In defense of Jesse BentonSubmitted by gee_blee on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 11:09
1) Benton played a large role in the primary and, then, general election wins of underdog Rand Paul in 2010. They fought the establishment, and they beat them like a drum. That is no small feat.
2) Benton played a large role in Ron Paul 2012. As you know, in the better part of a year leading up to Iowa, Ron Paul was ignored by the establishment/media (89 seconds, anyone?). When he wasn't ignored, he was severely marginalized. It was all riding on Iowa, and they almost pulled it off, which would have been a political miracle.
3) Benton gave some very good, very libertarian interviews during the campaign. In this one, Benton articulated an anti-Income Tax position that I only wish Ron had consistently conveyed in debates and interviews. I believe it was Ron's greatest failing, as it would've served to balance the anti-foreign intervention stance so loathed by mainstream Republicans:
Let's give credit where credit's due - I doubt someone of the above ilk is all bad.