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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Rand Paul counter attack

One perceptive Kentuckian noticed that during the primary run for the senate that Trey Grayson, the GOP establishment's candidate began every stump speech with a reference to UK basketball and or the Kentucky Derby while Rand Paul never did. Now mister Grayson has plenty of time to sip mint juleps at Churchill Downs while he regales the glory days of Adolph Rupp. Rand Paul is a different breed of cat with a natural aversion to Mickey Mouse games. He is the anti Obama candidate. Instead of fawning over the crease in his trousers pundits write that he looks as if he slept in his suit. He does not indulge in soaring oratory about sea levels ceasing to rise and he doesn't seem interested in being a friend to the rich and famous. Denouncing Ted Nugent came natural to him as he has little use for celebrity endorsements. His modus operandi is subtlety and in that respect he could give Dun Scotus lessons.
In an interview with Vogue Paul’s wife, Kelley opined that Bill Clinton's "predatory" behavior in the White House could derail Hillary's fast train to Washington.
“I would say his behavior was predatory, offensive to women,” she said.
When asked about it on Meet the Press Paul defended his wife's comments;
“The Democrats, one of the big issues they’ve concocted is saying Republicans are committing a war on women,” he said. “One of the workplace laws and rules that, I think, is good is that bosses shouldn't’t prey on young interns in their office.”
“This isn’t having an affair. I mean, this isn’t me saying, 'He’s having an affair, and we shouldn’t talk to him,' ” he continued. “Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really, and then they have the gall to stand up and say, 'Republicans are having a war on women?' ”
Everyone thought the matter was over but it was just beginning. Of course, they reasoned, he had to defend his wife's position but somewhere along the Paul saw a tactical opening.
Paul is clever enough to know that if you want to kill a dog to give it a bad name first but the media has no idea which dog he wants to kill. The dog Paul has in his sights is Alison Lundergan Grimes not Hillary Rodham Clinton. By killing Grimes in her bid to unseat fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell Paul would win the gratitude of the establishment GOP without ever having to say a kind word about McConnell. It goes well beyond Grimes and Kentucky. Obama is anathema in red states many of which have senate races so nervous Democrats have enlisted Bill Clinton to do their talking for them. If Paul can paint Bill Clinton as a dirty old man he can deprive them of a much needed asset. He will do a number on Bill while the friendly media defends Hillary. Will he succeed? Probably not entirely but just knee capping Bill Clinton, making him have to defend his actions in the White House to the local media, cannot be helpful to struggling Democrats.
Not content to stop with Clinton, Paul has dug up another dirty old man, Woody Allen.
In “Kentucky, we’re not quite Hollywood as far as accepting sort of different kind of things like that. Woody Allen is apparently a big contributor of hers, too. Woody Allen has been now accused of you know having relations with his children,” Paul said. “That’s not really acceptable in Kentucky. And I think she has to decide whether she’s representing Kentucky or Hollywood.”
It's as fair as the Democrats attacking the Koch brothers. Expect to see more of the Paul counter attack in the war on women.

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