Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Rand Paul Running Away From Things: Epilogue


Over the past 73 years, we here at the driftglass blog have had a lot of fun watching the Junior Senator from Kentucky run away from many things including Ayn Rand, history, civil rights, voting rights, science and his own father.











Sadly, the Running Man of Galt's Gulch has finally found the last thing away from which to run: his own, doomed campaign for president.  From ABC News:
Rand Paul Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said today he is suspending his 2016 campaign for president.

"It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty.

Paul finished fifth in Monday's Iowa caucuses with 4.5 percent of the vote, behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson...

But this is not farewell.  Now that we have established that neither openly crackpot ideas nor Dr. Seuss-inspired hair configurations are a barrier to making it into the Final Four in the Donald Trump Party, I'm sure we can look forward to Rand Paul making headlines running away from many new and exciting things during presidential campaigns yet to come.

10 comments:

Mike Herron said...

More like slithers away... Sort of like a cross between a snake and a snail...

trgahan said...

Both Paul Sr and Jr never wanted to be president...just to keep making money fleecing faux-libertarian nitwits who, while gobbling up all the government largess they can get their hands on, need a sitting establishment, bigoted, far right, evangelical Republican who uses the occasional Randian Talking Point to the media.

Like faux-libertarianism in general, the Pauls serve a critical function in conservative politics in providing public cover that magically absolves his supporters of all the horrid consequences and failures of their support of mainstream Republican public policy.

heidi said...

Love the photos.

Robt said...

Where is the media pointing out the devastating blow of the "Give-me-tarian" wing of the GOP?
Doesn't it sound alarm bells that this voting wing of the GOP is dead?

Will they stay home? Will they vote Rubio?
Where is the media on this? Choke Todd, is their any difference on this between O Malley dropping out vs Rand Dropping out?

tony in san diego said...

so he connives to get his party to switch from a primary to a caucus, so he could run for president and senator at the same time. Now he drops out, and his state is stuck with a stupid caucus.

Unknown said...

I identified Rand as a lightweight fraud early on in his publicity stunt-riddled Senate career, but he really was maybe the least-awful Republican in the race other than mayyyyyyyybe Kasich.

That's not praise for Rand, who is a clown who has no idea what he's talking about 98% of time. It's more of an observation. A horrified observation.

I mean, even the vast majority of his father's braindead dolt weirdo cult saw right through the guy and passed over him for Trump or some other wackjob.

Kathleen O'Neill said...

@tony in san diego

Couldn't happen to a nicer group of Bevin/Paul fetalmaniacs. Kentucky deserves everything it gets. Except my friends and family who live there, of course.

Michael Sweeney said...

We'll still be able to see him running away from things this cycle. He still has to run a campaign for his senate seat (which he will hopefully lose).

stickler said...

His likely Democrat opponent will be Jim Gray, openly gay Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky. Should be an interesting campaign.

Unknown said...

Another photoshop triumph, you are the master.