An odd sense of entitlement

AN ODD SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT…. Talking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Republican Senate candidate and right-wing ophthalmologist Rand Paul made an interesting comment, right at the outset.

“Well, first of all, Wolf, I thought I was supposed to get a honeymoon. When does my honeymoon start, you know, after my victory?”

This morning on “Good Morning America,” Paul made a very similar remark, in response to the very first question.

“Good morning, George. Good morning, Robin. When does my honeymoon period start. I had a big victory. I thought I got a honeymoon period from you guys in the media.”

I really can’t figure out what Paul is talking about here. What “honeymoon”? Is there some kind of tradition of Senate candidates getting a grace period after winning a primary? It seems like the kind of thing I would have heard of.

Indeed, it’s perhaps the weakest, whiniest response to allegations of ideological extremism imaginable — don’t ask Paul tough questions because he just won a primary campaign. He’d like some time to bask in the glory of an expected victory, six months before the general election, before mean reporters ask him to defend his own stated worldview.

How bizarre.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.