Kentucky Senatorial wannabe Rand Paul showcased his ignorance of the state he wants to represent as well as its history by flunking a simple test some weeks ago on the history of “bloody Harlan County” and its meaning to the struggle of coal miners in that state.
When asked by Details magazine about the significance of Harlan and its role in the epic labor battles between coal miners and predatory mining companies Paul first responded that he thought the town was “famous for something” before admitting he didn’t know what it was.
When an aide tried to save Paul from his own ignorance, the Tea Party poster boy said “Maybe the feuding,” referring to the legendary Hatfields and McCoys family feud before adding that “the Hatfields and McCoys were more up toward West Virginia though.”
Then he offers that nearby Hazard, Kentucky, was the model for the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The Dukes of Hazzard was set in Georgia, not Kentucky, and spelled differently.
And this is not the only example of Paul’s ignorance about Kentucky. Notes Ben Smith of Politico:
In talking to both Republicans and Democrats at Fancy Farm, I found bipartisan wonder at just how foreign Rand Paul is to Kentucky’s treasured cultural and political traditions. He’s much more interested in, and comfortable with, discussing 20,000-foot national issues than his own state. Given the environment this year, Paul’s unfamilarity with the state may not matter — but it has the Kentucky political class buzzing.
The most striking example may have been the lede in the Details mag profile of Paul in which he was uncertain about why the town of Harlan — home to epic labor battles — was famous and suggested wrongly to the reporter that the nearby town of Hazard was the model for the fictional “Dukes of Hazzard.”
Now, Paul has offered up another doozy by claiming yesterday on Sean Hannity’s radio show that he was worried about being pelted with beer at Fancy Farm. The problem with this claim: The picnic is put on by a Catholic parish and no alcohol is served. And, in fact, the country where it’s held is dry.
This guy wants to be a United States Senator? This is one of the candidates that the Tea Party “movement” points to as an example of its self-claimed — and illusionary — attempt to bring sanity to government?
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone.
(Edited on Aug. 18)
- Rand Paul unsure why Harlan County, Kentucky is famous (salon.com)
- Rand Paul hits a hazard | Michael Tomasky (guardian.co.uk)
- Rand Paul’s Kentucky Problems (mydd.com)
- KY-Sen: The latest on Rand Paul hilarity (dailykos.com)
- Rand Paul Opens Mouth, Puts Coal-Covered Foot In (crooksandliars.com)
- Is Rand Paul the kookiest? A blogger wants to know. (politics.nashvillepost.com)