First, I want you to know that I came up with the title of this blog post before I saw that Domenico Montanaro at MSNBC beat me to it.
Until this week national news media was only mildly interested in Rand Paul, but now that he won a blowout primary election and is the front-runner (so far) in a Senate race, he’s getting closer scrutiny. And it appears he wasn’t ready for prime time. Yesterday he wanted to uphold the right of businesses to exercise racial discrimination, and today he said the Obama Administration was being “un-American” to criticize BP Oil.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you donâ€™t want to get rid of the EPA?
PAUL: No, the thing is is that drilling right now and the problem weâ€™re having now is in international waters and I think there needs to be regulation of that and always has been regulation. What I donâ€™t like from the presidentâ€™s administration is this sort of, you know, â€œIâ€™ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.â€ I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. Iâ€™ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think itâ€™s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that itâ€™s always got to be someoneâ€™s fault. Instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen. I mean, we had a mining accident that was very tragic and Iâ€™ve met a lot of these miners and their families. Theyâ€™re very brave people to do a dangerous job. But then we come in and itâ€™s always someoneâ€™s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.
And there are reports Rand whined that he wasn’t getting a “honeymoon” with the press. As a great man once said, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.