IF YOU want to know why Ken Cuccinelli is losing his bid for the governorship in Virginia, it can be seen in the regurgitation of right-wing radio talking points coming from his supporters. It was heard in Senator Rand Paul bringing plagiarism to the campaign trail, which Rachel Maddow was the first to report, but now has been blasted from the New York Times website. Ken Cuccinelli rallies are fact free, hate filled zones, one of the leading trademarks of Republican Tea Party crowds that are fueled by Obama and Hillary derangement syndrome.
Dave Weigel reporting on “The Final Days of Ken Cuccinelli”:
Cuccinelli’s audience knew every beat of this. They were, generally, well-versed in talk radio and aware that a McAuliffe win would boost the people he spent his life working for””the Clintons. “Hillary Clinton? I hate her,” said April Hudson, a libertarian-minded Cuccinelli supporter. “I think she’s a murderer. I think she should be in jail. She disgusts me. Everything she did in Benghazi, it disgusts me. She should be disqualified from running for president.”
“Virginia’s a real plum for the Clintons,” said Margaret Hobble, a Cuccinelli supporter from Winchester, Va. “Hillary and Obama worked under the same man, Saul Alinsky.”
The fact that the Tea Party is unpopular in Virginia had to be ignored by Ken Cuccinelli, because without the crazy right-wing he’d be losing by an even larger margin. However, when Senator Ted Cruz came to town, Cuccinelli ducked him. That’s because Virginia’s economy depends on the federal government and private defense contractors, which took a big hit during the shutdown that was led by Senator Cruz.
Now we’re learning that Cruz’s father has railed that Obama needs to go back to Kenya, channeling the hate that’s represented in Cuccinelli’s crowds, too.
Enter Senator Rand Paul, the softer, saner Tea Party darling, who was crafting a decent path at the height of the Republican shutdown orchestrated by Cruz and the House extremist caucus. At Liberty University, Jerry Falwell’s old haunts, Paul decided to bring out the red meat for the Cuccinelli die hards to chew, but in the midst of his speech, not only did he hoist the ridiculous notion of eugenics, but he stepped into it by allegedly lifting text from Wikipedia for his speech.
From Politico, after Rachel Maddow called him out, which she continued to do last night on her show.
Maddow continued to highlight similar passages, saying Paul’s speech “was totally ripped off of Wikipedia.”
“He assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a world-class swimming star with a genetic profile secondary to none, who’s been paralyzed in a car accident,” Paul said.
That was similar to the Wikipedia line: “He assumes the identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow, a former swimming star with a genetic profile “˜second to none,’ who had been injured in a car accident, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.”
“Jerome buys his identity and uses his DNA, his blood, his hair, his tissue, his urine to pass the screening,” Paul continued.
From Wikipedia: “Vincent “˜buys’ Jerome’s identity and uses his “˜valid’ DNA in blood, hair, tissue, and urine samples to pass screening.”
After the segment, Maddow’s blog noted that after Paul’s speech on Monday, somebody edited the Wikipedia page to include “Rand Paul talking point” instead of “borrowed ladder,” but it was quickly edited back out.
Senator Paul’s response? It’s the “haters,” not plagiarism. For Rand Paul, his troubles seem to always begin when Rachel Maddow gets wind of something he says.
On Wednesday, Paul was asked about the charges during an interview on Fusion with Jorge Ramos. Paul said he gave proper credit and his “enemies” were “making a mountain out of a molehill.”
“Well, we, we borrowed the plot lines from “˜Gattaca,’ a movie, and I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie,” Paul said. “I think they’re arguing about whether things are properly footnoted. And there are technicalities to this. But nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from. “¦ The rest of it is making a mountain out of a molehill from people I think basically who are political enemies and have an ax to grind.”
[“¦] “This is really about information and attacks coming from haters. You know, the person who is leading this attack, she’s been spreading hate on me for about three years now and I don’t intend for it to go away, but I also don’t see her as an objective news source,” Paul said.
One thing Tea Party people seem to have in common is not being able to recognize truth from hate.
Rand Paul evidently hopes that his bobbing and weaving will hide what he did, as he talks about plagiarism in the most bizarre of ways, actually ignoring its definition and the damage it does to credibility, thinking he can get away with it.
The final days of Ken Cuccinelli brings to a close a sorry political campaign based solely on division, exclusion, and hate. Good riddance, though as long as there is the Tea Party there will be plenty of hate and misinformation around.
Virginia is test case and always has been for a Clinton 2016 run for the presidency, with the Cuccinelli Hillary haters providing a preview of coming right-wing attractions. Some things never change.
What Republicans like Cuccinelli and his haters, even Rand Paul, haven’t learned is that states like Virginia are representative of the country, including independents, who believe that the state and federal government have enough to do without policing women’s bodies and our choices, which are no one’s business but our own.
It’s why T-Mak is leading by almost 20 points among women, while running a progressive campaign on social issues and the economy, which includes a strong relationship with the federal government and defense contractors.