Thursday, May 20, 2010
Thoughts on Rand Paul
I guess I'll jump on this particular bandwagon. There's not much to say about Paul, other than he clearly opposes the CRA's ban on private discrimination, but is now forced to backtrack out of political expediency. What's really interesting is how Republicans are shocked, shocked that Paul opposes the CRA. Paul's position on this issue was known to his GOP primary opponent, yet he didn't use it against him for the likely reason that it wouldn't have hurt and might have helped Paul among Republican primary voters. Furthermore, the GOP pantheon is composed of politicians who opposed the CRA: Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, Barry Goldwater, Robert Bork, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. Indeed, the contemporary GOP emerged out of its opposition to civil rights.