Doctor Ron Paul, a Republican running for his party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States in 2008, is a thoughtless, intemperate loudmouth. Asked about Mike Huckabee’s recent commercial featuring a Christmas tree and a notorious bookshelf (which inexplicably included intersecting horizontal and vertical lines), Paul couldn’t resist reciting a quote about fascism and religion that is often incorrectly attributed to Sinclair Lewis: “When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a Bible.” The statement speaks for itself and requires no further commentary from me.
The thing that really grabbed my attention, with regard to this story, is the response of Doctor Paul’s staff and supporters.
The candidate himself has refused to apologize for his obnoxious remark, and his campaign staff have followed his lead. His supporters, a nutty bunch in the best of times, seem thrilled at the opportunity to attack Huckabee, whose success drives them absolutely buggy.
That’s another interesting aspect of this campaign season, by the way. Ron Paul’s campaign has received over $18,000,000 in donations in the 4th quarter of 2007, yet he has barely cracked 5% support among Republicans. Huckabee, by contrast, has raised less than $5,000,000 in the 4th quarter, and yet his support has been hovering just over 20%. Raise this subject with a Ron Paul supporter and watch the sparks fly – they come unhinged. Polling in the US is a racket! The professional pollsters are conspiring to hold Ron Paul back! You can’t trust those numbers – they’re being cooked. All joking aside, it’s very interesting to me that Paul supporters believe the unscientific, user-driven polls that they can pack, but they think the scientific polls that they can’t influence are crooked.