- - Thursday, September 24, 2015


Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is attracting a lot of attention as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. And when he sticks to a topic such as opposition to the Patriot Act, he sounds credible. But when he veers off-topic with ad-hominem charges against fellow Republicans and others, or when he downplays the dangers of drugs, he commands media attention more for outrageous assumptions and conclusions than for accuracy.

Mr. Paul seems to often hunger more for attention than for respect, and he strays further from polite and informed company with each additional unsubstantiated statement. Some politicians, especially those with rough edges at the margins, prove to be an acquired taste rather than a comfortable and more immediate fit. But Mr. Paul is like lima beans in vinegar, his reckless attacks containing all the grace of a Clydesdale on a polo field.



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