I remember when I was in school, a professor told me that to be a high profile politician means you have to essentially be an egomaniac. Basically they have to believe that everything they do is great, most people are inferior to them, and if something they say or do turns out to be wrong they often either deflect blame or try to downgrade their failure. I think that’s a pretty common trait for most politicians.
But when it comes to politicians like Rand Paul (you can throw most tea party politicians into this same category) they almost go out of their way to make everything about them.
Take for instance his recent comments where he tried to take the credit for President Obama’s planned changes to how the NSA collects data.
Paul said, “I don’t want to take all the credit for this, but I think our lawsuit had something to do with bringing the president do the table. The interesting thing is he unilaterally instituted this program without congressional authority. Now, he’s saying he has to wait for congressional authority to undo it. I think he could unilaterally stop the program if he were serious about it.”
How do you define irony? A politician who frequently claims that the president unconstitutionally bypasses Congress – complaining that the president won’t bypass Congress.
I’m going out on a limb to say that Edward Snowden has much more to do with any planned changes to the NSA than anything Paul did. In fact, I’m willing to bet his lawsuit had nothing to do with Obama’s decision. The fact that Paul thinks that Obama cares about his pointless lawsuit is hilarious.
Now, by saying Snowden has played a part in this does not mean I support what he did at all. As I’ve said before, there’s a difference between tactically releasing small amounts of data showing possible illegal wiretapping by the government and stealing millions of documents, fleeing the country, then trying to use that information you stole to barter your way into a country that would provide you protection from U.S. prosecution. I still firmly believe Snowden is a traitor and should be prosecuted as such.
Paul’s belief that his ridiculous lawsuit had something to do with President Obama wanting to make changes to the NSA’s surveillance programs is a complete joke. But it does provide us with yet another example of just how self-absorbed the Kentucky senator is.