Meet the Press v Rand Paul (Updated)

David Gregory was not happy about the Rand Paul cancellation, as you can see by this segment from Sunday's Meet the Press (h/t John Aravosis):

We now know his cancellation was orchestrated by Karl Rove (h/t Media Matters' Karl Frisch):
Politico is reporting that Rove urged Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul to cancel his appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend after several days of tough media coverage following his comments on the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
[...] Karl Rove, the former top adviser to George W Bush, called Paul's campaign manager this week and said the candidate was hurting himself with all the exposure, according to a source familiar with the conversation (In an email, Rove only said "no comment" when asked about the matter)

At this point one could easily come to the conclusion that Fox News only pays Rove to underwrite his political activity. After all, they’ve shown no concern whatsoever over the ethical implications of his dual role as a network “political analyst” and his work for the GOP "campaign apparatus.”

Those ethical implications are further complicated by news that Rove is purportedly advising partisan political campaigns directly.

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UPDATE II: Rand Paul's bad week continues...

Via TPM: Rand Paul Slams MSNBC 'Bias'
Paul downplayed his comments to Rachel Maddow, saying they were part of "a philosophic debate about a moot point." But he also blasted MSNBC for "bias," charging that in the days after his appearance, commentators on the network had inaccurately accused him of wanting to repeal the Civil Rights Act. (On Thursday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews corrected that error.) "I need to be very careful about going on certain networks that seem to have a bias," Paul told WHS's Joe Arnold. "Because it really wasn't the interview so much that was unfair. The interview I think was very fair. But then they went on a whole day repeating something over and over again. It makes me less inclined to go on a network."

I guess Rand Paul didn't get the message about shutting up...nationally.

Also via TPM: GOP Backs Away From 'Novice' Rand Paul
Protesters turned out at the Paul-Grayson unity rally on Saturday, local GOPers said he had hit a "rocky start" and top Republicans in Washington did not seem eager to defend the party's newly crowned nominee, distancing themselves from Paul's remarks about the Civil Rights Act.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele was the harshest, saying on Fox News Sunday in response to Paul's comments on discrimination that the country already has "litigated the issue of separate but equal" and praising his own Republican party on civil rights. "I think his philosophy is misplaced in these times ... But I think in this case Rand Paul's philosophy got in the way of reality," Steele said.

Steele later said on ABC's This Week that he "can't condemn a person's view" and that it was up to the people of Kentucky to judge whether they want to elect someone with such a view.

Asked repeatedly by host Jake Tapper if he was "comfortable" with what Paul said, Steele responded, "I am not comfortable with a lot of things, but it doesn't matter what I'm comfortable with and not comfortable with. I don't vote in that election. The people of Kentucky will."


Via HuffPo: The Rand Paul Opportunity: Hang the Tea Party Albatross Around the GOP's Neck in 2010--Nationwide
There are signs in that last link and this one that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, Dr. Paul's Democratic opponent, is sensing which way to go in his election.

But here's my point: it's not just Conway who should laser in on the role of government in protecting the public against corporate carelessness or malfeasance. Every Democrat in the country who is running against a Tea Party Republican--or even just one who is kowtowing to them--should be focused on Rand Paul's libertarian views and pushing opponents to answer questions like this:

What about salmonella in spinach and chicken--do you think government has a role to play in preventing that? What about E coli bacteria in ground beef--do you think government has a role to play in preventing that? What about new drugs from big pharmaceutical companies--do you think government has a role to play in ensuring their safety? What about the language that banks use when they peddle mortgages and credit cards--do you think government ought to set some standards of clarity there? What about sticky accelerators in cars?


Via Think Progress:

Protesters Rebuke Rand Paul: ‘I Know From Experience’ Private Businesses Will Discriminate Without The ADA
Last Saturday, Kentucky Republicans, along with Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trey Grayson, held a unity rally to express their unflinching support for tea party extremist U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (R-KY). [...]

Sonka spoke to several of the protesters, and reported that one child held a sign, “In Rand’s world, do I have to play in the Negro League?” Others activists protested Paul’s defense of BP, his opposition to Civil Rights laws, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

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