Gaffetastic: Rand Paul cancels Sunday “Meet the Press” appearance

posted at 5:41 pm on May 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

I guess he’ll follow the Palin playbook going forward, avoiding hostile media on grounds that they’ll never give him a fair shake. But Palin at least has the good sense to avoid the terrible optics of scheduling a big interview and then pulling the plug after a rough couple of days. Not Paul:

After two days of bruising media coverage about his views on elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul tells me it has canceled the candidate’s upcoming appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” — something the show’s host and producer are currently sounding the alarm about on Twitter.

Yeah, the fact that MTP people are Tweeting about it shows either how unusual this is or how they’re out to get him, depending on your disposition towards Paul. If you’re keeping score, this is, arguably, his third screw-up of the day. The first, which I think he’s getting a bit of a bad rap on, came during his contentious interview with Stephanopoulos this morning when he said the White House’s obnoxious “boot on the neck” rhetoric about BP was “really un-American.” Gabe Malor thinks Paul was calling Obama’s general criticism of business “un-American”; I think Paul was being much more specific than that, but judge for yourself. It comes at 6:22 of the clip below. Even so, “un-American” is a nuke that should be deployed sparingly, even for something as irritating as the “boot” line. And Gabe’s totally right that, with a galaxy of things to hammer The One about, it’s almost singularly stupid to pick a fight that aligns you, however reluctantly, with the people responsible for the oil spill when the headlines about it seem to get worse every day.

The other gaffe isn’t new but, thanks to TPM, it’ll be new for a lot of people who hadn’t heard of Paul until this week. Quote:

Campaigning for his father in Montana back in 2008, Rand Paul spoke out against the NAFTA Superhighway, encouraging Congress to stop the mythical project that would connect Mexico, the U.S., and Canada and, critics say, deal a fatal blow to American sovereignty. Long a bugaboo on some segments of the Right, the NAFTA Superhighway does not actually exist.

“It’s gonna go up through Texas, I guess, all the way to Montana,” said Paul, at an event in Bozeman. “So, it’s a real thing, and when you talk about it, the thing you just have to be aware of is that, if you talk about it like it’s a conspiracy, they’ll paint you as a nut.”

As was amply documented by The Nation a few years back, “There’s no such thing as a proposed NAFTA Superhighway.” It represents, Newsweek put it, “a strange stew of fact and fiction, fired by paranoia” that was popularized by Jerome Corsi, the man who spearheaded the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004.

I used to goof on the Superhighway nonsense myself, and I wasn’t the only righty who did so. Presumably the TPM story was a contributing factor in Paul’s decision to duck “Meet the Press.” I’m hoping against hope that the left is throwing whatever they have at him now rather than keeping a bunch of stuff in reserve, but (a) given his pedigree, I kind of doubt that this is the limit of it and (b) his chumminess with Alex Jones will surely be an issue sooner or later. His dad’s always gotten a pass on that from the media, but his dad’s just one of 435 and likely can’t be defeated in his district. Rand can. And as Rod Blagojevich said, a Senate seat is a f***ing valuable thing.

What’s most interesting about the Stephanopoulos clip isn’t the “un-American” quote but Paul’s clear irritation at the beginning that the media isn’t playing pattycake with him the way they usually do with Republican-bashing Republicans like his pops. I was surprised at that myself; to see the sort of softballs Rand Paul used to get from the left, check out Dave Weigel’s transcript of questions asked by Rachel Maddow the first time he was on her show. No wonder Paul feels shellshocked. Like Weigel says, this is the end of the left/libertarian romance. Exit question from Powerline: Is this guy ready for primetime?

Update: According to HuffPo, there have been only two other last-minute cancellations in the 62-year history of “Meet the Press.” (The others: Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar.) Wasn’t the whole point of this guy’s candidacy, at least for Paulnut true believers, that he’d have the stones to defend his libertarian positions unapologetically? Those other squishy RINOs might say the “safe thing” but the Paul boys don’t run. Well, he’s running. No disappointment?


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leave Rand alone!!!!!!!!11!!!!

moonbatkiller on May 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Wait…he goes on MSNBC, but not Meet the Press? Rachel Maddow didn’t set off alarms, but David Gregory did? I admit the guy’s a tool, but he’s still fairly inoffensive.

MadisonConservative on May 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Ready for prime time? No he’s not. But the GOP “establishment” candidate Sue Lowden isn’t either.

Tasha on May 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Don’t dodge the liberal press. Go Teh Fred on them.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Coward.

rjl1999 on May 21, 2010 at 5:46 PM

By the time November comes around the only safe interview for him will be on Coast To Coast AM.

Mark1971 on May 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

he really needs to shut up for a few days. If he stops talking eventually the press will stop talking about him. It always happens that way.

ousoonerfan15 on May 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Kind of feel sorry for him. Still he needs to sack up.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

I’m hoping against hope that the left is throwing whatever they have at him now rather than keeping a bunch of stuff in reserve, but (a) given his pedigree, I kind of doubt that this is the limit of it and (b) his chumminess with Alex Jones will surely be an issue sooner or later. His dad’s always gotten a pass on that from the media, but his dad’s just one of 435 and likely can’t be defeated in his district.

Isn’t Alex Jones based in Texas? That might be one reason Ron gets a pass, but Rand can’t claim that. Either way, if they focus on that, it would be a perfect opportunity to point out Alan Grayson’s affinity for the show.

MadisonConservative on May 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

As soon as Obama gives a press conference or goes on Fox News. Oh no one cares about that huh?

Good for Paul. Screw monkey face commie Gregory and their useless show.

SirGawain on May 21, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Too bad he didn’t run against Specter. Their debate over the single bullet theory would have been awesome.

Mark1971 on May 21, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Stay in Kentucky and talk to your voters. Forget about the elite liberal media. They will not stand for those who speak against Dear Leader.

d1carter on May 21, 2010 at 5:48 PM

The fact that he’s an Alex Jones regular should have been enough to ward all of us off this guy. Unless, of course, you’re a wackjob like Alex.

AYNBLAND on May 21, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Sarah Palin will be on Fox News Sunday. Nobody will remember that Rand did not appear on MTP once Palin gets through destroying Obama and the Far Left.

technopeasant on May 21, 2010 at 5:49 PM

The fact that he’s an Alex Jones regular should have been enough to ward all of us off this guy. Unless, of course, you’re a wackjob like Alex.

AYNBLAND on May 21, 2010 at 5:49 PM

To be fair, the same goes for Lou Dobbs, and plenty here liked the cut of his gib when he talked tough on illegal aliens.

MadisonConservative on May 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

No biggie. All R’s are going to get the rough treatment. Just gotta regroup and get your game face on. You don’t need to win over DC elites, they’ll never like you, just win Kentucky.

El_Terrible on May 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Palinated.

upinak on May 21, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Back in line you! Interrogation is this way…..

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

He’s running to be the senator of Kentucky, I don’t need to see him on MTP. They will do to him what they have done to law that passed in Arizona.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Oh, for sure I’ve seen the lefties piling on this dude. Don’t know if they’re holding back, but it doesn’t seem so. They seem to want to connect this nut with Repubs quick.

Campaigning for his father in Montana back in 2008, Rand Paul spoke out against the NAFTA Superhighway, encouraging Congress to stop the mythical project that would connect Mexico, the U.S., and Canada and, critics say, deal a fatal blow to American sovereignty.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Campaigning for his father in Montana back in 2008, Rand Paul spoke out against the NAFTA Superhighway, encouraging Congress to stop the mythical project that would connect Mexico, the U.S., and Canada and, critics say, deal a fatal blow to American sovereignty.

Dagnabbit!! Hit enter key too soon…

OK, so this means the apple hasn’t fallen far from the nut tree.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Whatever Madison……..you don’t lay with those crazy lambs. Anyone who would countenance Alex Jones is someone who’s not worth being taken seriously.

AYNBLAND on May 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

He might need to get a medical exam before Obamacare kicks in.

jimmy2shoes on May 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

I think he thought he was so smart that he could talk his way through anything… normally he can… but, when you are in sound bite land with a Rachel Maddow, you are toast. If the host wants to skewer you, there is almost no way not to get whacked.
Actually, I think this ego let him go on Maddow and since she is now on the attack… he didn’t stand a chance. With liberals they ask the leading softball questions and agree on everything. With conservatives, they attack and like she did, went after him on 40 year old, settled stuff. How do you fight back against that?
Anyway, I think cancelling Sunday was a dumb idea. if he really believes in what he is saying then he should have gone on there and defended it… clearly and concisely. and if they attacked him there, he should call them out on it.
otherwise, the impression is now created that he has something to hide… dumb dumb dumb
like I have said before, he should have called Sarah and asked her how to deal with the LSM. she seems to have mastered it after some early stumbles.
Lesson 1 with the LSM… if you are conservative they will attack attack attack.

PhilipJames on May 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

I agree with his comment that Obama is “unAmerican”. And why should he be held to a different standard than the crazy Dems like Grayson? Did you hear he said the Republicans are comparable to Al-Qaeda? Did you know the MIAC report in Missouri stated teapartiers and pro-lifers are terrorists? It’s not okay for “right wingers” to assemble but 14 busloads of union members can assemble on a bank executive’s yard to protest and the police allow this…

And maybe the NAFTA highway IS in the future. Heck, nothing surprises me anymore. Who would have thought the government would own GM, the banks, attempt to regulate the internet, and on and on and on…

manateespirit on May 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

The socialist press is going to try to tar him in any way possible. NBC stations will be toxic to all Republican and independant candidates this year. The left is desperate and will lie and twist any comment.

Paul simply needs to concern himself with are the voters of Kentucky. He does not need to bother with any unfriendly national press.

Freddy on May 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Lesson 1 with the LSM… if you are conservative they will attack attack attack.

PhilipJames on May 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

umm you mean if you are against them and their agenda. Right?

upinak on May 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

What’s most interesting about this clip isn’t the “un-American” quote but Paul’s clear irritation at the beginning that the media isn’t playing pattycake with him the way they usually do with Republican-bashing Republicans like his pops. I was surprised at that myself; to see the sort of softballs Rand Paul used to get from the left, check out Dave Weigel’s transcript of questions asked by Rachel Maddow the first time he was on her show. No wonder Paul feels shellshocked.

He needs a timeout to rearrange his view on the media.
He didn’t realize that he’s a deadly threat as a “grassroot republican”.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Exit question from Powerline: Is this guy ready for primetime?

Ugh, no he isn’t… and I was promoting him earlier…

I see this pattern happen all the time… it’s excruciating to watch people who don’t understand how the media game works…

The Maddow and NPR appearances were completely moronic… he picked himself up well but then he makes another gaff… he is on thin ice… why make all these unenforced errors?

Meet the Press should have been his first national media appearance… his PR team suck…

ninjapirate on May 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Lesson 1 with the LSM… if you are conservative they will attack attack attack.

PhilipJames on May 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

And the truth is not necessary.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Paul is too intellectual, really. He actually tries to explain himself, and that doesn’t work in a soundbite society.

Needs to be coached on how to be a politician, sadly.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

He’s running to be the senator of Kentucky, I don’t need to see him on MTP. They will do to him what they have done to law that passed in Arizona.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

MArk Kirk is the GOP candidate for the senate in IL. I do not think he has shown up on a Sunday morning show. Little to gain and much to lose by doing the show.

Rand, and all GOP candidates in 2010, need to stay focused on taxes, spending and how they impact our economy. Minimize all other issues.

WashJeff on May 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

He’s not running for Pres.

Good move…..All politics is local….get the tea partiers and the GOP motivated……screw the commie news networks.

Unsolicited advice…..get rid of birds nest on top of head…Will go a long way to make you look less like a kook….

nondhimmie on May 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Does anybody thinks he would get a fair deal on NBC or MSNBC ?

thmcbb on May 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Rand is learning what it is like to be on the other side of the media blitz. Seems to me he doesn’t like it too much.

upinak on May 21, 2010 at 5:57 PM

ninjapirate on May 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

How many times to long long veterans get caught up into trying to answer for Rush? They are all stupid. Turn a camera or a microphone on them and they lose their minds.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I think it may go towards the positive. Since Russell died, MTP has become slanted with Gregory as host.

This might be viewed as a snub to the liberal media more than a cowardly act.

Personally? I would relish the chance to go on any program and defend my views and skewer the hosts.

The Right hasn’t done enough of that. We need to fight back.

Opposite Day on May 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

He should not have agreed to it in the first place, but don’t run away from it now. How about just doing it and be careful about being set up. Gregory is a hack, but he is not Rachel Maddow (who is down right hostile and dishonest).

Mr. Joe on May 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

WashJeff on May 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Correct.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

More piling on I see. So he’s “stupid for going on Maddow’s show, he should never go any shows with the liberal MSM.”

Now he’s stupid for backing out of a situation in which he was clearly going to get sandbagged.

Firefly_76 on May 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM

You think it is easy to face the MSM onslaught?
Anyone they do not approve of is a xenophobic racial extremist. They think they are clever and their target is dumb.
This post sounds a bit MSMish…

mjbrooks3 on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

I think it may go towards the positive. Since Russell died, MTP has become slanted with Gregory as host.

This might be viewed as a snub to the liberal media more than a cowardly act.

Personally? I would relish the chance to go on any program and defend my views and skewer the hosts.

The Right hasn’t done enough of that. We need to fight back.

Opposite Day on May 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

They’re losing viewers too.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

More piling on I see. So he’s “stupid for going on Maddow’s show, he should never go any shows with the liberal MSM.”

Now he’s stupid for backing out of a situation in which he was clearly going to get sandbagged

Yes, I do think he was stupid to go on Maddow’s show… and stupid to agreeing to go on MTP and then backing out… MTP would be a great time to pick himself up…

ninjapirate on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

he’s definitely obnoxious and stupid enough to be a U.S. senator I think… he needs to work more on cowardly and effete though

happyfeet on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Paul is too intellectual, really. He actually tries to explain himself, and that doesn’t work in a soundbite society.

Needs to be coached on how to be a politician, sadly.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

An hour isn’t long enough to make his point clearly? He would have the floor on Sunday. He needs to buck up not bow down.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Anyone with an association with the Tea Party is in for the worst the libs can throw at them, which as we’ve seen is well below pond scum.

Hypocrite!

Speakup on May 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Back in line you! Interrogation is this way…..

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Good one.

ncborn on May 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

happyfeet on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Arrogance is the bigger problem on the Hill. He’s a doctor. You either need to redefine “stupid” or be more honest and objective.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

he’s definitely obnoxious and stupid enough to be a U.S. senator I think… he needs to work more on cowardly and effete though

happyfeet on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

I guess you assume you are perfect? Must be interesting to wake up and realize you are vile.

upinak on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

No wonder Paul feels shellshocked.

Yeah he is shellshocked… and the fact that he didn’t know this was coming is the biggest point against him… the fact he didn’t know this was coming from NPR and Maddow is almost unforgivable… he’s on thin ice…

ninjapirate on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Un-American? UN-AMERICAN?
THAT DEFINES THIS ADMIONISTRATION AND OBAMA HIMSELF IN ONE WORD.
IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN NAZI; SOCIALIST, MARXIST; COMMUNIST;
BUT OBAMUNISM IS ON THE MARCH!
What other administration in history, has shoved through any legislaltion that had as much opposition from the electorate and it’s citizens?
UNPRECEDENTED, AND UN-AMERICAN, ABSOLUTELY!

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Firefly_76 on May 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I don’t think he is stupid but he sure is a rookie. Who would fault him if he took a little time to learn the ropes? I don’t think many are prepared for a national media that will do anything and everything to shred your reputation and the people’s perception of your intelligence. He’s got time, he needs to stop jumping up and down waving his arms yelling “Pick me, pick me!!!”.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

He needs to learn how to handle libertarian answers properly. If he doesn’t he will do a lot of damage.

exception on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Jesus. How did this guy NOT know that the Press wouldn’t try to kill him?

Palin knows this in spades? They like his dad because he bashed Bush and was never a threat to the party. Rand is a thread because he can actually WIN.

Like Palin, they want to destroy him. He doesn’t need to sit down with McConnell, he needs to sit down with Sarah.

victor82 on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

exception on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Um, hell yes.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Guess what.No white congress person can join the congressional black caucus.Why you ask it,s because of their race.Also the the black caucus receives Federal tax money.This caucus which discriminate on the basis of race is endorse and funded by the American people’s taxes so is every other race based caucus in congress.

thmcbb on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Race: Paul v. Conway.

What’s at stake: keeping a GOP Senate seat with the hope of gaining other Senate seats to block Obama in 2011 and 2012.

Conclusion: Do whatever it takes to get elected, Rand.

BuckeyeSam on May 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Allah, you may want to get out of your bubble a bit more. We fought the Trans Texas Corridor for almost three years and it just about sunk Perry. He finally threw in the towel and he still has to hear about it.

As for Meet the Press, I typically have the Sunday chat fests on but lets face it, no conservative ever gets an even platform except maybe on Fox. The formats on ABC and NBC are all the same, open with a segment that if there is a conservative he will get asked the most tedious of questions by the host, next segment is a round table of libs taking shots at a pre-recorded Q&A moderated by the host to make it look seamless. I haven’t watched CBS and CNN in so long I just assume they follow the same script.

I think the last thing we need is a young polished politician replacing an old polished politician. In this case I admit Jim Bunning is not too polished.

DanMan on May 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Rick Santorum is a conservative, but he is also a pretty soft spoken guy. This morning I actually heard him lose his temper with a Paul Rand supporter who said that people were picking on Rand Paul. He said that Paul could lose a safe Senate seat for Republicans by making rookie mistakes he should know better than to make.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM

he’s definitely obnoxious and stupid enough to be a U.S. senator I think… he needs to work more on cowardly and effete though

happyfeet on May 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

You mean like Barney Frank?

MadisonConservative on May 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Guess what.No white congress person can join the congressional black caucus.Why you ask it,s because of their race.Also the the black caucus receives Federal tax money.This caucus which discriminate on the basis of race is endorse and funded by the American people’s taxes so is every other race based caucus in congress.

thmcbb on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Rand should announce that he’s going to seek to join the CBC if he’s elected. Let’s see what they say.

BuckeyeSam on May 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Rand should announce that he’s going to seek to join the CBC if he’s elected. Let’s see what they say.

BuckeyeSam on May 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

NCAA. heh

upinak on May 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Does. Not. Matter. Except to the chattering class and the poll sniffers.

The gauntley is laid for him to run with all the press (AP included) swinging for his knees…

Stick to your strengths and motor on…

winston on May 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

The trouble with so many of the talking-head programs is that they control the narrative and thus the questioning. If Rand Paul is planning on being a serious contender, he has to learn to anticipate the idiot lefty boilerplate questions and to steer the direction of the interview to areas that he wishes to expound on.

His efforts right now should be to campaign in Kentucky.

onlineanalyst on May 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

i think you, allahpundit are a dupe, for buying into this.

the dems and media are going berzerk, and you’re feeding the pig with what, 4 or 5 stories on this now? there are six months left … this will be nothing in 2 weeks … but if the libs think you’ll take the bait every time, well then you know what will happen.

wise up

darkegop on May 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Jesus. How did this guy NOT know that the Press wouldn’t try to kill him?

Palin knows this in spades? They like his dad because he bashed Bush and was never a threat to the party. Rand is a thread because he can actually WIN.

Like Palin, they want to destroy him. He doesn’t need to sit down with McConnell, he needs to sit down with Sarah.

victor82 on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Yes , he was clueless. He’d better shake that off fast and outplay the liberal media.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

What pisses me off so much is that all of this is unenforced… it wasn’t needed… but even if you go in front of hostile interviewers(and you have to be able to recognize who his hostile), you have got to be able to be able to explain your positions clearly without getting yourself into trouble…

ninjapirate on May 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

OUR COUNTRY IS BECOMING THE FANTASY OF THE MEDIA, CONGRESS, AND OBAMA.
AND THE WET DREAMS OF DICTATORS LIKE CASTRO, TAO, CHAVEZ, AHMADINEJAD, PUTIN, KIM JUNG IL, BIN LADEN, AND KADAFFI.

p.s. Kadaffi Called Obama “Our Brother from Kenya.”

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Palin/Paul 2012! Real Americans that can beat that un-American.

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Paul Rand

Needless to say that should be Rand Paul. Early onset Alzheimers here.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

thmcbb on May 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

You’re right about the CBC. Steve Cohen deserved to be a member. Better yet, the group should have been disbanded long ago.

That being said, I would love to hear Rand Paul broach this line of retort. That would be entertaining to say the least.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Is this guy ready for primetime?

He has no choice and neither does the GOP. He better get his act together quickly. I do not know that much about him but I have to assume that the people of Kentucky do. Let us hope they will just not fall for the left wing landslide of smears that are on there way!

bluemarlin on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I didn’t think the “un-American” comment was so dreadful. I’m sorry but the first thing I pictured in my mind when Obama said that about “boot on the neck” was a jackbooted thug. And that is certainly un-American.

Deanna on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Rand, you should go on MTP, and defend your views on the overextension of our national government, without apology.

The people of Kentucky will thank you for it in Novemeber.

JohnGalt23 on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

The only thing Paul is guilty of is bad advice.
Maddow? Are you kidding.
NBC- gee, they don’t have an agenda, do they?
Here’s my worthless advice-
Sand off any rough edges, don’t apologize for your views and stay in Kentucky and run like you’re 10 point behind.

jjshaka on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Rand should announce that he’s going to seek to join the CBC if he’s elected. Let’s see what they say.

BuckeyeSam on May 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Heh. “To show and practice my deep respect for diversity i will seek to join CBC”.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

I didn’t think the “un-American” comment was so dreadful. I’m sorry but the first thing I pictured in my mind when Obama said that about “boot on the neck” was a jackbooted thug. And that is certainly un-American.

Deanna on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I thought the same thing!

bluemarlin on May 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Oh, and it doesn’t matter what anyone outside of his state thinks of him. If it did, Kucinich would never get elected.

Deanna on May 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Al Franken is a US Senator. Rand Paul is too kooky?

Sugar Land on May 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

More piling on I see. So he’s “stupid for going on Maddow’s show, he should never go any shows with the liberal MSM.”

Now he’s stupid for backing out of a situation in which he was clearly going to get sandbagged.

Firefly_76 on May 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I’d have a lot more faith in a candidate who’ll face the “sandbagging” than one who runs and hides from it.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Compared to Palin, this guys a seedling. But, could be a walnut tree.

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I’m actually really glad Paul is running. It has been a “teachable moment” for America. Really all it took was a libertarian/conservative to say his actual views out loud. He looks like a fool and most Americans are turned off.

crr6 on May 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Holy Cow! Looks like Kentucky will have a Democrat if he keeps this up.

mizflame98 on May 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

The media – Couric and Charles Gibson, but especially Couric – credit themselves for the take down of Sarah Palin. And yes, you know they destroyed her for purposes of the 2008 campaign.

Gregory and all the media would kill for a take down of Rand Paul. He is their new Sarah Palin. Number one target. Their mouths are watering. They can taste it. They’ve been boiling the pot, turning up the heat since the Maddow appearance. That is the reason Paul cancelled. It was all a set up. Morissey and the Powerline guys are very smart. But I have a feeling the political pros have vetoed the appearance. He can appear later – there’s a lot of time between now and the election – when the national spotlight is not on him. He needs to appear on his timetable, not the media’s.

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Mark Levin just now made an offer to MTP to take Rand Paul’s place.

technopeasant on May 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Mark1971 on May 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

good one

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Needless to say that should be Rand Paul. Early onset Alzheimers here.

Terrye on May 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

That’s dislexia keyboard !

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

ha ha ha

Y-not on May 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I’m actually really glad Paul is running. It has been a “teachable moment” for America. Really all it took was a libertarian/conservative to say his actual views out loud. He looks like a fool and most Americans are turned off.

crr6 on May 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Really? How do you explain Dennis Kucinich getting re-elected?

Deanna on May 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I’m sorry but the first thing I pictured in my mind when Obama said that about “boot on the neck” was a jackbooted thug.

I can’t find where Obama made that comment.

Salazar made the comment on May 2nd and Gibbs apparently repeated it the next day, but I haven’t found any evidence that Obama said it.

Does anyone have a link to a quote of Obama saying it?

Y-not on May 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I’d have a lot more faith in a candidate who’ll face the “sandbagging” than one who runs and hides from it.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

True, he should have stepped back for a bit to get his legs under him instead of booking this and then canceling. In the end it is the people of KY that will decide not the nation as a whole but they are going to throw everything at him. I am not sure the GOP is going to be much help to him or at least some in the GOP, he scares them for what he represents as far as I can tell.

bluemarlin on May 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Wasn’t the whole point of this guy’s candidacy, at least for Paulnut true believers, that he’d have the stones to defend his libertarian positions unapologetically?

I thought he just wanted cheaper pot.

Ronnie on May 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Will you damn left-wing libs that run HotAir stop kissing Obama’s ass 24/7 and protecting Marxists like NBC’s David Gregory – Gee, how awful that a man running for U.S. Senator from Kentucky decides that NBC can’t really give him a fair shake – so he uses his head and backs out. Smart move – and you Marxist asses from HotAir actually attack him for that! Before you kiss Obama’s ass – be careful………see that photo of those rats running out of the White House yesterday. This is such a damn left-wing website I’m sick of it! Damn RINO’s!

Cinday Blackburn on May 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

He needs to learn how to handle libertarian answers properly. If he doesn’t he will do a lot of damage.

exception on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Needs Stossel to coach him up.

stldave on May 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Mark Levin just now made an offer to MTP to take Rand Paul’s place.

They don’t have the guts to engage someone with the intellect of The Great One.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

he doesn’t need to be on MTP and get ransacked by gregory…he’ll get gruff for it in the short term…nov is a long time from now…stick with local media and issues for now….
the msm has been obsessed with paul for the last 48 hours, they need to outraged about calderone and the ICE director (only in my dreams)….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I’m actually really glad Paul is running. It has been a “teachable moment” for America. Really all it took was a libertarian/conservative to say his actual views out loud. He looks like a fool and most Americans are turned off.

You’re kind of dumb. Sorry.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I hope he wins by fifty to show up everybody who is piling on right now.

JKahn913 on May 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

They should book Michael Tyson for some real entertainment.

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

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