The peril and promise of Rand Paul on display in New Hampshire

In an interview with RealClearPolitics the next morning, Paul at first suggested that he indeed had been honest about getting rid of over two centuries of executive orders, if he were to be sworn in as the 45th commander-in-chief in 2017.

“It’s a nice idea,” Paul said. “You would obviously have to look at all of the executive orders to see that there’s not something in there. But the thing is, you could sunset them all and really repeal them all, and then you could start over. And if there are any ones that are good, you could reinstitute things or ask Congress to reinstitute things that need to be done.”

But did that mean Paul would be OK with nixing — temporarily, at least — President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation?

Or what about President Truman’s order to desegregate the military?

Paul’s eyes widened a bit, as if to confirm that he hadn’t quite thought it completely through.