Rand Paul Bends to ‘Hacks and Haters,’ Cites Wikipedia’s Gattaca Entry

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), speaks at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council, on October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The summit, which goes for three days, is attended by a number of Republican senators and high profile conservative voices in American politics. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

On the same day that he claimed he's "being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters," and lamented that he can't challenge those accusing him of plagiarism to a duel, BuzzFeed noted that links to Wikipedia articles on Gattaca and Stand and Deliver quietly appeared on Rand Paul's website. The fact that his speeches didn't have footnotes wasn't really the issue, but now we may know why Paul kept bringing that up. BuzzFeed also reported this weekend that the senator's book Government Bullies includes a three-page section from a Heritage Foundation case study that wasn't properly quoted or cited in the footnotes.