HAYS, Kan. - Rand Paul's sweeping victory in Kentucky adds fuel to the already potent Tea Party fire. Paul has a lot of positive qualities: small government advocate, powerful orator, and son of Rep. Ron Paul (R - TX).
Sure, there have been a couple of strange moments since his primary win. We learned that candidate Paul would not have voted for Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He also condemned President Obama for criticizing British Petroleum's reaction to the massive oil spill, saying that the president's comments were "un-American."
These statements, however bizarre, do not deflect from the Rand Paul's core message, or that of the Tea Party. And that's the bigger problem.