He says it’s all a misunderstanding, though as Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, Paul either doesn’t know or won’t acknowledge what plagiarism actually is. Or maybe he’s been told about Joe Biden’s run to obscurity in 1988 after a similar instance (I’ve read Joe was pilloried unfairly for forgetting to reference Neil Kinnock only once, though the Times mentions an additional allegation from law school).
My guess is this is likely a staffer writing or editing hastily — and lazily — but, as always, the tell is the reaction. If Paul had admitted as much, sure, it’d be embarrassing…but by digging in…he’s digging himself a nice sized hole. Well, good — like Harry Reid said last night (also onRachel Maddow’s show) a Ted Cruz presidential candidacy would destroy the Rethuglican Party.