Howie Klein has an interesting take on Ron Paul and the GOP over at Down with Tyranny, noting the antipathy between the Paul and McCain camps and wondering how much this is going to hurt the Republicans in November.
He also notes that Paul is pulling back from the Prez race to concentrate on securing his Congressional seat against a primary challenge from an unapologetic Bushie named Chris Peden. Peden’s website does little to defend him against allegations that he’s an inbred semi-literate fuckwit in need of a good editor, and contains a variety of intriguing notions.
My name is Chris Peden. I’m a Pro-Family, Pro-Life Christian conservative who believes in free markets and individual responsibility.
I’m running for Congress because it’s clear that our traditional values need a proven conservative voice in Washington, D.C. In essence, we need Republicans to vote like Republicans again.
Praise Jesus. Because if there’s anything that’s in short supply in Washington, it’s Christians, people who care about families and people willing to stand up and defend our nation’s under-fire corporations, most of which are on the verge of extinction. And I think I speak for everybody when I say we’ve all had enough of all those Republicans who vote like Marxists.
He also thinks that:
[the] “people who live in District 14 actually deserve an elected representative who cares more about looking out for their interests in D.C. than trying to persuade a bunch of dope-smoking, Kucinich-loving college students in Seattle that Americaâ€™s problems are the result of a flawed monetary policy controlled by a wealthy and secretive elite.”
If you’re the sort who thinks stupid people are here to provide entertainment for the intelligent, then you have to be wondering if it’s too late to get Peden into the presidential race. This could make for some good TV.
Anyhow, I still wonder about the implications of the Paul 3rd-party run that he now promises isn’t going to happen. I’ve written before about how some progressives are attracted to Paul for his stances on Iraq and civil liberties, and since the Democratic nominee might well be somebody vulnerable on those kinds of issues I find myself wondering who he’d hurt worse.
While I suppose we’ll never know for sure what would have happened (unless Paul reverses field), one thing is for certain. The idea that the Dem nominee for president might be vulnerable on the left from a Libertarian Republican simply hurts my head.