Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rand Paul and the Tiger Woods defense

We're going to be spending a lot of time finding a lot to find loathsome in Rand Paul's glibertarianism, but this is a particularly interesting connection he made.

This morning on ‘GMA’ Republican and Tea Party victor in Kentucky’s Senate Primary, Rand Paul spoke with Robin Roberts about his victory. He’s already coming under fire for holding a victory party at a private country club while at the same time claiming to be a man of the people:

ROBIN: Some people find it a bit ironic that your victory party last night was at a private country club in Kentucky. Doesn’t that kind of send a mixed message there?

PAUL: I think at one time people used to think of golf and golf courses and golf clubs as being exclusive. But I think in recent years now you see a lot of people playing golf. I think Tiger Woods has helped to broaden that in the sense that he’s brought golf to a lot of the cities and to city youth, and so no, I don’t think it’s nearly as exclusive as people once considered it to be.

Actually, a Kentucky country club is probably a pretty good representation of the Tea Party demographic, but it's curious that "private country club" and "man of the people" set off "no blacks allowed" whistles in Ayn Rand Paul's fevered brain.

On the one hand, I don't think Paul is anywhere near ready for prime time and I'd like to think his libertarian views will be easy to mock and don't sit well with the culturally conservative but economically populist voters of Kentucky.

But then I recall who's seat he's running to take.

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