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Rand Paul’s ‘dumbass’ masochistic campaign gimmick

Rand Paul’s ‘dumbass’ masochistic campaign gimmick

By Philip Bump for The Washington Post

On Tuesday, Rand Paul spent the day with cameras constantly in his face, which would be a refreshing change, if they were from the media. But they were cameras from members of his staff — part of Paul's day-long livestream of his floundering Republican presidential campaign.

How did it go? It went this well.

The quote, for posterity:

The third question — most popular question from Google is, "Is Rand Paul still running president?" I don't know, I wouldn't be doing this dumbass livestreaming if I weren't. Yes, I still am running for president. Get over it.

So, here's a weird thought: Don't do the livestreaming.

Campaigns, particularly campaigns that are doing badly, are often an awkward, cumbersome series of embarrassments that candidates are expected to endure with smiles on their faces. It's okay if the mask slips on occasion; people are human.

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