Although the Rand Paul plagiarism scandal seems to be running its course, having finally elicited an apology and an agreement to start actually citing quotes and ideas, Senator Paul felt the need in an interview with the National Review to try and childishly get the last word in. If it is any indication of the kind of character this man has, MSNBC’s Steve Benen has it right when he says, “it would appear the senator is struggling badly with this test.”
To recap, it was reported here, and here, and here, and here, and again here, that Senator Rand Paul in various mediums was found to have a tendency to not cite sources of information and quotations, instead implying that they were his own. The situation was so controversial that Senator Paul’s weekly column for the Washington Times was cancelled.
As indicated, Mr. Paul has now (after a week of trying to pass blame onto others like the man-child he is and whining about how it’s completely unfair that he be forced to follow the same citation rules enforced in every decent high school and university across the country) accepted some semblance of blame and implied that his staff would now start making sure his sources are properly cited.
However, Rand Paul did not stop there. He went on in his interview with the National Review to essentially say that he was being personally attacked for making mistakes. (Actually, the same “mistake” over and over again.) But that shouldn’t be enough to crucify him, right?
Mr. Paul is free to criticize every other word that comes out of President Obama’s mouth, but when the sights are set on him he claims it’s a witch hunt. To quote him directly:
“It annoys the hell out of me. I feel like if I could just go to detention after school for a couple days, then everything would be okay. But do I have to be in detention for the rest of my career?”
It annoys him that he was caught and we won’t let him get away with it? It annoys him that we’re not going to let it go, kind of like how him and his ilk have refused to let things like the birther movement and the Benghazi non-conspiracy go?
Yes Mr. Paul, while your supporters have probably ignored this issue in its entirety, there are those of us who won’t let America forget what kind of unscrupulous politician you are as you try to weasel your way into the White House.
h/t: Rachel Maddow Show