After getting fired by Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for being a Lincoln-hating neo-Confederate who called himself the "Southern Avenger," Jack Hunter says it was all a performance, and he now regrets that conservatives do and say racist things: "Why do we ever have to go there?"

[Photo credit: Jack Hunter provided Politico with this photograph in which he plays the "Southern Avenger," which is totally a persona and does not at all represent the views of Jack Hunter, the person who plays the "Southern Avenger."]