Friday, May 21, 2010

Rand Paul: Accidents Happen

Rand Paul is on a roll. Today he stepped into it again, saying President Obama's criticism of British Petroleum's negligence was un-American, because you know, it's all part of the blame game and gosh, sometimes accidents just happen. Watching the slow motion trainwreck of his attempts to walk back his earlier remarks on civil rights, guess he should know about accidents. He's accidentally creating a huge media fixation every time he "clarifies" his remarks. And one wonders what he would do if say his defective water heater blew up and burned down his house. Would he just shrug and say don't worry about it because accidents happen?

As Greg Sargent points out, Rand's biggest problem is he keeps trying to spin the reaction to his remarks into mere partisan sniping. His argument seems to be, using his own words against him constitutes some kind of liberal attack. He won't just unequivocally come out and answer yes or no questions, with a few words. And everytime he "explains" what he meant with this bizarre dancing around the questions, he adds some new thought that adds fuel to the media frenzy. His handlers might want to tell him that brevity is the soul of political survival.

Of course, for all I know, since his candidacy rests on tea party support, maybe it's a brilliant strategy. Certainly, he's not saying anything that I haven't heard from the tea party types in the comment section at the DetNews.

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Blogger Kevin McKague said...

Who the hell comes out during a U.S. Senate campaign and mentions that he is opposed to the '64 Civil Rights Act and the ADA? Even the least politically astute twit must realize on some level that those are the ideas you keep inside your head while running for national office, right?

I've been saying it for a while now, these Tea Party and fringers are going to shoot the GOP in the proverbial foot in November by nominating candidates like Paul that are un-electable in the general.

The majority party always loses seats in the mid-terms, but candidates like Paul are going to scare just enough moderates to keep the majorities safe.

4:23:00 PM  
Blogger : smintheus :: said...


I thought the most shocking thing about Paul's statement was not so much his rushing to the defense of BP as his statement that we shouldn't be going around blaming coal companies when they kill miners. Springing to the defense of Massey Energy, of all things, just as it was being torn to shreds in a Senate hearing.

I bet miners in Kentucky will warm to the idea that their deaths in mine explosions sometimes just are meant to happen.

4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I hope you're right Kevin, but the Republican ability to see outside the faith is astonishing. The entire idea that nasty old Obama is picking on the poor defenseless oil companies is so far beyond ludicrous there's no word for it.

But it sure makes clear that his devotion to individual rights is a scam. The only individuals he's concerned with are individual businesses. The business of Rand is business and the government has no right to regulate anything that is sanctified by profits.

5:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's just so crazy. Ever since Bush was appointed it's felt like we're fighting the battles of the 60s all over again and it keeps getting worse. The root of this insanity is pure ignorance of course. Too many people are too busy shopping to take the time to search out real facts and hell even NPR isn't reliable anymore. I can recall my son in law believing some bogus spin he heard there. He votes GOP. And he's not stupid. Just busy and misinformed. Some days I'm more optimistic that we'll survive and the crazy cons will lose, than other days.

And Sminth! Long time, no see. I agree that the coal mine remark has been way undercovered. Didn't realize Kentucky had a big coal mine industry. Trouble is Rand is so loopy and says so much crazy shit, it's hard to cover it all, but it's worth revisting, maybe over the weekend.

5:39:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I suspect that, like Palin, Rand Paul means his remarks to be picked up by that 'librul' media so he can gain sympathy from the radical right.

9:27:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well he's certainly been playing the librul media card prety hard for the last two days, hasn't he?

11:10:00 AM  
Blogger : smintheus :: said...

He's playing the card, but very ineptly as Steve M. says over at No More Mister Nice Blog. Pathetic that Paul can't even do something that simple at all well.

1:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yep. He's not looking ready for prime time smintheus. No doubt why they're willing to risk the bad PR for bagging on Meet the Press.

2:34:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin McKague said...

Driving up north the other day, I was looking for a radio station and stumbled upon some right-wing nut talk show. They were actually weighing the merits and "demerits" of the '64 Civil Rights Act.


Is that really where the Republican Party is today? How do moderate/sane Republicans feel about Rand Paul and the batshit wing re-fighting these battles while so many more important issues are at hand?

1:39:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm finding it pretty scary myself Kevin.

12:57:00 PM  

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