Senator Rand Paul (photo by Win McNamee, AP)

Rand Paul has gone from contrarian crank to dangerous threat

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples

Let's face it – it's been easy for a while to dismiss our junior senator, Rand Paul, as a contrarian crank.

He has regularly been at cross-purposes with his party, with his voters, and with common sense. If you saw a headline saying "One Senator votes No on bipartisan bill," you were safe if you bet even money it was Rand Paul. His father was known as "Dr. No" in the Senate, and the son has seemed determined to carry on the legacy.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic has surged once again, Rand Paul has gone from being an occasional sideshow in the news, to being an actual threat to the health and safety of the rest of us.

In other words, this latest version of Senator Rand Paul is dangerous.

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