|Democratic candidate for Senate Jack Conway (right) draws a police officer’s attention to a group of pot-smoking hippies in need of incarceration.|
Jack Conway, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Kentucky, is a Very Reasonable Liberal running against the crazy, kooky Republican nominee Rand Paul. Being sensible and mainstream, Conway — who as attorney general has overseen a state prison population that has grown 45 percent over the last decade, one of the fastest rate’s in the nation — believes the best solution to the “problem” of people who prefer smoking a joint to drinking Kentucky bourbon is imprisonment. As I said, he’s a very reasonable man.
As the sensible one in the race — did I mention Rand Paul once, OMG!#!EXTREMIST!!, smoked pot and engaged in stupid pranks while in college? — Conway has gone on the attack against his opponent for outrageously suggesting that maybe, you know, the whole federal war on drugs thing has been a huge waste of money (editor’s note: and lives).
Of course, Paul has plenty of actually silly and stupid ideas, having enjoyed The Fountainhead a bit too much as a young man, and has said a number of actually silly and stupid things — like arguing oil giant and global asshole BP was somehow being unfairly treated in the wake of its destruction of the Gulf of Mexico. He also rather, uh, inarticulately defended his philosophical opposition to a piece of 1960s-era civil rights legislation, to put it mildly.
What’s interesting, though, is that Paul has been called a no-good dirty racist for opposing a law that has absolutely no chance of going anywhere while his opponent, Jack Conway, has been lauded by all Right Thinking progressives even as he demagogically defends a federal war on drugs that has led the U.S. to have the largest prison population in the history of the world — disproportionately affecting Hispanics and African-Americans, who are jailed at a rate roughly twice that of whites.
Rand Paul may be a racist, I don’t really know, but it’s his Democratic opponent who is grandstanding on behalf of a policy that is actually racist in its implementation. If only the professional left got as angry about that as they do about fucking Aqua Buddha.
UPDATE: Just to make this abundantly clear: Rand Paul is still a total prick, as evidenced by his recent statement that he opposes the legalization of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. My intention was merely to point out that his ostensibly more liberal opponent viciously attacked him over his opposition to federal funding for the drug war in the silliest fashion possible, and that Democratic partisans who had attacked Paul as a racist have said nothing about his opponent’s outspoken support for — and background enforcing as attorney general — a policy that disproportionately impacts minorities.