Ah, there's the rub.
Kentucky Republicans voted Tuesday to put Rand Paul on the ballot for the U.S. Senate. But Paul, a small government Tea Party guy, now has to explain his views, some of which are, well, way out in right field.
Should owners of lunch counters be forced to serve blacks if they don't want to? The rest of the nation settled this question in the 1960s, but Paul isn't so sure. Oh no. Since they are private businesses, maybe they should be allowed to discriminate—so he says.
Newsweek's Howard Fineman puts it this way:
[If Paul] doesn't immediately apologize for holding his victory rally at a private club—and doesn't abandon his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act—then he will not only pollute the Tea Party, he will severely damage the GOP's chances of winning control of either the House or Senate this fall.This is only one of Paul's retrograde views, now causing him and the Tea Party boys and the GOP considerable grief. Read a full report here.
UPDATE: Paul has now reversed himself, flipping on his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. So much for those Tea Party principles. He caved!