Rand Paul has been out of the spotlight for about a month or so. I’m sure that he has been “training” for how to answer questions without answering questions. If you have crazy, wacky, far-right ideas,you can’t sell that to the public. Instead, you need to moderate your craziness. Rand Paul believes that Medicare = socialism. So this honest, though far-right wing thought needs to be changed to – We need better oversight of Medicare. This is the way you can turn a crazy thought into something reasonable.

The Political Animal has more:

Kentucky’s Senate hopeful, right-wing ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R), used to be quite candid about his radical political beliefs. Social Security? It’s a Ponzi scheme. Medicare? Obviously socialism. The Civil Right Act and Fair Housing Act? Both are examples of abusive government intervention.

But as the Senate election draws closer, Paul’s extremism has been muted. Talking to National Review, the Republican candidate effectively conceded he’s trying to keep the truth from the public in order to get votes.

“No one [in the Republican Party] is forcing me to do anything. I do exactly what I want, but I am also realistic about what it takes to run a campaign and get elected.”

For instance, instead of calling for the elimination of many federal departments — as his father, Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican congressman and former presidential candidate, regularly does — Paul says he is trying to “nibble around the edges,” to “not be the person who says he will eliminate every department in the federal government. My dad freely will say that, that he would eliminate at least half of the departments, but he is just more forthright.”

As a rule, candidates for statewide office don’t admit to being less forthright, but Rand Paul is special. He could talk about his actual beliefs during the campaign, and try to persuade the public that he’s correct, but the far-right Kentuckian has decided it’s much easier to hide his principles to win votes.

Of course, Rand Paul wasn’t always a Senate candidate. Back in the 1990s, he appeared on several episodes of “Kentucky Tonight,” a state-based public affairs show, and “talked about the elderly dying at the hands of Medicare rationing; the need to privatize Social Security, which he called ‘a Ponzi scheme;’ and the rights of the government to invest in racist companies.” In one episode, he even equated Medicare with the Soviet Union. (more…)