Rand Paul's amazing meltdown in his first week as the GOP Senate nominee in Kentucky raises serious questions about media conspiracies -- not because the network talking heads decided to ask him tough questions, but because they waited to pose those challenges until after he'd won his primary and the Republicans were stuck with him. http://www.aolnews.com/opinion/arti.../opinion-rand-pauls-amazing-meltdown/19488905 Nevertheless, there is simply no excuse for Paul's appalling (or, one might say, apPauling) handling of these early confrontations with the press. The most devastating moment came at the beginning of his exchange with Stephanopoulos when the Republican nominee responded to an aggressive question with a painfully long, deer-in-the-headlights moment of silence, followed by the plaintive bleat: "Good morning, George, good morning, Robin. When does my honeymoon period start? I had a big victory. I thought I got a honeymoon period from you guys in the media." The candidate then compounded his problems by canceling a scheduled appearance on "Meet the Press" -- only the third time in 62 years an announced guest had pulled out (the other no-shows were Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia -- a cult leader and a petro-potentate).