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Monday, May 5, 2014

Rand Paul and Rupert Murdoch Went on a Man-Date to the Kentucky Derby

Posted by on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM

At first blush, Jason Horowitz's New York Times story about Rand Paul inviting Rupert Murdoch to the Kentucky Derby seems pretty light on substance, but it's actually a game of high-stakes political poker, with Paul's presidential ambitions in the balance:

On the paddock grass, the party admired the circling horses and Mr. Murdoch said there were “100 theories” about how to pick a winner. A trumpet sounded the 10-minute warning to post time and the crowd shuffled to the track. Mr. Paul seized the opportunity to tell Mr. Murdoch a little bit about himself, including that he had started out as an eye doctor in a town of 50,000 people.

“Oh,” said Mr. Murdoch, waving his hand without seeming impressed.

The often hawkish editorial page of Mr. Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal has been more full throated in its disappointment with Mr. Paul, suggesting that he was not serious about national security.

Rand Paul has already won over his dad's goon squad of internet tough-talkers, but winning the Republican establishment is going to be a much tougher job. I don't put it past him—I can easily see the Republican Party coalescing behind Paul in 2016, under the right conditions—but Murdoch and his ilk are going to be a hell of a lot harder to impress than a bunch of message-board-lurking baby-men.


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Pope Peabrain 1
It will be so easy to paint Paul a crazy. But pin him down with real questions. And why haven't Democrats been trumpeting how they've ended two Republican wars and saved us from the Republican depression? And they even insured millions more Americans despite Republicans still trying to leave then uninsured. Nancy Pelosi was always right.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM · Report this
tdalec 2
Just a little dig at the Times. There is no grass in the paddock at Churchill Downs. You have to come over here to Keeneland to get grass. And a little dig at Dr. Paul. He was off on the population of Bowling Green by 20%. It's 60K, not 50K.

Oh, and Dr. Paul is also a racist asshole.
Posted by tdalec on May 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM · Report this
IndicaDogwalk 3
One of the main reasons Mitt Romney got the nomination was because he is pro-business (to the extreme). Wall Street still runs the Republican party. (Wall Street also runs the Democratic party, in only a slightly less evil way) so when the top Republicans make a choice for the Presidential nominee, it's going to be someone who will NOT interfere with the 1%, but instead continue to let them run America Inc. unfettered and with fewer of those nasty "regulations".

Paul may get the nomination, but he must kiss up to the big money first, hence the meeting with Satan's main newsman at the Kentucky Derby.
Posted by IndicaDogwalk on May 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM · Report this
fletc3her 4
I love the idea of someone trying to impress Murdoch with personal achievement. Tell him about how you created your own licensing board because you couldn't get licensed by the real board recognized by the state. That's the kind of sleazy shit that will impress him.
Posted by fletc3her on May 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Knat 5
@4: Oh my God, I had not heard about this before. That is freaking hilarious.
Posted by Knat on May 5, 2014 at 9:43 PM · Report this
venomlash 6
Posted by venomlash on May 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM · Report this

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