Uh-oh. David Corn has more video, or I should say videos, of Sen. Rand Paul having committed the conservatively unspeakable: criticizing (brace!) President Ronald Reagan.
"The deficit," said Paul in 2007, "went through the roof under Reagan"; it was "three times greater than Jimmy Carter's worst deficit." In 2008, Paul said "we wanted Reagan to veto a budget or to have balanced budgets and he didn't do it." And in 2009, Paul conceded that "deficits exploded under Reagan," adding that it "wasn't true" that "we were fiscal conservatives" under Reagan.
None of this is untrue. But for Paul, that's hardly compensation. Modern conservatives greet empirical truth as fundamentalist Christians do Richard Dawkins. Truth and history and facts and logic simply don't matter. Paul was only repeating libertarian David Frum's argument evinced rather brilliantly in his 1994 Dead Right, which helped to earn Frum his eventual defenestration by all right-thinking right wingers. But, again, there's the Holy Untruth--and then there's the Wretched Reality of the thing, with which Sen. Paul is now indelibly associated.
It's becoming thunderingly obvious that it makes little difference how ready for primetime Rand Paul may or may not be today. It's his reruns that will sink him in the fanatically pious primaries.