I skipped watching the Republican debate this evening, partially because I wasn’t interested in accidentally getting duped into watching the anorexic Alan Colmes post-debate, but sure enough there are plenty of clips already popping up around sites like YouTube in order to quench my thirst for soundbytes and crazy.
The latter mostly being provided by resident South Texas funnyman Ron Paul. Did you know that Ronny wants to shut down the CIA? If you didn’t, and you somehow had been duped into supporting Galveston’s glassy eyed gaze, that should be enough for you to push your well-worn keyboard away (it’s hard work spamming the interweb) and slowly make your way back out into the real world.
(Ron also thinks Iran has more of a right to be in Iraq than we do; so just strip off the Kevlar boys, because we’re impeding neighborly interludes! Eugh.)
Getting back to the debate’s content, here is an exchange that has all the late night blogs a’buzzing:
The above video, from Hot Air, illustrates the absurdity of Paul’s positions. It also should give mucho bonus points to Huckabee for being able to swat away the lunacy of Ron Paul’s “constitutional” isolationism (read: ignorant invitation for devastating terrorist attacks and the destruction of American power on the world stage), but I don’t think that Mike is high enough in the polls for his eloquence to make a difference at this point. Not so good when we’re lacking some leaders in the Grand Old Party, but still since Huckabee has been spamming my e-mail for the past four months, I won’t be shedding too many tears.
There are three things to address in the above video. The first and most obvious, which has already been widely shredded on other conservative blogs, is the “Get out! Flee!” argument. That perspective might as well be coming from code pink
fool founder Medea Benjamin, and it shouldn’t be taken seriously enough to warrant a waste of even digital space.
The second is getting a bit of play, but not much. Ron Paul repeatedly blames the evil, scheming neocons! This one again justifies this website’s name, though I’ve got to admit that when I get the generic hatemail because of it, it still makes me smile. So Ronny boy is two for two thus far on the nutter butter fringe test: he wants to jam his fingers in his ears and not worry about terrorists (or terrorist states) and he thinks that a super secret club is calling the shots and somehow had an overwhelming number of Democrats on its take in 2002 when they authorized the Iraq War.
(By the by, I’m still waiting for my first Neocon Cabal check to get here. Karl doesn’t trust the postal system since they engineered the anthrax attacks, and I’ve had to wait for the car that runs on children’s tears to make its way back around to my side of the country- something that could take a while considering what poor mileage it gets…)
The last is his stumbling to include Afghanistan in order to inflate the body count that he throws at Huckabee. I don’t care what Ron Paul voted for or didn’t vote for, from that clip it sounds like he wants to run home from Afghanistan as well. You won’t even find Michael Moore advocating that. (Of course, no one has ever actually lost Moore in the first place…)
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Given the above and all the other wackiness that we’ve seen from his highness, I think the only question left for Ron Paul before he is bumped out of the national limelight is why doesn’t he just make out with Dennis Kucinich and get it over with? They’re a perfect match.
(Apologies for the mental imagery)
If you’re looking for real debate analysis, even though I bet Fred on Leno steals the headlines, then take it elsewhere until morning.
Some others who made it through this snooze fest and stayed up late to post include Hot Air, Anti-antediluvian, FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog, Gateway Pundit, Michelle Malkin, Ankle Biting Pundits, Power Line, Jeffrey Weaver, and Right Truth.
Jawa links us to a very telling video of 1988 Ron Paul from Slate.