Ron Paul Shits in the Saint Ronnie Punch Bowl

At around 9:30 last night, I tweeted something I tweet everytime I watch an episode of the GOP Presidential Candidate Survivor show:

Once again, we’ve gotten to that point of the GOP Debate I hate where Ron Paul starts to sound sane.

Then, about 10 minutes later, Paul said this:

Are you all willing to condemn Ronald Reagan, for exchanging weapons for hostages out of Iran? We all know that was done.

Thunk.

And then Santorum, proving he’s the stupidest of a really dumb presidential field, tried to answer.

Santorum: Iran was a sovereign country, not a terrorist organization, number one.

Paul: Oh they’re our good friends now.

Santorum: They’re not our good friends but they’re a sovereign country. Just like the Palestinian Authority is not the good friends of Israel.

So in one fell swoop, Santorum effectively sanctioned anything Iran did–such as plotting to kill a diplomat in our country–because they’re a sovereign country, misstated that the PA, rather than Hamas, negotiated the prisoner exchange, and suggested that the PA is a sovereign country.

And then Paul went on to note that the detainees at Gitmo are “all suspects, you haven’t convicted them of anything,” to boos from the crowd.

I’ll admit it. Ron Paul was, racism and corporatism notwithstanding, utterly sane in these few minutes. In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a politician lay bare the stupidity of our political class like this.

(FWIW, Newt went on to sheepishly confirm that it was true, to which Paul responded with the most impish grin.)

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9 replies
  1. guest says:

    This is why I’ll be voting in the Republican primaries (just as the republicans did to us back in the open primaries of ’92 to bring us president 3rd way). And this is why I’ll be voting for crazy ass Ron Paul. At least unless someone wakes up and decides Obama absolutely needs to be primaried and defeated, I’m going to vote for the guy who will call out the hollow Obama for Gitmo and bailouts, etc.

  2. Duncan says:

    So in one fell swoop, Santorum effectively sanctioned anything Iran did–such as plotting to kill a diplomat in our country–because they’re a sovereign country…

    Well, the US is a sovereign country, and we can do anything we want, so why not Iran?

  3. Seedee Vee says:

    “So in one fell swoop, Santorum effectively sanctioned anything Iran did–such as plotting to kill a diplomat in our country–because they’re a sovereign country… ”

    “anything Iran did . . ” is implying that Iran did this alleged act.

    Does emptywheel support and/or believe the accuracy of these allegations against Iran?

    I find it hard to believe that someone as respected as you would go as far as attempting to legitimize these unproven allegations.

  4. MadDog says:

    @Seedee Vee: Ummm…you might try reading a dozen or so of EW’s posts on this particular subject. It might make you realize how foolish your comment is.

  5. benjoya says:

    flaming liberal here, but ron paul seems to be the only candidate of either party who doesn’t think iran is a threat to the US. he’s right.

  6. Dan says:

    @benjoya: At times like these Ron Paul demonstrates he is the only sane candidate for the GOP nomination. Of course then he starts into his Libertine / Corporatist riffs and I remember he is as nuts as all the rest.

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