Monday, August 9, 2010

And You Want To Be A Senator

Rand Paul's college days at Baylor, according to a female acquaintance:

"He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They'd been smoking pot." After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. "They told me their god was 'Aqua Buddha' and that I needed to bow down and worship him," the woman recalls. "They blindfolded me and made me bow down to 'Aqua Buddha' in the creek. I had to say, 'I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.' At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no."

Nearly 30 years later, the woman is still trying to make sense of that afternoon. "They never hurt me, they never did anything wrong, but the whole thing was kind of sadistic. They were messing with my mind. It was some kind of joke." She hadn't actually realized that Paul wound up leaving Baylor early. "I just know I never saw Randy after that—for understandable reasons, I think."

This is rape culture in action. Obviously, Paul didn't actually rape anybody. But why the hell do you think blindfolding a girl and tying her up in your car and driving her around town and making her use drugs and worship weird gods will be a fun thing to do? The idea of making a girl do lots of ridiculous things against her will appears the big thrill here. It's not the kind of thing that good people get off on. I really hope women in Kentucky aren't going to vote for this guy.

Also: congratulations to Jason Zengerle for getting this scoop, but why isn't this the headline and the lede graf or whatever journalism people call it? Rand Paul's membership in a secret society that had wacky costumes is perfectly acceptable college hijinks, even if it was forbidden by the Baylor administration. In fact, I was going to give him some points for that, until oh my god you tied up and blindfolded a girl and made her do a bunch of things she didn't want to do. Creep.
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