How familiar would you say you are you with Rand Paul — Republican nominated senatorial candidate for Kentucky and 47-year-old spawn of Rep. Ron Paul? Did you say "Not very familiar"? "Quite familiar"? "Super-extremo familiar"?
Doesn't matter. You're about to get a whole lot more familiar with him over the course of the next several months/years/eons…
Paul notched a decisive win in Kentucky's Republican primary, dousing the hopes of the party establishment and signaling that the Tea Party movement could wield considerable clout in November. "I have a message from the Tea Party," Paul told supporters gathered at his victory party on the back porch of a Bowling Green country club. "A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back."
The Bluegrass State showdown pitted the handpicked candidate of the Republican establishment against the standard bearer of the conservative insurgency. Paul, the son of the Texas Congressman, former GOP presidential candidate and libertarian icon Ron Paul, has never held political office. But he walloped Trey Grayson, the 38-year-old Secretary of State who was ushered by Kentucky's senior Senator, minority leader Mitch McConnell, toward the post vacated by outgoing Senator Jim Bunning.
It seems like somewhat of an understatement to describe Rand Paul as "the standard bearer of the conservative insurgency." He's the son of the man who invented the modern Tea Party movement. Both he and it were born of the same mad scientist. That's some kind of insane Elizabethan metaphor shit going on there.
Salon's War Room is claiming that Democratic nominee Jack Conway has a sporting shot at beating him. But that, to me, seems implausible. I think that the only way anyone will be defeating Rand Paul this election cycle will be through some kind of bullshit metaphysical battle of internal energy, like how the Hulk killed Nick Nolte at the end of that awful first Hulk film. And I just don't see Jack Conway pulling that off any more convincingly than Ang Lee did.
Tags: Jim Bunning, Kentucky, Primaries, Rand Paul, Republicans, Ron Paul, Senate, Tea Party