The Palinization of Rand Paul

The Palinizaton of Rand Paul

After a humiliating stint on the Rachel Maddow show wherein Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul demonstrated a special talent in the art of the duck and dodge, Paul continued to Palinize himself the next day — wrapping himself in indignation, in order to mask his own deep inadequacy and lack of preparation for the important office he seeks.

Palinization of Rand Paul
Palinization of Rand Paul

On Rachel’s show, Paul avoided – for ten minutes -answering Rachel’s question as to whether or not he would support the Civil Rights Act. Instead, he treated us to his childish, glibertarian but ideologically pure vision of the world, wherein government would just stay the heck outta everything. This would mean that private businesses could discriminate against anyone they chose, since that would supposedly be bad for business and they would suffer from the free market backlash of such a decision.

This from a white man who lives in Kentucky…. I’m just sayin’.

He then went on to compare the rights of minorities to the rights of guns, as if guns have as much right to be in a restaurant as do people. His argument only served to exemplify what the grown-ups know: libertarianism does not work in a civilized society. Shhhhh, Rand. Hush up, now, ye Teabagger Poppet. Time to be quiet.

But just like Palin, Rand is his own worst enemy. He spent Friday flubbing sound bite after sound bite, giving a disastrous interview on ABC’s Good Morning America during which he tried to deflect from his obvious attempt to avoid saying, “Yes Rachel, I would vote no on the Civil Rights Act today,” by accusing the President of being un-American in wanting to go after BP for the Gulf Oil Spill. You know, BP- that foreign oil company whose corporation is more American than our shores, our people, and our ecosystem?

“What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.’ I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business,” he said. “I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.”

Just a pause here to observe that even I, who am not running for office, have heard talk of BP not paying for the economic damages of the spill. It’s sort of a thing they’ve been debating in Congress all week, Democrats wanting to raise the liability cap on BP while Republicans (under the guise of protecting “small business” – I don’t know when that started, but gosh, it sure sounds great) have voted against Democratic attempts at holding BP responsible for their decisions. In fact, now both sides of the Senate aisle have submitted proposals for how to handle the liability cap issue. Rand is running for senate, right? Or perhaps he doesn’t see economic damages as part of the oil company’s responsibility? Perhaps he thinks the federal government (i.e., taxpayer) should absorb all of that? See, this is another reason why Rand needs to avoid interviews; his ideology fails under examination.

And as for accidents happening, and the “blame game”, even Ayn Rand is cringing over this one, Paul. Personal responsibility for choices and risks is a free market principle. Come on. That position is only applicable within the conservative context of arguing against regulations, not of absolving a corporation from risks they took based on the profit model. The appalling lack of integrity coming from the far right on this issue is making an utter mockery of what little pride they had left.

Both Rand and Palin are firm believers in the razzle dazzle technique of pointing a finger outward so that the press and the public then go to the accused to defend themselves, thereby relieving the accuser of the hot seat. Sort of like little kids do in pre-school. “He did it! Waaa!”

But, the accusation of not being American is even more ironic coming from someone who does not value the freedom and liberty of minorities in this country. Just like Palin’s accusation of “palling around with terrorists” was really an admission of her own sordid past palling around with secessionists. I wonder when someone will have the guts to tell the GOP that extremism combined with ignorance is not an American value.

This is a good time to note that Sarah Palin, who endorsed Rand, is another unvetted Republican candidate who specializes in pretending she’s an “outsider” whilst pocketing big money from big oil and mega churches because nothing says American frontier gal like Jesus and oil (not to infer that Paul took tons of money from big oil- he took around 8k from them, so his sell out speaks purely to his values).

Like Palin, Paul is now blaming the “liberal media” for his own failures (in a shocking reversal from the libertarian principles of personal responsibility, I might add). And like Palin, Rand seems genuinely hurt that America is not embracing him like we should. He seems genuinely perplexed that we are not charmed by his explanation that he would have marched with Dr King, but thinks we should let private businesses discriminate.

Could he be any more tone deaf? Like Palin, he grew up surrounded by white people and steeped in an ideology that is simply too extreme for “Real America”. His Libertarianism is akin to Palin’s AIP/white surpremacist/Dominionist roots. These are things that simply do not go over well with mainstream America, though clearly they have their frothing base of teabaggers all tied up.

But here’s where Rand really went Palin: After Rand painfully flailed about, splashing the national media headlines with his chilling ignorance and naiveté, he pulled out of Meet the Press tomorrow. One of only three people to do so. In over 60 years. His embarrassed handler (it seems Rand has been left to go Rogue with inexperienced handlers, as punishment form the Big Boys for being so ignorant as to say out loud what they all believe) said:

“Rand did Good Morning America today, set the record straight, and now we are done talking about it,” Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton told the Washington Post. “No more national interviews on the topic.”

So, in other words, the GOP is running another candidate who arrogantly announces that they will not do any more interviews, as if somehow the Fourth Estate has smeared them and offended them by reporting on their failures – or just recording them and letting the world decide.

Paul is indeed Palinizing himself; wrapping himself in indignation to masquerade for his own deep inadequacy and lack of preparation for the important office he seeks, and topping it off with a royal huff for good measure.

I suppose next he will tell us that he will “deign” to give interviews when the press shows “deference” to him. You now, like it’s done in the newly revised Constitution according to our friends of the Lord in Texas and as reported fairly on Fox News.

I can only surmise that we will now be treated to an entire generation of these Palinizing, teabagging glibertarians who are anything but conservative. The Republican Party is now the party of whiners, complainers and accusers, who are ill prepared for the hard task of governing. The former half-term Governor of Alaska personifies this inherent inability to govern combined with a self-aggrandizing hubris, wherein verbal violence stands in for policy.

Prepare to be assaulted by candidates running under the banner of the GOP who should not be anywhere near public office.

29 Replies to “The Palinization of Rand Paul”

  1. “libertarianism does not work in a civilized society”

    Actually, Libertarianism wouldn’t work because society is NOT civilized. If everyone treated everyone as they should be treated then and only then would Libertarianism work.

    But it isn’t that kind of world.

  2. @Tantroo_McNally,

    Hmmmm….Interesting point. So you’re saying that human nature is what gets in the way of Libertarianism working? I can see that. It’s sort of a chicken or the egg discussion, but either way, human nature is not going to change and certainly corporations (and I’d like to differentiate between free market capitalism and actual corporations here, as the Right is conflating the two) do not have a moral center. The idea that they would be regulated by public opinion is an argument worthy of debate, however the Right is not allowing corporations to sink or swim based on true free market principles — rather they want them protected by the federal government from the down side of their risks, and this is what makes this current debate disingenuous.

    Yes, your point is well taken — If people were not prone to tribalism and prejudice, for example, Paul’s argument re letting businesses discriminate could be legitimate. On the other hand, or perhaps because of this reality, no civilized society would embrace Libertarianism as preached by the far Right.

    These are the same people who do not care about their fellow man having health insurance. A civilized society takes care of the weaker among it — that is a hallmark of civilization. Far Right Libertarianism seeks to take us back to the old west or Somalia. Not exactly a bastion of civilization.

  3. Don’t you just love the gaffes coming out of this idiot’s mouth?

    I’m not black, but I’m a southerner of some age, and you can bet this pretender is a racist, just like his daddy.

    Libertarianism is an ideology whose time will never come–because it’s built on a false premise, that working in one’s own interest will benefit everyone. Paul proves just the opposite.

  4. OMG! you have totally outdone yourself on this one…TeeHee! “we will now be treated to an entire generation of these Palinizing, teabagging glibertarians who are anything but conservative. The Republican Party is now the party of whiners, complainers and accusers…”
    ♥ it! Totally ♥ it!

  5. This is a childish hit piece. I am sick of the propaganda flood already. Does the government give you kick backs to write these kinds of stories?? Get lost, scum.

  6. In Reply to: “Drew Says: on May 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm”

    Is that you Sarah?

    or does Meg work for rand paul now?

  7. @Drew, Hello Drew.

    Tell me, are you sick of what Mr Paul said, or are you sick of people discussing what he said?

    Should we state that anyone who doesn’t agree with the article is scum? The author doesnt do that, why should you?

  8. @Drew, aka…Rocky in Texas said…

    Is that you Sarah?…

    or does meg now work for rand paul?!

    (I apologize for posting this comment twice. I’m a newby)

  9. @Drew,

    Personally, I think people need to remain aware of exactly what Rand Paul stands for, and if this is the methodology, then so be it. Rand Paul claims to be for Kentucky, wanting to protect her and work for her, improve her, and yet he’s spitting in the faces of KY’s blue collar workers by supporting huge corporations and conglomerates over the common people. That he can take such a pooh pooh approach to the Massey mining disaster or the oil spill, both of which cost mass amounts of lives and COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED with proper maintenance, and downplay the entire disaster needs to be a huge red flag where he’s concerned. He’s not for Kentucky, he’s not for the people, he’s for the corporations. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone at BP is giving him a little somethin’ somethin’ for his troubles.

  10. @drew hanson,

    Ha, it makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Perhaps desperate nastiness as a stand in for real debate is contagious.

  11. Rand Paul’s political opponents couldn’t make a better case for voting against him than he did when he opened his big, flapping mouth. He is so much like Palin it’s scary. Just like her, he plays the victim when in fact he is his own worst enemy. I’m quite sure he blames the “lamestream media” for being out to get him. It’s really comical that just before he won the Republican primary in Kentucky, he told President Obama to “bring it on.” Just like Palin does constantly, he wrote a check with his mouth that his behind couldn’t cash. Now, he is hiding from the media, especially members who would nail him just like Rachel Maddow did. He’s also like Palin in that respect, although she deals only with Palin-friendly media who won’t challenge or contradict her idiocy. He will probably do the same thing.

    The problem with the “anti-incumbent” mood is that what’s supposed to be the replacement can be something much worse. Rand Paul is a prime example of that.
    Being angry and ignorant doesn’t address problems, but only makes them worse.
    Just like Palin, he is tone-deaf to the fact that the large, complex problems of this large, complex country cannot be addressed by simplistic, bumper-sticker slogans like keep the government out of everything. It serves the Party of No right that they are having to deal with the law of unintended consequences by embracing the Tea Party and the kind of mentality that it embodies.

    I noticed that GOP leaders didn’t strongly condemn his statements, but are merely trying to muzzle him just like they did Palin in 2008. The problem with the muzzling is that senators, representatives, and vice presidents of this country are in a real or potential position to have enormous impact on people around the country who don’t even reside in their states. So, we need to find out what they are all about. Because of what we have learned about Rand Paul, the citizens of Kentucky have a golden opportunity to dodge, and so does the rest of the United States.

  12. I think we may be looking at a new Fox “News” commentator.
    At the very least he’s going to start making heavy use of his Twitter account.
    Welcome to the new (old) GOP.

  13. @crystalwolf aka caligrl,

    “On Rachel’s show, Paul avoided – for ten minutes -answering Rachel’s question as to whether or not he would support the Civil Rights Act. Instead, he treated us to his childish, glibertarian but ideologically pure vision of the world, wherein government would just stay the heck outta everything”

    Mr. Paul REPEATEDLY pointed out that his lack of support for the 10th article of the civil rights act was a philosophical viewpoint and he still would not have voted against it. I, in fact, agree that the government does not have the privilege or right under the constitution to tell me how to run my business.

    “This from a white man who lives in Kentucky…. I’m just sayin’.”

    …And you seriously call Rand Paul a ‘racist’ after making racist intonations yourself?

    This article makes me think you are a vicious hypocrite. Please, put down the government kool-aid and stop smoking the obamarijuana.

    Obama has not kept any of his liberal promises to you. This administration is horribly inept and most likely corrupt to the core. All the big banks have personnel in important positions.

    How can you oppose patriots like Rand Paul who are fighting for your freedom?

  14. @lexcade, “On Rachel’s show, Paul avoided – for ten minutes -answering Rachel’s question as to whether or not he would support the Civil Rights Act. Instead, he treated us to his childish, glibertarian but ideologically pure vision of the world, wherein government would just stay the heck outta everything”

    Mr. Paul REPEATEDLY pointed out that his lack of support for the 10th article of the civil rights act was a philosophical viewpoint and he still would not have voted against it. I, in fact, agree that the government does not have the privilege or right under the constitution to tell me how to run my business.

    “This from a white man who lives in Kentucky…. I’m just sayin’.”

    …And you seriously call Rand Paul a ‘racist’ after making racist intonations yourself?

    This article makes me think you are a vicious hypocrite. Please, put down the government kool-aid and stop smoking the obamarijuana.

    Obama has not kept any of his liberal promises to you. This administration is horribly inept and most likely corrupt to the core. All the big banks have personnel in important positions.

    How can you oppose patriots like Rand Paul who are fighting for your freedom?

  15. @Drew,

    did you seriously just call me racist? where in my comment could you possibly have picked up any sort of racist connotation? please, provide examples, not just of my “racism” but also of the promises President Obama has failed to keep. i would really love to know.

    People like Rand Paul want to take our country back to the 1900s when all the women and minorities “knew our place.” It’s easy for him to say that he would have voted for civil rights legislation because he had pretty much just been born when it occurred. I could just as easily say the same thing because I wasn’t born until the 80s. Saying does not equal doing.

    The only freedom Rand Paul is fighting for is corporate freedom to run roughshod over the American people. Big businesses. He doesn’t seem to even expect these businessmen to take responsibility for their actions and “accidents.” No. I want someone who will make these companies and businesses take responsibility for their unsafe work conditions instead of allowing them to cut corners to save a little bit of money and time. I want someone who is going to protect MY interests against people who have no one’s interests in heart but their own. I want someone who’s going to keep big business, banks, and Wall Street from screwing over the blue collar workers in the state and in the country. That person is NOT Rand Paul.

  16. Lexacade, Dreeeewwww! rhymes with Ewwwwwww, is a troll, using cut and paste to say we said stuff we didn’t say.
    He is a Troll, or a “Shill commenter” who were recently exposed by emails to CSU Stan over Mama grifter griz’s speaking engagement.
    Ignore him.
    Hey drew…Suck it!!!! How’s that “drill baby drill” shit workin’ for ya…?

  17. Oh DrEWWWWWW?
    This here is a crock of shit, just sayin’…
    “How can you oppose patriots like Rand Paul who are fighting for your freedom?”

    Like what freedom is he fighting for? Huh? maybe I’m a handicapped veteran…he doesn’t want to let me in his store…is that what ya’ll call freedom?

  18. @lexcade, If not rand paul THEN WHO?

    The only honest democrat I know of is Alan Grayson. Congress is almost 100% politicians (hmm, duh) I dont see why you are so derogatory of one of the few seemingly AT MINIMUM HALF WAY DECENT INDIVIDUALS AVAILABLE.

    Barney Frank had a male prostitute run a boudoir out of his apt.
    Republicans have been caught with kiddie porn.
    Americans still dont know Barack Obama’s real name is Barry Soetero.

    wake up.

    The whole government is sick.

  19. @Drew, black people making fun of black people isint racist, therefore white people making fun of white people is ok?…you win this one!

  20. @lexcade, corporations should have no rights. Only individuals should have rights. You have the right to enter into contract with others, etc :)

  21. @Drew,

    I see what he does, I hear what he says. I make my decisions based on that alone, not on what other people tell me or try to force me to believe. Yes, the government sucks. We all know that.

    The GOP tried to sell me Sarah Palin as a wholesome family person, and I’ve seen that facade crumble into dust that has yet to be blown away by the wind. Just because Rand Paul “isn’t a politician” as his website so proudly boasts, doesn’t mean that he’s automatically the good guy. If he can so flippantly describe two tragedies as accidents, then what’s to make me believe that he truly cares about
    individual rights?

    I’m sure you were being cynical when you posted below that corporations should have no rights. If that’s true, then what is Rand Paul really defending but the idea of the corporation? If I were to kill someone by accidentally running them over with my car, the law still holds me responsible though it was an accident, and as Paul so delicately put it, “accidents happen.” So by that logic, shouldn’t I be allowed to tuck my tail between my legs and learn my lesson, not being held responsible for my “accident”? That’s what Rand Paul is suggesting. Twenty-nine people died in the WV mining disaster, eleven at the oil rig, all family men like Rand, and these people/corporations get off with a slap on the wrist by Rand Paul because it was an “accident”? No. That logic does not compute.

  22. @Drew, If LOCAL PEOPLE AND STATES had property rights over that territory, they could SUE BP and get enough to clean up, and probably create a ton of jobs in the process. No, instead you have a bloated slug of an agency EPA and FEMA and OTHERRETARDS getting in on the fun, wasting tons of money to overhead.

    Freedom is the answer, I just want to know who YOU recommend in the current political field, if not grass roots politicians?

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