Friday, December 23, 2011

Ron Paul Skeletons, Like Clockwork

Ron Paul's been trending up the polls -- leading in Iowa, last I saw -- and that can only mean one thing: the mainstream media has suddenly remembered those 20-year-old newsletters, filled with all manner of grotty culture-war tinfoil-hattery, that were sent out over his signature. Shock! Horror! Revulsion!

You might remember this hot, breaking news (from 1993) from the last time deep-digging investigators dragged it out in 2008. In '08, Dr. Paul strongly disavowed the sentiments therein (anti-gay, anti-Israel and paranoid; rather than me explaining, go read it yourself); admitted, yes, it was sent out over his signature; no, he hadn't actually read it until very recently; and yes, he certainly wished he had done so at the time. He told CNN the same thing just the other day -- and their reporter was unsatisfied. (What's it take? Rending of one's garments? Ritual bloodletting? Testimony under torture?)

I need to do a little more digging. I seem to recall the fellow alleged to have actually written the newsletter(s) departed under a clod, er, cloud not too long afterwards, but I haven't been able to find proof.

If you do wonder what the guy stands for and votes for, it's a matter of public record and quite different to the newsletters. Of course, that didn't keep CNN from bringing them back up in the manner of a dog's dinner.

The Ritual Grimacing that accompanies primaries is starting, more and more, to resemble one of those complex European village clocks, with mechanical figures posing and gesticulating through the hours; at the top of each new hour, a new front-runner twirls out, followed at half-past by reporters dressed as Death, flinging from bushel-baskets whatever dirt they can find or imagine, no matter how stale.

10 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I was under the impression Lew Rockwell ghost wrote the newsletters for Paul?

Didn't RP get a lot of campaign donations through that newsletter? If true, and I don't know, did he return all that money when he disavowed?

Or maybe he didn't return that money and it was a great little scheme to separate hatemongers from their resources..

Roberta X said...

I don't know; the one linked is mildly-paranoid enough for Lew but seems way more xenophobic than he is.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Don't worry, I'm sure the MSM has a LOT of Hit Pieces full of Dirt that they spent years digging up all ready to go about Obama that will derail his campaign.

Or Not.

docjim505 said...

I think MiniTru hasn't really gotten started on Paul just yet; I get the idea that they are still too busy with Newt and look at Paul as a nice spoiler. So, for the nounce, he only gets a mild 94d (Prim Concern About Questionable Past Actions); if Paul rises too far in the polls, look for a strong 103f (Desperate Warnings Of Dire Peril In The Offing).

Roberta X said...

Doc! --Another Retief fan? :)

Nathan said...

Maybe it's me, but I seem to remember an awful lot of Democrats with white sheets and hoods in their pasts. Never seemed to hurt their reelection chances.

BobG said...

Retief rules!

docjim505 said...

Roberta X,

The phrase "ritual grimacing" brought a glow of fond, sarcastic memories to my heart.

To have a Terry... er... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Revolution Around Your System Primary.

og said...

Anyone who threatens the Democrats choice for the Republican nomination must be quashed. Paul is just an easy target, they'll have him curled up in a fetal position sucking his thumb in 5..4..3..2..

Maybe, eventually, it will occur to enough people that it's the ruling vs the ruled and not our guys vs their guys. All those guys are nuts.

Larry said...

Ron Paul called Bradley Manning a patriot and a hero.
That's all I need to know about Ron Paul.