You know, when I first posted this story about a Rand Paul supporter stomping the head of a Move On activist, part of me wanted to give Paul the benefit of the doubt.
I mean surely he'd apologize for his fan's actions profusely, right?
In fact, I think we can now safely say that you can judge this particular candidate by his supporters.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rand Paul said the head-stomping was a result of passionate feelings on both sides and a "crowd control problem."
Ah, no. I'm sorry, Rand Paul. But a head stomping is caused by someone slamming their foot into someone's head, not a failure to form an orderly line, or feelings of "passion."
A lot of things make me feel passionate. And I've been in some pretty nasty crowds before (protests, concerts, WalMart during the Christmas shopping season), yet I've refrained from kicking anyone in the head. A miracle, I know.
But wait, it gets better. It turns out the head stomper is Tim Profitt, a the Rand Paul donor and the recently-fired Bourbon County coordinator of Paul's Kentucky Senate campaign. Profitt donated $1,950 to Paul's campaign, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, however Paul won't be returning the money.
Initially, he said he would return it, but changed his mind. (Can anyone say flip-flopper?)
But wait, it gets even better, Profitt is now saying he thinks the victim of his head stomping should apologize to him!!!
"I don't think it's that big of a deal," Profitt told a TV station. "I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you ... Well, I'll just say it, if the police had done what they were supposed to do, it would have never happened."
You know, I think we can all sympathize with that last line. Where are the police when our explosive rage gets out of control and causes us to inflict serious injuries on strangers? I mean, isn't it their job to predict when we're going to fly off the handle?
OK. Now that I'm done mocking these people, you can take a moment to feel outraged.
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Look, you can't judge a book by its cover.
And maybe you can't judge a candidate by his supporters. But ... then again ... maybe to a certain extent ... you kind of can. I mean, you can pretty much assume that supporters of Tom Tancredo don't like immigrants, and that Christine O'Donnell supporters definitely aren't witches.
So, while I make no official judgment call on Kentucky senatorial Rand Paul, I do think it's pertinent to note that at least some of his supporters are 100 percent behind the Constitution's First Amendment rights ... you know, unless they're being used by someone they don't like.
And it's with that in mind that I bring you this:
Read the full story here: McClatchy.