As most of you might have heard, Sen. Rand Paul is running for president. Though I wouldn’t blame anyone who might have forgotten that he is a presidential candidate considering it’s been a few months since he announced and the GOP field has become laughably crowded. We’re approaching a point where it’s going to be easier to list who isn’t running for the Republican nomination than who is.
But some might have also forgotten that Paul is running because his campaign has been, well – just bad. The “highlight,” if you want to call it that, was nothing more than a political publicity stunt concerning the Patriot Act that ultimately accomplished next to nothing.
Then again, it really shouldn’t be a surprise to see Paul’s campaign floundering. He’s someone who’s trying to pander to tea party conservatives and the cult-like Libertarian following his father built, two groups of people whose political ideologies are often in complete contradiction of one another. And by doing all of that it’s just made Paul look fake and very weak.
Well, as Rachel Maddow pointed out on Friday, Paul’s campaign seemed to be trying to hide just how ineffective his campaign has been at raising money by doing what’s called a “Friday night news dump.” The campaign released a report on Friday from his two super PACs showing they have only raised $5 million for the entire first part of the year, with 40 percent of that money coming from just two donors. By contrast, Jeb Bush has raised about $100 million.
You see, what “Friday night news dump” means is that many politicians will wait till Friday night when people are busier and not paying as much attention to “dump news” that they hope gets mostly overlooked.
“Rand Paul’s not supposed to be any other Republican candidate, he’s supposed to be the leader of a movement of diehard followers who would have done anything for Ron Paul, and they’ll do anything for Rand Paul,” Maddow said. “Well, it turns out one of the things those people will not do for Rand Paul is send him any money.”
While Rand Paul supporters act as if he’s a leading candidate and a legitimate threat to become the next President of the United States, the truth is when it comes to raising money he’s more on par with Rick Perry or Ben Carson (two people who have no shot at winning) than the GOP favorites, Bush and Scott Walker.
Though it’s not for a lack of trying. I actually had to unfollow Paul on Twitter because his constant begging for money was not only annoying, but also just very sad. During his Patriot Act political stunt his account turned into a seemingly non-stop stream of tweets constantly begging people to donate to his campaign. While all candidates ask for money, I’ve never been “spammed” as much by a candidate as I was by Paul’s campaign.
But the fact that they released this information on Friday, seemingly to avoid the limelight of the media’s attention, is their way to admit that they’re embarrassed by the lack of support he’s receiving from donors.
So, much like his father before him, it doesn’t look like Rand Paul is going to come anywhere near the White House unless he takes the tour or is invited by the actual president.
Watch the segment below via MSNBC: