Ron Paul has been a thorn in the side of the Republican party for some time. His criticisms of the Republican war, budgets, civil liberties violations, and his other libertarian stands, and his call for a return to the gold standard all deviate from party orthodoxy. But it is inescapable that he has a devoted and passionate cadre of supporters, especially among the young, a demographic that the Republicans sorely need.
Given that he had a good run in the primaries and garnered a fair chuck of delegates, it was surprising to me how the Mitt Romney people went to great lengths to make sure that he was marginalized at the convention, not even allowing him to speak and making sure that his name was not placed in nomination. This alienated his delegates and other supporters in a big way. Why not be gracious about it and give him at least a speaking slot? After all, this is clearly his swan song, since he is retiring from Congress. He could have been given the Teddy Kennedy elder statesman treatment.
Michael Steele tells Jon Stewart that the party’s treatment of Paul was stupid. It is amazing how Steele, who said and did so many stupid things when he was head of the Republican party, now seems to be an astute and articulate analyst. What is it about being closely associated with the party that drains you of your good sense?
(This clip appeared on August 30, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)