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In Ky., confident Paul foresees 'a tea party tidal wave coming'


Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul campaigns at a delicatessen in Scottsville, Ky., on May 14. (AP Photo/Joe Imel)

Updated 6:51 p.m.
By Perry Bacon, Jr.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Even before Republican voters in Kentucky cast their ballots on Tuesday, the favorite in the Republican U.S. Senate primary has already declared "there's a tea party tidal wave coming."

"It's already gotten to Utah, and tomorrow it comes to Kentucky," Rand Paul told a crowd of supporters in this town, where he has long worked as an eye doctor.

In his final rally before the election, Paul sounded confident not just of victory over Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, but of being part of a tea party movement that he thinks will change politics.

Polls show Paul comfortably ahead in the GOP race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.). He argues that a win here will help solidify the tea party's place both within the Republican Party and in the broader national political landscape.

"Tomorrow's election will be big, it's going to be big for us in Kentucky, it's going to be big nationally," he said. "It will be the first victory for a tea party candidate in a statewide election, and this will have huge ramifications."

"We the tea party, we the people of Kentucky will help decide what that message is, where the Republican Party goes, what the Republican Party becomes," he added. "This is an important election. You will be part of helping define the direction of our country the next few years."

12:20 p.m.: Is Paul the Fox News candidate?
LOUISVILLE -- Trey Grayson says it's hard enough when your opponent has a national fundraising base and a huge grassroots following, thanks in part to his father's presidential campaign. But Grayson says he's not just facing the Paul family in his race to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), but an even more powerful force in conservative politics: Fox News.

By frequently putting Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul and Grayson's opponent, on its air, Grayson says the network has all but endorsed Paul and given him an easy way to tout his candidacy without actually meeting Kentucky voters in person.

"I've been on Fox News once, on a live feed on one of the shows, and I was told I was to expect a certain line of questioning, and I was given a different line of questioning," Grayson said. Referring to Rand Paul, Grayson said, "He's on all of the time."

"His dad had these phenomenal contacts, so ... he's on Fox News every couple of weeks with softballs," said Grayson. Imitating an anchor's voice, Grayson said the questions are softballs such as, "Rand, tell us about health care, you're a doctor. Rand, tell us about the tea party."

Paul has acknowledged his father's role in helping him raise money and get media attention. And with Grayson, Kentucky' secretary of state, lagging behind Paul in polls, his criticisms of Fox, which does not formally endorse candidates, may be sour grapes.

But they also fit into the broader critique Grayson is offering in the final of his campaign: Paul would represent the tea party more than Kentucky in Congress.

"I think he'd more of a grandstander," said Grayson. "He wants to be a national leader, I want to be a leader from Kentucky. I'm not running to be the candidate of the tea party, I'm running to be the candidate of the Republican Party of Kentucky. It's just a different approach." He added of Paul, "the guy never talks about our state."

Grayson, who has the backing of the state's most powerful Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, contrasted McConnell with Paul.

Voters "want the guy who will fight for their priorities," he said. "We're fortunate Mitch McConnell does both, fights for Kentucky and is a national leader."

Grayson said all of this to a group of reporters and about 15 supporters in an airport hangar in Louisville at one of his final campaign events. His opponent may have a more effective strategy.

At the same time Grayson was speaking, Paul was appearing on Fox News.

6:51 a.m. In Ky., the Establishment vs. the Quasi-Outsider
LOUISVILLE -- The establishment candidates for the U.S. Senate could lose on both the Democratic and Republican side Tuesday in primaries to replace retiring Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), an outcome that would further illustrate the appeal of running as an outsider in the 2010 election cycle.

Rand Paul is favored in the GOP race here to defeat Trey Grayson, even though Grayson has the backing of two of the state's leading Republican figures: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, a very well-liked congressman.

Meanwhile, in the less hyped but also-intense Democratic race, state Attorney General Jack Conway remains effectively tied with Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, despite Conway's embrace by the state's two Democratic congressmen and its last Democratic senator, the popular Wendell Ford.

Beyond the tea party's outsized role in the GOP primary, the two races have many parallels. Like Grayson, who was encouraged by Republican officials in part because of questions about Bunning's chances of winning in November, top Democratic officials recruited Conway as a candidate they viewed as having a stronger chance of winning a general election than Mongiardo.

The establishment candidates are both lawyers, facing two physicians (Paul is an eye doctor, Mongiardo an ear, nose and throat surgeon). Both Paul and Mongiardo have cast themselves as outsiders, even though Mongiardo is the state's No. 2 officeholder and Paul greatly benefited from the support base of his father Ron, a longtime congressman who developed a national grass-roots base during an unsuccessful presidential run. All four candidates are running against Washington (like candidates across the country). But Mongiardo has sharply criticized the climate change legislation being pushed by his party, saying it would hurt Kentucky's coal industry, while Paul constantly notes the growth in the deficit was spurred by programs by pushed through by Republicans as well as Democrats.

On the other hand, Conway and Grayson, the two establishment candidates, have cast themselves as representatives of the visions of the parties they belong to. Running against Paul, Grayson refers to himself in speeches as a "mainstream Kentucky Republican." While Mongiardo has distanced himself from the health-care law passed earlier this year by Democrats, Conway has emphatically supported it, repeatedly saying "we need to stand up and be Democrats."

And in spite of the anti-incumbent mood in the country, Conway and Grayson have touted their establishment support. Saturday, in one of his final campaign speeches, Grayson noted his backing from McConnell and Rogers. Conway plans to spend part of Monday campaigning with Ford.

"The endorsements really help with momentum and it helps with the undecideds," said Conway. "I understand the anti-establishment mood out there. Rand Paul's race is being fueled by it. But I think [the endorsements] help in the Democratic primary."

McConnell remains popular among Republicans (a recent poll showed him with a 68 percent approval rating among Republicans in the state, while 21 percent disapproved of him), as do the Democrats who have embraced Conway. But if either Paul or Mongiardo were to win and get elected in the fall, they would come to Washington with a mandate to act more independently than the establishment candidates.

Paul has already declared a set of positions, such as opposition to all earmarks, and a leading place in a movement (the tea party) that would make him a unique figure in Senate and perhaps an annoyance to McConnell.

On the Democratic side, Conway has been embraced by liberal groups such as MoveOn.org. On the other hand, while any Democrat elected to the Senate from Kentucky would have to hew to the center, Mongiardo is the kind of figure, like Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who might frustrate party regulars by standing with the GOP on some issues.

"I supported Barack Obama in the primary but then I stood up in opposition to him on cap and trade," Mongiardo said, referring to the energy legislation the president has embraced. "I'm not going to go up there and follow a party or an ideology."

He added, "What Kentuckians are looking for is an independent Democrat, somebody who's going to stand up and not be a pro-party candidate."

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  May 17, 2010; 6:51 AM ET
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Mr. Grayson, Poor baby. So Paul has one network. But, maybe that is enough against your three or four. How absurd.

Posted by: treedbrent | May 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Last I checked, Fox News was not responsible for government bailouts of G.M, Chrysler, AIG, Goldman Sachs, the Stimulus bill or Health Care Reform.

They were not responsible for 10% or more unemployment, or the national debt, or for the absurd lending practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or for the failure of the SEC to stop Wall Street brokerage firms from bundling and selling of toxic mortgage backed securities to unsuspecting purchasers.

They weren't responsible for Katrina, or 9/11, or the Fort Hood massacre, or the failed shoe bomber, underwear bomber, or the car bomber. They are not responsible for illegal immigration, nor the Arizona law that is trying to limit it.

What's with the defamation of Fox? OK, they are pro-conservative. Name one other news network, major newspaper or magazine that isn't pro-liberal.

Posted by: jpz44 | May 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"The big mistake the liberal media has made is to denigrate and erroneously underestimate the enormous influence of the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party is made up of millions of "common folk" "
Posted by: Tommypie

The media is not underestimating the enormous impact that the tea party is making on the retrograds that form the bulk of its low class/low intellect movement. The media is correctly estimating that main stream America will
use proper judgement in the voting booth.

Posted by: Franktheliberal | May 18, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@ Maerzie
Utah doesn't even COUNT in any tidal wave.

I am guessing you are not paying attention ...

what happened in Utah during the last GOP Presidential Primary that spawned Bob Bennett's ousting ?

If you can not answer than I understand why you fail to see it in the correct proportion ...

which is fine ... slowly you and others will understand ...

Rand Paul will be our FIRST Senator that will defend individual rights and never decide to sacrifice those rights for the greater good.

He is also going to make his issue in the Senate TERM LIMITS !!!

good bye Mr. Career Politician ... bought and paid for by the Capital Class ... you know the one ... he is a Senator ... his wife does work for some charity say ... I dunno ... Breast Cancer Research funded by Big Pharma and then SHE IS PAID RIDICULOUS amounts of money to speak about the research acting as a cut out for the Senator ... collecting big $ ....

this is what Rand Paul will end ... with his term limits legislation ....

from there the people and not the establishment politicians and their Capital Class owners will benefit from government ... the government will serve the people not the Multi_NAtional Corporations of the Globe ..

Ron Paul ends the fed .. Rand Paul brings about term limits ....

the people are on their way to being free.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | May 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

@ Maerzie
Utah doesn't even COUNT in any tidal wave.

I am guessing you are not paying attention ...

what happened in Utah during the last GOP Presidential Primary that spawned Bob Bennett's ousting ?

If you can not answer than I understand why you fail to see it in the correct proportion ...

which is fine ... slowly you and others will understand ...

Rand Paul will be our FIRST Senator that will defend individual rights and never decide to sacrifice those rights for the greater good.

He is also going to make his issue in the Senate TERM LIMITS !!!

good bye Mr. Career Politician ... bought and paid for by the Capital Class ... you know the one ... he is a Senator ... his wife does work for some charity say ... I dunno ... Breast Cancer Research funded by Big Pharma and then SHE IS PAID RIDICULOUS amounts of money to speak about the research acting as a cut out for the Senator ... collecting big $ ....

this is what Rand Paul will end ... with his term limits legislation ....

from there the people and not the establishment politicians and their Capital Class owners will benefit from government ... the government will serve the people not the Multi_NAtional Corporations of the Globe ..

Ron Paul ends the fed .. Rand Paul brings about term limits ....

the people are on their way to being free.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | May 18, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Vince is dreaming if he thinks corporate media is "left wing". I agree that corporate media has a bias, but it isn't leftist. Calling it that just underscores the utter inadequacy of the "left vs right" model for describing a complex political paradigm. Reliance on simplistic models for analysis can only lead to flawed conclusions.

And just to forestall the knee-jerk reaction that I must be a left-winger for saying all that, I'm a Republican. I voted for Ron Paul in the presidential primary.

Posted by: Observer44 | May 18, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Even if the Wash Post is correct that Fox News is helping Rand Paul win...who cares!? The Scum Media (e.g.> ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, TIME, NEWSWEEK, NY Times, LA Times, Wash Post) have been helping Democrats and Left-Wing Republicans win FOR DECADES!
If you want to know how far Left the nation has moved - largely because of the Scum Media - just listen to JFK's inauguration speech from 1961. No politician could give that speech today for fear of being labeled by the Scum Media a Right Wing, xenophobic zealot! That's what the SCUM MEDIA has done to us!

Posted by: vince33x | May 18, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Even if the Wash Post is correct that Fox News is helping Rand Paul win...who cares!? The Scum Media (e.g.> ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, TIME, NEWSWEEK, NY Times, LA Times, Wash Post) have been helping Democrats and Left-Wing Republicans win FOR DECADES!
If you want to know how far Left the nation has moved - largely because of the Scum Media - just listen to JFK's inauguration speech from 1961. No politician could give that speech today for fear of being labeled by the Scum Media a Right Wing, xenophobic zealot! That's what the SCUM MEDIA has done to us!

Posted by: vince33x | May 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Even if the Wash Post is correct that Fox News is helping Rand Paul win...who cares!? The Scum Media (e.g.> ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, TIME, NEWSWEEK, NY Times, LA Times, Wash Post) have been helping Democrats and Left-Wing Republicans win FOR DECADES!
If you want to know how far Left the nation has moved - largely because of the Scum Media - just listen to JFK's inauguration speech from 1961. No politician could give that speech today for fear of being labeled by the Scum Media a Right Wing, xenophobic zealot! That's what the SCUM MEDIA has done to us!

Posted by: vince33x | May 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Even if the Wash Post is correct that Fox News is helping Rand Paul win...who cares!? The Scum Media (e.g.> ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, TIME, NEWSWEEK, NY Times, LA Times, Wash Post) have been helping Democrats and Left-Wing Republicans win FOR DECADES!
If you want to know how far Left the nation has moved - largely because of the Scum Media - just listen to JFK's inauguration speech from 1961. No politician could give that speech today for fear of being labeled by the Scum Media a Right Wing, xenophobic zealot! That's what the SCUM MEDIA has done to us!

Posted by: vince33x | May 18, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Great try, "massmedia77", but most schools don't teach a THING about our Government or Civics any more, so we are going to have an ignorant electorate for quite some years to come. Just LOOK how many low and average income people "REALLY" THINK that they're "Republican"?? They absolutely do NOT understand that they are voting "AGAINST" themselves and "FOR" the multi-millionaire interests.

The Republicans hook these gullible by doing their "one interest" trick and then capitalizing on that joke. How often have you heard: "The Democrats are going to take your guns away!" OR "The Democrats kill babies?" when NEITHER one is fact!!

The abortion rate actually went UP during the Bush years, and which party do you think spent all its time campaigning for the Brady Bill, gun legislation?? Brady was REPUBLICAN Ronald Reagan's press secretary, who got shot and paralyzed, so of course, Sarah Brady, the victim's Republican wife and other Republicans were the promoters, even though it didn't get finalized till Clinton was president, so he's the one who ended up signing the Republican bill. However, nobody cares about the facts. Way too many people just vote in ignorance, frequently without doing ANY research at all!

These new complainers, "the Tea Partiers", have even admitted that the majority have NEVER written a letter to, called, or talked with ANY of their congresspeople about ANY of their gripes. I guess it's just so much more fun to be the spectacle. Like the little kid who throws his tantrum in the middle of the grocery store!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The "tidal wave" "has already gotten to Utah"?? Utah doesn't even COUNT in any tidal wave. It has ALWAYS been a oddball state, so the "Tea Party" effect sure didn't affect it one way or the other! That's just Utah.

Posted by: Maerzie | May 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

What makes me laugh is that the "trailer park" folks think that a rich, wealthy eye doctor has their best interest in mind.

Note to the poor and working class: Rich people don't care about your problems. They only care about gaining more power and wealth.

Posted by: massmedia77 | May 18, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Fox News favored Rand Paul in questioning? Should that surprise anybody? It's not news--it's Goebbels redux--but, then, Americans don't learn world history any more, so they don't know anything about 1933-1945 in Germany.

Posted by: carlianschwartz | May 18, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

So, if Grayson wins the nomination, should we expect him to make certain that Fox will provide equal coverage to his Democratic opponent?

Posted by: ihateliars | May 18, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow the people of Kentucky will go to the polls to pick a person to replace a true Conservative and a true public servant, Jim Bunning. It is unfortunate that we will have little choice. There are a wide variety of both Republicans and Democrats and TEA party supported candidates. The Democrats will of course be the typical far left loons that the party typically posts. The only real choice will be Paul or Grayson. On one hand there is Rand Paul, not a true Kentuckian, but as I am a transplant here as well, I cannot fault him for that. Then there is his father who helped his political campaign, which a father should do, not fault there either, so with Paul is comes down to "do I trust this guy who has refused to answer most of the questions put to him on a variety of subjects and has at times lied outright about his main opponent? The answer is...Of course I don't trust him, he's a politician and the son of a politician.

Then there is Trey Grayson, a guy who was a Democrat, ans then became a Republican. A man who is a Kentucky Native. But a man who is not getting the exposure needed to win and has only the tacit backing of his party. In the end he comes off as the most Genuine, but the same question as before lingers, Can I trust him? The answer is the same, he's a poltician of course I don't trust him. So in the final analysis we have two guys who are better than anyone the other party has put forward, but do not measure up to the real Conservative... Jim Bunning. So who do I vote for? Can we have a "Brewsters Millions" moment here and vote for "None of the Above"?

Posted by: jonweiss1 | May 18, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Finally, the point is this chamateddy: a dry heave is bad, really bad, and you must endure the temporary pain. Similarly, the teabaggers are nothing but a temporary sickness that will heal soon, and are not worth discussing any further.

Posted by: johng1 | May 17, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

chamateddy: OK, I have watched it, and your point is?

The point is that the teabaggers are nothing but bile spewed over the land and must be washed clean, and, of course, they are not worth discussing any further.

Posted by: johng1 | May 17, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

chamateddy: OK, I have watched it, and your point is?

The point is that the teabaggers are nothing but a wave of puke that will soon pass over, and are not worth discussing any further.

Posted by: johng1 | May 17, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

chamateddy: OK, I have watched it, and your point is?

The point is that the teabaggers are nothing but a pile of puke and not worth discussing and further.

Posted by: johng1 | May 17, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

johngA posted: "A tidal wave? You mean something like this?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5176395970887542038#

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OK, I have watched it, and your point is?

If this is the best you can post, I suggest you try something more wholesome, such as HOWDY DOODY or CECIL AND BEENIE. You need to grow up.

Posted by: chamateddy | May 17, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The only positive aspect about KY is that the Palin with warts in the brain and own below has not shown up. As far as Mitch McConnell, the thin lilly white skinned is a Dracula, only things missing are blood stained incisors.

Posted by: winemaster2 | May 17, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey whiner! It's called the "fairness doctrine!" Cut out yer bellyachin', 'cause Faux News is bending over backward to be fair - to Rand Paul, that is.

On a slightly more serious note: Faux News and its latest little Troll on their payroll, Sara "Moose-Maid" Palin were instrumental in creating -- and now supporting -- the Tea-bag movement.

Rand Paul is merely a creation of that movement, and Rupert Moloch will be in the background pulling Paul's strings.

What do you expect? Equal time for that dirty liberal pinko mainstream Republican interloper who is out to destroy our America?

Posted by: chamateddy | May 17, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Get "Taxed Enough Already!", "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For The American!" and other great stickers at http://www.keep2theright.com

Posted by: NYC_CON | May 17, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Get "Taxed Enough Already!", "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For The American!" and other great stickers at http://www.keep2theright.com

Posted by: NYC_CON | May 17, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is Rand Paul's Kentucky a socialist welfare state?

**Kentucky taxpayers receive more federal funding per dollar of federal taxes paid than the average state. Per dollar of federal tax collected in 2005, Kentucky citizens received approximately $1.51 in the way of federal spending. This ranks the state 9th highest nationally and represents a rise from 1995 when Kentucky received $1.28 per dollar of taxes in federal spending (ranked 13th nationally).**

http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/topic/30.html

--Republicans are national socialists—

Posted by: lichtme | May 17, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

A tidal wave? You mean something like this?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5176395970887542038#

Posted by: johng1 | May 17, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse
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That was sweet dude.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

A tidal wave? You mean something like this?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5176395970887542038#

Posted by: johng1 | May 17, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The national republican party is a party no more. Rand Paul is a breath of fresh air and who cares if his dad helped him. Isn't that what any father would do? McConnell should be very worried and he is only interested in himself and advancing his own agenda, not the people of Kentucky. I live in Ky. and he is not as popular as many portray him to be. He is part of the problem in Washington and if the Tea Party ever becomes a nationally recognized party, I'm joining. Paul might have trouble in November if Mongiardo wins tomorrow. I have spoken to the Lt. Gov before and find him to be true to his word and heart. No one would control either one of them, exactly what Ky. needs.

Posted by: tolbertratliff | May 17, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Today's advice from Pelosi, Quit your job, pursue your talents and get free health care. The woman is truly an idiot.

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 17, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Today's advice from Pelosi, Quit your job, pursue your talents and get free health care. The woman is truly an idiot.

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 17, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The big mistake the liberal media has made is to denigrate and erroneously underestimate the enormous influence of the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party is made up of millions of "common folk" Americans who wants their voices to be heard or they will see to it that they will be heard at the ballot box and by endorsing certain candidates. They see the decline of the country and want to do something about it. The Tea Party members are not vigilantes posing a threat to the seurity of this country, as some media types would want us to believe.

Posted by: Tommypie | May 17, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Yay, go Rand. Go Tim Burns ... maybe there is hope!?

http://www.netherwood2010.com/posts/mini-primaries

Posted by: raynetherwood | May 17, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: raynetherwood | May 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul is a TRUE Constitutionalist!!

Our military, law enforcement, and ELECTED OFFICIALS need to HONOR THEIR OATH TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION!!!

oathkeepers.org

Posted by: dan_kempf | May 17, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Grayson should just go on the Obama propaganda channel, MSNBC and get interviewed by tingle-leg or that jackas Olberwoman or that guy Madcow!! oh yeah, NO VIEWERS! LOL

Posted by: morphy | May 17, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

1. There are too many lawyers in DC as it is - I'm glad to see Doctors in the race since Obama has taken over health care and our corporations will be dropping us in 2014 and forcing all of us into the government health plan....

2. Quit whining.

Posted by: LMW6 | May 17, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Fox's activist agenda should come as no surprise. It and the major TV media (save MSNBC) have been giving far more exposure to the conservative side in national debates. Independent surveys have been demonstrating this for many years.
The Bush v. Gore race: ttp://conwebwatch.tripod.com/stories/2000/votestudy.html

"Liberal Press" circa 1997 http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/story21.html

In 2001, media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting studied the guest list of FNC's flagship news program, Special Report, it found that Republicans made up 89 percent of Fox News' partisan guests, outnumbering Democrats 50 to 6. Avowed conservatives made up 71 percent of guests. Wikipedia

Even The NewsHour (PBS) is loaded with right-wingers. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2967

Posted by: tojby_2000 | May 17, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I get such a kick out of Grayson complaining about Rand Paul gaining an advantage because of his father, Ron Paul. I believe Evan Bayh, son of Senator Birch Bayh, when he was first starting out in politics wangled a meeting with legendary Chicago pol, Mayor Richard Daly. When Bayh asked hizzoner if he had any advice for him, Mayor Daly said, "Don't change your name!"

Grayson needs to get over it! It's the way the world works. Alwaya has, always will. Of course, it wouldn't help if Ron Paul was a clown. I can't imagine the junior Mayor Daly giving the same advice to, say, Alan Grayson's son.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | May 17, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Greyson is complaining because Rand Paul is getting help from his dad in his campaign??? Excuse me, but the president is campaigning for some of the Dem candidates across the U.S. Maybe people are sick of the Liberals screwing up everything they touch and are ready for some old fashioned governing...by the people, for the people. How novel is that :-)

Posted by: xmack

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I wouldn't trust those mouth breathing tea baggers to keep their gov't hands out of Medicare. What a farce the tea party movement is...led under the banner of the disgruntled GOP troll Dick Armey. There's a reason gov't grunt workers have no less than a bachelors and many have PHDs. They tend to be actual experts and capable of formulating policy beyond screeching "no!".

The whole reason we had the electoral college in the first place was due to the recognition by those "elitist" founding fathers that there were a boatload of un-informed citizens with voting rights out there. Nothing has changed.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 17, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is a deutchebag and a lot of people in KY are tired of his shenanigans despite the money he brings in. He's abrasive and the only reason he got elected last time around was his status within the party.....just an opportunity to keep someone with a lot of power in because he is from your state.

His endorsement is going to go as far as his re election campaign. I think Paul is a grandstander too, but in the case of the establishment GOP they need to be flushed. Hopefully Paul gets destroyed in the general for being a bit of a wacko.

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 17, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I usually dislike threads that wander far from the story, but I just have to respond to linda35's penultimate comment that "Bush was stripping us of our liberties" but the "liberal" Obama is changing "the dangerous course this country was on." Critics on the left have pointed out that Bush's war-on-terror policies were largely directed against non-citizens while Obama has begun to direct them against citizens. Vide the kill orders - without any due process - on 3 U.S. citizens including Anwar al-Awlaki and two unnamed others. The killings, should they eventuate, will likely be conducted via the program of CIA-directed drone attacks which the Obama administration has exponentially increased. And now Attorney General Holder is proposing a serious revision of Miranda rights. Bush policies around detention without trial and secret prisons have been maintained, the occupation of Iraq continues and the war in Afghanistan is being ratcheted up. All of the above constitute not changing but rather exacerbating the "dangerous course" which linda35 avers. Now to bring it back to the Rand Paul storyline: we need voices on both the right and the left to challenge the national security state and the very real threats it presents to our rights and liberties.

Posted by: erik108 | May 17, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If Grayson would stop whining and accept the invitations to be on Fox, he wouldn't have a complaint.

Posted by: gfafblifr | May 17, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Name calling is not going to get you anywhere. It just makes others more determined to fight back.

Posted by: joe221 | May 17, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Paul is a tea-bagger, they are racists who cannot spell, and mcconnell endorsed the other tea-bagger...a t-bagrepublican pile of crap.

Get out and VOTE Dems! Get out and vote!

Posted by: dematheart | May 17, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

jblast: You have such a selective memory.... All networks, not just FOX, gave Bush a pass - or at least up until Katrina. Before that, he could do no wrong and no one asked him any hard questions... hoo-rah, blah, blah. Since day one Fox has unrelentingly dogged Obama and even the major networks question him on the issues. Watch some other channel other than Fox and you'll see.... plus, if you really want News, you have to stop watching that entertainment channel!!

Posted by: linda35 | May 17, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: genefitzhugh
pjaud...the birthers are against the killing of babies.
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If you would have been ejected, you wouldn't be for abortions. You just wouldn't be around.

Posted by: joe221 | May 17, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Funny how FOX news always invites the leftist on for their view point but they never do show up. They would rather go on Larry King and catch softballs.

Funny again how the media attaches their collective lips to Obama's butt, give him 24/7 info commercials through the election, hoist him on their collective shoulders for his European Coronation Tour then start bichin about FOX news. In Biden speech they're a bunch of F---ing Hypocrites.

Posted by: jblast2000 | May 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

xmack - get over yourself and quit spouting Fox "truisms" (not!!) Where were you and the rest of the Tea Party when Bush was stripping us of our liberties and growing the govt at an unprecedented rate? No a peep out of anyone....hmmmmmm....but a liberal and a (gasp!) black man is elected because he believes he can change the dangerous course this country was on and you all come crawling out of the woodwork!

Posted by: linda35 | May 17, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow !! The Washington Post reporting that certain news agencies help candidates get elected - now there's a real scoop !!

Posted by: genefitzhugh | May 17, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

pjaud...the birthers are against the killing of babies. Get on an abortion and check out how it's done...especially partial birth abortion. If you are still for it after then, you are sick. As for the other offensive term you used, I will refer to the Tea Party movement. if fighting for less government control over our lives, limited taxes, free enterprise and upholding the Constitution is what you are against, keep up the good work! That is what the Tea Party is all about. The good of the people...primarily, abiding by the Constitution. For your nformation, it's not just Republicans that stand for these ideals that have been adhered to and fought for by our ancestors. This country was made great by those beliefs and I, for one, am not ready to sucumb to an idealist, socialist agenda being forced down our throat by an arogant, narcisistic dictator. We have Congress and the Senate...elected officials..the president is working directly with his appointed Czars and is bypassing the system. His own private little court...hmmm.
p.s.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,

In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:

Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
Requires excessive admiration
Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
SOUND FAMILIAR???

Posted by: xmack | May 17, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I think rainmaker1145 has been suckling at the teat of Rush Limbaugh for way to long. The paranoia in your rants only serves to make you look like a moron. Thank your hero for that.

Posted by: 2Funny | May 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I get a big kick out of Trey Grayson's claim that he is up against the powerful "Paul family" as though they are the Kennedys or the Bushes. Grayson has the advantage of being the candidate of the party establishment, with the funding and endorsements that entails, while Rand Paul has the advantage of being more interesting. Part of the interest in him has to do with his father Ron, who is arguably the most original, offbeat and compelling national candidate since, well, how about Norman Thomas? The son is interesting in his own right, though, as evidenced by Grayson's own campaign ads, which upbraid Rand for wanting to limit our engagement in Iraq, challenging the idea that Afghanistan is central to our national security and advocating cuts in military spending. Rand Paul is indeed an interesting Republican, and he would have my vote.

Posted by: erik108 | May 17, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks rainmaker1145 suckles at the teat of Rush Limbaugh. I chuckle every time I'm exposed to this drivel. Quick, hide! The socialists are coming! What a bunch of morons!

Posted by: 2Funny | May 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks rainmaker1145 suckles at the teat of Rush Limbaugh. I chuckle every time I'm exposed to this drivel. Quick, hide! The socialists are coming! What a bunch of morons!

Posted by: 2Funny | May 17, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks rainmaker1145 suckles at the teat of Rush Limbaugh. I chuckle every time I'm exposed to this drivel. Quick, hide! The socialists are coming! What a bunch of morons!

Posted by: 2Funny | May 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I love it, love it, love it! A conservative Republican whining about unfair treatment by Fox News -- a network dedicated to slamming Dems and promoting Republicans. How does it feel, Trey, that you are not the recipient of Fox News' love? I guess not good.

Posted by: creatia52 | May 17, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

What a crybaby, whiner.

Posted by: rmanning957 | May 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

So what else is new with FOX. They are the bastards of TV political spin, I will not use the word NEWS.

The voters who vote with anger will just cause more of the same gridlock that been the agenda for the past 20 years.

When the right figured out that making people the enemy, question love of country and focus of peoples fears they found they gained votes without having to put their ideas on the line.

Lee Atwater was the key designer of this ugly political maneuver, before he died he said he had very much regret for it.

To bad the Republican party did not feel the same remorse.

Of course Obama been trashed from day one, internet BS passed around over and over and over, anyone with common sense would know better, but this groups wants to believe the worst.

And who reinforces for profit, FOX, Rush, Savage and the rest of their kind. Anti American everyone one of them. They don't try to build us up as a country but tear it down and ingrain more hatred into their audience.

They really take advantage off our precious free speech. They are like political porn and like porn peoples minds are being warped.

We need to vote good into office, people in who will work to make this country better and they can come from either party.

Voters are the cause of the situation that we have today, the many years of problems being swept under the covers, tough choices being ignored, and voters who vote for the same party only over and over regardless of the candidates qualification.

There are 10's of millions of us centralist, moderate Republicans and Democrats who need to make sure they vote, let the birthers and teabaggers make all the noise they want spurned on by FOX TV. This group by the way rarely lets others having their say without trying to shout them down.

Fear and ignorance is a scary thing to see in action, and really they don't need to be egged on.

The rest of us who really care about this country need to get off are butts and vote, and put some care and thought into it.

It's really not hard to turn off the TV and read.

The above story is a disgrace, and just another dagger into what our country used to stand for, and for that matter allow as good behavior, and they talk about morals and God and Country...please!

Posted by: pjaud | May 17, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Rainmaker

Normally I try to stay out of these things but....

Your argument that the integrity of Fox News is somehow vindicated by the most profitable quarter in its history (presumably resulting from the un challengeable magic of 'the market") reminds me of Mencken's comment that nobody ever lost money betting against the intelligence of the American public.

The fact that many, or even most, people like something doesn't make it true.

And if you think the WaPo is a leftist paper, I'd suggest that you don't get out in the world much.

Posted by: mshaw2 | May 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rainmaker - the only reason Fox has made any money is that the advertisers see the station for what it is...entertainment! Now if we could just get them to run the correct disclaimer before/during/after every minute of every hour they broadcast: "This is fiction and/or propaganda.. We don't care about facts, we just promote our own views."

Posted by: linda35 | May 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So... by that comment every slimmy Socialist Democrat must be favored by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN... oh but no one watches those channels anymore!
Paul has run by comparison a positive campaign VS the favored (by the party) current Sec of State. Hopefully Paul actually does what he campaigned to do even in a Senate full of geriatric Socialists and RINO's.

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | May 17, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hi,
I'm a Democrat without a dog in this fight. But I do find it weird that in a story about Fox News playing favorites for Paul the Post only ran a picture of Paul. I think if you look back at all of the Post's coverage and at the coverage from other media, that would largely be the case. I'm not sure the story is just about Fox. Once the boys and girls on the bus decided that Paul was the story, Grayson was relegated to swimming upstream to get attention.
Chris from Kentucky

Posted by: thepoorehouse | May 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Greyson is complaining because Rand Paul is getting help from his dad in his campaign??? Excuse me, but the president is campaigning for some of the Dem candidates across the U.S. Maybe people are sick of the Liberals screwing up everything they touch and are ready for some old fashioned governing...by the people, for the people. How novel is that :-)

Posted by: xmack | May 17, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Grayson, whoever he is must be a liberal. If he is whining!

Posted by: rteske | May 17, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bacon,

Why are you so concerned with a Republican primary and not reporting on Democrat primaries? You are not a conservative by any means. Worry about Spector and other Democrats.

Posted by: joe221 | May 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Paul will represent people who want less Government and more fiscal responsibility. Given the current crises in Europe, CA, NY, IL and 30 other states, how on earth can anyone object; unless of course you're a still fawning delusional radical leftist.

Posted by: apberusdisvet | May 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Somebody change Perry Bacon's diaper! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

After three years of "everything Obama all the time" WaPo is now suddenly concerned about the journalistic integrity of a competitor - one that just so happens to be making money while WaPo continues to hemorrhage losses?

Mr. Bacon is a full-fledged loser who works for a bunch of losers on an editorial board full of liberal socialists who routinely promote the political agenda of their own bankrupt political movement over the interests of the people they are supposed to serve.

Mr. Bacon, you gave up your fourth estate privileges a long, long time ago when you joined the State Media Collective. I can recall many columns in which you were (apparently) seeking the Messiah Brown Noser Award for being the Ministry Of Information & Propaganda's star organ.

And now you are whining? What's wrong? You don't like someone cutting in on your action?

Or is it something else, Mr. Bacon?

Is it the fact that your job is on the line and you are facing unemployment because News Corporation is kicking you guys so badly you feel compelled to take cheap shots in hopes of ingratiating yourself with the Regime? Are you one of those dufus State Media Collective types who lost their job while they were waiting for the bailout that hasn't come?

Retarded thinking, retarded column and a retarded claim. The reality is that Fox had the most profitable quarter in history and if they were somehow slanted (like you) they wouldn't be able to do that; they would be losing money and credibility just as fast as you did (well, you are still losing, but on a whole new plane).

In the end, all we can say about you is that your skills are wanting and nobody with a brain would believe you. Your circulation completely substantiates my position and completely repudiates yours.

Delete that.

Posted by: rainmaker1145 | May 17, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bacon,

Why are you so concerned with a Republican primary and not with the Democrat primary? Don't you people support the liberals over the conservatives? Report on other primaries like the Spector primary and forget about the primaries you don't support.

Posted by: joe221 | May 17, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it is that Rand Paul is new news and Grayson is old news. Independents beating incumbents in either party is the story of the day. The big losers will be the left, but members of the GOP who forgot who elected them will lose, too.

Posted by: johne37179 | May 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"...the tea party's outsized role in the GOP primary..."

Just what the *&^% is that supposed to mean? How can any role be 'sized' beyond (larger OR smaller) what it actually is?

This is journalism?

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse
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The statement means that the tea baggers are allowed to play a role in choosing Republican candidates that is disproportionate to their numbers. In other words, a relatively small number of extremists have hijacked the primary process in Kentucky (and elsewhere). And believe me, that's just fine with us liberals and Democrats.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 17, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Going around and meeting and shaking hands with Kentuckians can be quite a chore. Do you have any idea how many free cans of chewing tobacco you'd have to pass out?

Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 17, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

funny. The complaints that CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN , etc, etc got Obama elected fell on deaf ears. Now the accusations are Fox is helping a candidate get elected??!?! Hypocrisy at it's finest. Liberal = Hypocrit

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse
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Um, the person accusing Fox News of supporting Rand Paul is Rand Paul's Republican opponent. Are you saying he's a liberal? Silly tea bagger.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 17, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

funny. The complaints that CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN , etc, etc got Obama elected fell on deaf ears. Now the accusations are Fox is helping a candidate get elected??!?! Hypocrisy at it's finest. Liberal = Hypocrit

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO.

the Fox News candidate ... good lord ..let's see Fox is establishment politics ... a supporter of the FED and therefore supports the fiat currency trading in a fractional reserve banking system that funds the Empires conquest of all countries and cultures that do not support monopoly capitalism ...

Rand Paul on the other hand ... is going to make his issue in the Senate TERM LIMITS !!! is it any wonder the establishment GOP that feeds off the K Street Lobbyists if against Rand Paul.

HE is also for individual rights ,,, vs allowing the Federal Government to capture rights ..

He is for honest money ... and there fore anti FED ...

Fox News is so establishment Politics it is not funny, trying to link Rand to Fox News is setting the stage for November and nothing more ... recognition from the establishment politicians that he is the GOP candidate and the need to establish the GOP vs DNC BS

... you know the FALSE left right paradigm of ping pong we are conditioned to participate in vs ISSUES ...

is this issue a violation of someones individual rights .. are we deciding on something that will benefit the GROUP at the expense of some sovereignty ?

this is the FIGHT for the next decade ...

sovereignty at the nation state level and the individual level or group rights ...

Thank you Rand Paul for taking the time to run and in the Senate represent individual rights. In the Senate we have no representation ... with you being there speaking out ... the people will have access to more information ... leading the way for folks to make decisions based on a fuller context than the manged news medias presentation of what is ...

A Fox News candidate ... LOL./

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | May 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The CBO reported last week that Obama's estimate for the health care bill was low. The CBO reported that the cost of the bill is 115 billion dollars higher which takes it over the trillion dollar mark. Obama had said it would not go over 900 billion.

Posted by: farmsnorton | May 17, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but this writer's analogy of Paul to Mongiardo just does not hold up. Mongiardo has been active in Democratic party politics in KY for years, as a state senator and ran for US Senate once before, and he is backed by the Ky Governor (Tepidly, but it is a mainstream endorsement). Mongiardo is also the Eastern Kentucky candidate and is courting the coal interests by saying he'll fight cap and trade, and won't say a word against Big Coal's degradation of land. If anything, that makes him far more "establishment" in KY than Conway.

Posted by: msame | May 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Why is Mitch McConnell's Kentucky a socialist welfare state?

**Kentucky taxpayers receive more federal funding per dollar of federal taxes paid than the average state. Per dollar of federal tax collected in 2005, Kentucky citizens received approximately $1.51 in the way of federal spending. This ranks the state 9th highest nationally and represents a rise from 1995 when Kentucky received $1.28 per dollar of taxes in federal spending (ranked 13th nationally).**

http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/topic/30.html

--Republicans are national socialists—

Posted by: lichtme | May 17, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"...All four candidates are running against Washington (like candidates across the country)..."

That leads this Tea Partier to believe that the Tea Party role is sized just about right.

What'samatta'? I thought you dim-bulb-democrats LOVED democracy?

yes-sir-ree-billy-bob, Rand Paul will be my next Senator from Kentucky and there ain't a damn thing you yankee silly-socialists can do about it. Is this a GREAT country, or what?

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 17, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"...the tea party's outsized role in the GOP primary..."

Just what the *&^% is that supposed to mean? How can any role be 'sized' beyond (larger OR smaller) what it actually is?

This is journalism?

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

>>>>Paul has already declared a set of positions, such as opposition to all earmarks,

Yes, his dad says that too, but seeks and accepts earmarks for his Texas district. lol

Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

>>>>Paul has already declared a set of positions, such as opposition to all earmarks,

Yes, his dad says that too, but seeks and accepts earmarks for his Texas district. lol

Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

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