This Week’s Poll!
The Twittersphere was ablaze this week with the news that Kentucky senator and Tea Party member Rand Paul, son the of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, was detained by the TSA after setting off an airport metal detector and then refusing a full-body pat down.
Airport security sucks for everyone, but imagine what it means to a man from a family so libertarian that he’s the namesake of the loony author of Atlas Shrugged.
The TSA defended its actions, saying that it was following normal procedure. But some people wondered if Rand was singled out because of his vocal opposition to just this kind of thing. Maybe the alarm was tripped by his tinfoil hat. We’re wondering if he was stowing a box cutter and a copy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
All this heightened security is, of course, a continuation of the Bush administration’s response to September 11th. We have no idea if these full-body pat downs have made us any safer — certainly we’re no safer from the likes of Rand Paul.
But all of this got us thinking. With the GOP candidates on the move, tackling primary state after primary state with hopes of snagging the nomination, there may be lots of opportunities for the TSA to search them. And we can’t help wondering what they might find.
What do YOU think? Put on your rubber gloves and tell us what embarrassing things the TSA will find if they continue searching prominent conservatives!
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Before you leave, don’t forget to check out this week’s featured video from the Lester & Charlie archives:
The GOP Time Machine: Energy Conservation! (With Ron and Nancy)