Famous plagiarist, immigrant-dodging land-speed record holder and shag-carpet topped SEN. RAND PAUL tried to make a funny today when he deflected criticism that Y’all Qaeda cut funding for the CDC by about half over the last 10 years:
“We have people who go blithely on TV and say we don’t have enough money to study Ebola. Have you seen what the NIH spends money on?” Paul, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, said at a campaign rally for Republican congressional candidates Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie.
“Nine-hundred thirty-nine thousand dollars spent to discover whether or not male fruit flies would like to consort with younger female fruit flies,” the senator said to laughter. “One hundred seventeen thousand dollars spent to determine if most monkeys are right handed and like to throw poop with their right hands.”
And the NIH spent $2.4 million for an “Origami condom,” said Paul, who said he spared folks in the room an explanation because it was a family audience.
OK, so he’s mocking studies on fruit flies and monkeys, which is a classic Republican trick, the equivalent of Both Sides Do It. Make fun of something silly to cast doubt on something serious. Where Aqua Buddha innovates on this rhetorical dodge is then smarmily adding the bit about the Origami Condom, and pruriently adding that he will not discuss it in a family-friendly venue. As we have said in MPS on many of these occasions, he’s riding his high horse on a low road.
Let’s examine what he’s mocking, family friendly or not. Go to the Origami Website and take a look around.
The company’s name, Origami, comes from the fact that they make condoms that don’t unroll. Those of us who have used rolled condoms can tell you, there are plenty of ways that things can go wrong. Origami also is making condoms for women, and condoms specifically for anal sex. The Gates Foundation has also given Origami money ” to improve the health of people in the developing world.”
Let’s say it plainly: condoms in the developing world is about staunching the spread of HIV/AIDS. That is definitely worthy of studying and funding.
So Paul is mocking:
- an attempt to make condoms safer, more pleasurable, and more foolproof so that people will use them more consistently
- a chance for women (in the developing world, and here at home) to have some low-cost control over their sexual choices, and to help control unwanted pregnancy
- an attempt to staunch the spread of STDs
So back to tactics: why is Rand Paul making a joke about condoms? Because it distracts the press and the people from the fact that Republicans are responsible for cutting public health spending. In effect he’s using AIDS to to distract from Ebola.
Rand Paul is a monster.