Rand Paul is reminding me of a realization I should have had long ago. Most brand destruction is self-inflicted, even if the final blows come from outside. Rand Paul's attempts to clarify the nuances of his "man with a beer in front of the tv" opinions so far appear somewhat ridiculous.
He's part of a wave of newcomers that are popping up at all levels from school boards to major elections that get in on discontent and a devoted core and then immediately show themselves to be unprepared for the job.
Having opinions is all well and good but demonstrating competent leadership is a very different matter. That's not to say that he can't win but, to do so, he needs to either recognize that his marketing is now in FAIL mode or go hardcore for those who believe that unpolished, oddball statements read as genuine and worth supporting.
I'll be honest. I really only like the Democrats in comparison to the Republicans. But you gotta admit, the Republicans haven't been this entertaining since Watergate or maybe the Iran/Contra scandal except that, this time, multiple fires have broken out and are gradually moving towards each other.
While right wing anti-immigration nuts confirm their commitment to torture [and their love of Abu Ghraib] with the Hold Their Feet to the Fire campaign, John McCain makes it clear where he stands on Iran.
Fortunately, MoveOn.org took full advantage of his stupidity.
It's looking like Giuliani these days.
MoveOn.org Press Release:
New TV Ad Cites McCain 'Bomb Iran' Gaffe
Compares Arizona Senator's Remarks on Iran with Bush's Recklessness in Iraq
'Can't Afford Another Reckless President'
View at http://youtube.com/watch?v=C9L3kEQXjrU
WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new TV ad will air next week in early Republican primary states and on the YouTube Web site today criticizing presidential hopeful Senator John McCain for his "bomb Iran" comments at a public meeting with constituents. It calls the Arizona Senator's remarks reckless and compares them to the President's reckless policy in Iraq
McCain responded to a question about U.S. Iran policy by singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" to the tune of the '60s Beach Boys' song "Barbara Ann." The moment was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.
"At a tense moment, when cooler heads in his own party and many retired military leaders are calling on the President to negotiate with Iran, Senator McCain's outburst isn't merely inappropriate, it's dangerous," said Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. "This isn't 'straight talk,' it isn't leadership, it's just more out-of-control bravado. The country can't afford any more of it," he added.
AD SCRIPT FOLLOWS: MoveOn.org Political Action TV :30 "Reckless" MOP-07-301
OPEN ON PHOTO OF GEORGE BUSH SPEAKING. CUT TO VARIOUS PHOTOS OF DESTRUCTION IN IRAQ.
Announcer (VO): American has lived through six years of a reckless foreign policy. We're stuck in Iraq. More than 3000 Americans are dead. And thousands more wounded.
CUT TO A PHOTO OF JOHN MCCAIN SPEAKING AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA ON 18 APRIL 2007.
Announcer (VO): Now comes John McCain with his answer to what we should do about Iran.
CUT TO VIDEO CLIP OF JOHN MCCAIN SPEAKING AT THE SAME EVENT. ON SCREEN, SUPER THE WORDS, 'BOMB IRAN. BOMB. BOMB. BOMB." AS HE SPEAKS THEM.
John McCain: That old Beach Boys song: Bomb Iran. Bomb. Bomb. Bomb.
CUT BACK TO PHOTO OF MCCAIN. ON SCREEN, SUPER: "JOHN MCCAIN? WE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER RECKLESS PRESIDENT."
Announcer (VO): John McCain? We can't afford another reckless president.
AT SCREEN BOTTOM, SUPER FULL MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION LEGAL DISCLAIMER.
Announcer (VO): MoveOn.org Political Action is responsible for the content of this advertisement.
CONTACT: Trevor FitzGibbon or Alex Howe of MoveOn.org, +1-202-822-5200
Certain Republicans in the House find it necessary to waste the taxpayer's time and money by exaggerating and misdirecting discussions regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's security mandated travel arrangements.
Interestingly enough, even other Republicans think this maneuver is stupid:
The White House weighed in, as well. “This is a silly story,” its spokesman, Tony Snow, said. Mr. Snow said that the Republican criticism was unfair and that the Bush administration essentially sided with Ms. Pelosi...
“This is a bunch of baloney,” said Representative Ray LaHood, Republican of Illinois, who said he had flown on Mr. Hastert’s military plane. “Next week,” Representative Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said, “we are going to steal their mascot and short-sheet their beds.”
For a party in disarray, as are the Republicans, this is a bizarre turn of events. I guess some of these guys still think it's a couple of years back and everyone is hanging on their every stupid slam like they're Ann Coulter's in training, though absent her slutty attractiveness.
Considering that the Republicans in power have betrayed States' rights and fiscal conservatism, in addition to lying about WMD's and taking us into a war that's killed huge numbers and weakened our military defenses, you'd think they'd get their act together and actually attempt to appear to be living the values in which they claim to believe.
But I guess they're no longer even capable of putting up a decent front.
The House ethics committee reported Friday that Republican lawmakers and aides failed to protect young male pages from former Rep. Mark Foley's improper advances, concluding an investigation into a scandal that convulsed Congress and contributed to the GOP defeat in last month's elections.
The panel said it found no evidence that any current lawmakers or aides violated any rules. But it said it discovered a pattern of conduct among many "to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences" of Foley's conduct.
You know, this would remind me so much of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal except that Lewinsky was a consenting adult looking for action and the Democrats weren't using adultery as a wedge issue.
At this stage, I believe that all Republicans in office should be outed because the party as a whole has used gaybaiting to establish themselves in power.
No gay Republican in office deserves a place in the closet.
If you (yes YOU!) allow gay Republicans in office to remain closeted at this point in history, you are complicit in the antigay crimes of the Republican Party.