Mainstream reporters — who are four times more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans — want voters to know that Sen. Rand Paul is a complete joke and will never win the presidency.
Before officially announcing his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, Paul posted a heads-up on his Website, along with links to clever campaign merchandise. For example, the practicing ophthalmologist posted an eye chart that reads, “Dr. Rand Paul For President, Defeat The Washington Machine.” The rest of the font is too small to read without glasses. Nice touch.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) April 7, 2015
A Dad-joke of a campaign email headline is so lame, say reporters who aren’t at all projecting their childhood disappointments onto male Republican politicians.
Inbox: American Bridge Welcomes “Paul Off The Wall” to the Presidential Race #tryharder
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 7, 2015
But Rand Paul is the one with daddy issues, you see, because he’s related to a former presidential candidate who baffles reporters by taking politically unorthodox positions.
.@ananavarro real talk: “There are people with daddy issues in this race, people with hubby issues, and people who just have issues.”
— Jose A. DelReal (@jdelreal) April 7, 2015
Now that’s some Real Talk, quoted approvingly by the same reporter who reflexively labelled Paul’s five minute-old candidacy a “troll.”
None of these reactions are surprising. Republicans are either a swing vote away from donning a KKK hood and lighting a cross on the White House lawn, or they’re an LOL-and-a-half to reporters. To convince reporters that you’re a flesh-and-blood human being and not a weird caricature, you have to be savvy in your consultant hires. You have to share the same foibles as the rest of us — like, how do I get my Gmail and AOL accounts on the same phone?!
Email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.