A Good Man is Hard to Find
Tim Carney has a very good piece up on the media’s continued efforts to ignore, at every turn, presidential hopeful Ron Paul.
So, again, why doesn’t Paul get the attention he seems to deserve? Mostly because the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wish he would just go away.
One reason the bipartisan establishment finds Paul so obnoxious is how much the past four years have proven him correct — on the housing bubble, on the economy, on our foreign misadventures, and on our national debt. […]
Again and again Paul has dissented, been laughed at, and been proven correct. That may be one reason he evokes so much scorn in certain corners of the Right.
But also, Paul lacks the eloquence and self-control to win over the barely-attentive voters that make up most of the electorate. He rambles, sometimes slipping into incoherence, and seems to eschew efforts to cast his outside-the mainstream ideas in a more palatable light.
I like Paul. I don’t always agree with him, but I have a lot of respect for him. I suspect he’s an honest broker, a good man in a den of liars. Very few congress critters are honest, but I believe that Paul is the genuine deal.
I also think he’d do his damndest to get us out of the wars we’re enmeshed in – something very few politicians would do, especially in the field of GOP hopefuls. Just as importantly, I believe he’d do whatever he could to sabotage the War on Drugs (no one president could end it, I’m afraid).
I’d vote for Paul if it came down to it, for the wars and the drug wars alone. And because I don’t doubt his convictions. Of course, the GOP will never let him be the nominee. Thank goodness for the Republican elite they have Bachmann (and now Perry) to draw the Tea Party crowd.
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