Rand Paul just keeps on having problems. Maybe it's because he arrogantly believes that even though he is a public figure who says outrageous things then flip-flops, no one should call him out. He's a very delicate flower and a special snowflake, and journalists need to handle him with care. And forget everything he ever said.
You can read some of his snafus in my previous post about Day One, when he lectured Savannah Guthrie on how to be a journalist (he's an opthamologist/politician) and then got on the abortion train and made a fool of himself.
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Rachel Maddow did a great piece on Rand's dysfunctional first week as a candidate, and had a few words to say about Mr. Special.
"Steve Schmidt who ran the McCain/Palin campaign in 2008 once famously said on this show that a presidential campaign is a "full-body scan" for everybody who runs at a high level. David Axelrod who ran Obama's campaign described it almost the same way ... "an MRI for the soul." Once you are officially running for President in this country you may like the political press in this country or you may hate the political press in this country, but if you are a candidate in this country at a high level because people take you seriously, you will receive so much scrutiny from the people who are running against you and by the press that is covering you all, that every single thing that is to be known about you, will become known."
~ Rachel Maddow
My favorite thing so far is that he is throwing cease and desist orders at campaign ads that don't paint him in a happy light. Yeah, good luck with that. Hasn't he ever run for office before? This is just kooky, and again he seems to think he should be treated differently from all the other candidates.
The letter is an objection to a million-dollar ad buy by a group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, led by Republican operative Rick Reed. The ad, which launched in early primary states on the day of Paul’s presidential campaign announcement, accuses Paul of supporting President Obama’s policies on Iran and of opposing new sanctions.
“The Advertisement attempts to deceive voters regarding Senator Rand Paul’s position on U.S.-Iran relations through at least three false statements,” writes Paul campaign general counsel Matthew T. Sanderson in the letter dated April 7, which was obtained by BuzzFeed News on Thursday.
Here's the ad:
So Rand is trying to stop an ad from a Republican group that portrays him as cozy on Iran with the President. Considering there are about ten other GOP candidates who want to see him crash and burn, we can expect to see many more of these ads. Sorry, but that goes with the territory.
@JM_Ashby Cease and desist orders for anyone running ads attacking him, huh? Good luck with that, Rand.
— Zandar (@ZandarVTS) April 9, 2015
Rand also let it be known that he is royally ticked that the NRA didn't invite him to their giant convention in Nashville this week, since all the other guys are there having a good time touching each other's guns, and stuff.
"The interesting thing is that there's probably no greater advocate for the Second Amendment in Congress than myself," Paul said today. "To not be invited, probably, will serve more to cast aspersions on their group than it would on me. Because my record's pretty clear. It probably looks a little bit petty for them not to invite a major candidate because I raised money for other Second Amendment groups."
Insulting the NRA, threatening to sue a GOP group for quoting him, snapping at reporters like a chihuahua! A glorious beginning for Rand.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) April 9, 2015
.@RandPaul: "I will have to get better at holding my tongue and holding my temper." http://t.co/KpPkue1r9i pic.twitter.com/UCFGn7yAgm
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 9, 2015
He told Sean Hannity on Fox to pay no attention to his campaign snafus. He has an etch-a-sketch just like Mitt Romney, and he's not afraid to use it. Anything he said in the past can just be wiped away.
Rand Paul and Hannity, via Daily Kos
It's not fair, Paul testily claims, to ask him about stuff that he said before he decided to be a presidential candidate. Because that was before, or "a long time ago." ...
. . . Sean Hannity, not surprisingly, let him get away with it. On the previous Paul statement that the idea of Iran being a threat to the United States is "ridiculous":
"You know, things do change over time," Paul said. "I also wasn't campaigning for myself, I was campaigning to help my father at the time."
Hannity let that slide. He allowed Paul to frame his opposition to new sanctions that would scuttle the Iran negotiations as his way of telling Obama he'd "have to bring a deal back to" Congress.
Here's a litany of Rand's problems for the first THREE Days of his campaign.
He broke the copyright of a song he wanted to use in his rollout, and YouTube blocked him
From Mother Jones:
he gave a speech and the crowd ate it up and they cheered his name and then he finished and they clapped and cheered and the campaign uploaded the video of the speech to YouTube so that the world could clap and cheer and...YouTube bots automatically pulled the video for unlicensed use of copyrighted material.
Warner Music Group, the official owner of John Rich's "Shutting Detroit Down," a song about how much it sucks that rich corporations own things, has now shut Rand down.
Both Billboard and The Washington Post have reached out to get to the bottom of this and neither Warner or YouTube have commented on the situation.
The campaign's video has now been deleted from YouTube (C-PSAN's remains)
He suddenly became "Dr. Rand Paul" on Twitter, because he is a self-proclaimed opthamologist. And I guess that gives him political cred with . . . somebody???
"Vision for America" - from @randpaul the eye doctor. get it ? — Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) April 7, 2015
Editorial And Political Cartoons on fb. #UniteBlue pic.twitter.com/nn69V5ozui — Republicans R Evil (@CanProveIt) April 10, 2015
His website misspelled "Education." Derp.
UPDATE: #RandPaul's Website Misspells the word "education." Oops! #CantStandRand pic.twitter.com/wVSPuakRwC — Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) April 7, 2015
Rand Paul's website misspelled education. Glad to know he hired Dan Quayle. — Paul Lander (@paul_lander) April 9, 2015
A website map urging people to endorse Rand Paul was made with stock photos taken by a German photographer, probably in Germany. Those faces are not Americans! The photos, who were models, were removed pretty fast.
Awkward...Photos Of People Endorsing Rand Paul Are From German-Based Stock Photographer, from @BuzzFeed. http://t.co/Qh4EPuZUyl
— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) April 7, 2015
Rand was in South Carolina today but said nothing about the shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer which has been the top story on all news channels all week. Nothing. What kind of Presidential candidate says "nothing" about it?
#RandPaul Does Not bring up #WalterScott #PoliceShooting at his stop in #SouthCarolina. Who would vote for this guy #southcarolinashooting — T Gard (@Michiganborn58) April 9, 2015But the day before on CNN - he was pro-Police.
.@RandPaul on #WalterScott: 'Terrible tragedy' but we shouldn't paint all cops in a bad light: http://t.co/wJSgobnXF1 pic.twitter.com/wrDSqWvH0m — The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 8, 2015