Wow, it wasn't but a few short hours when I wrote this diary about how Mitch McConnell had told Rand Paul that he really just needs to shut the hell up. Well, the Senator from Communist China might have known what he was talking about in reigning in the mad doctor with the twisty curls. You see, every time Rand Paul opens his mouth a cherished Republican belief that they have worked so long and hard to disguise spews forth. Now, Rand Paul thinks we fat and sassy working folks just make to much money!!
It's time for me to close my book on Rand Paul, at least for now. But before I do, here's a quick overview of his general election vulnerabilities. He can be beaten. He must be beaten. Simply put, his views are nucking futs.
I truly have no other explanation for this. To catch you up in case you don't feel like clicking the link, President Obama has been criticizing BP over their actions leading up to and during the economic disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP, in case you didn't know, stands for British Petroleum. And now Rand Paul is saying that President Barack Obama attacking a foreign company for despoiling domestic waters is, somehow, un-American.
In the 1964 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Sen. Barry Goldwater (AZ) used the slogan, "In your heart, you know he's right." Democrats responded with the very apt "In your guts, you know he's nuts." LBJ went on to defeat Goldwater by over 22% nationally.
Just as Barry Goldwater was far too kooky for America, Rand Paul is far too kooky for Kentucky. Here's Paul proudly quoting from Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative.
(watch 3:11 - 4:10)
There's a famous quote from that book that I like. It begins, "I have little interest in streamlining government or making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, but rather I propose to extend freedom. (Paul misspeaks for a moment). My aim is not to pass bills, but to repeal bills. My aim is not to initiate programs, but cancel old ones that do injustice to the Constitution. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is needed before I first determine whether it is Constitutionally permissible. And if I am later attacked for neglecting the interest of my constituents, I shall reply that "I was told that the interests of my constituents were liberty. And in that cause, I am doing the best that I can.'"
Rachel Maddow is interviewing Rand Paul right now about the Civil Rights Act. Paul has an entirely impractical view on the Civil Rights Act that he's bad at defending.
There's an obvious follow up to this: Child labor laws.
I can't stress this enough. Rand Paul is way outside of the mainstream, and with good reason -- he's often dead wrong. Paul talking to Maddow about "common sense" would be funny if his positions on major issues weren't so seriously problematic.
The Maddow-Paul discussion reminded me of Paul's strange definition of free speech. Paul is a big fan of the Supreme Court's 5-4 Citizens United decision.