As Marina Koren at the National Journal writes, “One day into his presidential campaign, Rand Paul is building a reputation that could be hard to shake: When he’s confronted by reporters—especially women reporters—about things he doesn’t want to talk about, he gets antagonistic.”
In an appearance on NBC’s Today show Wednesday morning, Sen. Paul got rather huffy with Savannah Guthrie, which you can see below.
If you are a Republican and you think Sen. Paul is doing well by standing up to an aggressive reporter, you don’t get it. In any case, Guthrie’s opening question was not that confrontational. Reporters are going to ask questions about anything that looks like a change in position over time. That’s all she was doing.
If Sen. Paul can’t handle something this easy, he’s going to melt down when things really get tough. And they will get tough.
Yes, he will appeal to the true believers among his supporters when he pushes back against the lame-stream media, but there are never enough true believers to go around to win anything significant, at least not at the national level.
I wouldn’t vote for the man under any circumstances, but it’s sad to see this kind of amateur hour so early in the game.
And let’s not forget the condescending way he speaks to women. That’s not going to help either.