The Desperation of Rand Paul


Paul was campaigning in New Hampshire today and called into a Boston radio show to flame the rest of the GOP field. This reeks of flopsweat. It looks like a man so desperate to keep a dying fund raising effort political campaign alive, despite showing about 3% poll average in a 17-person field,

The subject was immigration. This is what he had to say:

“That’s a pretty dumb idea,” Paul said Monday, when asked about the proposal one of his fellow Republican presidential candidates, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, said he would consider a day earlier.

“There have been a lot of dumb ideas put out,” Paul said, speaking with Boston Herald Radio. “One that the Mexicans will pay for a wall, [which] was probably the dumbest of dumb ideas. But putting a wall up between us and Canada is sort of a ridiculous notion. It is sort of like everybody is now competing to say, ‘Oh no, I’ll put them in camps. Oh no, I’ll throw them out. Oh no, I’ll put everyone in jail. And I’ll have an electric fence, and I’ll do this.’ And it’s like, you know, the biggest thing we need to do is have a functioning immigration system, with a good work program.”

As Sam Stein, of the Huffington Post noted, Paul, himself, is no stranger to exotic border security proposals:

Among the variety of proposals to stem illegal immigration along the southern border, the construction of an underground electrical fence appears to stand alone on the extreme. There is little contemporary evidence of other Republican officials proposing such a project, even among the most conservative of the bunch. Indeed, when approached in the halls of Senate several weeks ago and asked about the idea (though not told who proposed it), National Republican Senate Committee Chair [mc_name name=’Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001056′ ] (R-Tex.) assumed it was a joke.

Moreover, aides to the Kentucky Republican have refused repeated attempts to explain the idea to the Huffington Post. On June 14, Paul’s former spokesman and current campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said he would call the following day to provide further details. He never did.

(In all fairness to Mr. Benton was probably busy planning to commit a felony and didn’t have time to answer.)

What Paul did was nothing more than recycle the same crap that Hillary Clinton was dishing out late last week (h/t to our HotAir colleague Allahpundit)

Clinton was asked by a reporter how she would handle the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country. “Well, I’m glad you asked me that,” she responded. “Because I know that there are some on the other side who are seriously advocating to deport 11-12 million people who are working here.”

She continued, saying it was “the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort– including perhaps National Guard and others– to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border.”

“I just find that not only absurd, but appalling,” Clinton said.

What is, to borrow the phrase, ‘absurd and appalling’ is a GOP senator and candidate for president so desperate for attention and campaign dollars from dimwits that he attacks the rest of the GOP primary field, not on the merits of their proposals because there is no evidence he’s even aware of what those proposals are, using the same rhetoric as Hillary Clinton.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] should limp back to the Senate and resume his duties as [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ]’s go-fer, selling out conservatives and introducing bogus legislation in the best tradition of Failure Theater.

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