Do Kentuckians dislike Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and national Democrats more than they fear being potentially embarrassed by Rand Paul? That's the question that will be answered at the state's polls on November 2.
At the annual Fancy Farm political gathering that kicks off Kentucky's political season, Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway, who made news with his profane comments at the event a year earlier, quipped that when the GOP nominated Rand Paul, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had supported Paul's opponent Trey Grayson, must have said to himself that "accidents happen." This choice of words echoed Paul's reaction to the BP oil spill in the Gulf.
In hindsight, Paul's victory was a harbinger of anti-incumbent zealotry across the country. He gained the support of Tea Party groups and embraced them. His post-primary gaffes were a preview of more to come from other so-called "Tea Party candidates" such as Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Christine O'Donnell, and Joe Miller.
Inexplicably, Paul went on NPR and the liberal Rachel Maddow Show and engaged in philosophical discussions about whether Title II of the Civil Rights Act, which banned private accommodations from discriminating on the basis of race, was actually an overreach by the federal government. This exchange perhaps highlighted what critics of Paul call his libertarianism on steroids.