View Full Version : Weigel: Why I Voted for Huntsman, and not Ron Paul

04-03-2012, 06:51 PM
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/04/republican_presidential_primary_why_i_voted_for_jo n_huntsman_for_president_.html

Mitt Romney did not flirt with an “ideas” campaign. At least 18 minutes of my campaign-trail recordings consist of Romney reciting or singing “America the Beautiful.” His strategy: Win just about enough Republicans to grind out a nomination in a year that the incumbent might lose. It will almost surely work, so Romney doesn’t need any more help.

You need to understand that I like “ideas” campaigns, and I didn’t want to vote for the obvious winner. Why didn’t I just submit to Ron Paul? Two reasons, and one of them probably makes sense. First, the stupid reason: Paul has run for president three times. You can see a Ron Paul banner in the background of a scene in Slacker, filmed in Austin in the late 1980s (one of the best movies ever made). You can still find pro-Paul outsider art on assorted D.C. lampposts, promoting his 2008 campaign. I registered Republican so I could pick Paul that year. His 2012 campaign is the last chapter of a long, fitfully successful libertarian crusade. It already got my vote.

The other, more sensible reason I stiffed Paul: the newsletter story. When the worst paragraphs of the old Ron Paul Survival Report first surfaced, in 1996, Paul apologized. When they came up again in 2008, he said he didn’t know who wrote them. The media re-re-rediscovered them in December 2011, and Paul denounced them while not denying that he knew the authors. Fine, then. It’s a mystery. Somebody else can endorse it.

04-03-2012, 06:51 PM
He didn't because he's a fucking piece of worthless shit

04-03-2012, 07:00 PM
Doesn't Sean Hannity state daily that he admires all 3 of the remaining Presidential candidates, Romney, Newt, and Santorum? Blackout hat-tip....

04-03-2012, 07:12 PM
If someone wants to vote for an "ideas" campaign, it is often beneficial to try and seperate out the worthless attacks that will inevitably come from the establishment.

04-03-2012, 07:12 PM
Huntsman?? Are you effing kidding me?


04-03-2012, 07:27 PM
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/04/republican_presidential_primary_why_i_voted_for_jo n_huntsman_for_president_.html

Getting trolled is like getting your salad tossed; they are both fun as long as you are sure that's what is happening.

Erik L
04-03-2012, 10:30 PM
You need to understand that I like “ideas” campaigns...except when it is slightly inconvenient.

(is what I heard)

The whole "Ron Paul has already won and lost even though he has more support now" argument says "I just like the underdog". If a person gives up on a political idea because it hasn't had that much success in the past, then that person is really more concerned with popularity than ideas.

His second argument concludes with "Paul didn't deny that he knew the authors." What a magnificent show of rhetoric. That Paul "might know some racists" is again rejecting ideas and substituting them with imagined stylistic/personal differences between candidates.

04-04-2012, 12:21 AM
God, what a lousy worm this bastard is. Isn't he the guy who wrote the defamatory article in Reason about the newsletters in the first place? And now he's acting like he was a supporter in 2008? What a piece of garbage. And to think he poses as a libertarian! We gotta rid the movement of this beltarian curse post haste