The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote a mini-biography of Rand Paul for the current issue of The New Yorker. He joined me today to discuss the piece:
HH: I begin with Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for the New Yorker. Hello, Ryan, welcome back, it’s been too long.
RL: It has been too long. I’m happy to be back, though.
HH: Well, I want to talk about this epic piece in The New Yorker, The Revenge Of Rand Paul, which I’ve linked over at Hughhewitt.com. I do say epic. Is it over 10,000 words? It’s like an e-book on Rand Paul.
RL: You know, it really is. I mean, you will not believe this, but the first draft was more than twice as long. But…
HH: You could put it out as an e-book, really. You could.
RL: You know, to be honest, I was thinking about that, because yeah, I really got into the weeds on some of this stuff.
HH: Well, it’s very interesting. You spent more time, well, first of all, tell the audience, how much time did you spend talking with Rand Paul physically and over the phone.
RL: We had four different conversations in Washington, and in Kentucky, or I guess technically in Cincinnati and Kentucky, because one of the trips was when he gave that Urban League speech in Cincinnati, and then we drove across the water there and continued the conversation in the car. And you know, I would say a few hours in total. He was very generous with his time, answered all my questions, as he is, you know, he’s known for that. He’s one of these politicians, Hugh, who I think similar to Paul Ryan who are ideological and believe that they, the more they talk to you, the more you might come around to their view of things. And he sort of likes intellectual debate and intellectual chatter. Continue Reading