Strangely enough, Ron Paul seems to be within striking distance of winning in Iowa and New Hampshire. This is having a salutary effect upon the liberal establishment which is tearing its hair out with self righteous accusations that Paul is a rightwing extremist who is supported by eeevvvilll “white supremacists”:
“Mr. Paul’s calls for the end of the Federal Reserve system, a cessation of aid to Israel and all other nations and an overall diminishment of government power have natural appeal among far-right, niche political groups. Aides say that much of the support is unsolicited and that it is unfair to overlook the larger number of mainstream voters now backing him.
But a look at the trajectory of Mr. Paul’s career shows that he and his closest political allies either wittingly or unwittingly courted disaffected white voters with extreme views as they sought to forge a movement from the nether region of American politics, where the far right and the far left sometimes converge.
In May, Mr. Paul reiterated in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation. He said that he supported its intent, but that parts of it violated his longstanding belief that government should not dictate how property owners behave.”
I’m not sure I can oppose someone who would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Ron Paul also opposes foreign wars, opposes the Federal Reserve, and supports cutting off aid to Israel. It is his weak position on immigration that is so disappointing. Yet there is plausible argument to be made that gutting the welfare state would deter legal and illegal immigration while cutting off African-Americans at the same time.
By the time the 2012 campaign swings through Alabama, I suspect that Bachmann and several of the other candidates will have dropped out of the race. If I am forced to choose between Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich, I will likely end up voting for Paul again.
Note: Kievsky weighs in on the New York Times article.