read this

"And I see in Paul none of the resentment that burns in Gingrich or the fakeness that defines Romney or the fascistic strains in Perry's buffoonery. He has yet to show the Obama-derangement of his peers, even though he differs with him. He has now gone through two primary elections without compromising an inch of his character or his philosophy. This kind of rigidity has its flaws, but, in the context of the Newt Romney blur, it is refreshing. He would never take $1.8 million from Freddie Mac. He would never disown Reagan, as Romney once did. He would never speak of lynching Bernanke, as Perry threatened. When he answers a question, you can see that he is genuinely listening to it and responding - rather than searching, Bachmann-like, for the one-liner to rouse the base. He is, in other words, a decent fellow, and that's an adjective I don't use lightly. We need more decency among Republicans."

Andrew Sullivan, officially endorsing Ron Paul for the GOP nomination.

The entire piece is excellent, and well worth reading in its complex, thoughtful entirety.

Paul Constant disagrees.


Gino said...

mark constant needs meds. seriously.

i have a love/hate for sullivan. sometimes, he says what i been thinking and cant find the words. and he does words so well.

other times, i think he's just so flat out wrong.

either way, i cant help but respect him.

RW said...

I've been waiting for someone to explain why you can't be a "libertarian" and a "Christian Conservative" at the same time, but the audience has been far too obtuse. We need a live demo like Paul. I'm starting to be entertained!

Brian said...

Gino: I like Sully precisely because he's so hard to pin down. I like to think of him as a kindred spirit (who writes much, much better.)

Constant is probably the most fair-minded person covering the political beat at The Stranger, though that isn't saying much. (He's a decent guy in person...I've met him a couple of times at literary events, which is his main beat.) I think he has a bug up his ass about Paul because he sees people that "ought" to be liberals supporting him.

RW-wait, which one do you think Ron Paul is? Or is he both?

Gino said...

i'm not sure what a "Christian Conservative" is. it seems to be a floating target, hard to pin down.
i see myself as conservative libertarianish. i am also a Christian, but dont consider myself what i think the political defiation of Chrsitian Conservative" is and i dont use my bible (Douey version) as a voters guide. I dont see Paul that way either. Bachman and Perry probably are. Romney wishes he could be one for certain audiences.

RW said...

I guess I worded that funny. I was thinking of some CC's I knew of who liked Paul's libertarian economics and was wondering what would happen when the trains collide once he explains libertarian social issues. So far the rank and file GOP, holier than thou, seem to be in denial about what Paul's view on some social issues would turn out to be.

Brian said...

I think that he gets a pass on not hating gays and pot smokers enough because he's pro-life.