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I know everyone wants to be in love with the Paul family. They put aside the racist history of Ron Paul, and now they're going to try to do the same with (Ayn) Rand Paul. I'm not saying the guy is racist necessarily. He very well might be and I guess he's free to be so. But the real point is that he thinks it's cool for private businessmen to be racist, just as long as they don't beat up anybody.

(To be fair, it goes beyond race. He's against any government intervention on anything. You know, except for the social welfare Medicare payments he gets from his patients.)

That, in essence, is what he said on last night's Rachel Maddow show.

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Here is some followup plus some earlier footage from his primary race where he espouses the same thing:

Plus, an interview on NPR where he keeps trying not to say what we know he's saying.

In short, he doesn't like the government telling people they can't discriminate on the basis or race, sex, gender, disability, etc. Basically, this Tea Party platform goes:

"You can be as racist as you want, as long as you don't leave any marks"

It's the domestic/child abuse philosophy of politics.

Ezra Klein has some more on this.

Basically, what you have is a honest and cruel form of Republicanism:

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Frank Rich points out that, if you look at things historically, the psychotic over-reaction of the Tea Baggers and their ilk has no comparison. Except for one. The last time conservatives went this nuts was during the Civil Rights Bill passage in the 1960s. So, it isn't about "socialism" or "government takeover of, well, NOTHING" or any of their talking points. It's about racism. Pure and simple.

But I imagine most of you already knew that.

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