Monday, March 26, 2007

Since you asked....

In a comment to the last post, Laurie said:

Off we go. I had at least heard of Kinky Friedman. I am blissfully ignorant when it comes to politics. I'm sure you'll get me up to speed on Ron Paul in no time.

You can read the official bio on the House website, but as a real introduction, I'd recommend Thomas Wood's article, The Revolutionary Candidate. Ron Paul is a Republican Congressman (whose district now includes Galveston) that the party establishment loves to hate because he just won't play ball. And, of course, that makes him a crank, so the media ignores him. But he has a lot of support among the politically disaffected libertarian types. So much support, in fact, that when the neo-con Pajamas Media ran their presidential straw poll, he trounced all the other Republican candidates, pulling in almost as many votes as Giuliani, Romney, and Gingrich, combined. You won't see that on the Pajamas Media website though, because those results were unacceptable. Since he's not a "serious" candidate, he could not be allowed to win, and he was purged from the poll.

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Blogger Laurie said...

The part of Thomas Woods' article that stuck out for me was, "His speech, like his candidacy, is refreshing. Paul seems to be genuinely authentic. He doesn't have the feel of a politician. His arguments are substantive, and his demeanor warm."

Monday, March 26, 2007 11:25:00 PM  

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