Rand Paul, had a week of ups and downs.
Up. On Tuesday he won the Kentucky Republican senatorial nomination over the party’s hand picked candidate. He was flavor of the week…for about a day.
Down. On Wednesday he appeared on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” and cause quite a stir by seemingly suggesting that he had problems with parts of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. There was a firestorm of follow up coverage and Paul had to do some damage control trying to explain what he meant to say.
Up. The same day Paul was invited to appear on the next edition of NBC’s “Meet the Press” – the clearest signal that you are now a “player” in national politics and then
Down. Way Down. Less than 24 hours before appearing on “Meet” – Paul pulls out, becoming only the third person to cancel an appearance on the show in its 60+ years of existence. His excuse was that he was “exhausted.”
Bad idea. Here is how MTP’s David Gregory led off the show:
If you agree to appear on a television show, honor your commitment. Have a concern about how you will be treated? Consider that before saying: yes.
Once you do agree to go on — there is no way to back out without taking it in the shorts and damaging yourself more than a rough interview would ever do.