Rand Paul, back in the day: 'Crazy in a good way'
By Alec MacGillis
To grasp just how rapid has been the rise of Rand Paul, it's worth thinking back to less than 2 1/2 years ago, when the Kentucky opthalmologist was, along with his other siblings, campaigning for his father, Ron Paul, in his long-shot but high-energy presidential bid.
This reporter happened to sit down with Rand Paul on a swing he made through Concord, N.H., in December 2007, when no one recognized him and when he was more ironic in discussing the libertarian foot soldiers fueling his father's campaign than he now is in talking about his own supporters, who include many of his father's followers.
In the 2007 interview, Rand marveled at the movement that had sprung up around his father's campaign, particularly in New Hampshire. "It's sort of organized chaos. These people are crazy," he said, before adding quickly, "Crazy in a good way."
Paul said his travels on the campaign trail were getting nothing like the wild reaction his dad did, but he said he hoped that would change at the Boston Tea Party celebration that was being held a few days later, when he was scheduled to be the only Paul family member in attendance. "I've always wanted to be a rock star," he said. "I'm trying to get them to play that Kiss song, 'Calling Dr. Love.' I'd love to have the band there do it as 'Calling Dr. No,' " the nickname given his father for his lonely libertarian stands in Congress.
Well, the younger Paul has now achieved star status in his own right. In the 2007 interview, he hinted at one possible explanation for his father's success in passing his politics on to his children: a lack of exposure to popular culture. Paul said his dad, despite leading a raucous movement focused on individual liberty, is actually about "as square and conservative a person you'll ever meet."
When Ron Paul went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and met Tom Cruise backstage ("Go! Go! Go!" Cruise told Paul), he later admitted that he could not recall what movies Cruise had appeared in. "I think the last movie he saw was when he took us to 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' " said his son.
May 19, 2010; 10:10 PM ET
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