Rand Paul Has a Snapchat for You, He Hopes [Updated]

FAIRFAX, VA - OCTOBER 28:  Holding a "Big Gulp" while referencing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) arrives at a "Get out the Vote" rally for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia, October 28, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia. Cuccinelli is running against Democratic candidate Terry McAullife in a very close race.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee/2013 Getty Images

People of the Internet, please stand by. Your fun, flirty, fleeting photos from Senator Rand Paul will soon be delivered via Snapchat, the teenybopper temporary-image-sharing app of which the U.S. senator and 51-year-old man is now a member. “For daily updates & behind-the-scenes footage follow: senatorrandpaul. I’m sending my first snap tonight,” Paul tweeted on Wednesday. According to Politico’s Mike Allen, who had the exclusive on Paul’s new social-media presence, the senator “learned about Snapchat by reading about its growing influence and running into people around the country who use it.”

Presumably to make the point that it’s not so weird for Paul to join, Allen notes that brands such as the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Taco Bell, and Acura are also using Snapchat. But so what? The Wire contends that Snapchat won’t make Paul cool, and that’s probably right. As with parents on Facebook, it’ll just help make Snapchat lame.

Update: Paul couldn’t wait until tonight to send his first image:

Rand Paul Has a Snapchat for You, He Hopes