Roger Simon: Rand Paul makes a muddle
Some have said the junior senator from Kentucky is the most "intriguing" of the possible Republican presidential candidates for 2016.
Abortion? That ought to be easy for a conservative like Paul, right?
"I think the debate is about when life begins," Paul said, stating the problem, but not the solution, something he has become very adept at doing. "Is it OK for an 8-pound baby to be aborted one week before delivery? If the mother says she's anxious and wants to 'kill myself,' you can have the abortion one day before it's due?"
"My personal religious belief is that life begins at the very beginning," Paul said.
He then said that currently, the abortion debate in America is between those who believe in "all life and no abortion, or all abortion and no life."
Or in a muddle as to just what Paul believes the law should be.
But how about affirmative action and college admission, since that has been in the news this week?
But don't some children suffer because they go to schools in poor neighborhoods and get a second-rate education?
Politics can include the art of saying nothing - some men have been elected President by saying nothing at all, but saying it well - but it is hard to see Paul surviving the modern-day presidential primary meat grinder of debate after debate with a campaign based on platitudes.
But is that really true? Is it really that simple? And what foreign policy would President Paul derive from that keen analysis?
But wouldn't Paul intervene to prevent an atrocity overseas like the Holocaust, even if U.S. security were not at stake? Axelrod asked.
But a real problem, Paul said, is how much the United States wastes every year on foreign aid.
"We should minimize pollution," Paul said. "But we have gone completely crazy with pollution laws."
It was not all "Looney Tunes." At one point, Paul quoted Marx. Not Karl - but Groucho.
But I think Paul believes this joke is revealed truth. And he believes it is safest to not look for trouble, to make no real diagnoses and apply no remedies whatsoever. That way, you offend the least number of people.
"I don't say that the President is a bad person," Paul said, referring to Barack Obama. "But I worry about the next President and the next."
Roger Simon is chief political columnist for Politico.
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