Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and the RNC Throw Rand Paul under the Bus

Rand Paul's hard and fast fall as the darling of the right

By any standard Republican Kentucky Senate nominee Rand Paul has had a terrible week. He followed up winning the GOP nomination on Tuesday with a disastrous appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, which he followed up with an even worse appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America where he defended BP and the oil spill. Most telling is the way that his Tea Party backers, including Sarah Palin have remained silent on his comments.

Paul has found precious little support, outside of John Stossel and Fox News for his position that the Civil Rights Act should not apply to the private sector. (This is a position that Paul has walked back since his original comments), Most people on the right were too smart to defend Paul’s ideologically pure but politically toxic position, but two days after being hailed as the face of the Tea Party’s takeover the right’s silence has been deafening on his comments.

However this was nothing compared to his comments defending BP on GMA this morning:

Paul said, “No, the thing is is that drilling right now and the problem we’re having now is in international waters and I think there needs to be regulation of that and always has been regulation. What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, “I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.” I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think its part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault.”

He continued, “Instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen. I mean, we had a mining accident that was very tragic and I’ve met a lot of these miners and their families. They’re very brave people to do a dangerous job. But then we come in and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.” When asked if he believed the regulation of BP was adequate, and he said he didn’t know, but he thought that the current regulations were justified.

The oddity is that the right wing media, the Republican Party, and the Tea Party have remained mostly silent on Paul’s remarks. The Paul campaign has given them a full blown talking point about how the left wing media and the Democratic Party is out to get them. On GMA, Paul said, “I’ve just been trashed up and down and they have been saying things that are untrue. And when they say I’m for repealing the Civil Rights Act, it’s absolutely false. It’s never been my position and something that I basically just think is politics.”

You would think that the right wing media would just jump all over this and you would be wrong. With the exceptions of Foxnews.com, and Red State no one has seized on this spin. No Rush, no Beck, not even Sarah Palin’s Facebook page has rushed to defend Rand Paul. Even worse, where is all the Tea Party support? These are people that howl over imagined injustice put forward by Fox News, so why aren’t they out in mass supporting Rand Paul?

Heck even Michael Steele came out against Paul’s Civil Rights Act statements, “Certainly the Republican Party has a long-standing history with the civil rights movement and its promotion of the civil liberties and rights of every American citizen. That has not changed and will not change, certainly not under my leadership. We are focused as never before on embracing and reaching out to as many folks who want to be a part of this Republican family.”

Sarah Palin has no problem taking to her Facebook to support a girls basketball team and try to get them to a tournament in Arizona, but she won’t put out a statement of support for a candidate that she endorsed. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the Republican Party, right wing media, and many of the called Tea Partiers themselves are running away from Rand Paul like he was on fire. In typical fashion, they would rather seek political cover instead of questioning why they would nominate such an inexperienced candidate who is obviously not ready for the big time. The more things change on the right, the more they stay the same.

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32 Replies to “Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and the RNC Throw Rand Paul under the Bus”

  1. I was waiting for this “accidents happen” argument — it’s their fallback for their ideology, and while there is some truth to this, the oil spill was NOT an accident but rather a risk they took for profit that went wrong. In the free market, that’s called a bad decision, working for the short term, etc. If Rand were a real free market advocate, he would want BP to pay for and organize the entire clean up — as would any small government free marketer.

    Cue Palin accusing Obama of not doing enough to help and Paul accusing Obama of having the un-American nerve to not defend an international company as it destroyed America.

    Sarah Palin et al are just upset that Rand didn’t get the memo that you don’t say this stuff OUT LOUD. Once you say it out loud, people can debate your ideas and some of them are not very attractive. Rand needs lessons from the Southern Republicans in how to do racism but make it seem like patriotism.

  2. @Sarah Jones, Heh, yeah, you just say it behind close doors, and whispers, no press aloud…
    I here he is bailing on MTP this weekend…?

  3. What are you on about? Trying to make news out of nothing.

    An accident happens, and the President of the United States, says he’s going to put his “boot on the neck” of the company that the accident happened to? Nice. He’s absolutely correct in his criticism of Obama there – thats an absurdly unpresidential and purely political thing to say, especially considering how Obama’s actual policies concerning the matter indicated he’s doing the exact opposite.

    Stop playing games already.
    If the nomination of Paul has teaches you anything, let it be this : We are SICK of these kind of games.

  4. “If the nomination of Paul has teaches you anything, let it be this ”

    What it “has teaches” me is that there are a lot of undereducated and underinformed voters in this country. To what office has Paul been “nominated?”

  5. Heh, I like how Paul compares forcing a cafeteria owner to allow in blacks as being the same as allowing in diners with guns! The next thing he’ll say is, “Well, blacks always have guns, don’t they?”

  6. @Fronnie, You are so sick of these kind of games that you nominate a candidate who has no experience, doesn’t know anything about policy, and whose only virtue is his ideological purity? Yeah, that will fix a broken system. The solution to the problem is to add MORE incompetence to an incompetent system.

    So you are going to get caught up in the rhetoric while ignoring the point of the statement, and then you come here and accuse me of playing games? Jesus, you are blind. Obama is not doing anything to help BP. Stop watching Fox News and get your info from someplace else, maybe then you can come here and not sound so mentally challenged.

  7. He is just another Sarah Palin. Do they never learn? This is what you get when you let Teabaggers take over your party.

    This won’t end well.

  8. It’s really comical how the right viewed this knuckledragger as their GOP hope, and less than 3 days after winning the primary in his state, the bloom is off the rose.
    I also find it hilarious that Palin is not coming to his defense, since he is every bit as clueless and ignorant as she is.

    From his idiotic remarks comparing the right to discriminate racially with the right to carry guns to his despicable remarks about the president being “unAmerican” ” for criticizing a foreign oil company that fouled the Gulf, he has shown his true colors.
    That’s what the GOP gets for being behind this phony populist movement called the
    Tea Party. They have ended up with egg in their faces in a big way.

  9. @Fronnie,

    Meanwhile, speaking of the Tea Party crowd, over in Kentucky Rand Paul (son of Congressman Ron Paul) garnered the GOP nomination with Palin’s endorsement behind him. He predicted a “day of reckoning.”

    ****Then again, each of the Democrats in the primary got more votes than he did,

    ******and total Dem turnout surpassed Republican turnout by more than 100,000.

    Bet he didn’t ‘reckon’ that would happen.

    So go hug a donkey, and enjoy a moment of blueness.

  10. I listened to a great discussion today.

    The republicans can do little about paul. If we remember he ran as a tea party guy that hates the establishment. Now, he is sinking and the establishment cant help him or the tea party will drop him. So he can expect little backup in the way of the hallowed halls of congressional reps.

    So much for bucking the establishment.

    The Dems will set back, drinking our lattes and eating mini scones, and let him talk, letting him define the tea party. While the tea party sets in the wings signaling for him to shut up.

    This gentleman is in for a rough go

  11. @nikolai,

    I thought for sure he was advocating that guns have the same rights as people in restaurants. I’m not sure that is the right way to have the discussion he wanted to have. But you have put it into context. Now I get it.

  12. @Fronnie, Hi Fronnie, I hope you are having an delicious day.

    BP refused to go through with the final tests to see if the well was capped. In fact they sent the crew home early that does that because they wanted to save time.

    This entire accident is not an accident. They might have well as leaned over and lit the platform on fire with a lighter. That why Obama is on BP. You would be too if it was a loved one of yours that died on the rig and knew it was from carelessness.

  13. @Sarah Jones, LOL BTW, Paul was supposed to be on meet the Press this weekend. Someone pulled the plug on that.

  14. @Anne,

    This was inevitable the moment McCain chose unvetted Palin and she went “rogue” on the Republicans. Now if he had researched her, he would have known that is her MO. She sells herself as the outsider, meanwhile scooping up huge dollars from Big Oil and letting the AIP direct her — and getting tons of help from establishment Republicans whom she later leaves in the cold dust of her climb.

  15. @Shiva,

    He does actually represent them well — they can’t complain. He is much more articulate than any of the teabaggers we saw on TV and he is less racist than they were — so all in all, it’s a fair deal for them. The GOP meanwhile must be getting a wee bit upset that Palin is not uniting the teabaggers to them as she promised she would if they got off her back and stopped revealing her mental health issues to the world. Deal with the devil….

  16. @Sarah Jones, Yes but you have to wonder, does he think Obama is going to end fishing as we know it too?

  17. @Shiva, So funny you can just hear these Repubs and Libertarians saying,” Shhh, man, ya, we all know this is what we believe but you’re not supposed to say it OUT LOUD!”

  18. Jack Conway is going to wipe the floor with him in November.

    Rand Paul has absolutely no political experience apart from this. The GOP was depending on a dark horse to secure the Senate seat for them, and their gamble is already blowing up in their faces. Yes, it’s extremely telling that the tea partiers and Sarah Palin aren’t rushing to their man’s defense, probably because he has absolutely no fricking clue what he’s doing and there’s just no saving him at this point. He’s an optometrist. His only political experience is being Ron Paul’s son. He has nothing to offer KY. Nothing. IF he wins (big if), then the KY GOP will just do more picking up after their boys. They’ve already had a field day with McConnell and good ol’ Jim “tough shit” Bunning.

    I, personally, am SICK of it. President Obama DOES need to put his heel in BP’s throat. This isn’t some minor accident that BP can just shrug and blow off with an “oops” and some money. There’s oil already showing up in LA, there’s 1000s of animals already sick or dead, some of them rare species, and BP has failed miserably in stopping it, all because someone was CARELESS. BP, Halliburton, and Transocean SHOULD be held responsible for the millions of dollars in damages this spill has caused. Why the hell is the GOP okay with a slap on the wrist? I wonder how much they’re getting in kickbacks from BP, or if they’re so quick to jump to defense because Halliburton’s involved…

    Rand Paul’s just as full of it as any other KY republican.

  19. @Shiva,

    Good question! He called me on the George Soros bat phone to tell me the ban will start next month, but shhhhh!!!! Don’t tell anyone!

  20. @crystalwolf aka caligrl, I hope someone on MTP brings up Paul’s no-show, and it develops into a full blown critical discussion of his remarks. No telling, though, with that wimpy David Gregory…

    (Oh, how delicious it’d be if Rachel Maddow could take on hosting MTP as well as her TRMS on MSNBC)

  21. @lexcade,

    Off topic, but when I was a kid Jim Bunning was my hero. We lived 60 miles from Tiger stadium, but every saturday we would get in the car and go there. Back then it was far enough that we would pack a picnic and eat it on the way. Jim Bunning was one of the mightiest pitchers in the league and would always walk over to kids in the stands, shake hands and encourage them to play ball and give them tips. I and my dad have shook his hand on several occasions, because back then you could get seats next to the dugout for a pittance.

    Strange how these things work out.

  22. @EnglishSaddle,

    A religious experience for sure.

    And worse, I can STILL taste the stadium dogs they sold

    I burp one up daily

  23. while i understand the left’s reluctance to take an objective look at Rand Paul, they need to realize that despite the fact that he is a Republican, he does not represent the face of the conservative GOP. the right will support him on the surface, but his policies are too radical for even conservatives to accept. Paul is actually more progressive than most liberals, and we all need to look at these politicians deeper than their party affiliations. I actually like what Paul has to offer. he is a threat to the establishment period. and i think that’s a good thing.

  24. and give this teabagger talk a rest already. you people just regurgitate the sentiment that you’ve been programmed with from watching your TV news, and you have no idea of what the tea party movement actually represents. it’s not a conservative vs liberal issue, as the tea party movement is not limited to one party, and they are not all racist. this movement is a threat to the corporatist regime, and they have taken drastic measures to demonize this movement so as to convince you that they are to be ridiculed. please, think for yourselves people, and don’t just blindly accept your TV news. that is the last place you should be getting your information from.

  25. @bruce, The teabaggers have clearly defined themselves as ignorant racist elderly grey-haired uneducated hicks, holding signs calling the President a n*jjer (and spelling it wrong), demanding the Gubment get the hell out of their lives, but don’t touch their Medicare and Social Security. “We” did not define them, we simply respond to their obvious ignorance and stupidity – and now, their blatant racism.
    Rand Paul is as inexperienced as Palin. He has advanced Foot-in-Mouth Disease and hopefully he is the proud owner of the shortest political career in history.
    Rand Paul is a nasty racist who said what a lot of teabaggers believe and now none of them dare step up and defend him.
    Too bad – hopefully he will learn to watch what he says before he spews, especially to Rachel. He doesn’t have the class or the brains to take her on. He looks like an idiot and sounded like a freshman in high school. Ignorant and snarky.
    Two wonderful characteristics to have in your Senator.

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