Monday, August 9, 2010

Aqua Buddha Watch

The Courier-Journal reports that Rand Paul campaign is exploring its legal options in response to the GQ profile of Paul that referred to bong hits and what some (including the DNC) are mischaracterizng as Paul "kidnapping" a Baylor woman and making her worship "Aqua Buddha."

The anonymous source for GQ is a woman who says that she was on the Baylor swim team with Paul in 1983 and doesn't want to reveal her name because she is a clinical psychologist. (How hard could it be to actually find this lady? Her anonymity is about to implode.)

Plainly, this was no kidnapping. The woman gives no indication that she protested when Paul and his buddy supposedly showed up and blind-folded her. More likely she giggled, because as anyone in a fraternity or sorority knows, the only reason that companies still make those ugly red bandannas is so college kids can reprise Animal House.

Moreover, the woman states that she declined Paul and friend's offer of bong hits, and that they accepted her decision. It follows she could have refused to go with them altogether. But she did not.

Here's the part of her story that makes me wonder:

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.”

Here's what I don't get. If they were team mates -- and college swimmers generally practice twice daily -- how could she never see him again? If a swimmer suddenly drops off the team, his or her team mates would notice and comment. Yet Anonymous Source does not state that either she or Paul quit the swim team because of the incident, just that she "never saw Randy after that." It seems implausible.

In any event, Anonymous Source has just improved Paul's standing with the youth vote.

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