Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Papa Paul Alert

A few thoughts on Rep. Ron Paul winning the Conservative Political Action Committee's presidential straw poll and what that means for the Republican Party (and by implication, the Kentucky U.S. Senate race). David Harsanyi at Townhall writes:

"Congressman Paul is committed to bringing the conservative movement back to its traditional platform of limited government, balanced budgets and a foreign policy of nonintervention," claims Jesse Benton, Paul's spokesman.

If only it stopped there. Paul isn't a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades. Paul's newsletters of the '80s and '90s were filled with anti-Semitic and racist rants, proving his slumming in the ugliest corners of conspiracyland today is no mistake.

So Rand Paul was raised on a tirade of "anti-Semitic and racist rants"? And he nonetheless agrees with his father on everything? Young Rand has some disavowing to do. No wonder he favors term limits; it would keep his career politician father from embarrassing him inside the Beltway. Of course, it's hard to throw Papa Paul under the bus, given that his supporters give 80 percent of the contributions that fatten the account of his legacy candidate son.

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