.  Obama has a deeply underwater job approval, 36/63, with a majority of likely voters strongly disapproving of his performance.  Except for the youngest voters, every age demographic has a strong majority disapproving; among independents, it’s 31/65.  And the youngest voters are overwhelmingly supporting Paul, 58/32.  Nineteen percent of black voters strongly disapprove of Obama, and 88% of “other” ethnicities also strongly disapprove.

It’s still early in Kentucky, but the internals show that one of the nominees is a fringe, marginal candidate.  It’s just not the Republican.


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I like Rand a lot. His father is a clown though. He seems to really stand for what he believes, and I like most of what he believes. He’s like his father, except all the nuttiness got filtered out somehow.

Narutoboy on May 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM

How accurate has Ras been recently? Anyone know his polling from the recent elections? Were they close?

LurkerDood on May 20, 2010 at 1:39 PM

He’s like his father, except all the nuttiness got filtered out somehow.

A lot of us can relate to that, no?

rightheaded on May 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Rand Paul’s nomination and surge scares establishment Republicans more than democrats.

This is a referendum on Pandering/spineless moderates within the party who are always looking for a way to compromise with liberals on important issues.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Now starts the 24-7 liberal hatefest.

Speakup on May 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The path to victory in Nov may be presenting itself: challenge Democrat candidates to campaign with Obama. They either have to embrace the President or shun the leader of their party. Have fun with that!

WashJeff on May 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

rightheaded on May 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

No kidding.

changer1701 on May 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Big tent, baby.

Abby Adams on May 20, 2010 at 1:43 PM

“Tea anyone?”

(Sean Connery quote from ‘The Hunt For Red October’ after explaining why the GRU agent had to die)

percysunshine on May 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

It’s just not the Republican.

If some of the stuff against him start to stick, it may be best for everyone to call him the “libertarian running as Republican”…

ninjapirate on May 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Say it with me:

RANDSLIDE

Animator Girl on May 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM

MSNBC has Paul wearing a hood and burning crosses, practically. He just reiterated his support for civil rights, but he is going to be careful not to make too nuanced an argument, especially on something like that, else it will easily be distorted by the media.

DarkKnight3565 on May 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I’m a member of three different Tea Party groups here in Kentucky. We are ready to work hard to spread our word throughout the state and that means that Rand will be elected. Also, this same effort will carry over to defeat Ben Chandler in the 6th Congressional District.

NoNails on May 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Say it with me:

RANDSLIDE

Animator Girl on May 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM

That’s a-PAUL-ing.

Doughboy on May 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

As a Paul-basher, I’d love to be proven wrong about his electability, and about him being a nut like his old man once he gets to the Senate. More than happy to eat crow if that’s what’s on the menu.

BuzzCrutcher on May 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

The opposition was the Kos and MoveOn-endorsed candidate in the primaries. I doubt that plays very well in Kentucky. Can’t rest on our laurels, but this looks easy as of now.

The Dean on May 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

How accurate has Ras been recently? Anyone know his polling from the recent elections? Were they close?

LurkerDood on May 20, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Rasmussen was the most accurate pollster in 2008. Very good track record.

Paul jumps out to a 25-point lead in KY Senate race

That makes Rand Paul the 2nd most likely GOP Senate win for an open seat this year. Only North Dakota’s open seat is rated more secure. Easy win.

Norwegian on May 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Now starts the 24-7 liberal hatefest.
Speakup on May 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

No, that started a long time ago.

rrpjr on May 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Keep in mind that Bunning only won by 1.5% in 2004, when Bush carried the state by 20 points. Long way to go, alot of demonization and exposure to come.

If some of the stuff against him start to stick, it may be best for everyone to call him the “libertarian running as Republican”…

ninjapirate on May 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM

IF, and its a Big IF because this is the 1 out of 100 election Cycles a guy like this could win and overcome the MSM narrative. Plus Conway over the Blue-Dog was an aide to him…..but IF this stuff sticks and causes damage the GOP and Conservatism is better off if Paul loses.

Why? Because if he wins for the sole fact its Kentucky, its still a win and one that will embolden the Paultards going into 2012 ruining our chances. However, if he loses it completely neuters the paulnuts in 2012.

Ron Paul, the cult leader here, would have to do a complete and total reversal to ever support any other GOP POTUS Nominees, including Palin who just last summer he smeared as a “Country Club Republican” and ‘neo-con’.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

I’ve been “discussing” this with a liberal I know, at another forum. He’s holding onto the desperate hope that the usual Paul family nuttiness will sink Rand.

But I’ve told him already: Paul is GOING to win. And it will leave a lot of Democrats – and more than a few Republicans – scratching their heads.

Vyce on May 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

The Democrat primary votes were split pretty evenly among all of the candidates.

I will be voting for Paul again in November. Kentucky is Rand land.

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM

The opposition was the Kos and MoveOn-endorsed candidate in the primaries. I doubt that plays very well in Kentucky. Can’t rest on our laurels, but this looks easy as of now.

The Dean on May 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I wouldn’t think you’d support Rand like you do Ron.

hawkdriver on May 20, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Dr. Paul will have to really f-up to lose to a pro Obamacare, pro amnesty, union shill. The nutroots have screwed themselves by wanting the purest candidate in a conservative state, the other guy might have had a chance.

The most interesting numbers are the youth ones. Apparently the right message appeals to the young, and they can be persuaded from kneejerk leftism.

lizzie beth on May 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Rand Paul’s nomination and surge scares establishment Republicans more than democrats.

Except they spent no money to try and stop him, when they easily could’ve.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

IF, and its a Big IF because this is the 1 out of 100 election Cycles a guy like this could win and overcome the MSM narrative. Plus Conway over the Blue-Dog was an aide to him…..but IF this stuff sticks and causes damage the GOP and Conservatism is better off if Paul loses.

It doesn’t look like this stuff will stick.

Is DeMint bad for the GOP and conservatism because the MSM and the left try to paint him as a loon?

The Dean on May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Conway supports Obamacare. Game over.

Keef Overbite on May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

I’m loving living in Kentucky – and especially its politics right now. This is just as much fun as a governor’s race with Gatewood Galbraith in it.

Go, Rand, Go!

Princess Bernie on May 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I wouldn’t think you’d support Rand like you do Ron.

hawkdriver on May 20, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Checkout Stormfront, they love Rand Paul so that explains Dean.

Its that or, they all either know or assume the positions Paul took to get nominated aren’t his real position and will revert to paulnut in the Senate…..OR, its all about the Cult Name(Paul) combined with the DNA and they just fall in line.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Sorry lib media and their pole strokers…

You don’t get to define everybody you don’t like as a racist anymore without full push back.

freedomplow on May 20, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Oh, and the same thing is going to happen in Arkansas where I think Blance Lincoln is getting beaten in the runoff. The Tea Party are supposedly fringe, but they’ve done a much better job this cycly backing candidates that fit the race, instead of demanding absolute purity. The most conservative candidate possible.

That’s what’s infuriating about Grahamnesty, they could have 2 Jim Demints, but the have one and a RINO.

lizzie beth on May 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Even if the Democrats continue to attack Paul as an extremist or nut, which has already begun

every hour on the hour…don’t worry about dear leader schmoozing with the idiot in mexico…

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Dr. Paul will have to really f-up to lose to a pro Obamacare, pro amnesty, union shill. The nutroots have screwed themselves by wanting the purest candidate in a conservative state, the other guy might have had a chance.
lizzie beth on May 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I know many conservatives in Kentucky who are registered Democrat just to pick the weakest candidate in the primaries giving the Republican a better chance to win the general election.

HellCat on May 20, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Rand Paul made a strong showing on O’Reilly last night. But I find it a little difficult to consider him libertarian with his purist stance on life — he’d go further than simply letting the states decide.

John the Libertarian on May 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Palin and DeMint both picked Rand early on and everyone said no way.

Reagan conservatism is coming back!!!!

Stephanie on May 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

“Even if the Democrats continue to attack Paul as an extremist or nut, which has already begun…”
MSNBC has Paul wearing a hood and burning crosses, practically. He just reiterated his support for civil rights, but he is going to be careful not to make too nuanced an argument, especially on something like that, else it will easily be distorted by the media.

DarkKnight3565 on May 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I am sure many thought that I was merely spouting hyberbole earlier this year, or that maybe I was sporting a tin-foil hat, but just watch now as the lefty machine of the MSM, OofA, SEIU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, NEA and a host of 527′s kicks into high gear. As they grow ever more desperate they are going going to ever nastier and over the top. As 11/10 nears it is only going to get worse, if we win it’ll get downright dangerous, especially going into 12. I’m not kidding.

The extremists caanot hide their colors long, as the power they’ve accumilated starts to slip from their grasp, they will grow ever more desperate, desperate people do desperate things, often reulting in violence.

Wait & watch, its going to get really ugly over the next year and half.

Archimedes on May 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM

More than happy to eat crow if that’s what’s on the menu.

BuzzCrutcher on May 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Easy with the eat’in stuff, didn’t work out to well for Jetboy…

SHARPTOOTH on May 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Rand Paul made a strong showing on O’Reilly last night. But I find it a little difficult to consider him libertarian with his purist stance on life — he’d go further than simply letting the states decide.

John the Libertarian on May 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I translated his stance on Iran as “Yes the Military option is off the table, however I will not publicly state that and will revert to its not wise to discuss strategy in public”

jp on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Sorry MSM the racist slur means little to nothing to Americans anymore. I like the way he dared Obama to come and campaign against him. A very good tactic that should be used by every republican. If I recall, it was Obama himself that said he wanted to make it the signature issue.

Republican commercial: Open with the Obama stating he wants to make the elections about hellcare. Then the Republican issues the call and there is no response from the opponent or obama. My guess would be that the donk will run from the One and show that sound bite.

jukin on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Reagan conservatism is coming back!!!!

Stephanie on May 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Rand Paul, while closer than his father, is no Reagan Conservative. Palin and Demint are however.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Now starts the 24-7 liberal hatefest.

Speakup on May 20, 2010 at 1:41 PM

And it won’t mean a damn thing to Kentuckians. If anything, it will help Paul rather than hurt him.

One thing non-Kentuckians probably don’t know is that the state is in a budget mess, like most other states, but the legislature actually adjourned without passing a budget at all. The Governor (a Democrat hack who ran for Governor about 10 times before finally winning) looked like a screaming little girl demanding that they come back and do something. Most of the voters just said, “WTF? These politicians can’t do anything!” There could not be a better year to be a non-politician running in Kentucky. Jack Conway is part of the political establishment that has f’ed things up and not fixed them, and Rand Paul isn’t. That’s pretty much the election right there. Kentuckians don’t give a rat’s behind what the national media think of them or their candidates.

rockmom on May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Palin and DeMint both picked Rand early on and everyone said no way.

Reagan conservatism is coming back!!!!

Stephanie on May 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

And Palin tapped Haley as her candidate in SC, Rasmussen shows she went from 4th to 1st with that endorsement. It proves the point that the libs excoriate her so, because she is a danger to them.

Archimedes on May 20, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I have no dog in the race, but I’m betting Paul takes this one going away. The more the elites attack him, the more his support will rise.

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’m a member of three different Tea Party groups here in Kentucky. We are ready to work hard to spread our word throughout the state and that means that Rand will be elected. Also, this same effort will carry over to defeat Ben Chandler in the 6th Congressional District.

NoNails on May 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Man, I hope so. I’m from Lexington and I can’t stand Ben Chandler. That was a Republican district for a long time.

rockmom on May 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I translated his stance on Iran as “Yes the Military option is off the table, however I will not publicly state that and will revert to its not wise to discuss strategy in public”

jp on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I was confused by his position on Iran and tend to agree with your instinct. Maybe a bit of his isolationist dad has rubbed off on him…?

John the Libertarian on May 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Archimedes on May 20, 2010 at 2:08 PM

It is going to be harder and harder to make the case that Palin is unelectable when the candidates she endorses become highly electable.

technopeasant on May 20, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I don’t know much about Rand….but good golly, I hope he’s not the wacko that his father is.

search4truth on May 20, 2010 at 2:12 PM

This is a referendum on Pandering/spineless moderates within the party who are always looking for a way to compromise with liberals on important issues.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Yes, Yes, Yes. Republicans have given up the battlefield so many times that they know no other way. It is pathetic, but it is slowly changing with conservative women taking up the fight. This in turn is going to help the conservative men in the republican party find their spine. It’s sort of like when my son’s soccer team gets a really good girl guest player. It raises all the boys’ game immensely because they mainly don’t want to be outdone by a girl. Consequently, the whole team ends up playing great, they win, and then “all is well that ends well,” as the bard would say.

KickandSwimMom on May 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Easy with the eat’in stuff, didn’t work out to well for Jetboy…
SHARPTOOTH on May 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Jetboy was foolish enough to offer to eat his hat. Better that you offer to eat a jumbo pepperoni pizza or a rack of BBQ ribs.

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Is DeMint bad for the GOP and conservatism because the MSM and the left try to paint him as a loon?

The Dean on May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM

He is bad for the entenched collaboraters thsat make up the stablishment GOP. De Mint is holding the GOP’s feet to the conservative fire. As the MSM goes into hysteric vitriol they lose vast swaths of their viewing public, see Neilsen’s over the last 2yrs of Fox vs CNN & MSNBC.

If Demint doesn’t go overboard by endorsing too conservative a candidate (ala Palin endorsing Fiorina)for their respective district, but none the less not a Dhim enabler, then he does nothing but long term good.

Archimedes on May 20, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Jetboy was foolish enough to offer to eat his hat. Better that you offer to eat a jumbo pepperoni pizza or a rack of BBQ ribs.

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 2:16 PM

4 double doubles!

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 2:18 PM

The title wave is coming. Take a look at the KY primary polls and you’ll notice Rand Paul had a slight lead but he started to spike after the Palin endorsement. He even ran TV commercials announcing her endorsement. Now it looks like the magic may be working for Nikki Haley.

When Sarah Palin makes an endoresement, it’s front page news, with Mitt and the rest ….

Speaking of Mitt, has anyone seen or heard from him since AZ 1070 became front page news?

bw222 on May 20, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Title = Tidal

bw222 on May 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM

As Rasmussen commented, Rand Paul is new to campaigning and could make a rookie mistake. He needs to stay away from his kooky old man, and run his own campaign, the same way he ran his very successful primary campaign. Kentucky is a conservative state, so that if he sticks to solid fiscal and social conservatism without going off the reservation, Rand Paul should win.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/pennsylvania/2010_senate_election/election_2010_pennsylvania_senate

Momentum after a primary win can cut both ways, and Rasmussen now has Sestak leading Toomey 46-42 in PA. As much as Hot Air commenters hate Specter for turning his back on Republicans, he would have been easier to defeat than Sestak, who does have a military background going for him. Toomey may have been keeping his powder dry during the primary, but he seriously needs to go after Sestak now.

Steve Z on May 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Do you think Rand is named after Ayn Rand? I always assumed it but my coworker says she was a commie because she believes in individual liberty over all (WHAT? How would that make one a commie?) Anyhoo, I’m happy to see him surging in the polls.

NTWR on May 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I’m going to vote for Dr. Paul in November, because I agree with him on many issues and the alternative is pro-abortion Jack Conway.

However, I remain uneasy about Dr. Paul’s sleight-of-hand concerning the Kentucky Right to Life Association questionnaire (available at ww.krla.org). It seems like such a small thing — the questionnaire he signed and mailed back had one question unanswered; but a bit later, he produced a second copy that had all of the questions answered.

Such a small thing — one box on a questionnaire — but his sleight-of-hand (instead of simply saying, “I forgot to answer that question,” or “I needed a little more time to think about that issue”) seems too much like old-style politics to me.

I’ll vote for him, but I hope to see better things from him in the future.

KyMouse on May 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I was confused by his position on Iran and tend to agree with your instinct. Maybe a bit of his isolationist dad has rubbed off on him…?

John the Libertarian on May 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM

until the Primary, he was much more like his dad is what I understand. He’s on record in the past being weak on Iran, pivoted away during Primary then got real defensive on the topic if he was attacked on it.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 2:29 PM

It’s still early in Kentucky, but the internals show that one of the nominees is a fringe, marginal candidate. It’s just not the Republican.

….and the hurricane gathers…..

Rand Pauls win in KY is analgous to Bermuda getting hammered by a Categorgy III hurricane…..and the warnings are going up on all the beaches in Florida …evacuations planned, and there is no good estimate as to where this thing is going to make landfall…

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 2:39 PM

As a Paul-basher, I’d love to be proven wrong about his electability, and about him being a nut like his old man once he gets to the Senate. More than happy to eat crow if that’s what’s on the menu.

BuzzCrutcher on May 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

You’re on record.

fossten on May 20, 2010 at 2:43 PM

This is all I need to know about Paul.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=rand+paul+alex+jones&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

The support of Paul has convinced me of one thing. We have somehow entered the Twilight Zone.

Looks like we conservatives are doing everything possible to turn away moderates and independents.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Looks like we conservatives are doing everything possible to turn away moderates and independents.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

No, that would be when you fawn over Mrs. Oily-spilly-super-silly like the left fawned over Obama.

Ron Paul I don’t want as President any more than I would Ann Coulter. But Rand Paul…that’s a different matter. I don’t agree with him on all issues, not by a long shot, but I’d vote for him without hesitation.

Dark-Star on May 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Dark-Star on May 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

So you’re okay with candidates who have close ties to 911 truthers and kooks? Rand might not be the nutjob his daddy is, but he’s still a kook who deserves no serious respect.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Looks like we conservatives are doing everything possible to turn away moderates and independents.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Given the current polling, “concerns” about Rand’s electability are just code for “I don’t like him”.

The Dean on May 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM

So you’re okay with candidates who have close ties to 911 ‘truthers’ and ‘kooks’?

I can understand the man’s desire to not close off any avenues of discussion, politically unwise as it might be, even though the true crackpots will call them names for doing so.

Rand might not be the nutjob his daddy is, but he’s still a kook who deserves no serious respect.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Keep saying that, and maybe someday it’ll be true.

I can certainly see that Rand will be starting at a disadvantage from the fringe on both sides, which will not make his job any easier. So be it.

Dark-Star on May 20, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Given the current polling, “concerns” about Rand’s electability are just code for “I don’t like him”. KRAYZEE TROOFER!!1!1!1111!

The Dean on May 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Dark-Star on May 20, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I haven’t listened to much of Rand or his speeches… I hope he isn’t as conspiratorial or kooky as his dad.

TonyR on May 20, 2010 at 3:02 PM

So you’re okay with candidates who have close ties to 911 truthers and kooks? Rand might not be the nutjob his daddy is, but he’s still a kook who deserves no serious respect.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Saying Rand Paul is a truther because he accepted an invitation to appear on the Alex Jones show is like saying he’s a socialist because he accepted an invitation to appear on Rachel Maddow’s show – pretty dumb.

Inkblots on May 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Ron Paul is called a kook, but he gets elected. If Rand comes off sounding like a truther, I believe he will pay for it. But he has nothing to lose by questioning the Federal Reserve and pushing a libertarian agenda.

Greek Fire on May 20, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Dark-Star on May 20, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Ahh. Okay. So, it’s okay to constantly go on the radio shows of unhinged lunatics if it helps you capture the unhinged lunatic vote, and that should say nothing of your character.

And saying it or not saying it doesn’t make a difference, Rand is a loon like papa.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Inkblots on May 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I never said he was a truther, but he keeps company with truthers. Rational candidates avoid lunatics like Alex Jones and refuse to get anywhere near them. Rand, however, is a regular guest of Jones.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Do you think Rand is named after Ayn Rand? I always assumed it but my coworker says she was a commie because she believes in individual liberty over all (WHAT? How would that make one a commie?) Anyhoo, I’m happy to see him surging in the polls.

NTWR on May 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I don’t think she was a communist… anything but. She may have been militant in her views, though.

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I never said he was a truther, but he keeps company with truthers. Rational candidates avoid lunatics like Alex Jones and refuse to get anywhere near them. Rand, however, is a regular guest of Jones.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:13 PM

See, I was gonna disown him because he talked to Maddow… doesn’t seem to bother you… /s

Are you ready to disown Republicans that irrationally embrace the green movement? To me, that’s just as kooky.

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

You don’t have to worry about this seat.

Kentucky has a vibrant Tea Party movement that’s not too fractured. They will carry this man to a pretty stunning victory. The LSM can pelt Rand all they want – it won’t do any good because the Tea Party hates the LSM.

And everyone in Kentucky has a relative in the Tea Party.

This one is in the bag. In fact – the more Democrats and the LSM inject their vile into Rand – the more devastating their loss in November will be. This is not just going to sweep Rand into the seat – it’s going to sweep a lot of other Democrats OUT of their seats.

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Rachel Maddow might be an idiot, but she’s not a lunatic. Alex Jones, however, is a lunatic. It’s all about the company you keep. It speaks volumes about a person.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Rachel Maddow might be an idiot, but she’s not a lunatic. Alex Jones, however, is a lunatic. It’s all about the company you keep. It speaks volumes about a person.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

She’s irrational, though. Aren’t you concerned about a Rational Candidate?

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM

his father is not a clown you effin a$$hat.

moonbatkiller on May 20, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Rand on why we were attacked on 911. It’s because we’re over there in their countries, of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GePLMLOj6Kg&feature=player_embedded#!

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Rachel Maddow might be an idiot, but she’s not a lunatic. Alex Jones, however, is a lunatic. It’s all about the company you keep. It speaks volumes about a person.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM

What accusation are you trying to make here? That Alex Jones babysit’s Rand Paul’s kids or are you simply saying he goes on Alex Jones’ show occasionally?

If you have an accusation to make – please cite something directly that Rand has said that indicates he’s a looney.

I make an association between Obma and Ayers because they were friends – so I’m not dismissing what you’re saying outright. However, I do make a distinction between appearing on a television or radio show and “hanging out” with someone.

Also – what other questionable associations does Rand have? You seem to infer there are others besides Jones. Please elaborate.

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM

90% of these hosts are a bit irrational.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

90% of these hosts are a bit irrational.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Excuses. Please. You and jp keep up the trolling though. What ever happened to “stand behind the GOP” ? I guess that line is only convenient when talking about the likes of Crist, Bennett, and Snarlin Arlen.

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

lol
Rand Paul on gitmo prisoners. Deport them back to Afghanistan where they were captured, THEN close gitmo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyLV7aMW9_Y&feature=related

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Say it with me:

RANDSLIDE

Animator Girl on May 20, 2010 at 1:46 PM
That’s a-PAUL-ing.

Doughboy on May 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Maybe but, its no OBAMA-nation!

beselfish on May 20, 2010 at 3:33 PM

What ever happened to “stand behind the GOP” ? I guess that line is only convenient when talking about the likes of Crist, Bennett, and Snarlin Arlen.

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Bingo! You are the winner!

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Bingo! You are the winner!

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Now, let’s just wait for CK to get on here and write a tirade against us bashing former RINOs now known as RETIRED Politicians…

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

So, when running for office, he becomes political and tries to disown his earlier comments that pretty match his dads. That makes it even worse. He’s a kook who can’t remember his kookiness from day to day.

And stand behind the GOP? So, if a candidate has a R behind his name, we’re supposed to stand behind them, end of story? No thanks. I’ll stand behind the best candidate.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM

And stand behind the GOP? So, if a candidate has a R behind his name, we’re supposed to stand behind them, end of story? No thanks. I’ll stand behind the best candidate.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Uhm… I never said we had to do that. I was just mentioning that that’s what we’ve been told with McCain, Specter, Bennett, Crist, Grayson, Hatch, Graham, &

I don’t see you or jp attacking their irrational beliefs or blatant hypocrisy of the highest order.

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:46 PM

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

and he’s against the Patriot Act…something that has thwarted lots of Terrorist Attacks since 9/11

jp on May 20, 2010 at 3:50 PM

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Ah. I see.

Attacking them?? I think Crist is a lunatic with his flipping alone. Anyone who says I promise to do this and then refuses and laughs about it is a nutter in my book. McCain has some issues, but unfortunately Hayworth is on record as saying far too many kooky things that make him a major liability.

Bennett I’m not too familiar with. Hatch, he’s not so bad, not perfect. Graham is just a disgrace for the most part.

So, yeah, I’ll attack all of them. Well, most of the ones you listed. For various reasons.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Keep in Mind, Ron Paul and I think Rand refused to support McCain/Palin and basically all the past GOP nominees for POTUS.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Ah. I see.

Attacking them?? I think Crist is a lunatic with his flipping alone. Anyone who says I promise to do this and then refuses and laughs about it is a nutter in my book. McCain has some issues, but unfortunately Hayworth is on record as saying far too many kooky things that make him a major liability.

Bennett I’m not too familiar with. Hatch, he’s not so bad, not perfect. Graham is just a disgrace for the most part.

So, yeah, I’ll attack all of them. Well, most of the ones you listed. For various reasons.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Well, at least you’re fair.

I am NOT pleased with McCain, but if he wins the primary, I will root for him to win… ever R-sen helps (so long as they aren’t more to the left of the D running against them).

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Rand on why we were attacked on 911. It’s because we’re over there in their countries, of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GePLMLOj6Kg&feature=player_embedded#!

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

and I suppose he thinks Criminals Commit Crimes because we make them do it…..and the Left is Attacking him now because HE Makes them do it????

OR, it has everything to do with Ideology and the Theology of Fundamentalist Islam. Say, Sura 9.5 in the Koran for example, the Prophet Muhammeds Teachings and ACTIONS leading the First Jihad to Conquer the WOrld and enslave everyone to Sharia Law???

The Country can’t afford for the GOP to go Isolationist in the Neville Chamberline Useful Idiot fashion.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Keep in Mind, Ron Paul and I think Rand refused to support McCain/Palin and basically all the past GOP nominees for POTUS.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I’ll keep in mind that you are against Ron Paul and Rand Paul and you only seem to spam on their threads.

MeatHeadinCA on May 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM

No thanks. I’ll stand behind the best candidate.

TheBlueSite on May 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM

So, that means you’d vote for the Dem, Conway? Because those are the only two “candidates” now. With friends like these . . .

Firefly_76 on May 20, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Also – what other questionable associations does Rand have? You seem to infer there are others besides Jones. Please elaborate.

HondaV65 on May 20, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Adam ‘moonbat’ Kokesh is probably are worse friend, as he has recently had him in his office.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 3:59 PM

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2010/04/rand-paul-and-adam-kokesh-discuss-their-movement.html

Rand Paul And Adam Kokesh Discuss “Their” Movement

Rand Paul and Adam Kokesh discuss “their movement” to take back the Republican Party. Paul even claims his advisers were telling him he needed to step up and be a little more like Kokesh. Oh really? Does that include being arrested and smearing the military?

Adam Kokesh: An anti-war smear merchant in “Republican” clothing

You have got to be freaking kidding me.

jp on May 20, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I’ve seen one interview on Fox with Rand Paul and just listened to his interview with Laura about the Maddow show.

I have two impressions of him so far:

1) Any person stupid enough to go on MSNBC is too stupid to be a United States Senator.

2) When asked about private concerns and the CRA he should have had the balls to say “no” without any qualifications beyond the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and assembly. The fact that be bobbed and weaved like a typical politican makes him look cowardly on top of looking stupid.

Jaynie59 on May 20, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Rand Paul … winking and nodding to the racist white voters of KY.

Monkei on May 20, 2010 at 8:59 PM