FRANKFORT — This and that while deciding whether $3.99 is a reasonable price to pay for the new Rand Paul comic book.
Yes, Kentuckians, your junior U.S. senator and aspiring presidential candidate now has his very own biographical comic book courtesy of Bluewater Productions' "Political Power" series, which has profiled a variety of politicians and commentators over the years.
Its release this past week was a case of exquisite timing. Not only did it come just days after Paul officially acknowledged what he has been doing unofficially from the day he was elected to the Senate, the comic book also contained an equally exquisite example of what got Paul into trouble from day one of his official presidential candidacy: a thin-skinned disdain for journalists who dare to question his, uh, "evolving" positions on a variety of issues — from abortion to foreign affairs.
According to a few pages I've seen online, the writer of the comic book has him accusing a journalist of "political profiling," which the comic-book Paul describes as "Discrimination based on political opinions. Similar to profiling people for the color of their skin, but now we're profiling people for the color of their thoughts ... That sort of thinking runs rampant in the media."
While Paul may never have uttered those exact words, his snippiness with NBC and Associated Press reporters right out of the campaign gate suggest they reflect his thinking.
A couple of thoughts:
The most notable instances of "political profiling" in modern media involve Paul's buds at Fox News, followed by the folks at MSNBC. (Gotta stay nonpartisan here.) Mainstream media questions about flip-flopping are nothing more than serious questions about flip-flopping.
And acting snarky in response to mainstream media questions about flip-flopping doesn't win presidential primaries or get you to the Oval Office. It just makes you look like a jerk. Unless Paul recognizes this and quickly grows a thick skin, he soon will be relegated to the same level of presidential campaign history his father occupies. Somewhere below footnotes.
By the way, the Paul comic book includes the "Aqua Buddha" incident. I suspect it will resurface in the presidential campaign, probably handled far more cleverly (i.e., comically) than Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway mishandled it in the 2010 Senate race.
Speaking of Conway, his running mate in the gubernatorial campaign, House Democratic Caucus Chair Sannie Overly, didn't do him any favors by asking a judge to seal her deposition in a sexual harassment suit against former Democratic Rep. John Arnold.
No way depositions in a case involving public officials and employees of a public agency can be kept secret. Simply asking for them to be sealed creates the perception Overly is complicit in trying to cover up something. Not smart at all.
Citizens for a Sound Government, which is running attack ads against state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican gubernatorial primary, is headed up by a political activist with ties to the conservative Koch brothers.
These are the same Koch brothers now-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised in a secretive 2014 conference of billionaire and millionaire Republican donors by saying, "I don't know where we'd be without you."
Makes you wonder whether McConnell has a favorite in the primary.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida jumped into the Republican presidential fray the other day. Unlike Rand Paul, he said he would not seek the presidency and re-election to the Senate at the same time. Sort of makes Paul look like a political wimp.
Reach Larry Dale Keeling at firstname.lastname@example.org.