The first rule of politics is: When your opponent is down, don’t stop kicking.
Now is the time (if you’ll allow me to mix a metaphor) to drive a stake through the heart of Teabaggerism, and Rand Paul’s candidacy is the perfect place to do it.
Buy now that Paul has backed off on the Civil Rights Act – and then ducked a Meet the Press appearance where he might have been asked why he would have voted for a piece of legislation he considers not merely unwise but unconstitutional – I don’t think that either race relations or public accommodation represents his greatest vulnerability. He needs to be pressed on employment discrimination – especially employment discrimination against women – and on the treatment of Americans with disabilities.
The voters of Kentucky, including those who join in the Tea Party grumble about “big gummint,” need to be confronted with the application of Tea Party principles to the case of a blind man looking for work. That will help them find their inner Democrat.
Footnote And yes, the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act passed with substantial Republican support. Those Republicans were the RINOs now being purged from the GOP by the Tea Party set and the Club for Growth. If ADA were proposed as new legislation today, the usual suspects would be screaming “Socialism!”