Daily Archives: May 19, 2010

And the Lester Maddox Award for Lunch Counter Maintenance goes to…

…Rand Paul, winner of the Kentucky Republican Senate Primary.

In an interview last night, Paul told Maddow that he agrees with most parts of the Civil Rights Act, except for one (Title II), that made it a crime for private businesses to discriminate against customers on the basis of race. Paul explained that had he been in office during debate of bill, he would have tried to change the legislation. He said that it stifled first amendment rights.

Rachel pushed for specifics:

Maddow:… How about desegregating lunch counters?

Paul: Well what it gets into then is if you decide that restaurants are publicly owned and not privately owned, then do you say that you should have the right to bring your gun into a restaurant even though the owner of the restaurant says ‘well no, we don’t want to have guns in here’ the bar says ‘we don’t want to have guns in here because people might drink and start fighting and shoot each-other.’ Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant? These are important philosophical debates but not a very practical discussion…

Maddow: Well, it was pretty practical to the people who had the life nearly beaten out of them trying to desegregate Walgreen’s lunch counters despite these esoteric debates about what it means about ownership. This is not a hypothetical Dr. Paul.

Oh Boy… this is going to make Kentucky a real fight. Paul faces Democratic Senate candidate and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election to replace Republican Sen. Jim Bunning on November 2, 2010…

Here’s a big chunk of the Maddow show if you think you haven’t heard enough:

Quote for the Day – this one caught me!

“I have a suggestion for the Republicans: Get rid of Frank Luntz and learn to think and speak for yourselves!”

Father Tyme posting on Blondsense

I don’t think they will take this very sound advice.

Morning After Pennsylvania and Kentucky Primaries

…and the TV talking heads really don’t know what to make of it.

Specter lost to Sestak… score one for Democrats who didn’t really believe Arlen was changing parties to join their cause… just trying to preserve his job when fellow Republicans rejected him.

Rand Paul swept the Republican primary in Kentucky, thus making the Tea Party convinced that they are really taking over America. If only America was as all white and tax averse as the Tea Party Movement.

Surprise, surprise in the race to fill a vacant House seat in a conservative-leaning Pennsylvania congressional district; voters elected the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha’s one-time aide, Mark Critz, over Republican businessman Tim Burns. Even Obama couldn’t take this district!

In Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln, a moderate incumbent who was first elected in 1998 and is considered among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats this fall, failed to win the majority of votes. She now faces a run-off against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter – who was backed by unions and progressives – for the Democratic nomination. The big surprise is that everyone thought Lincoln would get wiped out.

So it looks like we are in for an interesting election season this Fall, and I don’t think either Republicans or Democrats are ready to predict the results.