Pity the Poor Paulistas

Pity the Poor Paulistas

Pity the poor Paulistas. They had everything going for them. They converted their failed “March on Washington” into a counter-convention this week in Minneapolis, across the river from the Republicans in St. Paul. The GOP bash was destined to be yawn-fest, with Senator McCain and some geezer picked as his Veep yammering away like they do. The Ron Paul “Rally for the Republic” and “Ronstock” were the hot ticket items, and activities were moved from a small college to the Target Center. It looked like major media coverage was a sure thing.

Then along came Sarah.

The Ron Paul people were sandbagged when Senator McCain picked ex-beauty queen and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate (after their first date, too). Since the national press knows nothing about her, the media will swarm the GOP gab-fest, leaving the lone AP reporter to cover the Target Center. Compare Congressman Paul’s face with Governor Palin’s, and you will understand why video news cameras will be in St. Paul. All the Ronvoys and Walk4Freedoms and Pogosticks4Paul in the world won’t bring the media out. Paulistas will be reading each others’ blogs for coverage, as they always do.

The Ron Paul and Sarah Palin share a common trait. They are both professional scolds, pointing at what they perceive as wrong. For Dr. Paul, everything about government is wrong. That is why civil libertarians, tax cheats, pot-smokers, peace activists, gun nuts, idealists, and the plain greedy can each project their different agendas onto the Paul platform.  But Dr. Paul has been in Congress a while now. Has he changed a single thing about the government he rants against?

The good Governor sniffed out corruption and argued that bribery and diversion of public funds should cease. People who disagree on every other issue can certainly agree with that, and they voted for Ms. Palin. Unfortunately, as first the people of Wasilla and then all the people of Alaska learned, an effective scold is not necessarily an effective leader, and abuse of power is as corrupt as bribery.

So party hearty, Paulistas. Sarah Palin may have stolen your leader’s gimmick and your press coverage, but we know your belief in whatever-it-is remains strong  You can start strategizing now for 2012, free from prying gaze of major media outsiders.


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4 Responses to “Pity the Poor Paulistas”

  1. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Not all of us can love the nanny state like you, Mike. : ]

    What’s really neat is Paul’s Enforcement, Libertarian (under the loosest of definitions) Bob Barr is FAR more Authoritarian than Palin.

    This election is an interesting one indeed.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    WB: The folks at the Cato Institute, those are Libertarians. These folks collect bumper stickers.

    You mean the “Nanny State” as designed by Republican Theodore Roosevelt and dismantled by the current Republican administration? Of course there was lots of help from Phil and Wendy Gramm.

  3. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Nope, meant the Nanny state created by his cousin Franklin, and still going strong in various places, and being strongly praised by Notion’s Capital.

  4. Mike Licht Says:

    WB: So you don’t want to restore the FDA to effectiveness?

    You don’t want meaningful banking and investment safeguards back? Their removal by the current administration caused this economic meltdown.

    You don’t want the Social Security Retirement system? You don’t want Social Security funds protected from rapacious congressional double-talkers who raid Social Security so they can lie and say they are staying within budgetary spending limits?

    You want to dissolve the Centers for Disease Control? NIH? VA hospitals?

    Just what programs don’t you like?

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