After watching Rand Paul's sweeping victory
in the Kentucky
GOP senate primary followed by his disastrous week
in the national
media, Sarah Palin says she was reminded of herself. "One thing that we
can learn in this lesson that I have learned and Rand Paul is learning
now is don't assume that you can engage in a hypothetical discussion
about constitutional impacts with a reporter or a media personality who
has an agenda, who may be prejudiced before they even get into the
interview in regards to what your answer may be -- and then the
opportunity that they seize to get you," she said
on Fox News Sunday. What else do the
two political figures have in common?
- Troubled 'Great White
Hopes' of Hard Right Gawker's Ravi Somaiya explains,
"Both emerged from nowhere, became darlings of the right and proceeded
to go on devastating media tours which revealed exactly how extreme
their views were, and how unprepared they both seemed for national
office. But the similarities don't stop there."
- Hostile to
Media Conservative blogger Allahpundit sighs, "I guess
he’ll follow the Palin playbook going forward, avoiding hostile media on
grounds that they’ll never give him a fair shake. But Palin at least
has the good sense to avoid the terrible optics of scheduling a big
interview and then pulling the plug after a rough couple of days. Not
- Their 'Artless Honesty' A reader fumes at The Atlantic's
Andrew Sullivan, who has been sympathetic to Paul. "Artless honesty?!?
That's a great euphemism for ignorance. Or maybe for zealotry. Two
things you deplore in Sarah Palin. But you accept them in any American
political figure with the last name of Paul."
- Use 'Dog
Whistle' Politics Gawker's Ravi Somaiya adds, "Sarah Palin cannot directly call her
supporters to arms, and encourage them to commit violence. But she has
hit upon various dog-whistle tactics that hint at her approval for such
measures. Her new catchphrase is 'don't retreat — RELOAD!' She has said
that it is 'a call for political activism, not violence,' and that the
'Lamestream media' is twisting her words. Paul, meanwhile, has said that
he would not want the government to enforce civil rights legislation
that prevents business owners discriminating on the grounds of race."
Obama 'Un-American' Another Andrew
Sullivan reader asks, "Will you condemn Paul the way you condemn
others like Sarah Palin who call the president 'un-American?' Because
that's precisely what he did, saying, '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
- Both Get Made Fun of a Lot Bill Maher quips, "Have you
heard about this guy? Dr. Rand Paul. He's the new folk hero of America,
the son of Ron Paul. How to describe Rand Paul? I mean, he's a doctor.
It's as if Sarah Palin somehow made it through medical school." Andy Borowitz jokes, "In a
sign of his increasing prominence in the so-called Tea Party movement, a
new poll shows Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul topping former
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin among voters who describe themselves as
morons. ... if Palin is going to stay competitive with Paul, she's going
to have to start dumbing down her message."
- Dissent: How
They're Different Moderate Voice's Robert Stein writes, "unlike
Sarah Palin, Rand Paul’s problem is not that he is clueless about issues
but quite the opposite–he clearly has strong views on every subject.
His recent mots about the 1964 Civil Rights Act infringing the
rights of restaurants and the Obama White House picking on poor BP could
be only the tip of an iceberg of Libertarian outcries over government
suppression of freedom."
maintained that he thinks it’s best
To ban abortion even in cases of
rape or incest.
Paul's been willing to announce across the nation
he'd like to get rid of the Department of Education.
that he’s now currently running
Makes him seem crazier than crazy Jim
Speakinginthismonotone, Rand Paul rarely thrills;
Sarah Palin without her beauty pageant skills.
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