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David Weigel must be enjoying his moment back from JournoList exile. No doubt he was excited to tell his family and friends he was on the Rachel Maddow show the other night and tell them the New York Times cited his article. Don’t believe me? Read for yourself:
“The New York Times finally does a big take-out on Ron Paul’s ties to the seamier* sides of the conservative movement. No disrespect intended, but… well, what took so long? Here’s one of the key points in the story, explaining why Ron Paul’s allies thought they should go after racists and convert them to the cause…This is new to the Paper of Record, but Julian Sanchez and I wrote about this — these two exact essays…Why has it taken four years for these public domain facts to become “news”?
Weigel has complex relationship with Ron Paul (I was going to use tortured but that might be too strong.) I think he likes Paul, said he supportive of him back in 2008. But judging by his recent writing in Slate, he also has the knife out ready stab Paul in the back to cover his own ass once again. But if he thinks this will absolve him from saying nice things about Paul over the years think again. He’ll be tarred and feathered one more time like it or not. We all know that’s how the race card is played inside the Beltway, especially by people who don’t like a particular person. Weigel survived one excommunication, can he survive two?
You know, it’s funny for a writer one who once worked at Reason not to realize libertarianism practiced right in front of your eyes. What did Ron Paul say in the last debate? “I don’t want to be a President who will run your life.” Ergo he’s going to be libertarian President. He doesn’t micromanage, he doesn’t look over people’s shoulder, he’s not a control freak. Is that poor management practice? I suppose from the perspective of journalists used to the “Imperial Presidency” it is. But it’s what makes Ron Paul, Ron Paul. He does, as what Paul Wellstone once said: “Try not to live your life separate from the words you speak.” And that’s how he’ll conduct himself as President. He won’t be in your living room every night. He won’t make news every day. Some days, you won’t notice he’s the President. And that’s exactly the idea. He’s a 21st Century Calvin Coolidge waiting to be elected. Because the only way to save the Constitution is to reign in the Executive Branch.
Now if one thinks that’s a disqualifier for the highest office in the land, it’s a fair argument. But that’s should be the argument, not whether Ron Paul is racist. If eve a little worm like Eric Dondero said he never wrote those words (“he was a figurehead”) in what was basically a fan club newsletter, then why are we arguing about words he never wrote and which already said he repudiated and took moral responsibility for? Why is this not enough? My guess is Weigel (and others too) want him to throw someone under the bus and blame him for all those words? But what would that solve and or prove? Nothing. Then he’d attack him for hanging around racists and “kooky” people as you usually Weigel often does in his writing. And what kind of a man takes responsibility and then blames someone else for his own lack of negligence? A typical politician that’s who (It was the staffer’s fault!). And people wonder why he has hardcore support.
This has nothing to do with race but everything to do with desperate opponents who the past four years never bothered with the “newsletters” until one day Paul was on top of an Iowa opinion poll. Now they want to say Iowa doesn’t count, just like they did with the Straw Poll. What are they going to say if he wins New Hampshire? Or South Carolina? They don’t count too? There’s no answer Ron Paul can give the media which is going to satisfy them. Weigel’s Reason story on the newsletters sat around for four years with neither himself, or anyone else for that matter, doing any new reporting. This only leads to one conclusion: Weigel had come to terms with Paul’s answer and pretty much like everyone else didn’t take Paul’s campaign seriously until this past month. Now it’s an issue. It wasn’t back when he was at five percent. Now he wants answers. Now he wants to play “journalist.” Too late pal.