by Max Brantley
The implosion of Tea Party darling Rand Paul in Kentucky has been something to watch. Already nutty, he took it to a whole other level by saying on national TV that he wouldn't have supported the public accommodations portion of the civil rights act and still thinks it a bad idea.
But now -- just when I'm thinking it's past time for President Obama to nationalize BP's oil rigs so that we can end the lying and incompetence coming from that quarter in the Gulf oil disaster -- Paul steps up to say it's un-American to criticize BP, or, I guess, any business.
On Good Morning America today, Paul also steered the conversation toward something more recent, President Obama's criticism of BP following the oil spill. Paul said: "This sort of, you know 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,' I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business."
Paul continued: The President's reaction is "part of this sort of blame game society" where "it's always someone's fault." Paul added: "Maybe sometimes accidents happen."
Rand's candidacy does call to mind the famous bumper sticker.