Mitch McConnell to Rand Paul: Shut your yapper!
"I think he's said quite enough for the time being in terms of national press coverage," McConnell told CNN's John King on Tuesday.
McConnell is said to be one of the people who successfully convinced Paul to abort a scheduled appearance on "Meet the Press" Sunday following a string of interviews that kindly could be called Hindenburg-like.
Scoring a rare political hat trick in just a matter of days, Paul criticized the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and in the height of the gulf oil disaster, even stood up for BP.
What's next? An appearance at a Ben Roethlisberger sponsored barbeque?
His less-than-stellar performance led left-leaning political pundits and comedians to mention him alongside their favorite target.
"It's like Sarah Palin made it through medical school," Bill Maher said of Rand, an opthamologist.
Still despite the herculean miscues, McConnell predicted Rand could win Kentucky's Senate seat.
"According to the polls that came out after the primary, he has a 25-point lead going into the general election. He's in a very good position to put this Senate race in Kentucky in Republican hands."That is, McConnell says, if Paul keeps it local. "My advice to him would be to speak to the people who are going to be actually voting in this election," he said.
Well, Paul appears to be doing that. Wearing doctors' scrubs, Paul made his first appearance Tuesday since the trifecta at a local Lions Club in Bowling Green.
“It was the best of it times. It was the worst of times," he said of last week's outing.
-- Jimmy Orr
Photo: Mitch McConnell did his best impersonation of Chris Farley's Matt Foley character on Tuesday by saying fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul should quit talking. Or as Foley would say: "Shut your yapper!" Credit: YouTube