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wgadget
06-14-2008, 09:25 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-ron-paul-quitter-perspective,0,1814871.story

Danke
06-14-2008, 09:55 PM
Campaigner in chief Ron Paul calls it quits

By Rex W. Huppke

June 14, 2008
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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul ended his campaign late last week in classic RonPaulian fashion--by announcing that his campaign would accelerate and "get much bigger."

Apparently unaware of the exact meaning of "end," the maverick Texan--sort of the Dennis Kucinich of the GOP, only without the history of UFO sightings--dubbed his new non-campaign a "Campaign For Liberty."

"Freedom is very popular," Paul said to the few remaining people who knew he was still running for president. He went on to say that ice cream is delicious, the Earth is round, and bunnies are soft and furry.

Running on an anti-war, anti-big-government, anti-name-recognition platform, the 72-year-old congressman made headlines during the campaign by piling up $4.2 million in online contributions in one day. Talk about disposable income.

He spoke passionately throughout the campaign about abolishing the IRS, the income tax and Social Security, though everybody thought he was just kidding.

Apparently he wasn't.

Paul and his Facebook friends now say the campaign--the one that's continuing, not the one that just ended--will aggressively push a libertarian, Republican-ish, mildly-crazy-Texan agenda, hoping to accomplish something, though no one is exactly sure what.

To that end, Paul plans what The Associated Press described as an "alternative mini-convention" in Minnesota in September, at the same time as the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

While sure to draw less attention than the Republican show, Paul-apalooza, as no one is calling it, promises to be more entertaining.

Rex W. Huppke is a Tribune reporter.

rhuppke@tribune.com

Copyright 2008, Chicago Tribune


comments:

http://www.topix.net/forum/source/chicago-tribune/TO409OIQ06SRGQTUJ

brandon
06-14-2008, 09:58 PM
At least the last line was funny.

driller80545
06-14-2008, 10:10 PM
I sent him a nice email complimenting him on his ignorance and questioning his patriotism.

Trigonx
06-14-2008, 11:41 PM
Why does the media always mention the $4.2 million day and not the $6 million day...? anyone else notice that?

pacelli
06-15-2008, 12:04 AM
Hello Sir,

I am writing to respectfully respond to the following article you wrote. My comments are below it.

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Campaigner in chief Ron Paul calls it quits

By Rex W. Huppke

June 14, 2008

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul ended his campaign late last week in classic RonPaulian fashion--by announcing that his campaign would accelerate and "get much bigger."

Apparently unaware of the exact meaning of "end," the maverick Texan--sort of the Dennis Kucinich of the GOP, only without the history of UFO sightings--dubbed his new non-campaign a "Campaign For Liberty."

"Freedom is very popular," Paul said to the few remaining people who knew he was still running for president. He went on to say that ice cream is delicious, the Earth is round, and bunnies are soft and furry.

Running on an anti-war, anti-big-government, anti-name-recognition platform, the 72-year-old congressman made headlines during the campaign by piling up $4.2 million in online contributions in one day. Talk about disposable income.

He spoke passionately throughout the campaign about abolishing the IRS, the income tax and Social Security, though everybody thought he was just kidding.

Apparently he wasn't.

Paul and his Facebook friends now say the campaign--the one that's continuing, not the one that just ended--will aggressively push a libertarian, Republican-ish, mildly-crazy-Texan agenda, hoping to accomplish something, though no one is exactly sure what.

To that end, Paul plans what The Associated Press described as an "alternative mini-convention" in Minnesota in September, at the same time as the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

While sure to draw less attention than the Republican show, Paul-apalooza, as no one is calling it, promises to be more entertaining.

Rex W. Huppke is a Tribune reporter.

rhuppke@tribune.com

Copyright 2008, Chicago Tribune


Obviously you have chosen to not only report the news in association with this event, but additionally cast it as a humor piece. Claiming that Ron Paul, “went on to say that ice cream is delicious, the Earth is round, and bunnies are soft and furry”, when you and I both know that he has never stated this, is simply disrespectful. Don’t you understand that the people of Chicago read the Tribune and are influenced by what they read? Why ridicule the man in front of Chicago? Dr. Paul has been in congress, he is a public servant. Doesn’t he deserve a bit of respect? It is also quite disrespectful of the millions of grassroots volunteers who stood behind Ron during his campaign. More troublesome is your apparent neglect of Ron’s family. Did you consider that such a flip comment may hurt their feelings? Please issue a retraction of your disrespectful comments. It is the RIGHT thing to do.

Thank you.

Dr. XXXXXXXXXXXX

pacelli
06-15-2008, 12:07 AM
We're going to need a lot more people to email him about this, and possibly his editor. This can't stand as-is.

Pauls' Revere
06-15-2008, 12:14 AM
and they wonder why print media is losing subscribers by the ton.

Knightskye
06-15-2008, 12:43 AM
Come on, that's an editorial. That's not the Tribune...

Pauliana
06-15-2008, 12:53 AM
Come on, that's an editorial. That's not the Tribune...

Seriously. He's the equivalent of a troll we shouldn't feed.

Broadlighter
06-15-2008, 01:03 AM
He works for Zionist Sam Zell, who's also shredding away any journalistic integrity the L.A. Times ever had. Zell judges reporters on the amount of column inches their writing consumes. The more words, sentences and paragraphs the more productive you are. Never mind if you actually say anything in those volumes of column inches.

Zell also doesn't like reporters who are 'too' productive. Write one more column inch more than Zell is comfortable with and he'll lay you off.

Maybe, we ought to encourage Rex Huppke to write more drivel. Make himself more productive and then Zell will send him packing and replace his column inches with advertising.

Either way, Zell's newspapers will end up as toilet paper.

IPSecure
06-15-2008, 10:31 AM
At least the last line was funny.

Is this what you were referring to?

Rex W. Huppke is a Tribune reporter.

Bruno
06-15-2008, 12:22 PM
I commented with my 2 cents worth.

silus
06-17-2008, 07:19 PM
I think it rather corrupt to take lightly the power of influence one is given as a writer. I'm sure he thinks the article was funny, and maybe it was to many, but at what cost? Marginalizing significant principles simply because they are not mainstream...for a simple laugh?

Sad.

raiha
06-18-2008, 04:07 AM
It reeks of superficiality. Sign of the times. On a par with when Brittany goes into rehab and when Amy comes out! He's a lazy journalist.

Thrashertm
06-19-2008, 12:15 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-ron-paul-quitter-perspective,0,1814871.story

This is typical of the drivel Huppke writes. Here's a story he wrote to explain Obama's defeat in Kentucky away to racism -
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-kentucky-votersmay20,0,4962867.story?track=rss

I live in Chicago. If I see Huppke around, and I probably won't, I will set his ass straight.

Kade
06-19-2008, 12:22 PM
I laughed. :rolleyes: