Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rand Paul Rages Against DC Machine (That Created Him)

By Olivia Nuzzi

From the tacky ballroom of the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Rand Paul announced on Tuesday what anyone even vaguely aware of his existence has known since he entered the Senate in 2010: he is running for president.

The marketing of this campaign is that Paul is a “different” type of Republican, and a “different” sort of politician altogether.

His slogan: “Defeat the Washington machine/unleash the American Dream.”

“Too often when Republicans have won we have squandered our victory by becoming part of the Washington machine,” he said. “That’s not who I am.”

It wasn’t exactly clear what Paul meant by “Washington machine.”

Paul has never been involved in any form of government besides the federal government.

He vaulted from eye doctor to the Senate in 2010 because his father was a well known, libertarian congressman.

Does he want to do away with the very demented system that made him?

Or maybe by “Washington machine” Paul means the system whereby actual governing is an afterthought to politicking.

Paul dislikes this culture so much that ahead of his speech, he aired a hype video featuring half a dozen cable pundits including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and MSNBC host Chris Matthews praising him, as if those voices should be considered an authority in America.

Paul detests the “Washington machine” or in other words, the system, which has permitted him to spend almost the entirety of his first term in office preparing and running for the Republican nomination.

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