Rand Paul Cancelled a Parks and Rec Cameo Alongside Ron Swanson – Reason (blog)

SwansonNBCMike Schur, co-creator and producer of beloved (and recently departed) TV show Parks and Recreation, told Hitflix that Sen. Rand Paul was set to appear in an episode, but backed out at the last minute:

Having landed both Bill Murray and Werner Herzog, were there any dream guest stars you never managed to get?

Mike Schur: Hillary Clinton, but that became impossible once we jumped to 2017, because we would've had to have answered a question that she probably wouldn't have wanted us to even pose at this point. We also wanted Rand Paul to be in the Washington episode, and he agreed, but then bailed at the eleventh hour. I think he thought we were making fun of him, or something, which we were not, at all. We were in fact flattering him, by linking him to Ron. I get the sense that maybe interpreting writing and humor is not his strong suit.

Notable politicos who did appear on the show at various points include First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Paul's inclusion would have been appropriate, in some sense, given that breakout character Ron Swanson was TV's best-known libertarian. Reason editor Matt Welch celebrated Swanson's appeal in an interview with The Daily Beast:

“[Swanson] has done more to persuade my (French) wife about libertarianism than I have,” Matt Welch, editor in chief of Reason, told The Daily Beast . “Though in fairness we’ve only been married 17 years.”

Schur claimed that Paul's cameo would have been written in a positive light, a fact the senator did not grasp. Whether that's true or not, who knows.

I enjoyed Parks and Rec throughout its run, and Swanson is indeed an entertaining and frequently fair stand-in for real-life libertarians. Taken as a whole, however, I must agree with Michael Malice's criticisms. On Parks and Rec, the private businesses are always greedy, unscrupulous promoters of unhealthy foods and environmentally ruinous projects. Government bureaucrats, on the other hand, are always justified in going to whatever length necessary to achieve some vague public goal deemed vital by unelected, petty local tyrant Leslie Knope.

Perhaps that's why Paul decided to steer clear, whereas Michelle Obama saw the show as an obvious vehicle for her various crusades.

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This Congress should embrace ideas to expand liberty

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Is the Congress Stacking the Deck on Internet Gambling?

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Last Weeks Forum at Cato Institute

By Zachary Nickerson Last Wednesday the CATO Institute held a book forum on “Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution: Reforming Government’s Role in the Monetary System” with one of the editors of the book, Professor Larry White. [...]
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A thorough analysis of Rand Paul’s support for Netanyahu, as measured in … – Washington Post (blog)


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Rand Paul’s Israel Problem Summed Up in One Telling Gif – Bloomberg

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is learning the hard way that sometimes it’s not enough to just show up.

At least 50 House and Senate Democrats boycotted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, but several right-leaning news sites and pundits were more focused on Paul’s lukewarm reaction to Bibi. The problem for Paul was that he looked very much like a man who didn't want to be at the speech, and the larger perception is that Paul was trying to split the difference between wanting to reach a deal with Iran (the opposite goal of the speech) and not wanting to seem like he doesn’t support Israel.

That dynamic was summed up neatly in gif form: 

“Rand’s conservatarian straddle in one GIF: ‘What if I clap, but only half-heartedly?’”

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“Rand’s conservatarian straddle in one GIF: ‘What if I clap, but only half-heartedly?’” tweeted Allahpundit, a writer at the conservative website HotAir, referring to Paul's need to balance conservatism and libertarianism. Red State’s Dan McLaughlin called it the “Citizen Kane clap.” The National Review posted a short reaction story on the gif and the right’s negative social media response. The post argued that he was “less-than-enthused” due to “his outspoken views against foreign aid and a muscular foreign policy.” 

Paul’s foreign aid stance came up last fall when he was asked if he’d ever proposed cutting aid to Israel. Paul said he hadn’t, but in 2011 he proposed a bill that would end all foreign aid, including Israel, according to Politifact. His father, former congressman Ron Paul, also opposed giving foreign aid. Three months later, Paul faced criticism for missing a Netanyahu speech (he said he stayed on the Senate floor to prevent Democrats from advancing the Patriot Act unanimously). 

Through all of this, Paul’s response has been that Israel is a close friend and ally that has his support. After the speech, the senator released the following statement:

“Israel is and has always been America’s friend and ally. I was pleased to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress today, and join him in calling for peace and standing together for out mutual interests. It is important to work together to prevent a nuclear Iran, and the spread of Radical Islam.” 

But despite his vocal support for Israel, Paul may not be able to convince the right that he’s more enthusiastic about Israel than that gif implies. As Daniel Larison at The American Conservative wrote in January, “I know that Paul thinks he can thread the needle of placating ‘pro-Israel’ hawks without antagonizing the core supporters he expects to have in 2016, but I suspect that he is wrong about this. He will never be able to satisfy the ‘pro-Israel’ hawks, since they decided long ago that he was not one of them.”


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Ron Paul reads his written submitted testimony to the Senate Banking Committee hearing on Federal Reserve Reform on March 3, 2015
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