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Rand Paul blames trash-talking Democrats who throw out red herrings

May 21, 2010

USA/“When does my honeymoon period start?” Rand Paul asked.

That was Paul’s opening line in an ABC “Good Morning America” interview Friday when asked about the controversy this week over comments that suggested he opposed part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that outlawed racial segregation.

Paul blamed the controversy on political trash-talk by Democrats worried that he will win the Kentucky Senate seat in November’s election after his Tea Party supported victory in the Republican primary earlier this week.

“I’ve been trashed up and down one network that tends to side with the Democrats. For an entire 24 hours I’ve suffered from them saying ‘oh he wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act,’ but that’s never been my position,” he said.

“I am against repealing the Civil Rights Act, I’m against repealing the Fair Housing Act, I ‘ve never campaigned on that, it’s not part of our platform. And so what these are, are red herrings that people are trying to bring up because the Democrats are waaaaay behind in Kentucky and are going to have a tough time beating us down here,” Paul said.

“If you want to bring up 40-year-old legislation, why don’t you bring me on with Senator Byrd and we’ll talk about how he filibustered the Civil Rights Act?”

Paul also had some thoughts on President Barack Obama and the BP oil spill. He said there should be regulations for oil drilling in international waters.

“What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP’ — I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business,” Paul said. “I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for this bill.”

That type of attitude was part of  the “blame game society,”  he said, in which “it’s always got to be someone’s fault, instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (herring to be used as bait)

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If Rand Paul wants to be part of the federal government he ought to learn a few things about what it does, like enforce the civil and voting rights statutes, which means becoming familiar with them. This is the difference between being a candidate and being a senator. Senators (at least those in the majority or who have an interest in things beyond themselves) actually have to show some responsibility, unlike candidates from the wingnut camp.

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Okay…LOVE the graphic. This is why the corporate media is going to hell in a hand basket. Some photo editor, being clever or at least believing he/she was clever, created this Monty Python moment by key word searching “red” and “herring” in the photo data base. Having consumate faith not only in her/his cleverness but high level knowledge of Boolean logic not only didn’t connect the picture and text, but those who edit didn’t either. Thanks I really needed a laugh today.

Posted by jimwalrod | Report as abusive
 

Rand Paul is just saying out loud what Republicans have believed for years. Paul’s sincere and principled belief is that government should not be able to impose any regulations on private businesses. This is news? No. It’s the central premise of the entire “government isn’t the solutuon to our problem, government is the problem” conservative dogma.

Conservatives hate the minimum wage. They hate affirmative action. They hate the Fair Pay Act. They hate cap and trade. They hate the SEC. They hate OSHA. They hate the EPA. They hate corporate taxes. They hate hate hate everything that inhibits businesses from doing whatever they want in pursuit of profits. It’s not the high-tax, big government 1950s they romanticize — it’s the 1920s, or even better, the 1890s.

That’s the part they leave out when they say, “We are taking our country back.” What they are REALLY saying is, “We are taking our country back–to the 1890′s.” But they usually don’t get quite so explicit about it. They know saying Wal-Mart should be able to pay its workers poverty wages won’t win elections, so they’ve gotten very good about reframing the concept with carefully crafted talking points like, “We’ve got to keep government out of the way so that businesses can create jobs.”

Make no mistake, Ayn Rand Paul is not being shunned by the GOP because they think his views are abhorrent-— he’s being embraced. They’re just a little nervous because he went off script and got way too analytical and specific. In short, he represented their beliefs too accurately and too honestly.

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