This letter is from Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s Communications Director, but I suspect it represents the sentiments of the campaign. Here is the reply to one of Charen’s charges – “isolationism.”
If Charen paid much attention to the campaign, she would know that Dr. Paul never utters the word â€œisolationistâ€ except to explain why he is not one. He believes in the foreign policy of the founders: peace, commerce, and open friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none. When he references Nixon and Eisenhower, he is clearly talking about past successful Republican campaign strategies, not what they did in office. Eisenhower campaigned to end the Korean War, Nixon to get us out of Vietnam. Dr. Paul argues that the GOP can only win in 2008 with a candidate who will bring hope troops form Iraq. Last I checked, many National Review readers cared a thing or two about Republicans winning elections.
Initially, I think most “mainstream” Republicans disliked Paul primarily because of the War and foreign policy. Now I think they dislike him just as much because he represents a threat to the current Regime. Mainstream pundits may pretend to be against the system at times, esp. when the system is being run by Democrats, but they are actually very comfortable with and defensive of the system. In the recent past, those who represent a real threat to the system have not been able to generate the kind of support Ron Paul has, and they have been easily marginalized. But the hysterics of the mainstreamers aren’t working against Ron Paul.
Ron Paul has these sad defenders of the Regime running scared. Let’s keep ‘em on the run.