it's worth noting that the only people who are really jazzed to reopen
the argument about the Civil Rights Act are liberals. And they have good reason: They won that argument, politically
and morally. This is a fact liberals never stop reminding us, and
themselves, about. Like a paunchy middle-aged man who scored the winning
touchdown in the high school championship, nostalgic liberals don't
need an excuse to bring up their glory days (which were not the
Democratic Party's glory days, by the way). Give them a living,
breathing politician who suggests, no matter how imprecisely or
grudgingly, that the Civil Rights Act wasn't perfect, and they'll talk
your ear off like a drunk uncle at a wedding."
-- Los Angeles Times columnist Jonah Goldberg, revisiting the media flurry over Rand Paul's controversial statements about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Bolding added by the Atlantic Wire.)
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