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Rand Paul hints at 2016 candidacy during Festivus tweetstorm

For the feats of strength, he'll leg wrestle Ted Cruz for the 2016 GOP nomination.


Aaron Sankin


Posted on Dec 23, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 10:13 pm CDT

For the second consecutive year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has taken to Twitter to celebrate Festivus with the traditional airing of grievances—and he dropped a hint to about his plans for 2016 while he was at it.

Originating on the sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus is a holiday “for the rest of us” that’s an alternative to the commercialized merrymaking of Christmas and Hanukkah. Instead of trading nicely wrapped presents around the Christmas tree, celebrating Festivus involves standing next to a metal pole and letting everyone around you know precisely what they do that pisses you off.

On Tuesday, Paul took to Twitter, the Internet’s premiere venue for complaining about everything to no one in particular, and sent out a series of tweets letting his followers (and everyone in the media) know his upcoming stream of sarcastic invectives was part of something planned and not an Aqua Buddha-fueled, TweetDeck-enabled celebrity Twitter meltdown.

He started off by complaining about politics in general:

He then took a few light-hearted pot shots at the sartorial choices of his fellow Republicans, inserting a nod to his rumored 2016 presidential candidacy along the way:

Paul, the scion of America’s first family of libertarian non-interventionists, did hint at a more substantial criticism he levied at fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) earlier this week as part of an increasingly pointed war of words that’s arisen between the two lawmakers:

Paul embarked on a similar endeavor last year, tweeting a whole host of grievances—most notably, he complained about a bipartisan comfort with increasing the national debt and the Senate cafeteria never serving the regional Kentucky “delicacy” burgoo. However, after Paul complained that Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) didn’t retweet him often enough, Booker jumped in and the two eventually pledged to work together on ending the drug war.

For anyone looking for what present to get Paul for the holidays, might be a good place to start.

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*First Published: Dec 23, 2014, 1:40 pm CST