The GOP's "great white hope" is fatally flawed; Rand Paul can never overcome the plagiarism scandal he is embroiled in. Indeed, Rand Paul has become a kind of mousetrap for Republicans. He remains popular enough with Republicans to win the 2016 Republican nomination. Indeed, if anything, the kerfluffle with the press over his many flagrant instances of plagiarism has the potential to increase Paul's support among the Tea Party base of the Republican Party. But at the same time, while Paul's feud with liberals like Rachel Maddow might help him get the Republican nomination, the extensively documented fact of his plagiarism will prevent him from ever winning a national general election.
An entire section of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 2013 book Government Bullies was copied wholesale from a 2003 case study by the Heritage Foundation, BuzzFeed has learned. The copied section, 1,318 words, is by far the most significant instance reported so far of Paul borrowing language from other published material.Read the entire post at Buzzfeed.
The new cut-and-paste job follows reports by BuzzFeed, Politico, and MSNBC that Paul had plagiarized speeches either from Wikipedia or news reports. The book was published in August 2013 by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.
Republican primary voters won't punish Rand Paul's plagiarism, but national general election voters will. It is a perfect mousetrap designed to deliver Republican defeat in 2016.