They used to say that folks evolved once they got on the Supreme Court. But I’m not sure we’ve ever seen the kind of evolution Rand Paul’s undergone over less than 24 hours.
Let me try to summarize.
1) I don’t support the Civil Rights Act but I personally abhor discrimination.
2) I would not support any effort to repeal the Civil Rights Act.
3) I believe in the Civil Rights Act and the constitutional power to enforce it.
4) If I would have been in the Senate at the time I would have voted for the Civil Rights Act.
Any guesses on number 5?
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.