Rand Paul ordered to stop playing Rush

Lawyers for the Randian prog-rockers explain to Rand Paul that you need to pay money to publicly play music

Published June 3, 2010 9:42PM (EDT)

Rand Paul, foreground. Background: Rush
Rand Paul, foreground. Background: Rush

Attorneys have demanded that Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul stop playing Rush's "The Spirit of Radio" at rallies, because come on, Rand, you're too old to think Rush lyrics are insightful. (And because Paul is not paying Rush for permission to play the song.)

In response Paul's new campaign manager, Jesse Benton, gave a weirdly aggressive non sequitur statement:

 "The background music Dr. Paul has played at events is a non-issue. The issues that matter in this campaign are cutting out-of-control deficits, repealing Obama Care and opposing cap and trade."

But... you were just asked if you were going to keep playing Rand Paul's favorite band at his rallies without actually paying him?

Here is the song Rand Paul loves so much, but refuses to pay for: [Via Hit & Run]

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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