October 17, 2021

Rand Paul (video): So why does Hillary take so much money from abusers of women’s rights?

Rand Paul

You already know a lot of this, but Paul offers two specific examples and something even better: Clearly, he’s going to keep after the media for dogging Republicans on abortion and whatever else, while showing no interest whatsoever in the complete and obvious hypocrisy of Bill Clinton’s Wife as she feigns concern for “women and girls” while taking money from the very people who keep them in bondage.

Traditional consultant types hate this, of course, as do members of the media themselves for obvious reasons. I was talking to a guy last week – longtime PR consultant and former station manager of a CBS affiliate – reference how Paul had “stepped in it” with his initial challenge to the media concerning their badgering over abortion when they wouldn’t ask similar questions to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. To him, it wasn’t even a question. He even said to me, word for word as if I’d never heard it before, “You don’t pick fights with people who buy ink by the barrel.”

That’s been conventional wisdom in the media and political worlds for decades, and the more I think about it, the more convinced I am it’s one of the dumbest notions I’ve ever heard – especially today.

First of all, Republicans don’t have to start a fight with the media. The media started the fight decades ago. The question is whether you’re going to roll over and take it or fight back. And with today’s technology making it possible to reach mass audiences with your message in a way that doesn’t rely on the media, it’s never made less sense to roll over and take the media’s nonsense for fear of them criticizing you. Besides, what Paul’s doing is working. Some in the media did go and ask DWS the questions Paul discussed about aborting seven-pound fetusus, leading her to declare that abortion is no longer an important issue anyway.

Oh? You don’t think that’s a change in the game?

I’m not necessarily arguing that this is a winning electoral strategy, at least on its own, and Paul is not my preference anyway. But he is absolutely correct to challenge the premise of questions reporters ask him instead of just cowering and taking it. Every other Republican should follow his lead on this score.

And as for Hillary, yes, she does need to be asked why she takes money from the people who abuse women and girls – and if Rand Paul and other Republicans keep talking about it, the media will be forced to ask her that question whether they want to or not. Assuming, that is, she ever takes any questions.