Sunday, February 21, 2010

CPAC love for Ron Paul

How hilarious is it that Ron Paul -- yes, Ron "anti-Iraq War, thorn on the GOP side" Paul -- won the straw poll at CPAC yesterday? It's no wonder there were boos, but he ended up with almost a third of the vote, well ahead of Romney, 31 to 22, with Palin and Pawlenty well back at 7 and 6, respectively.

Then again, Paul is no doubt pretty popular with the John Birch crowd, what with his extremist anti-government and isolationist views, proximity to racism (if not his own racism), and general paranoia. (For some elaboration, see Carl's post from 11/07.) He's more libertarian than Republican, and has no chance at the GOP nod in 2012, but it's good to see the movement conservatives at CPAC expose themselves for what they really are.

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  • Ron Paul is the only candidate who really supports true American values. President Bush, Bush Sr., and Reagan are neocons. For the people who are actually reading this, a neocon is a Republican who believes in the religious right, torture, preemptive war(fact there hasn't been a declared war since WWII). espionage, IRS, National banks, pro life, anti gay marrige, so on and so forth. Ron Paul believes in no IRS, declared, wars (voted on by the Senate), JUST READ ABOUT RON PAUL AND READ UP YOU REPUBLICANS ON TRUE CONSERVATISM!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • thing is, i have never condidered myself a liberal - more of a radical - of the left.

    many of my views such as energy nationalization, guaranteed employment, etc, are anathema to paul.

    however, other things paul supports, such as closing overseas military bases, drug legalization, etc, i whole heartedly agree with.

    the whole left/right divide is becoming less relevant.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 AM  

  • My ideal 2000 campaign pairing would have been Ron Paul vs. Dennis Kucinich. But I understand that both were unsafe to the status quo, as opposed to President Obama. I can only imagine the debates as both Kucinich and Paul have expressed the opinion that the Federal Reserve should be audited.

    I am disappointed with this administration, mostly because they seem to have dropped the ball when it comes to using the bully pulpit to push through reforms such as Health Insurance and the Justice Dept.'s treatment of the torture memo lawyers from Bush43's term.

    With the pending merger of Comcast and NBC, the main stream media continues to contract and combine. With so few hands controlling such a large piece of the media, what results is not competition, but collusion. Great coverage of CPAC, but little of the people who come to the free health care clinics like those Countdown helped set up. This being the case, I can only imagine the spin resulting from any attempt to regulate on the scale of FDR's New Deal.

    I would not want to be a part of this president's security detail.

    By Anonymous workerAnt, at 9:43 AM  

  • @ Anonymous #1
    Re:'American values'

    A reminder; you don't own the brand on the term nor do you get to define it. We get to do that collectively, even changing it from time to time (see abolition of slavery, womens' suffrage, etc..)
    Now, fuck off you silly man.

    By Blogger Finn mac Cumhaill, at 11:28 AM  

  • "Libertarians" of the Ron Paul variety and mainstream Republicans have one thing -- the most important thing -- in common. They both believe that they ought to be above the law.

    By Anonymous Frank Wilhoit, at 11:31 AM  

  • Just proves that money can buy anything in America ! What a joke that poll was! If Ron Paul the Nazi loon,anti-Semite,anarchist, and all the other ist represents the Republican party we have more problems than I thought

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:42 PM  

  • "isolationist views"

    - The author of this blog clearly does not know there is a difference b/w isolationism and non-interventionism. Paul is no isolationists.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:27 PM  

  • Michael, I see the way to double your blog hits is to type "Ron Paul" on your blog.

    I wonder if it works of you wrote a blog post about the "Ronald McDonald House in St. Paul, Minnesota."

    You sly dog, you.

    By Blogger Mustang Bobby, at 6:21 PM  

  • You found me out, MB. Of course, a link from C&L helps, but I've noticed before that I tend to get a lot of traffic coming to posts about Ron Paul (and for Ayn Rand, too).

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 6:26 PM  

  • Like, I think that at this point the candidates should be talking about other things. While the Iraq war and racism are valid arguments to lead a campaign and a debate that I think are also worn arguments that cover the true proposals or the lack of proposals.

    By Anonymous julio, at 11:42 PM  

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