This week on Meet the Press- not Rand Paul:
At the end of a rocky week, newly chosen Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) has canceled a planned interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” citing exhaustion. It’s only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years, the show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said in an interview this afternoon.
“It is a big deal when somebody cancels an appearance,” she said.
Fischer and host David Gregory have been attempting to convince Paul’s press secretary and campaign manager since the Paul camp scrapped the interview this afternoon. They first arranged the Sunday show interview on Wednesday after he won the party nomination Tuesday night. Fischer said Paul’s press secretary said he was exhausted.
What is going to be so nauseating about this is that if a Democrat canceled, the beltway boys and girls would have a serious case of the vapors. I thought that douchebag Chip Reid and his buddies were going to faint earlier this week when Obama didn’t take any questions at the signing of the Press Freedom Act.
But Rand is a Republican, and as DougJ has noted, they love getting abused by Republicans and don’t even care to have a safe word- just a few years ago, the Bush White House was openly threatening the press to keep quiet about things, and now they nearly melt down because they don’t have internet access on Air Force One. One failure to do exactly what the stenographers want is met with schoolboy taunts of “most transparent administration ever” as they giggle and high five each other when they get a Drudge link.
So since this is a Republican giving these guys the Two girls/One cup treatment, they won’t view it as a horrible breach of etiquette and get all catty for the next 6 months. Hell no- they’ll just say this shows that Ran Paul doesn’t play by the DC Rules and is a maverick and manly because he goes his own way.