Rand Paul is once again attempting to reinvent himself, since “civil rights hero” didn’t quite pan out so well for him. Now, having apparently given up hope of endearing himself to the African-American community — a community that, for some reason, has difficulty forgetting Paul’s numerous flirtations with white supremacists and his belief that they don’t deserve equal voting rights — Paul has moved on to a role he seems to feel is more reasonable: a self-professed “tree-hugger.”
In a new book released Tuesday — one he promoted by pretending to filibuster the Patriot Act — Paul explains the importance of clean air and water, noting his own love of composting.
“None of this is at odds with wanting our government to be smaller, with wanting our regulatory bodies to protect both our land and water,” Paul wrote in Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics To Unite America.
“It boggles my mind to think that somehow Republicans have been branded as a party that doesn’t like the environment,” Paul asserted, somehow forgetting that his fellow Republicans repeatedly oppose measures intended to protect the environment.
“I’m a crunchy conservative and a tree hugger and proud of it,” Paul writes.
“Right now, the Republican brand sucks. I promised Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, that I would stop saying the GOP sucks, and I will (except for this last time),” Paul writes in his book while detailing the GOP’s “broken” image. “I believe the Republican Party and minorities have common ground.”
Paul concedes that the Republican party isn’t offering anything as “tangible” as “a government check,” which he feels the Democratic party is giving “minority” voters — but he argues that the GOP still has a lot to offer: “The Republican Party can rightly serve minority communities if we stay true to our core, be open to new ideas, and boldly profess what we believe.”
“My Republican Party, the Republican Party I hope to lead to the White House, is willing to change,” he claims in his book.
In March, Paul was rated just 9 percent by the League of Conservation Voters. Just five days before that, Environment America rated him an astounding 0 percent. If Paul wants to rebrand himself as an “environment” politician, he has a long way to go.
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