The Steele Calling the Paul Wack

The party boss believes Rand Paul should think a little more before he speaks. Feel free to read the previous sentence again at your leisure.


Michael Steele is shaking a finger at Rand Paul over his civil rights remarks which the RNC chairman believes were 'misplaced'

"I believe ... his philosophy is misplaced in these times," Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told "Fox News Sunday."

"I don't think it's where the country is right now," Steele said.

After handily winning last week's GOP Senate primary in the Bluegrass State, Paul in an interview questioned the wisdom of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, which barred businesses like restaurants from banning blacks.

The candidate said he did "not like the idea" of telling private business what it should or should not do. The Tea Party favorite later insisted he supports the anti-discrimination law, but he backed out of an interview on NBC's Sunday program "Meet the Press."

Paul then accused the Obama administration of being "un-American" in its criticism of oil giant BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Steele, who is African-American, said Paul's "philosophy got in the way of reality" and told ABC's "This Week" he was "not comfortable" with the comments.

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