Rand Paul: "Mealy-Mouthed Politician"

July 14, 2010 5:12 pm ET — Alan Pyke

Rand Paul

Last month, when Rand Paul ducked a voter's question about the age of the planet, the Kentucky Tea Party candidate showed he cares more about winning an election than being direct with his constituents.

But this week in a campaign email to the conservative readers of Patriot Update, Paul was back to selling himself as an earnest outsider who's not "searching for the political winds."

Got that? Rand Paul's no "mealy-mouthed politician"; he takes whatever position he wants without asking if it's "safe." Paul signs off as "a career doctor, not a career politician" to drive the point home.

But when the campaign reigns are off, Paul makes it clear that he's "searching for the political winds" himself. The National Review today tells voters about "The Reeducation of Rand Paul":

For instance, instead of calling for the elimination of many federal departments - as his father, Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican congressman and former presidential candidate, regularly does - Paul says he is trying to "nibble around the edges," to "not be the person who says he will eliminate every department in the federal government. My dad freely will say that, that he would eliminate at least half of the departments, but he is just more forthright." 

Paul wants to have it both ways, being less "forthright" than his firebrand father while building his political brand around having "principles" and "the GUTS to back them up."

Career doctor or not, Rand Paul has mastered the crucial skill for bringing fringe Tea Party ideas into the GOP's tent: he is a hypocrite.