Southern Politics

I’m in awe of Rand Paul; the man must have the hide of a rhinoceros. He was sent to Washington after convincing the voters of Kentucky that he believed in the same god that they did – though he seems less fearful of divine retribution – and was going to spend his time there to force the Career Politicians to Cut Spending, Balance The Budget and return the country to the Golden Days, those presumably being whenever it was that the Clan Paul consolidated its position. He also railed against Vested Interests and Taxation and politicians who Weren’t Doing what they were Elected To Do.

So what’s the lad doing now? Well for one, he’s touring the country to promote his new book, The Tea Party Goes To Washington. Apparently he’s already got things in the capital so well organized that he doesn’t need to be there all the time, leaving himself more time for really important stuff, like promoting Rand Paul and demonstrating true Family Values and Christian Humility by telling us that he wouldn’t run for President against Paul the Elder.

The book is apparently getting plenty of support in Louisville, Kentucky. Google it and you’ll find that it’s available for purchase from teevee station WHAS11 Louisville which quite shamelessly states, under the banner “Rand Paul’s book available for purchase”:

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s book promoting tea party principles, was released Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican’s book, “The Tea Party Goes to Washington,” lays out the tea party platform for limited government and balanced budgets.

Paul, a Bowling Green eye doctor, shook up Kentucky’s Republican establishment last year when he won the GOP Senate nomination with the support of tea party activists and other conservatives.

Paul railed against deficit spending and federal bailouts in defeating Democrat Jack Conway in the fall election.

Paul’s father is Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Texas congressman and former presidential candidate.

Click here to purchase your copy of Sen. Rand Paul’s book.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

I wonder if Associated Press knows it’s supporting the Senator?

The Gold Tooth Award? In Australia there’s an expression with a meaning hard to define but self explanatory. “As flash as a rat with a gold tooth”, flash meaning showy, gaudy, ostentatious. There are variations. A political commentator covering an official function over which former Prime Minister John Howard was presiding described the then leader as looking “as smug as a rat with an umbrella”.

Frank Povah

Frank Povah

Arriving in the USA in late 2008, Frank Povah moved to Stamping Ground, Kentucky in mid 2009. Passionate about the written and spoken word and constantly bewildered by non-verbs and neo-nouns, Frank trained as a typesetter - though he has worked at many things - and later branched out into proofreading, writing and editing. For many years he has been copy editor, consultant and columnist with a prestigious Australian quarterly along with running his own editorial and typesetting business. His other interests are many and include traditional music, especially that of the south, folklore, natural history, and pigeons.