May 22, 2010

Maybe Chris Matthews is seeing the light

The "Hardball" host has an epiphany? From Thursday's show's finale:

Let me finish tonight with a tough one. You know, we want to have our politicians to have strong principles. We can‘t stand the crowd pleasers, the party switchers, the pander-bears out there who say all the easy stuff, feed us the cotton candy, and leave us wondering who is really going to solve the country‘s problems? Who is really going to take a stand, face the heat and give it to us straight, at least the way they see it straight?

Well, you want principle? You have it in Rand Paul, who just won the Republican nomination for the Senate for Kentucky. Paul takes a principled position against federal power. Here comes the rub. Paul has said he doesn‘t like looking back the way we passed the law in 1968 telling people who own restaurants and hotels that if they‘re open for business, they can‘t turn away a
customer because of his or her race. He has yet to say, under a lot of questioning, including that from my colleague Rachel Maddow last night, that he supports the federal power to tell business owners that if they‘re open for business, they can‘t discriminate someone because of how they were born.

Just to be clear, candidate Paul did not, apparently, ever call of the Civil Rights Act. He never did say categorically, even, that he would have voted against it. But when you read his words on the subject, it‘s clear he is torn between his deep philosophical belief in the rights of the individual and the ideal of a non-discriminatory America. He doesn‘t like discrimination by private business owners, but he treats it much like liberals don‘t like some horrible things people say, but support their right to say them. This is where it stands with Mr. Paul. It‘s a tough place to be, trying to square your fundamental views with an electorate that may not share them. It‘s one reason why people of pure philosophy and absolutist views stay out of electoral politics. It‘s why people should be interested in politics long before they run for office, so they can settle these issues in their head and heart before they try to settle them on editorial boards and on TV shows.

Posted by Hube at May 22, 2010 11:09 AM | TrackBack

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I wonder where that came from?

Posted by: BadIdeaGuy at May 23, 2010 08:55 AM

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