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Rand Paul bites Meet the Press

Would-be Senator Rand Paul (R-Deep Hole) just bailed on this Sunday's Meet the Press. We should have seen it coming after that disaster of an interview with George Stephanopolous this morning. But the Republican nominee for Senate from Kentucky is making a mistake. Ducking David Gregory is not going to make the swirling controversy go away. The best way to have dealt with this would have been to go forth.

Sure, if he disappeared for the next two days, hunkered down to prepare as if he were getting ready to defend his dissertation, and devised answers for all the tough questions that would be put to him, he still would have come out bloody. But getting through it would earn him major points for gall and guts. And if Paul were smart, he would have used every negative question about his controversial views as an opportunity to pivot to say something positive about his candidacy and Kentucky. By canceling Meet the Press he's compounding the hardening impression that is he not that smart -- and also not ready.

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 21, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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This guy's starting to remind me a lot of Sarah "let's keep her away from the press cause she'll probably say something immensely stupid" Palin.

Posted by: menaman | May 21, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This guy is more whacked out than Sarah Palin. his extreme ist views on government would scare the Screaming Baggers to death if the listened to him. But that is the biggest problem with Republicans and to a larger extent their far right base the Teabaggers, they don't listen or think.

Posted by: enaz | May 21, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Guess he can always take the tried and true path to office that Meg Whitman is taking, and that George W and countless other well heeled Republicans before him took.

Raise a lot of money, saturate the airwaves, and don't let any reporters or unscreened questions anywhere near him.

How can we forget W's carefully choreographed and stacked "town hall meetings"?

Posted by: sambam | May 21, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Coming from a more liberal perspective, I have some respect for the libertarian philosophy. I do find both Rand and Ron Paul hypocrites on many issues, especially abortion, where they want to do the exact opposite of what the libertarian philosophy would do. Nevertheless, Rand Paul, should have the courage of his unconventional convictions and stand up for those opinions if he really believes in the philosophy he and his father espouse. By running away from tough interviews, he proves that his philosophy and beliefs are not defensible. Hopefully the voters in Kentucky will see the weakness in those beliefs and never give this guy the chance to bring indefensible beliefs into the United States Senate.

Posted by: permabear | May 22, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Paul is less than average. Most of us get that a philosophically pure position is immature. Paul defends his like it is something new.... are you going to edumicate me Paul? It is just the same stuff that States Rights knucklheads have been promoting for years.

So I learned that Paul is the same kind of racist as Armey and Tancredo.

I can tell you, it effects where I would live, what I buy, and who I will do business with.

Posted by: Super_Grover | May 22, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul is so anti government that he believes the government should not make laws to prevent the private sector from discriminating against race. He's a little young to remember the the civil rights bill of 1964, it was 100 years after slavery ended. That was only 45 years ago, that separate bathrooms, drinking fountains and schools, damaged the land of the free, but unequal.

We still haven't healed the victims and their descendants.

Posted by: dave57 | May 22, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I suspect the Senate campaign management team convinced him to stop the interviews for the time being. There are serious, intelligent defenders of libertarianism, but Rand and Ron Paul are not part of them.

Posted by: Puller58 | May 22, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul's present dilemma is a microcosm of the GOP's dilemma vis a vis the Tea Party. If the Tea Party keeps on successfully putting forth nominees like Paul, what is happening with Paul will be happening throughout the country.

Look. Rand Paul is not a racist. But, he is a devotee' of an arid, obsolete political and economic ideology that no longer has utility in the complex, interdependent global system we live in in the 21st century. For America's first hundred years, we could afford the luxury of a carefree national and state sovereignty that allowed for more decentralized individual economic activity of the sort Paul envisions. But, those days are gone forever.

The Tea Party and conservatives in general are going to find out that the more they win the more they lose because their unserviceable philosophy will ultimately bump up against the reality that a global world economy with its mix of markets and social spending, does not lend itself to the old lazzez faire principles of Adam Smith any more than it does to the purist Socialist doctrines of Karl Marx.

Both are dead and should receive a proper burial.

Posted by: jaxas70 | May 22, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

There is no serious Libertarian philosophy and Rand Paul exemplifies the problem. Libertarianism is another pile of utopian nonsense - trust business, dump rules, diminish government and everything will be wonderful.

It substitutes the markets for the Almighty and crowns the dollar as king. But Libertarianism also ignores human nature and the greed and laziness that so many possess.

And so he thinks those who must get public permits to operate a restaurant should be allowed to exclude on the basis of race, religion or any other bit of whimsy and somehow such a system will be okay because the markets and business will make it so. How short his memory. How narrow his thinking. How damaging to democracy.

Posted by: kcbob | May 22, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

None of this counts for diddly-squat unless Kentucky's voters come to the same conclusion. Has anybody asked them? We can hyperventilate all we want about whether Rand Paul should be on "Meet the Press" or what he should have said to George Stephanopolous or Rachel Maddow. But if they don't care in Louisville, Lexington or Covington, it's just another beltway salon scandal.

Posted by: simpleton1 | May 22, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

well, simpleton (that name is soo apropo)
there are a LOT of black people in kentucky.

enough of them, if you get them riled, to
turn an election.

i hope you teabaggers keep voting for educated idiots like rand paul.

Posted by: surlydoc | May 22, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

There is no serious Progressive philosophy and Obama exemplifies the problem. Socialism is another pile of utopian nonsense - trust centralized government, dump rule of law for arbitrary expedients, diminish personal freedom and everything will be wonderful.

It substitutes central planning in place of individuals working to fulfill their own wants and needs. It substitutes the party for the Almighty and crowns committee as king. But Statism also ignores human nature and the ignorance, hate, greed, and laziness that so many possess.

And so he thinks those who must get public permits to operate a restaurant should be allowed special treatment on the basis of race, political affiliation, religion or any other bit of whimsy and somehow such a system will be okay and government and it's army of bureaucrats will make it so. How lacking is his thought. How narrow his ideology. How damaging to democracy.

My thanks to kcbob.

Posted by: rdlynn | May 22, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul is Sarah Palin with a medical degree. Both are too cowardly to defend their extreme positions outside of their echo chambers.

I hope he keeps talking - he's the reining poster child for the tea baggers and their delusional views.

Posted by: JilliB | May 23, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Who will ask Sister Sarah how she feels about Brother Paul's position on eliminating the American with Disabilities Act?

And when will men start explaining why they keep ignoring his virulently anti-choice position? See Rand Paul deeply believes in personal privacy and rights superseding the government's intervention EXCEPT fort the 50+% of us who have a uterus!! And he would criminalize that choice with no exceptions for rape and incest.

When Paul says government should stay out of our private business I guess he means as long as you have a penis!

Posted by: suec716 | May 23, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

For all those who knocked Paul, please submit your doctor degrees for review. They don't hand out surgeon's degrees like they hand out AA degree at Harvard. Lets look at difficulty, eye surgeon.....community organizer.....has real job, makes own money.....has public tax payer supported job, makes none of his own money. Has own staff paid for by his talents.........has own staff paid for by tax payers. Now who is the real and who is fake?

Posted by: elcigaro1 | May 23, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

That's funny, surlydoc, nobody's ever called me a teabagger before. I'm actually a Democrat from Chicago, but hey there's a first for everything.

Back to my actual question. You're saying that white Kentuckians are cool with Paul and only black Kentuckians have a problem with him? That means Paul is probably going to win, simply by demographics. Assuming, that is, you actually have any idea and aren't just speculating. My comment, after all, was meant to get to the actual numbers on the ground rather than just speculate about crap. My guess is you have no idea.

And it's spelled "apropos," not "apropo." It's from the French. You're a surly doc, indeed.

Posted by: simpleton1 | May 23, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, elcigaro1, he sure didn't miss any of those "Physician as God" classes in medical school.

THAT'S why he's not on Meet the Press, the good doctor (with all that Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement in the bank) is not used to having to explain himself to anyone.

But, hey, he won the GOP primary. From what I read, EACH Democratic candidate got more votes in their primary than he got in his. What does that tell you?

Posted by: edismae | May 23, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Is there anything more amusing than a cocksure ignoramus passing himself off as an intellectual heavyweight?

Rand believes much but seems to know very little. Perhaps he should spend a few days reading some American history.

Posted by: palnicki | May 23, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the poll results might look like for TeaBaggers who support Rand Paul's view on the Civil rights act Title II as well as Kentuckians as well as Republican's versus Democrates versus Independents. I wonder if it would be surprising how many on the right agree with Rand Paul. Anyone see any polling recently, in the past? Googling is next.

Posted by: mickster1 | May 25, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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