After what has supposedly been deemed to be Rand’s best debate performance yet (for all that’s saying), I figured that now was as good a time as any to write something I had meant to do a while ago before his campaign fades into further irrelevancy.
A few weeks ago, Rand said that Marco Rubio needs to show up for more votes in the Senate (contrary to popular perception, Rubio has missed 34% of votes this year), claiming that “we get paid to do a job,” and that Rubio “ought to show up for work.”
To be clear, Rand loves being in the Senate so much that he views keeping his current Senate seat as a consolation prize for when his Presidential campaign ultimately goes nowhere. How do I know this? Because Rand is the only person running for President who is running for two offices at once.
The stunning hypocrisy of this, coming from someone who is running against “the Washington Machine” knows absolutely no bounds.
Kentucky law explicitly prohibits a candidate from appearing on the same ballot more than once:
No candidate’s name shall appear on any voting machine or absentee ballot more than once, except that a candidate’s name may appear twice if he is a candidate for a primary or a regular election and also a candidate to fill a vacancy in the same office required to be filled at a special election, when the special election to fill a vacancy is scheduled for the regular election day.
Does that seem unclear to anyone?
Although Paul would have loved for the Kentucky State House to flip from Democratic control to Republican in the elections in 2014, it didn’t, so his attempts to change the law wouldn’t have succeeded.
He was left with another option: change the date of Kentucky’s presidential primary, and convert it into a caucus.
This is not a cheap venture, and the Kentucky GOP only decided to do so after it was assured that Rand would pick up the tab himself, that will ultimately cost about half a million dollars.
In September, Paul completed the first payment of $250,000. I am legitimately curious where he got the money from. My suspicion is he transferred it either from his Presidential or Senate campaign account. If (and I say if, because I genuinely don’t know) this is true, I would demand a refund if I were a Rand donor, because that is certainly not what I would want my money to go.
Last Tuesday’s elections in Kentucky were great news for Rand, because his top Democratic opponent, State Auditor Adam Edelen, lost reelection, and Matt Bevin’s surprise victory showed many that Kentucky Republicans can put up a candidate that most of them don’t even believe in and can still claim a decisive victory.
Before that election, Rand had taken steps to show he was taking his reelection to the Senate seriously, hiring some veteran Republican strategists. That said, he missed Fancy Farm (yet lectures Rubio about missing Senate votes) this past year. This remains important because Fancy Farm is “a necessary stop for any politician in Kentucky running for statewide office.”
Amusingly, Rand promised to launch a filibuster during the third GOP debate. This filibuster ended up lasting…not even 20 minutes.
Rand’s presidential campaign is going nowhere, and at the rate he’s going, his Senate campaign might do the same.
Rand wants to change laws to allow himself to run for two offices. When that failed, he had to cough up $500,000 to move an election so he can continue to run for two offices at once.
But go ahead, run against the “Washington Machine.”