On the same day she celebrated the long overdue exit of Mark Souder of Indiana, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow went after Rand Paul for fifteen minutes, browbeating him for his wrong answer to a hypothetical answer about a nearly fifty year old bill.
Rand Paul is a different shade of Right Wing than Mark Souder. I’m rather bored with the hypocrites of the Souder variety; hearing them talk just makes me tired.
I wish more Republican politicians were like Rand Paul–intellectually poised and at least saying something original, instead of just reiterating the “family values” litany to clinch the simpleton vote, and then banging their staff members backstage as soon as the cameras stop rolling.
Watch the entire Maddow interview with Rand Paul. Is this what racism looks like?
I’ve met racists, and they don’t mince words about their hatred. I think Rand Paul speaks clearly and says what he means.
MSNBC continued to pick at this wound all day, like a floundering boxer who sees a cut on his opponent and realizes busting it open is his only chance to win. Just like Fox News, when they see an opening they go for it. Relevant or not.
Tonight Keith Olbermann reported on today’s backtracking by Rand Paul, in which Paul explained that he would have voted “Yes” on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and clarified he had no desire to repeal it. Olbermann: “Repealing the Civil Rights Act?!? Who besides Rand Paul is even considering that?”
You accidentally nailed it, Keith! That’s the whole point: this isn’t news–and you’re counting on your “liberal” viewers being too simpleminded to read between your lines. That’s why Rand Paul had to be specific about his stance–because otherwise he realizes his opponents will continue to smear him with unfounded insinuations (which is the only hope for his Democratic opponent Jack Conway–down by 20% in the polls).
Paul’s mistake was trying to answer the question honestly. A more seasoned politician would have recognized how the media would oversimplify his remarks, painting him as a racist freak, and that dumbed down viewers wouldn’t be intelligent enough to do their own research.
I realize MSNBC is in the business of discrediting the Right–just as Fox News is with the Left–but with this story they really “jumped the shark.”
Until recently, this kind of “journalism”–i.e., adapting simplistic, grand-narrative explanations that ignore the complexities of reality–could only be found on Fox News. Remember when anyone who disagreed with the Iraq War was called “unpatriotic” and accused of “hating America”? I guess MSNBC figured out their target audience, the Left, is just as brainwashable as the Right.