i've covered the outrageous smears from the right against hillary clinton. this time, i'll point out some of the smears against ron paul.
according to some voices of the GOP, ron paul is a "populist leftwinger." and he's popular with "anti-war leftists." ron paul is using "leftist" money and votes to "hijack" the republican nomination. this, among other things, makes the ron paul campaign dangerous.
okay, let's go over to kos and see if they're humping ron paul's leg, shall we? according to a diarist named "phenry," ron paul is the radical right's man in washington. and he is a racist, to boot.*
all right. so ron paul is a leftist populist AND a member of the radical right. and black people shouldn't vote for him.
except he's polling the best out of all the republicans among african-american voters.
oh, and he's a homophobe.
LOFTON: Do you believe that God says [homosexuality] is a sin?ron paul has trouble with people seeing homosexuality as a sin. this was less dodgy and more positive than hillary's first response to the question. (and the "don't ask don't tell" quote that was linked to above has been spun so many times that i feel that i should comment: ron paul says that disruptive behavior should be dealt with in the military, no matter if it's practiced by homosexuals or heterosexuals. i think his answer showed a lack of understanding about the policy, but not bigotry. the rest of the repubs just want to keep the homos down. ron paul wants to change the focus of the policy to disruptive behavior of individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.)
PAUL: Well, I believe a lot of people understand it that way, but I think everybody's God's child too, so I have, you know, trouble with that.
so wait, now he's in step with homosexual agenda(tm)? egads! what to believe!?!?!
well, we do know one thing for sure. once a candidate starts raking in the cash and is put in the spotlight, the smears start gaining speed and ferocity. with ron paul, they're coming from both the right and the left, and the accusations are all over the map. i think the current political establishment is unsure how to handle someone who doesn't toe the party line and cherry-picks his stances based on his own principles. all i know is that ron paul is someone to watch.
[partisan hack] even if you just can't stand him, remember... if he sticks around long enough in the debates, he'll be debating the other republicans. the other republicans will spend precious energy fending off his attacks. understand that ron paul is the best thing to happen to democrats since ross perot. this is politics, a game based on numbers. this ain't a circle of kumbaya. [/partisan hack]
* note: ron paul has denied writing the complained-of statements and has come forward to say that he neither wrote nor agrees with those statements. well, we'll see how the chips fall on this one... it's definitely eyebrow-raising. but with all the cacophony around ron paul, i'll just say that i have no idea what is going on, and that the jury is still out on this.