Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Maddow Interviews Ron Paul

paul... system is not very democratic for third party candidates... very hard to get on state ballots... system biased against competition... status quo is going to be maintained...

Maddow: you attracked a lot of support... brought a lot into system... how do you see them moving forward in the election...

Paul: there are candidates running ... message of individual liberty attracting young people... our message attractive to youth... self reliance... getting out of these wars... monetary policy... talking about financial crisis and how related to trillion dollar expenditure on foreign affairs... two major candidates not talking about Syria and Pakistan... both would send more troops to Afghanistan... neither one talking about balancing the budget... youth like idea individual liberty... talk about the Constitution...


Ron Paul Rachel Maddow Interview - MSNBC TONIGHT!
Posted October 29th, 2008 by Michael Nystrom
Update: Matt writes that Dr. Paul will appear at 9:45pm. Tune in if you can, check back for the YouTube later if not.


The Not-so-Soft Bigotry of Rachel Maddow's Low Expectations

Over the weekend, rising liberal pundit Rachel Maddow was interviewed by the New York Times and was asked if she had a favorite Republican. The answer wasn't altogther that surprising. When answering this question, most liberals say either Chuck Hagel or...

I like the congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, because I understand what he believes, and he is fearless and civic-minded in his beliefs, rather than personally zealous.

Maddow is a smart woman (a Rhodes Scholar to boot!) and she certainly pays attention to the news. Did she miss the whole kerfuffle about Ron Paul being a paranoid, racist crank? Perhaps Maddow... needs a refresher in what Congressman Paul wrote about gays. Did she miss the news that he endorsed Christian theocrat and 9/11 Truther Chuck Baldwin (of the Constitution Party) for President? Or that Paul proudly delivered the keynote address at the 50th anniversary of the John Birch Society? (Yes, it still exists).

As it's safe to assume that Maddow is fully aware of all these things, one wonders how an ostensibly "liberal" and "progressive" person could voice such admiration for a far right extremist. The answer is that Maddow doesn't care about Paul's views on anything other than foreign policy. For many people on the Left nowadays, simple opposition to Bush, the "neocons," what have you, is sufficient evidence of one's "anti-imperialist" bona fides. Never mind that Paul's positions on foreign policy, while seemingly attractive to liberals who may abhor what's occurred during the Bush administration, derive from the Old Right isolationsim of Charles Lindbergh and Father Coughlin, figures whose ideas any self-respecting and historically aware person calling herself a "liberal" ought to abhor. Paul stands foursquare against American "Empire," and the fact that he's a Republican makes the deal even sweeter. Suddenly, a conspiracy-spouting crank is "fearless" and "civic-minded."

A Pundit in the Country
Published: October 17, 2008
Rachel Maddow, host of left-leaning chat shows on Air America Radio and MSNBC, both named “The Rachel Maddow Show”, spends downtime in an 1865 house in western Massachusetts.

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