You couldn’t ask for two Republicans that are further apart. On the one hand, we have Ron Paul, the wacky character with wacky ideas and a core ideology that he sticks to like crazy glue. His entire campaign is based on a cult of personality and his devotees are immune to all reality. On the other hand, we have Mitt Romney, the bland cardboard cutout with no ideas whatsoever and a profound lack of a core ideology. His entire campaign is based on having enough money to confuse the public into voting for him and his devotees are anything but devoted.
Sure, both men are Republicans, but let’s be honest, the establishment GOP did everything in its power, both legal and highly questionable, to make sure Paul lost to Romney. Even now, Paul supporters are being marginalized by the establishment. This is not the surprising part, it’s obvious that the GOP hates Ron Paul; the surprising part is how brazen about it the GOP has been.
But now, both men are united at last! Both Paul and Romney have claimed, for years, that they had nothing to do with the most unsavory parts of their respective businesses. Paul says he had nothing to do with his newsletter during the years where it pandered to the white supremacist crowd with some of the most disgusting racism this side of a KKK cross burning. Romney says he wasn’t involved with Bain Capital at all when it became a “pioneer in outsourcing” and shutting down perfectly good companies to make a quick buck. Or several million of them.
Both are bald-faced liars. I’ve covered Ron Paul’s pathetically thin lies before but here’s a quick recap: Ron Paul’s newsletter, edited by his close, personal friend Lew Rockwell, a major figure in the libertarian world, printed articles over several years with intensely racist content. Ron Paul says he wasn’t involved but was still promoting it during the time in question. It strains credulity to the breaking point to suggest that, during that entire time, Paul not only didn’t read a single issue but not one friend or relative of his told him about the deeply racist material being printed under his name.
So, clearly, Ron Paul is a liar about his involvement.
Romney’s lie is worse because it’s potentially a felony. Don’t worry though, he won’t go to jail or anything; he’s rich and jail is not meant for rich people. In 1999, Romney was supposed to have left Bain Capitol to work on/for the Olympics. He signed a sworn statement to this effect and has used it for a decade to claim he wasn’t involved in the nastiest of Bain Capital’s business dealings. Yet, the SEC has signed documents that show Romney was still the CEO and sole stockholder until 2002 and was collecting a salary the whole time. He also testified in 2002 that he still held positions on the boards of several companies owned by Bain. Oops.
It’s nice to see these two political enemies come together over that most basic requirement of conservative politics: the ability to lie to the public without batting an eye. I can’t help but imagine that, when the cameras are off and the crowds are gone, these two upstanding Republicans get together and laugh at just how stupid they think the American people truly are.
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