Steve Benen has a good round-up of Rand Paul’s anti-civil rights comments:
I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners — I abhor racism. I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant — but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership. But I absolutely think there should be no discrimination in anything that gets any public funding, and that’s most of what I think the Civil Rights Act was about in my mind.
“[T]his,” Paul said, “is the hard part about believing in freedom.”
As Ben Smith notes, a full Village freak-out over this is underway. Of course, many — I would suspect most — conservatives don’t think the Civil Rights Act was a good idea, they just don’t have the guts to say it.