The Rand Paul Circus Begins
Mind you, this is only the opening act. The issue isn't racism for Paul. Yes, that's unfair. So?? This is politics and that hardly matters, because the media, the Democrat spin machine and Lefty blogs are going to be all about branding the guy as that, and more. It was obvious they could hardly wait to get started.
And spare me the whining over principles. The vast majority of voters don't take the time to consider these issues that deeply. And nothing Paul supporters say or do is going to change that. The Constitutional battle was fifty years ago. It was lost. But Paul doesn't have the good political sense to stop fighting it. And if he develops it, surprise, he'll then be labeled a liar and a hypocrite.
Here is the Catch 22. If Paul says he fully supports how the feds forced the private sector to end segregation he loses libertarian street cred, but by only supporting the results of the Civil Rights Act and not the actual legislation, Paul gives the left room to paint him as a racist.
Rand Paul should have been better prepared to answer this question. This isn’t the first time he has encountered it. Here is an interview he did with the Courier Journal editorial board last month.