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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News Flash from Kentucky! the voters in KY that care about this were not going to vote for Paul anyway.

pgrossjr on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 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

No he is another talker learning what it is like to actually step into the arena with the grown-ups instead of sitting on the sidelines and throwing bricks at the people in charge like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and (insert generic talk radio conservative here).

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Rand Paul is a tool of the liberally-biased mainstream media cabal of evildoers.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 6:28 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

It seems like he let his moment of fame (winning the KY primary) go to his head, and is not prepared for the way the MSM frames conservatives and tries to make them look like uneducated kooks.

We had the same problem with Sarah Palin when she was nominated for VP–she handled herself wonderfully with the Alaska press, but she was unprepared for the likes of Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric, who tried to trap her, and edited out her best answers and made it look as if she had answered the wrong question.

Sarah Palin, of course, was a NATIONAL Vice Presidential candidate, so she did have to face the national media.

But Rand Paul is running for Senator of Kentucky, and doesn’t really need national attention, or any votes from New York or Chicago or LA, only the approval of 51% of Kentuckians. Sure, the national media think is Dad is a kook, but Rand Paul doesn’t need to feed that meme.

The best thing Rand Paul could do now is to drop off the national radar, and concentrate on campaigning in Kentucky and only appear on local TV and talk-radio interviews in places like Lexington and Louisville. Kentucky voters are more conservative than the national average, all Rand Paul needs to do is convince THEM that he will be a reliable conservative vote in the Senate, and forget about what the big-city MSM might think. He will never get their votes, but he doesn’t need them in Kentucky.

Steve Z on May 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

It’s amazing. The establishment is Hot Air and it’s regulars now. Normally the GOP is what drives you all here, instead of defending a candidate your out to do the will of the “liberal” press. Funny how things work with the establishment.

True_King on May 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Trollapalooza!

kingsjester on May 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Being a politician is like every other profession. Just because you have a lot of talent and have a famous father who is a politician doesn’t mean you still don’t have a lot to learn.

I’m glad Rand cancelled out. He was starting to make “one too many bogies” and if you are a golfer you know once you get on the bogey train it’s hard to get off.

technopeasant on May 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Steve Z on May 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Good conclusion.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Allah, surely you know the KKK and the Jim Crow laws were all Democrats doing, don’t you?

Tell me you didn’t think MLK was marching against Republican governors in the old south.

tarpon on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

ot: fox news alert: al qaeda figure accidently blows himself up….

no 72 virgins for him….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

It’s time for Rand Paul to become a politician. It’s also time for Republicans to take a step back and not help the liberals in their plan to take him out of the race, in November, before it even starts. Does anyone believe that MTP wasn’t going to continue what Rachel Maddow started? NBC is in the tank for Obama and the Democrats and, if I were the Republicans, I would do for them what Obama and company did to Fox News, during the campaign.

Every news outlet is going to do their job to limit the losses for the Democrats in November. It Republicans don’t understand that and approach each interview with the sycophant press understanding that they’re going to try and stop them from getting elected, they probably won’t.

There are numerous issues at stake in November, the Private sector treatment of the Civil Rights Act is not one of them. However, if Rand Paul went on MTP on Sunday, it would have taken up most of that hour and they would have attempted to paint him as the most racist politican since Robert Byrd and Albert Gore, Sr.

bflat879 on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

No he is another talker learning what it is like to actually step into the arena with the grown-ups instead of sitting on the sidelines and throwing bricks at the people in charge like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and (insert generic talk radio conservative here).

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Ahh, governing is hard. Give ‘em all a break, guys./

Disturb the Universe on May 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Oh no! This is a disaster, we are doooooomed!

That’s it then, the Dems will now gain more seats in the House and Senate, Obama will cruise to re-election no matter what happens, so let’s all just quit now and save ourselves the embarrassment.

Brian1972 on May 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

There are precious few “grown ups” in the Federal Government right now, and one of them just resigned.

Brian1972 on May 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Saturday Night Live is being overwhelmed with material;
DEMOCRATS; TAKE A VACATION!

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

bflat879 on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

spot on!

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Ahh, governing is hard. Give ‘em all a break, guys./

Spending all that money, and putting the country at risk by hiring a bunch of incompetent morons is hard, hard work.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I hope Erick Erickson feels even just a smidge of shame about his endorsement.

It's Vintage, Duh on May 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I’m not a politician but I had to learn the same lesson: You can’t always say everything you believe. When you’re in a minefield you need to be verrrry careful.

LarryG on May 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

One of the few things that Hitchens says that I fully endorse: “Principles not people.”

It’s good that Mr. Paul is getting the rectal exam. That’s what we need.

We all (most of us) recognize the disturbing views from Dr. Paul, senior. If Junior holds similar views then he needs to be defeated.

I’ll hold judgment but it’s not looking good.

SteveMG on May 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Eh. I still don’t know why I am supposed to get all bothered when a non-politician fails to act like a politician.

There is a whole crop of candidates out there this year that don’t act, talk, or best of all THINK like the typical politicians. If we rake them over the coals for every supposed “gaffe” all we are doing is sending the message that they should stay home and not run for office, or they should go to some kind of “politician school” for six months before giving an interview to any national media outlet.

News flash: the politicians are the people who got us into the mess we are in. We cannot hope for a new batch of politicians to get us out. We need people who are going to kick ass and take names when they get to Washington, not kiss Andrea Mitchell’s wrinkly ass.

We need people like Rand Paul, warts and all. We need people like Meg Whitman. We need people like Chris Christie. And we need to stop helping the liberal media beat them over the head!!!

rockmom on May 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and (insert generic talk radio conservative here).

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Wanna cracker? You’re fargin hilarious AND dim as heck to boot. Hey but you’re entertaining. Thanks!!

CWforFreedom on May 21, 2010 at 6:48 PM

an un-forced error…in the 1st inning.

he can recover, but cannot afford another!

Justrand on May 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

(b) his chumminess with Alex Jones will surely be an issue sooner or later.

The fact that he was willing to go on practically every media outlet that would take him(Maddow) might help in his favor… slightly…

ninjapirate on May 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Sorry, but I just don’t see this whole thing as the big deal the media is trying to paint it as. Rand Paul is a doctor not a politician. He made a rookie mistake. The guy is a libertarian and was expressing those values as an academic exercise. Seriously, does anyone really think he is a racist? Has he done anything in his life to indicate that?

In any event, he is certainly still miles better than Senator Byrd (a true klansman), Alan Grayson (a certifiable nutcase), and I could go on and on with a list of liberal head cases.

We should just treat this issue with the import it deserves – by just moving on.

KickandSwimMom on May 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

It seems like he let his moment of fame (winning the KY primary) go to his head, and is not prepared for the way the MSM frames conservatives and tries to make them look like uneducated kooks.

Steve Z on May 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

The MSM will never, ever, paint a conservative in a positive light.

Reagan didn’t care about the media, he did pretty good for himself. He didn’t hope they would give him a fair shake, he said screw em and won the election.

As for Meet The Press…don’t you actually have to report the news to be considered “press”? All I see in the MSM is a DNC echo chamber.

RobertInLexington on May 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

bflat879 on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM
“There are numerous issues at stake in November, the Private sector treatment of the Civil Rights Act is not one of them.”

The MSM will run with it now! And Obama will be ‘tweeting’, and ‘facebooking’, and IM’ing everybody he can to keep it stirred up.
Do you really know how low this opponent is, you are dealing with?

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Hey, cut the lad some slack. He’s just now learning how vicious politics can be especially from the left. Besides he does not need media support and definitely doesn’t need their vile backstabbing.

docdave on May 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Note to Paul from boma.
Control the message. Do town halls in Kentucky and never talk to Yankee reporters. Have your flack hand out the press release and only talk to your voters. Control, it is all about you telling the media what you want them to know.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Spending all that money, and putting the country at risk by hiring a bunch of incompetent morons is hard, hard work.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Morons in management are the worst.

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Welcome to Sarah’s world… Rand

hehe

LurkerDood on May 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Boy I have looked at a bunch of sites today and the conversation is all Rand all the time. It’s as if it was planned or something. They start out rational and they end in the racist,racist racist charge. Wonder if this was somehow some marching orders for Obamas little army?Paul could be a nut I don’t know but it does seem like all out war against him. Just saying.

sandee on May 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Oh, it sure has taken the heat t off of old Bloomie of “I served in Vietnam.” Good ploy.

sandee on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

I’m agnostic on Rand Paul. But he must scare the libs and the media (redundant), because they’re going after him like they went after Sarah Palin. And he seems to be as unprepared for it as she was. That’s not necessarily a knock; who could expect an immediate, full-court smear campaign?

However, I think any new conservative figure should expect it from here on it. And be ready.

tsj017 on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

So you want a different, down to earth no BS politician…then get ready for more that don’t know the ins and out of the Kabuki theater that produces the schmucks we have in DC

winston on May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

MTP is overrated. So what?

faraway on May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Is Friday afternoon really a last minute cancellation?

On @mcbc’s Twitter feed, she says:

Farrakhan, Prince Bandar canceled the Sat. night before #MTP but rescheduled. Gov. Blanco did not. (cc:@BetsyMTP, @newsjunkie365)

# Blanco canceled 11pm Sat. a few weeks after Katrina b/c she had a meeting w/ Rummy. (cc:@BetsyMTP, @newsjunkie365)
====

So those are much more last minute.

MayBee on May 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I agree we aint seen nothing yet. The Democrats said they are going to attack, attack, attack. Buckle up it’s gonna get uglier.

sandee on May 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Boy I have looked at a bunch of sites today and the conversation is all Rand all the time. It’s as if it was planned or something. They start out rational and they end in the racist,racist racist charge. Wonder if this was somehow some marching orders for Obamas little army?Paul could be a nut I don’t know but it does seem like all out war against him. Just saying.

sandee on May 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Every liberal smear ends in “racism”.
Rand should have known that there’s different rules for republicans, he’ll know now.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM

…and I think Meet the Press is perfectly capable of filling spots at the last minute.

After all, they managed to get Joe Wilson on July 6, 2003 supposedly due to an Op-Ed that hit the wire sometime the night before.

MayBee on May 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM

All the votes were not even in before they started their attacks. They hit him for having his victory party at a Country club. I thought that was odd, but now I know they have just been laying in wait to begin pummeling him.What are they afraid of?

sandee on May 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Oy.

So he doesn’t want to attend a lynching, his own, so sue him.

MB4 on May 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I’m agnostic on Rand Paul. But he must scare the libs and the media (redundant), because they’re going after him like they went after Sarah Palin. And he seems to be as unprepared for it as she was. That’s not necessarily a knock; who could expect an immediate, full-court smear campaign?

However, I think any new conservative figure should expect it from here on it. And be ready.

tsj017 on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Everyone.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Substance, please!
Much ado about nothing.

A Democrat outfit trying to tear down the newly elected Tea Party/ GOP /Libertarian Candidate.

Pass the defibrillator… I’m in shock.

Beside the fact he’s merely calling attention to the Admin’s rhetoric in demonizing BP, to which his point is: “accidents happen; why does there always have to be someone to Blame?”, I must be missing why this is much of an issue, considering it’s a network he Knows will be hostile.

Sure, do the rounds… but much like “The One” (or his staff) avoids FOXNews for fear of their inimical questioning, why shouldn’t candidates not part of the Democrat Party avoid programs that would do the same to them?

The Administration-complicit Media’s only busted out of the stables to mitigate what damage control they can.. only 6 months away from having their hats handed to them. If I were Paul and saw the aggressive line of questioning coming, clearly intending to mock or besmirch me just Hours after I’d won… I’d give em Hell, too. Why bother, if they’re only going to give their audience the Conclusions they want, anyway?

Move on & get to work.. let the statists do Their thing; I’ll do mine.

nationspatriotcom on May 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Actually, the optics of this might be better than most of us political geeks have been suggesting.

A mostly apolitical friend of mine just e-mailed me the following regarding Rand’s appearance on Good Morning America:
“I watched the video of him on good morning america, I like him. He straight up tells the guy to his face that he’s a member of the liberal media, working for the democrats, and spreading lies about him because they don’t have any other way to win. That’s boldness, right there.”

Inkblots on May 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I wouldn’t go on these asscandy programs either. The double standard is ridiculous.

Captain America on May 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

If you think about it, this feeding frenzy on Paul is really just a proxy war that is really aimed at Palin and the tea party. This will get downright ugly, but we can’t give these b*stards any slack or they’ll try to pull the noose tight.

KickandSwimMom on May 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

KickandSwimMon on May 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I totally agree.

technopeasant on May 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Unlike what tools like you do here.

Sporty1946 on May 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM

The best part is that all these allegedly controversial things he’s said . . . really aren’t. They’re very vanilla. I mean honestly, does anyone really think this guy’s going to launch some kind of jihad against the Civil Rights Act?

But he’s a potential rising star on the right, so the media and the Dems–as usual–hook up to fan fan fan the flames, hoping they might actually start a fire.

tsj017 on May 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

If you think about it, this feeding frenzy on Paul is really just a proxy war that is really aimed at Palin and the tea party. This will get downright ugly, but we can’t give these b*stards any slack or they’ll try to pull the noose tight.

KickandSwimMom on May 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

They want to attack the teaparty , they hate a grassroot movement on the right.

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

you think about it, this feeding frenzy on Paul is really just a proxy war that is really aimed at Palin and the tea party. This will get downright ugly, but we can’t give these b*stards any slack or they’ll try to pull the noose tight.

KickandSwimMom

EXACTLY!! WELL SAID and SPOT ON!!! They see this as an opportunity to put a stake in the heart of the Tea Party. DON’T LET THEM DO IT!!

Dan Pet on May 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

DON’T LET THEM DO IT!!

Dan Pet on May 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

No worries. In my little corner of the earth I’ll be fighting the good fight. If we all do the same, we can hold our ground.

KickandSwimMom on May 21, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Did Obama really say “boot on the neck”? If so this calls for a photoshop.

agmartin on May 21, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Ron Paul gets a pass from the MSM because who was destroying the GOP from within, repeating alot of their propaganda.

jp on May 21, 2010 at 8:12 PM

The apple apparently doesn’t fall far from the tree. This guy is possibly just as nuts as his Dad is.

crosspatch on May 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM

I’m agnostic on Rand Paul. But he must scare the libs and the media (redundant), because they’re going after him like they went after Sarah Palin.

they aren’t scared, they are thrilled.

He provides the perfect opportunity to brand the Tea Party and Conservatives as Racist crackpots. This is just the beginning. HIm actually getting nominated was a major gift to the Dems,

Major unforced error by Palin, Erick Ericson, Demint.

jp on May 21, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Oh, Allah.

David Corn at Mother Jones has already hit him hard today on Alex Jones.

Some lefty blogs in Ky., who were rooting for Paul throughout the primary, are now speculating on if Rand will make it to November and be on the ballot

jp on May 21, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Any libertarian who believed lefties wouldn’t attack them as soon as they were no needed to win elections was an idiot.

Speedwagon82 on May 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM

They are STILL trying every which way to tar the tea party as racist.

redneck hippie on May 21, 2010 at 8:28 PM

I’d be much more interested in seeing Kagan on Fox News Sunday.

ddrintn on May 21, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Oy.

So he doesn’t want to attend a lynching, his own, so sue him.

MB4 on May 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

You got it.

ddrintn on May 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Any libertarian who believed lefties wouldn’t attack them as soon as they were no needed to win elections was an idiot.

Speedwagon82 on May 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM

they already beleive we can make peace with the Jihadist by simply withdrawing and never setting foot on ‘islamic holy land’ or whatever

jp on May 21, 2010 at 8:36 PM

’m agnostic on Rand Paul. But he must scare the libs and the media (redundant), because they’re going after him like they went after Sarah Palin. And he seems to be as unprepared for it as she was. That’s not necessarily a knock; who could expect an immediate, full-court smear campaign?

However, I think any new conservative figure should expect it from here on it. And be ready.

tsj017 on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

You nailed it. DING DING!!!! Rand Paul along with his father are the left’s kyptonite. Why you ask? Because unlike RINOs they want to close down their vote buying machine tied in with the bureaucratic institutions they nurtured and essentially rule with an iron fist.
The Pauls are staunch opponents of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, the Federal Reserve, Unions, the Department of Ed and every government subsidized cash cow the democrats have concocted.

Pitchforker on May 21, 2010 at 8:37 PM

No he is another talker learning what it is like to actually step into the arena with the grown-ups instead of sitting on the sidelines and throwing bricks at the people in charge like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, and (insert generic talk radio conservative here).

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Really? How many in the administration have been really “in the arena”? None. They’ve only had their usual puffball interviews with the usual sycophants. If Obama had had to face the demonization that Limbaugh’s faced for 20 years, or that Palin’s faced in only a year and a half, he’d never have gotten past his little seat in the Illinois legislature.

ddrintn on May 21, 2010 at 8:38 PM

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

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

So we are the right are as bad as the left? Yes, we, and the media, hold ourselves to higher standards. Learn to deal with it, which voting for a rookie libertarian (I’d say crazy, but I’d be repeating myself) to run for senate is not how to deal with it.

jarodea on May 21, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Trollapalooza!

kingsjester on May 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Please be constructive.

True_King on May 21, 2010 at 8:43 PM

The best part is that all these allegedly controversial things he’s said . . . really aren’t. They’re very vanilla. I mean honestly, does anyone really think this guy’s going to launch some kind of jihad against the Civil Rights Act?

But he’s a potential rising star on the right, so the media and the Dems–as usual–hook up to fan fan fan the flames, hoping they might actually start a fire.

tsj017 on May 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

They pulled the same stunt with Goldwater despite him being an active member of local desegregation movements in Arizona. LBJ ran ads tying him to the KKK. If you follow the Constitution to the letter, you’re branded a racist. Meanwhile, the left adores FDR for ramming the unconstitutional New Deal under the threat of replacing Supreme Court justices. These people are emotionally dependent children, with no regard for the rule of law or individual liberty. The ends justifies the means in their eyes.

Pitchforker on May 21, 2010 at 8:47 PM

the oil spill when the headlines about it seem to get worse every day.

The only thing getting worse is the headlines as the media continues to double down on this.

The Mississippi alone pumps 2 trillion (that’s with a t) of new water directly into the area of the spill every day, along with 200,000 tons of sediment. Not to mention the volume added by the Pearl. We’re talking proportionally about less than a single drop of thirtyweight in a gallon of water.

Take a moment for yourself and google “Mississippi Dead Zone” then compare that map with the map of the closure.

This chicken little BS about every little accident (and yes, this is still a little accident if you compare it to others) has got to stop.

Jason Coleman on May 21, 2010 at 8:48 PM

The Mississippi alone pumps over 2 trillion gallons per day. . .

Apologies.

Jason Coleman on May 21, 2010 at 8:50 PM

The only thing getting worse is the headlines as the media continues to double down on this.

The Mississippi alone pumps 2 trillion (that’s with a t) of new water directly into the area of the spill every day, along with 200,000 tons of sediment. Not to mention the volume added by the Pearl. We’re talking proportionally about less than a single drop of thirtyweight in a gallon of water.

Take a moment for yourself and google “Mississippi Dead Zone” then compare that map with the map of the closure.

This chicken little BS about every little accident (and yes, this is still a little accident if you compare it to others) has got to stop.

Jason Coleman on May 21, 2010 at 8:48 PM

So the BP spill is no big deal? Seriously? It is just something the “Liberal Mainstream Media” and the un-American President are making up?

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Really? How many in the administration have been really “in the arena”? None. They’ve only had their usual puffball interviews with the usual sycophants. If Obama had had to face the demonization that Limbaugh’s faced for 20 years, or that Palin’s faced in only a year and a half, he’d never have gotten past his little seat in the Illinois legislature.

ddrintn on May 21, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Limbaugh does not have the balls to run for office. He sits back in his little radio booth in Florida and makes millions off of ridiculing Obama. You may not agree with elected officials (of either party) but at least they have the balls to step into the arena. They do not hide behind a microphone or Fox News show.

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Rand, you are running for a Seat in the KY Senate and not for President, which you would never win; so please stop listening to the fools telling you that you are Presidential material and stop seeking the national spotlight on every network and cable show.

About the Alex Jones factor, Judge Napolitano is a regular guest on the AJ radio show and that does not hurt the reputation of the Judge, who is an underrated, underutilized, and rising star for Fox News.

Watching_Cloward-Piven on May 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM

@Speedwagon82: Absolutely. The leftpress just loooooves them their Ron Pauls & John McCains when they’re helping to divide the Republicans and for that reason and that reason alone, not because they share the Paul family’s unusual ideas about currency or the commerce clause or even the war in Iraq.

Leftists aren’t totally stupid. They know they can only attain & maintain power in a center-right nation by dividing the right & carving up the Republican vote. They eat & breathe & sleep ‘divide & conquer’.

That Rand was for even one moment under the impression Rachel Maddow & NPR were going to continue gushing all over him as they used to once he was in a position to actually help take away power from the democrats raises some pretty serious questions about his intelligence and his judgement.

That he’s voluntarily jumping into all these inherently controversial issues whenever they snap their fingers raises even more.

Sigh. Though these are Rand Paul’s self-inflicted wounds here,IMO, I guess we can hope – no, get down on our knees & pray – that Kentuckians will develop a defensive backlash against all the national media piling on and disregard his disastrous performance so far.

And six years from now, if all goes better than we have any reasonable right to expect given how stupid we were to give this guy the primary, Kentuckians can trade him in for somebody who doesn’t share Ron Paul’s DNA. Please, I beg you, Kentucky!

leilani on May 21, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Rand is a victim of gotcha journalism, and he fell right in it. Hopefully Beck and Palin take him in and give him a survival course asap, as they were victims once and are now untouchable.

djn on May 21, 2010 at 9:10 PM

So the BP spill is no big deal? Seriously? It is just something the “Liberal Mainstream Media” and the un-American President are making up?

Nope, didn’t say that, didn’t say that at all.

Jason Coleman on May 21, 2010 at 9:18 PM

You may not agree with elected officials (of either party) but at least they have the balls to step into the arena. They do not hide behind a microphone or Fox News show.

Decider on May 21, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Democrats don’t step into any friggin’ arena. Most of them spend their careers unscrutinized and pampered and relying on their buds in the media to cover for them and do their dirty work. Limbaugh’s never been a politician but he’s gotten more scrutiny and attacks than most politicians.

ddrintn on May 21, 2010 at 9:23 PM

With friends like Hot Air and Allahpundit. . .

King of the Britons on May 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

With friends like Hot Air and Allahpundit. . .

King of the Britons on May 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Allah isn’t a conservative. He’s a republican. Actually, there’s a good portion of first-party people here.

Pitchforker on May 21, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Seriously? Alex Jones? I so didn’t want to hear that.

Oh well. I guess I have some progressive friends, and I wouldn’t want people to hold that against me…

But Alex Jones? Come on. Alex is the nutters’ nutter.

Please say you’re pullin’ my leg, Allahpundit.

philmon on May 21, 2010 at 9:44 PM

David Corn at Mother Jones has already hit him hard today on Alex Jones.

Some lefty blogs in Ky., who were rooting for Paul throughout the primary, are now speculating on if Rand will make it to November and be on the ballot

jp on May 21, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Wow, remarkable how similar the MO is which they used on Palin after she was announced. Looks like the Left from the media down to the local acitvist has perfected it.

promachus on May 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Seriously, does anyone really think he is a racist?

At some point all of these non-racists are going to stop going out of their way to invoke, rally and defend avowed bigots so often.

Rand Paul does himself a serious disservice with the company he keeps. At some point somebody is going to acknowledge that the Paul Family are all but deified within the nationalist, white supremacist movement.

I don’t care if Rand Paul is a bigot. He’s an appeaser of bigots. He chooses to keep vile people in good stead.

Feel free to join him. Something tells me you’re already there.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 9:51 PM

With friends like Hot Air and Allahpundit. . .

King of the Britons on May 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Yeah, his friends should have told Rand to dummy up until he could handle being at the grown-ups table.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 9:52 PM

It looks like Rand Paul was very unprepared. What kind of idiot Republican candidate would go on Rachel Maddow? She is equivalent to DNC. If even I know that, how is it that Paul did not? Everyone around him needs to be fired and replaced with professionals, or he is going to be Palinized.

Also, the sharks are circling around Paul. They smell blood now. At every rally or event he attends, he’s going to have lots of people there trying to macaca him. And the left has hundreds of millions at its disposal for the fall elections. All the wealthy leftist billionaire and trust fund babies will be pouring money into 527′s.

So the pros need to take Dr. Paul, put him in isolation for a couple of weeks and get him to memorize some stock phrases to use, and absolutely drill him on which words and subjects to stay away from. If he can successfully discipline himself, he wins going away.

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Rand Paul announced his candidacy on Maddow’s show.

You tea party nuts have such good judgment…

NoStoppingUs on May 21, 2010 at 10:08 PM

So the pros need to take Dr. Paul, put him in isolation for a couple of weeks and get him to memorize some stock phrases to use, and absolutely drill him on which words and subjects to stay away from. If he can successfully discipline himself, he wins going away.

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Chris999 – I call bullsh*t on that line of attack. It’s time to start calling things as they are and not trying to hide or subvert or whatever. The American people are ready for the ideological battle that needs to happen. Unfortunately, many on this blog are so doubtful of their supposed convictions that they prefer to not engage and that is a shame.

KickandSwimMom on May 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Yeah, his friends should have told Rand to dummy up until he could handle being at the grown-ups table.

The Race Card on May 21, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I rest my case.

King of the Britons on May 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

So the pros need to take Dr. Paul, put him in isolation for a couple of weeks and get him to memorize some stock phrases to use, and absolutely drill him on which words and subjects to stay away from…

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Yeah, there’s a real profile in courage. Then again, it’s worked for QuitterCuda.

Paul wasn’t the victim of a “gotcha”. He wasn’t “tricked” or “sandbagged.” He was asked to defend his political philosophy and instead he tried to run away from his supposed core beliefs. The teabaggers have gotten exactly the candidate they deserve.

I also watched Bill O’Reilly’s pattycake interview with Paul. I’m sure if he asks nicely, Rachel will give him some pointers on how to interview a politician!

chumpThreads on May 21, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Yeah, there’s a real profile in courage. Then again, it’s worked for QuitterCuda.

chumpThreads on May 21, 2010 at 10:24 PM

You mean it’s worked for Obama. Teh One’s had one tough interview in his entire career, and when it was over his henchmen and butt-lickers had to spend two weeks attacking Baier.

ddrintn on May 21, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Yawn.

Allah & liberal trolls in the same boat. Imagine that /sarc

Norwegian on May 21, 2010 at 10:43 PM

chumpThreads on May 21, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Ahh, I’m so sorry you don’t like my suggestion. Obviously, that kind of thing works, and that’s what they’re going to do. You’re going to like it even less listening to Dr. Paul in the senate. Tantrum time. Waaaahhh!

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 10:44 PM

It just occurred to me… the proper response for Rand Paul Supporters when friendship with Alex Jones comes up should consist of two words:

Jeremiah. Wright.

philmon on May 21, 2010 at 10:45 PM

philmon on May 21, 2010 at 10:45 PM

So Paul attended Alex Jones’ church for twenty years?

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Ahh, I’m so sorry you don’t like my suggestion.

Only because it’s spineless and cowardly, but other than that, it’s perfectly fine!

Obviously, that kind of thing works, and that’s what they’re going to do.

Didn’t I say it worked for the Quitter from Alaska? Of course it will work for Paul. He’s already jump-started this strategy by backing out of Meet The Press. Pretty soon it will be written questions only, submitted in advance. Just like…

You’re going to like it even less listening to Dr. Paul in the senate.

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Are you sure the “pros” handling him will let him talk if he makes it to the senate?

chumpThreads on May 21, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Why should he? I mean, c’mon, has ANY other winner of recent special elections faced the scrutiny that Rand Paul has recieved? WHY?

Why is everyone up Rand Paul’s a$$ with a microscope?

This guy will be lucky to survive. He’s opposed by the Looney Left and the Israel-loving, Neo-con Right. So much for the people of Kentucky having their say.

What other winner of the recent elections was asked about the 1964 Civil Rights Act?????? Gimme an F’n break!!!!!!!

David2.0 on May 21, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Why should he? I mean, c’mon, has ANY other winner of recent special elections faced the scrutiny that Rand Paul has recieved? WHY?

Why is everyone up Rand Paul’s a$$ with a microscope?

This guy will be lucky to survive. He’s opposed by the Looney Left and the Israel-loving, Neo-con Right. So much for the people of Kentucky having their say.

What other winner of the recent elections was asked about the 1964 Civil Rights Act?????? Gimme an F’n break!!!!!!!

David2.0 on May 21, 2010 at 11:04 PM

For questioning the status quo and not kissing rings. The establishment doesn’t want anyone questioning the invalidity of the progressive tax system or the ponzi scheme nature of Social Security. They will break him as they did Goldwater. Goldwater told Nelson Rockefeller and his brother David to jump off the nearest pier, while simultaneously throwing up the middle finger to the New Deal crazed Left. There no longer any mavericks in the American political scene anymore. Only yes-men.

Pitchforker on May 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM

David2.0 on May 21, 2010 at 11:04 PM

What other winner of the recent elections was asked about the 1964 Civil Rights Act?????? Gimme an F’n break!!!!!!!

What other Republican winner of a recent primary is dumb enough to go on Rachel Maddow? If you know anything about her, you know how extraordinarily stupid that was.

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 PM

I should be more supportive of this guy but I’m just not feeling it. What did he think was going to happen when he setup an interview with MSNNBC. I’m sick of seeing our guys going on there and then acting surprised when they get slammed.

kangjie on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 PM

kangjie on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 PM

I know where you’re coming from on Rand Paul, but here’s the thing. He will tell the truth about how much trouble this country is in financially and what we need to do, and how we got into our current predicament. We badly need a dose of that in the senate.

chris999 on May 21, 2010 at 11:22 PM

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