Boy, this is amazing.
Rand Paul runs as a Tea Party candidate, wins, and suddenly has to explain actual policy, not engage in the usual bumper sticker “give us back our country” yelling.
How does he do? He makes a complete fool of himself. He weasels. He wobbles. He spins. He shows that, when he gets to Congress, he’ll be just like the weasels and spinners he now condemns.
But, hey, decide for yourself. Here’s a link to a video of him trying to defend his stand on the 1964 Civil Rights Act in which he says, essentially, that racism by private businesses ought to be OK. Amazingly, though, no matter how many times Rachael Maddow tries to nail him down, he declines to speak specifically.
He’ll make racism legal in private businesses and then stand off to the side, tut-tutting, saying he certainly doesn’t agree with that, he certainly doesn’t approve, but he’ll do absolutely nothing to prevent it.
And this guy wants to be in the Senate?
This, of course, is the problem all along. I understand anger, I understand disagreement, but at some time you have to stand for doing something. Whether that is cutting off Social Security, or cutting the military, or making racism illegal, or letting banks fail and eating the results of that, you have to decide. Libertarianism is one thing, but anarchy is another and I’m not sure this wahoo knows where the line is.
If Mr. Paul is representative of how the Tea Party screamers will behave should they ever gain power, it’s going to be, well, interesting, at best.