Go figure. A guy who spent over 20 years as a Democratic congressional staffer — and now writes for a Beltway newspaper — can’t grasp why Ron Paul doesn’t worship Congress and mainstream political thought:
Ron Paul’s campaign ad calling for defeat of a debt-ceiling extension is a trite, minor-league and irresponsible tactic unworthy of any candidate for the presidency. If anyone of importance actually took Ron Paul’s ad seriously and his position prevailed, he would cause a global crash and possibly a new depression.
Yes, as opposed to the current Democratic-Republican policies which…caused a global crash and almost certainly a new depression.
After thinking about this a few days, it is sad and revealing that Ron Paul is abandoning Congress and his position as chairman of a major financial subcommittee. After years as a gadfly, Paul finally has an opportunity to make a major difference as chairman of a major subcommittee and he throws it away, preferring to remain a gadfly on the fringes.
The phrase “Ron Paul is abandoning Congress” makes it sound like he’s leaving his pregnant wife to go shack up with a 20-year-old intern. The fact that Paul didn’t use his elevation to a committee chair as a pretext for spending the rest of his life in the House seems to anger this guy more than anything.
I’m also unclear how Paul is supposed to “make a major difference” while adhering to the traditional party line regarding the debt ceiling and monetary policy in general.
I have always tried to be fair to Ron Paul, sometimes praising him, sometimes criticizing him. His new Hollywood-style ad calling for defeat of the debt ceiling reveals him as just another politician hustling for votes, and just another hack desperately trying to win the lunatic fringe of a lunatic faction of a party out of touch with economic sanity.
Is he just another politician or a fringe lunatic? I think you have to pick one.
All of the Republican candidates for president look ridiculous when discussing the debt ceiling. It is a race to the bottom in a party dominated by extremists, with a third-rate flock of candidates playing amateur night at the farm, now including Ron Paul. His latest ad makes him look like a righty blogger or cranky talk-show host, not a worthy leader of a great nation.
A “great nation” whose “worthy leaders” keep spending so much money that they constantly have to raise the debt ceiling. But Ron Paul’s the lunatic for wanting to break this vicious cycle. Child, please.