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.