For anyone, it’s a milestone when your name takes on a meaning all its own. For an elected official like Rand Paul, it can be an honor – or something else.

Our junior Senator has, for some time, followed a script when it comes to major decisions in the U.S. Senate:

  1. State that unlike other Republicans, who are all (obviously) going to vote the party line, he will have to “study” the issue.
  2. Proclaim that his support is not guaranteed; in fact, he has “serious concerns” about the position of Trump / McConnell / Senate Republicans.
  3. Make a show of deliberating long and hard about his vote.
  4. Yet in the end, vote with the rest of the Republicans, having gotten the attention he (apparently) wanted.

Senator Rand Paul has followed this script so often, in fact, that one television commentator has given it a name: Randpauling, as in “Oh, he’s just Randpauling again.”

Let’s hope that Rand Paul does less Randpauling in the future, and actually votes independently more.


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.