In her recent piece in The Daily Beast, Meghan McCain offers her insights into the Rand Paul Civil Rights Act gaffe on The Rachel Maddow Show. As per the usual, she fails to really even crack the surface of the issue:
Last week, the younger Paul claimed the state’s Republican nomination—thanks, in large part, to vast Tea Party support. Yet less than 48 hours later, he (now infamously) declared on The Rachel Maddow Show that, while he’s against racism and prejudice, he essentially believes that any business owner has a right not to serve a person because of his or her race, and that he would have voted against the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
When someone runs for office, essentially, all he or she must do is answer questions about what he or she believes and why these beliefs will best serve the country. Yet anyone watching Paul’s interview with Maddow could see that he was unable to do that. Worse, he managed to confuse voters further about just where his libertarian ideals stand, raising new questions about his extreme libertarian view of how our country should be governed.
To me, what’s most significant about this series of events is how quickly Paul—the Tea Party movement’s first truly notable candidate, both in name and national prominence—imploded on the national stage.
Hmmm…considering Rand’s position to be “extreme” is queer for someone who professes to idolize Barry Goldwater as Meghan does. This was precisely Goldwater’s position on the Civil Rights Act. All she would have to do to understand this point would be to read Goldwater’s classic Conscience of a Conservative.
Paul is one of the most Goldwater-esq candidates in recent memory. He doesn’t share his father’s foreign policy isolationism, and he professes a socially tolerant domestic positions. Far from a sign of being “extreme” Meghan should find Paul’s small government libertarianism to be music to her ears.
Her main issues seem not to be with his policies or beliefs, but rather with his association with the Tea Party and her confusion of his recent political gaffe, because that’s really what it was, with a genuine disagreement on policy (precisely the type of confusion liberal Democrats are banking on.)
Could it be that Meghan isn’t as politically intelligent as I thought? Nahhh…can’t be.