Following a speech on behalf of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in which he apparently plagiarized Wikipedia's description of the movie Gattaca, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been the subject of a great deal of light ridicule, both for the initial event, and for his prior history of such, predominantly by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
"Yes, there are times when [my speeches] have been sloppy or not correct or we've made an error," said Paul. "But the difference is, I take it as an insult and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting. I have never intentionally done so. And like I say, if, you know, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can't do that, because I can't hold office in Kentucky then."
In reality, when Paul said he has "never intentionally done so," that itself is being dishonest. Past instances of Paul's dishonesty documented by this column include misrepresenting the testimony of Gregory Hicks on Benghazi, accusing President Obama of working with "anti-American globalists", and filibustering for thirteen hours to protest the possibility of drone strikes on American soil, then saying he didn't care either way.
In fact, as the National Memo points out, Paul not only has been misleading and misrepresenting, he has endorsed it. While speaking to medical students at the University of Louisville in October, Paul admitted to, and recommended, spreading misinformation.
"This is a great tactic," Paul had said. "Misinformation can be very important."
General rules of dueling would entitle Rachel Maddow and other challenged parties to choose the weapons. Since this is Rand Paul, my recommendation would be to choose facts.