The Curse of Aqua Buddha

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Oct. 21 2011 3:50 PM

The Curse of Aqua Buddha

The 5th Century BCE: Siddhartha, the Gautama Buddha, walks the earth.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

The 1980s: Rand Paul goes to college and joins a prank-happy organization called the NoZe.


August 9, 2010: Jason Zengerle breaks the news that Rand Paul, as a wild and crazy college student once pranked a girl and made her pledge loyalty to "Aqua Buddha."

October 17, 2010: Unable to get traction against Paul in his Senate race, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway launches an ad reminding voters of the "Aqua Buddha" story.

November 2, 2010: Rand Paul defeats Conway.

October 19, 2011: Todd P'Pool, the Republican running against Conway and losing by around 25 points, reminds voters that Conway once ran an Aqua Buddha ad.

You've got to love how Conway's "lies" are never explained, and how P'Pool's essential goodness is revealed by a shot of him praying at the dinner table.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


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