“At least I saw the movie Gattaca.”
That's Rand Paul defending himself this morning in the National Review. Paul was caught plagiarizing, in separate instances, from Wikipedia, The Heritage Institute, and The Week. The Week writer says he doesn’t care that Paul stole his work. Less surprisingly, the Heritage Foundation has the same opinion.
As of yesterday, Paul’s been fired from his job as a columnist at the Washington Times, which makes sense. Serial plagiarism ought to be a fireable offense for a newspaper columnist. But for a politician? They’re not elected for their original writing. To me, the sole troubling part of this mini-scandal is that it suggests Paul might be intellectually lazy. You’d like to think your representative’s clever enough to rewrite the ideas he’s nabbing.
But if you’re not one of Paul’s constituents, this is a yawner. It’s a story for the audience that loves gaffey, blooper-reel political coverage. (They also think most of politics can be explained in image macros.) Some of them are going to be frustrated over the next week as this Rand Paul story refuses to gain more coverage. Boy, am I not one of them.