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Daily Caller: Paul campaign volunteers in NH forced to sign nondisclosure agreements

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign makes some of its volunteers, or “interns,” sign nondisclosure forms and instructs them not talk to the press, The Daily Caller has learned.

On Friday, TheDC went looking for some of the hundreds of Paul supporters who turned out to hear the Texas Congressman speak at an airplane hanger, only to find that an overwhelming majority approached by TheDC were from out of state. Many were unwilling to talk. Some said they refused because the campaign asked them not to engage in conversations with members of the media.

Ron Paul is, to use an understatement, having a tough time with the media.

jasencomstock:

So why do you hate Ron Paul?

Alternatively, why do you think he is not electable?

I dislike Paul because he is an inflexible ideologue.

It is best for everyone if heads of state are curious and inquisitive about the world around them. Paul has co-sponsored but one eventual law during his 11 terms as a lawmaker (“lawmaker”) and has been beating the same tired drum — gold standard! end the fed! — for far too long. He’s clinging to some ideas that are both unpopular and would not work well, even as his personal brand as a candidate was fashioned around other ideas that are both very popular and would work extremely well. Despite having positions that I attribute to casual racism, rank hatred of women, a flawed understanding of the things that a healthy economy needs, and an indifference towards those less privileged than himself, he doesn’t seem like an evil guy, just an angry old man who isn’t reliably capable of critical thought. (Could I support a racist who has good economic sensibilities for a post advising on economic policy? I don’t really know; maybe.)

There are great places for contrarians in politics — think tanks and other partisan groups, for instance. The White House isn’t one of them.

[H]e’s not against war.

"He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all."

— a former Ron Paul staffer [full story]

We know there is lots and lots of racism in the newsletters that GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul published in the 80s and 90s, but what else is there? From a 1996 report in the Houston Chronicle:

In later newsletters, Paul aimed criticism at the Israeli government’s U.S. lobbying efforts and reported allegations that President Clinton used cocaine and fathered illegitimate children.

Stating that lobbying groups who seek special favors and handouts are evil, Paul wrote, “By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government” and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism.

Relaying a rumor that Clinton was a longtime cocaine user, Paul wrote in 1994 that the speculation “would explain certain mysteries” about the president’s scratchy voice and insomnia.

"None of this is conclusive, of course, but it sure is interesting," he said.

So, to recap, there is: Racism, criticism of Israel, and baseless accusations against a still-wildly-popular political figure. There’s doubtlessly some woman-hating in there somewhere, too. This is your current front-runner in Iowa, GOP.

Predictably, today a Wall Street Journal editorial board member burned Ron Paul on his reluctance to advocate war with Iran:

There he was at the debate last Thursday waving his arms, charging that the U.S. was declaring “war on 1.2 billion Muslims,” that it “viewed all Muslims as the same.” Yes, he allowed, “there are a few radicals”—and then he proceeded to hold forth again on the good reasons terrorists had for mounting attacks on us.

His efforts on behalf of Iran’s right to the status of misunderstood victim continued apace. On the Hannity show following the debate, Dr. Paul urged the host to understand that Iran’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had never mentioned any intention of wiping Israel off the map. It was all a mistranslation, he explained. What about Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust? A short silence ensued as the candidate stared into space. He moved quickly on to a more secure subject. “They’re just defending themselves,” he declared. [full column]

It’s interesting — I guess that’s the best word for it — to witness a public spat between two people whose worldviews I think are both consistently and profoundly wrong.

Image via WSJ.

Predictably, today a Wall Street Journal editorial board member burned Ron Paul on his reluctance to advocate war with Iran:

There he was at the debate last Thursday waving his arms, charging that the U.S. was declaring “war on 1.2 billion Muslims,” that it “viewed all Muslims as the same.” Yes, he allowed, “there are a few radicals”—and then he proceeded to hold forth again on the good reasons terrorists had for mounting attacks on us.

His efforts on behalf of Iran’s right to the status of misunderstood victim continued apace. On the Hannity show following the debate, Dr. Paul urged the host to understand that Iran’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had never mentioned any intention of wiping Israel off the map. It was all a mistranslation, he explained. What about Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust? A short silence ensued as the candidate stared into space. He moved quickly on to a more secure subject. “They’re just defending themselves,” he declared. [full column]

It’s interesting — I guess that’s the best word for it — to witness a public spat between two people whose worldviews I think are both consistently and profoundly wrong.

Image via WSJ.

theporkbarrel:

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas: The presidential candidate and libertarian champion is relentless in calling for the shrinking of government spending while seeking tax dollars for his district from some of the very programs he criticizes.

This — the soul-crushing hypocrisy — is one reason why I feel sorry for anyone who supports this wingnut.

theporkbarrel:

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas: The presidential candidate and libertarian champion is relentless in calling for the shrinking of government spending while seeking tax dollars for his district from some of the very programs he criticizes.

This — the soul-crushing hypocrisy — is one reason why I feel sorry for anyone who supports this wingnut.

As president, do you want a childish, inflexible ideologue who’ll condemn hard-working emergency responders while they’re preparing to take on a life-threatening natural disaster? Then go ahead and vote for Ron Paul in 2012.