Rand Paul speaks at Howard University

I found the coverage yesterday of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) speech at Howard University, a historic African-American college, to be truly fascinating. There was basically nothing in Paul’s statements that were particularly newsworthy. He did not outline a new policy, announce a political move, experience a huge gaffe or endorse a piece of controversial legislation. Yet the story was covered prominently by numerous national media outlets over several days.

A look at the headlines leading up to and after the event shows that what was considered the real news was merely that an elected Republican would actually willingly choose to speak to a primarily black audience.

Rand Paul To Deliver Speech Next Week At One Of The Nation’s Oldest Historically Black Colleges – Business Insider

Rand Paul To Talk GOP Outreach At Historically Black University – TPM

GOP Sen. Rand Paul tries to connect with black students at Howard University – New York Daily News

Rand Paul Reaches Out to Black Voters at Howard University – ABC

At Howard University, Rand Paul Argues Republican Case to Black Voters – New York Times

Sen. Rand Paul Tries To Repair GOP’s Image With Minorities – NPR

What a remarkable statement about how current state of the Republican Party. Simply having one of the roughly 300 Republican members of Congress take a three mile detour from their offices to talk to some African-Americans is enough to make national news.