Here’s CNN producer Rachel Streitfeld doing her best to make Senator Paul sound like some kind of unyielding radical:

“Now, today we have no issues, no moral issues that have equivalency with the issue of slavery. Yet we do face a fiscal nightmare, potentially a debt crisis in our country,” he said. “Should we compromise by raising taxes and cutting spending as the debt commission proposes?”

The answer?

“Of course there must be dialogue and ultimately compromise, but the compromise must occur on where we cut spending,” Paul said.

Left unsaid: a compromise between salvation and disaster is… disaster.