The stuff of establishment Republicans’ worst nightmares is now coming to pass: they can no longer depict Ron Paul as a “fringe” candidate. Even they have been compelled by events to acknowledge that the Texas Congressman could very well finish in first place in the Iowa caucuses.
But it isn’t just that Ron Paul may take Iowa. Throughout these primaries, in spite of receiving less media coverage than any of the other candidates, Paul has succeeded in maintaining, for the most part, a third place showing. Every “frontrunner” except for the establishment’s favorite — Mitt Romney — has come and gone. Paul rates more favorably nationally among Republican voters than Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum.
Paul, that is, can no longer be ignored. Republicans have thus taken to smearing him.
And they have availed themselves of the most incendiary of charges to level against him. Paul, they insinuate, is a “racist.”
Believe it or not, the sole basis of this accusation is a newsletter that Ron Paul published nearly 20 years ago. The controversial articles in question included derogatory remarks concerning patterns of voting, welfare dependency, and criminality among blacks.
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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)