December 8, 2012 - Up with Chris Hayes opened with my Tumblr post on Rand Paul and his lack of knowledge of Kentucky industry.


Rand Paul doesn’t know what his state’s biggest industry is.

December 5, 2012 - During a radio interview with WMAL, Senator Rand Paul made several disparaging remarks about Ashley Judd. One of these remarks revealed something I think is more important than the Senator’s anti-Judd views: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) doesn’t know what Kentucky’s biggest industry is.

He says:

She hates our biggest industry, which is coal, so I say, good luck bringing the ‘I hate coal’ message to Kentucky.

Coal is not Kentucky’s biggest industry. It’s not even in the top 10.

Shouldn’t a Senator be embarrassed to make a mistake like this? And shouldn’t someone besides me be reporting it?

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