Not being content with supporting a candidate who either has entirely insane views, or allows those who do to send out newsletters in his name, various Ron Paul supporters have decided to show that there is no bottom to their fundamental lack of decency:
Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, who often speaks movingly of his adopted daughters while on the campaign trail, said Friday that Ron Paul’s supporters were out of line in using the girls to argue that he is un-American.
An online ad posted by “NHLiberty4Paul” includes video footage of Huntsman, the former ambassador to China, with daughter Gracie when she was an infant. It also shows Huntsman holding Asha shortly after she was adopted from India.
“American values? Or Chinese?” the ad asks, ending with “Vote Ron Paul.”
To be fair, the following summarizes the public position of the Paul campaign:
A message sent to the ad’s creator was not immediately returned. Paul’s New Hampshire spokeswoman, Kate Schackai, said Friday she didn’t know who was behind the ad, but it wasn’t anyone affiliated with the campaign.
“The video was utterly distasteful and no one who actually supports Dr. Paul’s principles would have made it,” she said.
Fine and good, but if the Paul campaign is so outraged and disgusted, then let it take measure to ensure that NHLiberty4Paul is recognized as an entity that does not speak for the Paul campaign in any way. Let Paul himself denounce them, and state unequivocally that he does not want their support.
I am willing to bet that he won’t do that. In the meantime, let’s all remind ourselves that when you get Ron Paul, you get his crazy supporters too. In related news, when you lie down with dogs . . . oh, I am sure you can finish the rest.
UPDATE: Seeing as how various Paulites have decided to come here to make various disingenuous arguments, I’ll state upfront the implementation of a rebuttable presumption that Paulite comments on this blog ought to be deleted, with their authors banned. As I write, the presumption is rebuttable; if a Paulite is actually seen as grappling in good faith, I’ll let the comments stand, and will not tinker with the status of good-faith commenters. But I don’t expect to see many of this species make an appearance here.