Rand Paul’s Mixed Inheritance
By SAM TANENHAUS and JIM RUTENBERG
The libertarian faithful — antitax activists and war protesters, John Birch Society members and a smattering of “truthers” who suspect the government’s hand in the 2001 terrorist attacks — gathered last September, eager to see the rising star of their movement.
With top billing on the opening night of the Liberty Political Action Conference, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky told the audience at a Marriott in Virginia that a viable Republican Party must reach out to young people and minorities.
But not long after the applause died down, Mr. Paul was out the door. He skipped an address by his father, former Representative Ron Paul, as well as closing remarks by his own former Senate aide, an ex-radio host who had once celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and extolled white pride.
The senator was off to an exclusive resort on Mackinac Island, Mich., where he again talked about the future of the party. But this time he was in the company of Karl Rove and other power brokers, and his audience was of Republican stalwarts who were sizing up possible presidential candidates.
The Times story starts with such strong wording that we decided to include another view.
IS THIS HOW THE MEDIA WILL ATTACK RAND PAUL IN 2016?
Jan. 27, 2014 1:58pm Becket Adams
Should Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) run for president in 2016, he will have to defend himself from accusations that he is the embodiment of right-wing extremism, or so implies a new profile in The New York Times.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP)
At roughly 5,200 words, the Times profile on Paul isn’t exactly a “hit piece,” trying to paint the senator as a malicious or shameless political opportunist. Rather, it reads more like a disinterested overview of the issues the media will try to tie around the Kentucky senator’s neck.
Many on the right long ago predicted that Paul would be hit for his loose affiliation with controversial figures, including his own father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, but it looks like the Times profile lays out the exact issues Paul will face if he runs in 2016.
The first paragraph alone attempts to tie Paul to, of all things, a group of conspiracy theorists who believe that the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center were an inside job: “The libertarian faithful — antitax activists and war protesters, John Birch Society members and a smattering of ‘truthers’ who suspect the government’s hand in the 2001 terrorist attacks — gathered last September, eager to see the rising star of their movement.”