February 6, 2015

WHENEVER A LIBERTARIAN SPEAKS IT'S A GAFFE:

Rand Paul's gaffes offer a glimpse of his worldview (Michael Gerson, February 5, 2015, Washington Post)

It has become the Rand Paul pattern: A few weeks paddling vigorously in the mainstream, followed by a lapse into authenticity, followed by transparent damage control, followed by churlishness toward anyone in the media who notices. All the signs of a man trying to get comfortable in someone else's skin.

The latest example is vaccination. "I have heard of many tragic cases," said Dr. Paul, "of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines." Following the ensuing firestorm, the Republican senator from Kentucky insisted, "I did not say vaccines caused disorders, just that they were temporally related."

In effect: I did not sleep with that causation.

Paul blamed his troubles on the "liberal media" -- which, after a little digging, reported that, in 2009, he had called mandatory vaccinations a step toward "martial law."

When Chris Christie commits a gaffe on vaccination and reverses himself, it indicates a man out of his depth. With Paul, it reveals the unexplored depths of a highly ideological and conspiratorial worldview.

Posted by at February 6, 2015 5:12 PM
  

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