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May 19, 2010

Election Final: Like Rand Paul Won’t Tread on GOP

Somehow, I don’t see things working out between Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell and the establishment GOP. The symbolism of the Tea Party is not just branding but reflects an explicit anti-establishment ideology, the images here representing that wedge.

And here’s a couple more shots I admired on election eve:

Gene J. Puskar/AP

Not even a last campaign stop at the shooting range and a photo op with a big gun could save GOP’s Tim Burns in tonight’s race for Murtha’s seat in PA-12.

So long, Arlen!  He’s been around since the Warren Commission.

Rand Paul photos courtesy Gage Skidmore/Flickr

(caption 1: Tim Burns, left, a Republican candidate for the congressional seat vacated by the death of Congressman John Murtha, waits his turn while trap shooting during a campaign stop at the Ford City Sportsman Club in Kittanning, Pa. , Sunday, May 16, 2010.)

  • Megan

    Mr. Paul is very much the golden boy, isn’t he? I’ve seen a couple shots now of him presented as a Greek bust, with those curls on the head-and-shoulder shot. Gold to reference his (peculiar) gold-standard beliefs? Greek bust to call back to the cradle of democracy? I’ve still got it muddled, but there’s a lot of nostalgia (Gadsen flag for early days of the Union, Greek bust harkening even further back) going on.

    • Michael Shaw

      Interesting read. I completely missed “the Greek connection.” The Tea Party’s golden boy. He tends to appear often in cool shades giving off a hip, yet authoritarian undercover detective kind of vibe, also.

  • Megan

    I’ll succumb to my petty, catty side for a second. If the contrast is the modern schlubbiness of suburbanites against a lawn and cement (the second picture), I’d call back to some olden day’s glamor too.

  • Mayfly

    If Rand Paul really is against corporate privilege and US engagement in foreign wars, then I’d rather have him on the Hill than most Republican pols.

  • charlie
  • Ettore Greco

    How could the classified information be protected for the safety of
    one Country and also made sure that the citizens of that same Country
    are not the target of that top secret, like in the 9/11 false flag
    attack for example? Should State secrets exist? If State secrets were to
    be eliminated only in a certain Country how could this Country then
    protect itself? For example, if the United States were to divulge every
    secret then how could they do it without the risk of remaining victims
    of their same disclosed secrets? Is it possible to balance the power
    between secret State Agencies and the right to know of every citizen?
    Secret State Agencies have always been the stations to enroll new
    “initiated” and are still today the alcoves where the darkest ideas have
    been plotted in the name of a “Greater Good”. To accept that such
    relevant secrecy is reserved for only a few individuals is to also
    accept that non governmental secret societies will continue to flourish
    behind closed doors and to advance their agenda while they remain well
    hidden from the eye of the unaware citizen. Any head of secret service
    should never become president of a Country, like in the cases of Bush or
    Putin. To know everything about everyone is a weapon like no others and
    that is also the shortest course for a Democracy to be turned into a
    Dictatorship. The secret State Agencies will be those to pave the way
    for a New World Order. The current system of government seems to offer
    no other alternative. And from here is the need for a total renewal in
    the concept of government

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