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.
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.)