Rand Paul: The ‘Most Interesting Man’ Inspires The Most Cliched Headlines

October 16, 2014 10:31 a.m.

The classics are classics for a reason, people like to say. Why go with new material when the tried and true holds up so well?

And so when it comes to fawning profiles of Rand Paul, it’s best to just shut up and play the hits.

“The Most Interesting Man in Politics,” reads the headline of Time’s latest cover story on the junior Kentucky senator and possible GOP presidential contender.

Does that description sound familiar? It should!

Let’s flash back to a month ago, when Politico Magazine applied an identical superlative to Paul: “The Most Interesting Man in Politics.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza used a slightly different phrase last summer, but the sentiment was all the same. “Rand Paul is the most interesting man in the (political) world,” he wrote.

Not surprisingly, the libertarian magazine Reason hailed him as the “Most Interesting Man in the Senate” months after he took office in 2011.

But these journalists have company. Even members of the Obama administration find Paul to be – you guessed it — “interesting.”

“The Republican I find most interesting is Rand Paul, and the reason I say that is he is the only Republican who seems to know about what their long-term structural problems are and trying to do something about it,” White House communications aide Dan Pfeiffer told BuzzFeed in September.

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