In case anyone still cares about this story, good news: What was obviously some sort of hazing prank is now fully confirmed as … some sort of hazing prank.

The woman said that much of the subsequent coverage of her allegations missed a key nuance: As a participant in a college ritual, where lines between acquiescence and victimization are often blurry, she was largely playing along with the notion that she was being forced to follow Paul’s orders.

“I went along because they were my friends,” she said. “There was an implicit degree of cooperation in the whole thing. I felt like I was being hazed.”…

She reiterated that they took her to a room filled with pot smoke and told her to partake, but she emphasized that she hadn’t been forced. “He did not drug me,” she said. “He did not force me physically in any way.”

She said they then “took me out to this creek and made me worship Aqua Buddha.” And she added that the whole thing was so “weird” that afterwards she ended relations with Paul and his friends.

That’s from Greg Sargent, who complains that by focusing on the obviously bogus “kidnapping” charge, Paul’s campaign is ducking the more luridly explosive allegations about blindfolding and, um, “Aqua Buddha.” Which is fair enough: If Jack Conway is elected, I hope we’ll get the congressional probe into Aqua Buddha’s origins that America deserves.

Coming soon from GQ: “Rand Paul: The Purple Nurple Years.”

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