Butler County Times Gazette
  • Kent Bush: Rand Paul is no Real Genius

  • Real Genius is a comedy, but I bet it scares Sen. Rand Paul to death.
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  • If you have known me for 30 minutes, you are probably aware that one of my all-time favorite movies is 1985's Real Genius.
    In Real Genius, Val Kilmer plays a super-smart college kid at a high-tech California college. A 15-year-old enters the scene with even higher test scores and hilarity ensues.
    The story behind the one-liners and sight gags is that these college students are being used in a military research projects that one of their professors is using for his own personal gain. They are developing efficient high-powered lasers.
    Of course, the super smart kids never considered what purpose the laser would have, they just created it.
    Then they found out the laser could be used to vaporize human targets leaving no evidence behind.
    The movie is a comedy, but I bet it scares Sen. Rand Paul to death.
    For more than 13 hours this week, Paul has filibustered the Senate action on the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director.
    Paul has criticized and offered concerns about President Barack Obama using his killing machines from above.
    In the movie, the laser was operated by a person on a piloted plane. But Obama has unmanned drones that he could use to kill anyone – even Jane Fonda.
    "Are you going to just drop a hellfire missile on Jane Fonda? Are you going to drop a missile on Kent State?" Paul asked as he filibustered.
    Fonda had to be wondering what she did to find herself back in the headlines this week. After all, she hasn't criticized the military recently – unlike during the Vietnam War – and she isn't even married to Ted Turner anymore – which could have been more traumatic than living through the Vietnam War.
    Paul went on to "not" call Obama Hitler, thus placing the idea that Obama is Hitler in all of his followers' minds.
    "I'm not saying that anyone is Hitler, don't misunderstand me," he said as he continued hours of speaking without so much as a bathroom break. "But what I am saying that is when a democracy gets it wrong, you want the law to be in place."
    Paul went on to say that Obama was shredding the constitution and other wonderful things that someone would be expected to say when they had spoken for hours.
    I think if you talk for 13 hours without interruption, you have to say Obama is shredding the constitution like Hitler would at some point. It's impossible not to.
    But the final point he made was taken up by such political masterminds as Sean Hannity and Charles Krauthammer. These two strategists who have helped direct the Republican Party to the heights they currently enjoy for ratings and profit decided that Paul's filibuster wasn't a bad idea. In fact, it was going to unify and excite the conservative base - because nothing is more unifying and exciting that tearing something in half.
    Page 2 of 2 - Paul's filibuster was so far out of bounds that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the podium to defend Obama.
    The same geniuses who think keeping Chris Christie away from CPAC but including Sarah Palin is a good idea are also behind Paul's filibuster as political theater.
    Krauthammer even said Paul's filibuster would be a political stunt if he weren't so sincere and "absolutely right."
    There is no arguing with that logic. Wait, maybe there is.
    His "sincerity" might be at stake after his first interview after the filibuster turned into a personal public relations stunt as he announced he was considering a presidential campaign in 2016. His correctness on the issue is confounded only by the fact that his "what could happen" scenarios are just as based in reality as a movie that includes a final scene where popcorn destroys a recently renovated home. (Should I have said spoiler alert? I mean, the movie is 28 years old.)
    Paul's filibuster was just more of the same rhetoric based, fact deprived drivel that you see on every conservative's Facebook wall and Twitter feed. It doesn't have to be real to be scary.
    But it does have to be real to matter. Voters don't buy this stuff. Republicans have about three years to figure this out or they'll have another constitution-shredding Democrat in the White House to compare to Hitler.
    Kent Bush is the publisher of The Augusta Gazette, The El Dorado Times, and the Andover American newspapers. He can be reached at: publisher@augustagazette.com.
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