Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Rand Paul Has Issues

In an attempt to be charitable about Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul's political views (Paul takes issue with parts of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the grounds that private institutions should be allowed to discriminate), the best the Washington Post's Ezra Klein can come up with is, okay, he might not be a racist, but he is an ideological extremist. Which seems to be a fair, if not terribly helpful, characterization. Klein also notes that, "When you can't answer the question 'Should [the] Woolworth lunch counter have been allowed to stay segregated? Sir, just yes or no,' it's fair to say you're off-message," which is indisputably true.


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KarenUhOh (#19)

Lucky for him only property owners can vote in Kentucky.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Ezra Klein can do no wrong as far as I can tell.

The real issue with Paul is the issue with libertarians generally, which is: they are starry-eyed idealists without an ounce of practical sense.

It must be wonderful to live in a magical Rand-land where racist business lose all their customers and go bankrupt. Unfortunately, that confounded 'empirical evidence' suggests that in the real world, things don't work that way.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Rand McNally sounds like less of a fantasyland than Rand-Land.

keisertroll (#1,117)

To be fair he was a rather impressionable baby when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. And a stubborn son of a bitch afterwards.

mmmark (#4,458)

Foot, out of mouth.

brent_cox (#40)

Sadly, Rand picked the wrong branch of medicine for that.

HiredGoons (#603)

Racism is not its own 'issue' it is a symptom of many issues, such as poverty, urban planning, education, etc.

Oh, and bigotry.

C_Webb (#855)

Rand Paul has Glee hair. That is all.

Ron Obvious (#351)

I watched that segment last night and got the feeling that Dr. Paul didn't really give a damn whether or not anyone agreed or disagreed with him on his Civil Rights Act stand. He's a pathetic racist, but he will be the gift that keeps on giving to Americans who believe the Enlightenment was a good thing.

Crantastical (#4,127)

Was he nicknamed after Ayn Rand? I've seen several claims.

HighRestraint (#5,069)

Although that would be more interesting, it's just Randal, or Randall, I can't remember which.

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