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Paul as John Wall

Rand Paul is Kentucky's junior senator.
Rand Paul is Kentucky's junior senator.

Rand Paul has a better spin move than John Wall. The darling of the Tea Party movement has employed it often since winning the Republican Senate nomination in May, pulling 180s on a regular basis in hopes of controlling the damage from some of his more provocative comments.

He was at it again Monday, telling reporters, "It's been recently insinuated somehow that I don't care about the drug problem in Kentucky, and that's absolutely wrong."

Heck of a spin move there, because the "insinuated somehow" phrase completely fails the reality test.

There was no insinuation; there was a statement. And the "somehow" was Paul's own mouth when he recently told The Associated Press he doesn't think drug abuse is "a real pressing issue" in his Senate race against Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, a statement that raised even some Republican eyebrows.

It was another instance of Paul displaying his ignorance of all things Kentucky. Maybe he's been so consumed with studying the 16,000-page federal tax code and the 79,000-page regulatory code he railed about at the Fancy Farm Picnic, he hasn't had time to learn a little bit about the state he's lived in for 17 years.

His assertion that drug abuse and drug trafficking are issues best handled at the local level is just one indication of lack of knowledge. He holds the same simplistic — and highly unrealistic — view for regulating mine safety and water quality.

He makes cracks about the possibility of beer being thrown on him at a church picnic in a dry county. And he calls the Appalachian Mountains "knobby little hills."

Small wonder he's developed a spin move that would make any NBA star envious. When you don't know what you're talking about, you can get a lot of practice pulling those 180s in an attempt to get away from your own words.

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