Links: 2010-02-15 – Bayh, Greece, Palin and Kevin Smith

  1. LavrentiBeria says

    The Hamsher piece concerning the contestation between Sarah Palin and Ron Paul for the “soul” of the Tea Party movement caught my attention. Most revealing, these paragraphs, since it is already a given that establishment/neo-con/ReichsChurch Republicans like Palin have succeeded in seizing the reins of the Tea Parties from their founders in many instances:

    “But it underscores a rift between the anti-tax, pro-civil rights libertarians who started the tea parties and the corporatist neocon grifters of the GOP who are now trying to swoop in and capitalize on all of the hype. And in the irony of ironies, tea party-identified candidates are now trying to oust Ron Paul from his Texas House seat.

    “Paul appeared on Rachel Maddow last night to speak about it. Rachel asked him about his relationship to the tea parties, and he said: ‘I think the message gets a little bit diluted when a lot of people come in and the Republican party wants to make sure that maybe there’s a Neocon type of influence’.

    “Ron Paul was reluctant to reject Sarah Palin’s endorsement of his son, and mostly tried to change the subject.”

    The imbecile enthusiasms of his adolescent following notwithstanding, yet again the vaunted Ron Paul proves himself to be just the most garden variety type of political self-seeker. After having whetted their appetites during the 2008 campaign only to back away from an independent campaign for the presidency in favor of keeping his Republican seat in Congress – as though voters in his district somehow couldn’t do without him – the supposedly “principled” and “anti-system” Paul now eagerly accepts Palin’s endorcement of his son’s run for a Senate seat from Kentucky! What a colossal phoney this man is! When your son runs for a Senate seat based primarily on the name of his father and that while the old man is trying to foist himself off as an anti-system figure is the very height of opera buffa. To be sure its another snap-shot of the travesty that is libertarianism.

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