Giuliani v. Paul III

Actually, it’s more Ron Paul v. the GOP, but be sure to read this exchange between Doug of Hey Jenny Slater and Eric Dondero, who was once a senior aid to Paul but who now blogs at RedState. Good stuff, begun with this post:

Ever since the galvanizing May 15 Republican debate, in which Rudy Giuliani falsely accused Paul of saying the United States “invited” the 9/11 attacks, Andrew Sullivan has been tallying up the legions of mainstream “conservatives” campaigning to excommunicate Paul from the GOP. Hugh Hewitt and Bill Bennett both want Paul bounced from future GOP debates, as does the chair of the Michigan GOP; Hewitt’s co-blogger, Dean Barnett, dismisses Paul as “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs”; one of Paul’s own former senior aides, current RedState blogger Eric Dondero, is threatening to challenge Paul for his House seat next year. Over at National Review, Larry Kudlow obediently chimed in with a judgment of Paul as a member of the “I hate America” camp. And all because Paul suggested that unchecked interventionism in the Middle East was a foreign policy that encouraged greater animosity toward the United States.

Kind of tells you where the “mainstream” Republican Party is at these days, doesn’t it? You have to be in favor of continued intervention in the Middle East, an indefinite military commitment in Iraq, and oh yeah, torture of detainees to pass muster as an official GOP candidate these days. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter how many taxes you want to cut or government programs you want to scale back, you’re still a heretic.

Yesterday I quipped about why I’m not a progressive. The Republican reaction to Paul – typified by Eric Dondero – is a great illustration of why I am not a Republican.

BTW, my two posts on Paul and Giuliani are here, and here.

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5 Comments on “Giuliani v. Paul III”

  1. Borg Blog Says:

    Enlightening post – thank you. And as a Ron Paul fan I find it encouraging, too.

    I have some more facts numbers, too, in my latest blog post. What is especially noteworthy is how well the Paul campaign is doing in the face of such opposition and would-be censorship from the GOP establishment.

    See my post, “GOP Establishment’s War on Ron Paul Backfires,” to learn more.

    Thanks again,

  2. ALmod Says:

    *raises hand*

    I am still a registered Republican.


    In all seriousness, I no longer consider myself a Republican, and I’ve never voted straight Republican in my realatively short voting career.

  3. Dan Says:

    I aim for nonpartisan or antipartisan in my pesonal politics, but at the national level only I’m starting to be more anti-GOP.

  4. wheeler Says:

    i know it’s a cliche, but i decide based on issues, not parties. still, especially after that last debate, “republican” is becoming a good proxy for “complete lunatic.”

  5. Eric Dondero Says:

    I’m actually a proud libertarian Republican. Ron Paul used to be a libertarian Republican too. Now he some sort of Leftist Michael Moore, Rosie O’Donnell type of Democrat in libertarian clothing.

    Libertarians going back to Goldwater and Dana Rohrabacher (our Movement Founder), have been Pro-Defense.

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