Wednesday, May 26, 2010

He's not a real Libertarian

What in the name of...of...well, something is going on in Kentucky?

Today a leading Libertarian from that state says the party might run a "real" Libertarian in the November general election for the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Post reports Rand Paul, who won the Republican Party's nomination for the Senate, is proving to be too comfortable for some Libertarians with the mainstream political establishment. Moreover, his recent statements -- including questioning the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- have upset other Libertarians in the state.

Paul's campaign also is in retreat today on another front -- it has brought in a new campaign manager.

To the initial news report, I react this way -- so what. If the Libertarians or the Tea Party movement want to get another candidate on the ballot in Kentucky or any other state (and still have the time to do it), then there isn't much stopping them.

To the second news report, I attach more weight. It's indicative of a campaign eager to be more professional and more prepared. No, in fact I don't see the move as a campaign in desperation mode or otherwise trying to sacrifice someone for the ridiculous comments made by Mr. Paul last week. (He has stepped back from any suggestion that he would seek repeal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but it has been my opinion that he must more clearly and completely state what he meant by his initial statements.)

Let's see which story the media opt to focus on during this news cycle. I think I know the answer, but I'm going to remain optimistic (or perhaps naive?).

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