Taibbi to Paul: “Was MLK a socialist?”

Profane liberal smut peddler Joe Sonka has the scoop over at Barefoot & Progressive about Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Matti Taibbi’s encounter with Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul.

The story I hear is that Matt introduced himself to Rand at a northern KY event as a writer for Rolling Stone. Paul said that he wasn’t going to talk to anyone from Rolling Stone. Matt followed him anyway and asked him if he thought that Martin Luther King was a socialist. Rand gave him silence, so Taibbi kept asking him. Rand’s staffers butted in finally to say that this is one of those unfair gotcha librul media questions that he won’t answer. Because you know how hard it is to answer “was MLK a socialist”, right?

Oh, November is so far away…


  1. RKJ
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    It is actually a shame since they’d be able to have a really good conversation on something like TARP which both hated, but I guess partisan talking points are all that matter to these guys right now.

    Desparation setting in….

  2. Paul G
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    In January, Beck is complaining about how we’ve made a figurehead out of someone he admits is a Socialist. In August, he’s riding off of that same man’s coat tails to spread a message of unity.

    Which was he? Was MLK a great unifying presence, or was he an “evil” socialist? Some are beginning to wonder if the two go hand in hand, as the only way to fulfill John Locke’s philosophies of a pluralistic society, as laid out in his “Second Treatise on Government”.

  3. Paul G
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Link: http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/35344/

  4. jmeador
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Martin Luther King Jr. was an ardent anti-capitalist, especially in his “later” years via his work with the Poor People’s Campaign. He was only a “socialist” in the sense that he advocated a democratic distribution of the nation’s wealth, most of which is, was and (if people like Glenn Beck get their way) will always be in the hands of an elite few.

    Also: Beck is an entertainer, so expecting him to be consistent on issues is like expecting, say, Lindsay Lohan to understand socioeconomic theory and political philosophy just because she plays Barbara Ehrenreich in a fucking movie, which I’d pay to see (but for reasons I’d rather not discuss here).

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