Last week, on CNN's Reliable Sources, host Howard Kurtz used Ron Paul as a foil to whip up support for the media favorite, Rudy Giuliani.
But we begin by turning our critical lens on the Republican presidential debate on FOX News. The most replayed sound bite by far was of Giuliani responding to Texas' congressman Ron Paul's declaration that we, the U.S., brought on the 9/11 attacks by bombing Iraq for a decade. (He then plays the tape of Giuliani's response without Paul's comments.)
I was sitting in a cafe on Friday afternoon reading the newspaper with my wife. My wife hails from Taiwan, so she was reading a paper published in Mandarin. Suddenly I heard her exclaim, "Hey! Ron Paul!" and she showed me the article that scanned and reproduced above. This is a translation of a Reuters story, and the headline reads something like, "Divided Opinions on Terrorism in the Presidential Debate: Paul Advises Giuliani to Read More."
On tonight's McLaughlin Group, panelist Eleanor Clift brought up Ron Paul favorably.
During a discussion on the conservative movement, started as a discussion of the death of Jerry Falwell, Clift named Ron Paul as Barry Goldwater's heir:
Barry Goldwater's heir in the current Republican field is Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who is a libertarian, and who is really striking a chord. He's not going to win the nomination or the Presidency, but he is speaking to a lot of people who think the Republican Party has gone way too far into the bedrooms of American people, and too far...
Come on Rush, you know you want to endorse him. You must be tired of the big spending mushy liberals (no, !'m a moderate!) you have to grudgingly defend. If you want someone you can be support without compromise, simply endorse someone who has never compromised.
Remembering back to the FIRST debate at the Ronald Reagan Library, who is the most Reagan like? Someone with the same first name. Who believes in America first. Who believes in smaller government and less taxes.
I got an email through dailypaul.com and the writer referred to our family potentially as â€œThe First Family.â€ The writer also said they wanted to know more about us and our extended family. I thought I would provide a little information about us. It is wild that people care to know about us, and it is certainly exciting.
1. Where's the mass of cyber-puffer-fish for Tancredo, Thompson, Hunter, whomever. Paul is well on the radar like a thunderhead.
2. Where it will matter will be in Iowa, Arizona, and New Hampshire. The Bushbots will show up at the polls and caucuses, but they are visible and part of the party machine. Paul's supporters are grass-roots. They haven't figured out they are fighting an insurgency. A distributed system. Something hard to count. There's plenty of time to get organized to do a surprise in the early races.