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Post Election Reflection On Tea Parties In Bourbon Country

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to vote in the Kentucky primary with my youngest son who was voting for the first time. Afterwords, I congratulated my son for becoming a stakeholder in everything that is wrong in this country.

This morning I’m sitting here sipping a lovely cup of organic green tea, wondering how it is that a wingnut crazy tea partier like Rand Paul could win the Republican primary for Senate. I mean Mitch McConnell is the man in this state and he supported Paul’s opponent. And that so far as I know is the only time I ever agreed with McConnell. This morning ABC’s Robin Roberts wondering how this ‘populist’ movement leader could have delivered his victory speech at a country club, gotta love Paul’s explanation:

“This morning on ‘GMA’ Republican and Tea Party victor in Kentucky’s Senate Primary, Rand Paul spoke with Robin Roberts about his victory. He’s already coming under fire for holding a victory party at a private country club while at the same time claiming to be a man of the people:

ROBIN: Some people find it a bit ironic that your victory party last night was at a private country club in Kentucky. Doesn’t that kind of send a mixed message there?

PAUL: I think at one time people used to think of golf and golf courses and golf clubs as being exclusive. But I think in recent years now you see a lot of people playing golf. I think Tiger Woods has helped to broaden that in the sense that he’s brought golf to a lot of the cities and to city youth, and so no, I don’t think it’s nearly as exclusive as people once considered it to be.”

Presumably we will soon see Paul campaigning on the golf courses on the west (and decidedly less white and rich) side of Louisville. Oh wait, what golf courses?

And here is a picture of Paul’s private security detail before the election–let’s just gaze upon that for a bit and try to imagine what this guy would be like if he got elected. In November, how about we actually get out there and vote, because when less than 30% of us do so, it isn’t the voters who bear the blame, it is those who don’t.