From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Rand Paul, the newly nominated Republican candidate for Senate from Kentucky, touched off more controversy on Friday by calling the Obama administration “un-American” for taking a tough stance with BP over the company’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A day after he was forced to explain remarks he had made suggesting he was not fully supportive of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mr. Paul set off yet another round of Twitter, cable television and e-mail chatter by lambasting President Obama and his aides for insisting that BP be held accountable — and pay — for the oil spill cleanup and damage.

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(In the frame, r to l:  Lamar McKay, President and Chairman of BP American, Steven Newman, President and Chief Executive Officer Transocean Limited and Tim Probert, President Global Business Lines and Chief Health, Safety and Enviromental Officer Halliburton)

“What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,’ ” Mr. Paul said, referring to a remark by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about the oil company. “I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.”

His Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, the state attorney general, has begun soliciting campaign donations by citing Mr. Paul’s recent statements.


Also in the Friday interview, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Mr. Paul extended his belief that too much blame was being laid at the feet of business, by alluding to the deaths of 29 workers at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia last month.  “We had a mining accident that was very tragic,” he said. “Then we come in, and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.”

From The Washington Post:

After two days of bruising media coverage about his views on elements of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday canceled his scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Rand did ‘Good Morning America’ today, set the record straight, and now we are done talking about it,” said Jesse Benton, a spokesman for Paul’s campaign. “No more national interviews on the topic.”


Only two other people have canceled appearances on “Meet the Press”: Louis Farrakhan and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan.


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28 responses to “RP ♥ BP

  1. writechic

    He’s just a nightmare. Bill Maher (with strong libertarian leanings) says Rand Paul is Sarah Palin with a medical degree. Then…”the bat doesn’t fall far from the tree.” 😉

    • i watched that last night. funny how everyone immediately leaped to the comparison to princess sarah. of course, after he said stupid things, made them worse, and then canceled an interview on a show that’s not on faux, who else would spring to mind? now, if he’ll only quit halfway through his campaign, it’ll be perfect!

      • writechic

        He should be easy to keep perpetually rankled. Would he like to see the regulations that are supposed to protect miners done away with…or was that just an accident like BP? Would he do away with the EPA? Would like to see the elimination of the Department of Education? The IRS?

        • he and his father think kids should be homeschooled. they want to do away with the dept of ed. he thinks the massey disaster was just an accident, so i guess he doesn’t care much for safety regulations.

          did you hear that people in nevada will be prohibited from wearing chicken suits when they vote? 😆 seriously, it’s true! where are ron and randy paul to rail against the intrusion on first amendment rights? i thought that was one of the amendments they like.

    • kaylaspop

      Actually what Bill said was that the shit doesn’t fall far from the bat.

  2. Let’s see how long little (Ayn) Rand continues to be the gift who keeps on giving.

    • i think he’s in a back room somewhere learning how to be a candidate. in the meantime, what he said will take the air out of rethugs’ sails when they go on the sunday talk shows. they’ll all be asked about it. funny how we haven’t heard anything from michael phathead steele yet. maybe he’s still in tampa, where they have no television sets, radios, or telephones.

  3. AND Rand will be responsible for the laying off of comedy writers across the land. His hair must have that weird ambience from having his head so far up the ass of big money making it get all curly like that. Can’t wait till he gets into the libertarian sexual practices of “anything goes” with the Queen Fish. It might throw off her train of thought from such gems as “If god had not intended for us to eat animals, how come he made them out of meat?”

    • but just think of how he’ll stimulate the poodle grooming business. people will look at him and feel guilty that they haven’t had their pooches’ fur trimmed in way too long.

  4. how pissed is Sarah than someone is stealing her stupidity spotlight

    i bet she is marching into Fatso Ailes office as we speak demanding they keep Rand off the air

    i can think of the perfect double date Rand and Sarah with Souder and Michelle — and they have bent sippy straws in the glass of Gulf Oil

    do you think Sarah approves of profitting from extramarital sex since she is SO ok with her loose daughter making $30K from premarital sex.

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  6. Rand, by implication finds it patriotic (American) to trash the entire Gulf of Mexico & double dose compound the problem it with chemical dispersant.

    Might I recommend Rand Paul then do his patriotic duty, and go be a tourist on a beach in Louisiana (if he can find one that is not closed due to toxic health risks), take a deep breath of all the freedom (stench of oil), and chow down on some contaminated seafood.

    If he’s not a part of the solution, he’s a part of the problem. Why do they keep dredging up such total
    jerks as politicians?
    Is there some kind of secret “most douche baggiest” competition going on?

    P.S. I can’t read what it says under his name on his BP lapel logo.

    • it’s just a rand paul for senate 2010 button.

      if he thinks government is not the solution, then why is he running to be part of the government?

  7. Joanaroo

    He and Princess are showing they are true Rethugs and both are talking out their asses: Rand Paul-don’t say you’re standing on BPs throat, and Ms. Drill Baby Drill-the Obama Admin. isn’t doing enough. Excuse me, but Princess I Love Lube, where is YOUR idea to clean up the mess? She likes to drill, but honey, a douche won’t clean up THIS mess!

  8. Joanaroo

    It’s also a Rethug way of thinking to not give a damn how many Joe Public are killed in an oil drilling or mining disaster-or a war started on a lie for that matter-as long as someone is profitting from it. Rand Paul isn’t getting Benzene or coal dust up his nose, or getting shot at in Afghanistan, for that matter, so what the fuck do he and the Rethugs care?

    • i love how the rethugs are trying to paint little randy as some kind of principled philosopher. he’s nothing but an asswipe spewing out the shit that daddy talked about at the dinner table. if he really had the courage of his convictions, he’d refuse medicare payments and accept chickens in exchange for ophthalmology services.

  9. Joanaroo

    Nah, give him dead seafood with a nice coating of that sweet Louisiana light crude that he can slide down his throat and choke on. Ignorant son of a bitch! I say when the Worldwide Tough Fisherman get loaded up on FREE Dixie Beer, grab their bats, chains, clubs, etc. and do the PPV BP Butt Kicking, bring in the BP losers and all these idiots treating this like some little thing and the deaths like a joke, and let the WTF at em! I think I want a front row seat even though I can’t take the sight of blood.

    • no need for the wtf to even break a sweat. just put the bp execs near the water, and they’ll poop their pants. they’re a bunch of cowardly asswipes who probably never did anything other than sit behind a desk and answer telephones. those big fat tropical mosquitoes will scare the crap out of those wusses.

  10. Joanaroo

    This just in: BP senior secretary Emma Wark Forfuctards said she can’t take this horrible disaster anymore and she has to talk: You know how the Louisiana MMS got bribes of sporting events and trips, etc. from operators of the rigs they were to investigate? And they allowed the operators to fill out the forms in pencil then the investigators traced it in pen? Now Republicans say this is Obama’s legacy. Well, I have a source who said the Repubs wanted Obama to fail so badly that the rig was known to be in danger and they did everything they could to be sure it failed during Obama’s watch. But, sshhh! Don’t tell anybody!

    • i don’t buy the conspiracy theories about the disaster being a set-up job to bring obama down. however, obama had better do something, or this will be his katrina. though what led up to the disaster started with chimpy and deadeye dick and all their deals with big oil, it’s obama’s problem now, and he’d better get angry. he should gut mms, get rid of ken salazar, and tell bp to keep writing checks but otherwise step aside.

  11. Joanaroo

    Yup, don’t get me wrong-I’m pissed at Obama too for taking BP campaign money and being lax with regulations on BP before this happened. BUT I think EVERYONE RESPONSIBLE needs to grow a conscience, brain and balls and fess up. As you said, heads should roll-at BP, MMS, the White House, etc. And I get pissed that the Repubs are turning this ALL on the Dems. Honey, it’s both sides and ALL who have benefitted from BP money should be made to say how much and how much did you allow BP to have their way. And those LA MMS who allowed BP carte blanche, throw em all out!

  12. Joanaroo

    Anyway, politics aside (and Nonnie, my Emma talk was an attempt at satire during sadness at reading the bad news on several sites), Carville and Matalin, and Anderson Cooper, Billy Nungesser, Bobby Jindal and others went into the LA marshes in boats about an hour or so ago and if you don’t cry, you’re dead. It is a total loss-they said it’s dead silence-no birds, no fish, thick oil everywhere, the marsh grasses are dead and dying and NOBODY IS THERE CLEANING IT UP! If Obama isn’t down there before Friday and doesn’t go where these guys were, then throw him the fuck out of the white

    • obama needs to get down there right away. he should have been there already. yes, his people have been there, but he really needs to show that he’s angry about this. i wouldn’t go so far as to say we should throw him out of the white house, but he’s making a huge mistake by going to fundraisers rather than being down at the gulf.

  13. Joanaroo

    You know who I like is Billy Nungesser. He is truly emotional over this and is not being overly judgemental but is saying look-we have a plan and nobody wants us to use it. The Coast Guard doesn’t have a plan but they want us to use theirs! He was flabbergasted and I imagine he said WTF?!!
    If he ran for president I would vote for him. That bang you just heard was my mom and dad falling off their chairs like the guy in Blazing Saddles when Cleavon Little rode into town-Nungesser is a Republican. But what I see I like because he’s being no-bullshit honest.

    • i’m sure that his sense of urgency is real, but i am also sure that he’s playing politics, too. his father was a politician (and pat buchanan-backer), so while he might be on the right side of this argument, i wouldn’t be first in line to vote for him. i don’t remember him screaming this loud during katrina.

  14. Joanaroo

    All I know is what I’ve seen now. I read he was elected to his current position in 2006. In 2008 he had some ideas put into use to prevent problems when Gustav and Ike visited the area. Before 2012 I certainly plan to do my homework before I vote and the Green Party may be a good place to look. I know Obama has been a disappointment after voting for him.