Kentucky's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate is Rand Paul. He has opted out of a Sunday TV talk show appearance.
In this report from The New York Times, an aide purportedly told a producer for "Meet the Press" that Mr. Paul was declining the appearance because he "was tired after a long week."
I mean no disrespect, but if Mr. Paul is tired now then how is he going to handle the blistering heat of the summer and the intensity of the fall campaign?
Alright, sarcasm aside, the decision is a bad one. But let's face it, the choice to pull out is necessary -- the Paul campaign must regroup after comments made by the candidate earlier this week in which he called into question the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Unfortunately, if too much time is taken before the "what I meant to say was" comments are made, they might be too late.
Sure, Mr. Paul made his mistake at the right time -- he can still recover from his poorly chosen words (is that diplomatic enough for you?), but he'd better not wait too long.