Jon Stewart on Rand Paul’s Howard U. Speech


Rand Paul gave a poorly received talk recently at Howard University, one of the most prestigious historically black colleges in the country. He claimed that the only thing keeping black voters from supporting the GOP was that they just didn’t know the history of Republican support for civil rights. And of course, he pretended that the last 50 years didn’t exist at all. Jon Stewart had a bit of fun with that.

Comments

  1. matty1 says

    he pretended that the last 50 years didn’t exist at all

    Is that not official policy?

  2. Yoritomo says

    “Turns out Howard University doesn’t just educate Black people.” That had me laughing out loud. If only the lesson wouldn’t be immediately forgotten again.

  3. tmscott says

    “Red team, time to remove the vanilla bean from the hot chocolate!”

    I think that Doonesbury just found a new icon for Rand Paul.

  4. Robert B. says

    tmscott @4:

    “Red team, time to remove the vanilla bean from the hot chocolate!”

    I think that Doonesbury just found a new icon for Rand Paul.

    The metaphor would fail in a visual medium. Vanilla beans are actually black, and vanilla extract is brown. The white of vanilla ice cream is just the color of the cream.

  5. jayhawk says

    Got to love a politician who thinks an audience at a university is going to have the same intellect and mentality as the average Faux News viewer.

    He actually thinks the Republican and Democrat labels are more important than the policies. “It doesn’t matter that we are now the party of rich white men; we freed your ancestors a hundred fifty years ago, so vote Republican!”

  6. says

    Why anyone takes either Rancid or his daddy, Rotten Paul, seriously is to me, unfathomable. Unless of course they’re just listening to what they want to hear and ignoring the reality. Oh, wait, I get it.

    The Paul Family is to political families wha “Duck Dynasty” would be if they made dogwhistles instead of duck calls.

  7. Hayden says

    @9

    Because half* the time their message is forceful and correct, and they speak their mind where others would keep their mouths shut for some calculated political expediency.

    The other half* of the time their message is incomprehensible and insane, and they speak their mind where others would keep their mouths shut for some calculated political expediency.

    * for various values of “half”.

  8. says

    @10:

    When the Pauls are “right” (far less than half the time by my accounting) its usually not as straight forward as it looks When they are, for instance, against the drug war it’s only because they think the states should have the right to incarcerate people based on THEIR draconian laws and not the feds. Same goes for most of their glibertarian prescriptions. Their foreign policy ideas are not just stupid, they are incredibly dangerous.

    If one only listens to the sound bites it’s easy to think that they are something other than the complete assholes that both are. Of course once you factor in the race baiting, anti-woman and anti-middle class bullshit it becomes a bit more difficult to do so.

  9. lpetrich says

    Another way of putting it: Rand Paul conveniently ignored the Republican Party’s turning itself into the party of Jefferson Davis, the only President of the Confederacy.

    If anything, the sorts of Republicans he celebrated would nowadays be good Democrats. Obama’s championing of high-speed trains is much like Lincoln’s championing of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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