The comb-over caucus met again for another one of their forgetable debates yesterday morning on This Week with Georgie the Greek. On display was the full panoply of GOP wingnuttia and delusional posturing on abortion, immigration, and the War in Iraq. It was truly not worth watching except that the applause of partisans cheering for their guy was totally unexpected.
The buzz being generated on the right by Ron Paul is interesting. First, he’s foresquare against the war and they applauded him lustily for it. Second, he’s a former libertarian Presidential candidate and has generated fanatical enthusiasm from the small government and anti-tax zealots that dwell therein. Third, his fundraising is picking up substantially. His candidacy is harnessing the resurgence of far right wing extremism and in that respect, his candidacy is reminesent of Barry Goldwater’s in 1964. He is not a traditional Republican by any means. He’s too far to the right. Crony capitalism is not his deal. He’s all about drowning government in the bathtub.
My favorite line of the debate was Mitt Romney’s shot across the bow to Barack Obama. He said “He’s willing to have tea with our enemies and to bomb our allies,” or something to that effect. It was a great line and a signal to the sentient that this crowd are the most dangerous reactionaries to ever seek the presidency in a long time. Nothing will be settled in this contest until Fred Thompson joins them on stage and his full campaign platform is unveiled for all to see.
After the mauling that Giuliani took on abortion, I was surprised that the NYPD didn’t storm the stage to arrest his challengers. In the perfect police state of his fantasies, this is what would happen.