Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Adios to the Ronulans

I was listening to Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters on blog talk radio today, and he mentioned that he put up a post yesterday linking to the now famous piece in the New Republic which exposed some of Ron Paul's newsletter's choicer bits (as James posted last night). But what surprised Ed was that none of the Paulestinians responded. As all bloggers know, if you put up a piece critical of the Doc, you get an avalanche of negative comments.

Paul finished fifth in New Hampshire, and realistically if the story had broken earlier he might have done even worse. Some of the folks who decided to back him are having second thoughts:

After everything, this is McCain's night. After the awful news about Ron Paul's ugly, repellent past newsletters, I find myself rooting again for the man who was my second choice.

I do feel a little sorry for the Paul fans; they really do have passion for their man. Too bad they chose such an unworthy vessel for their affection.

Update: Let me add here that Ron Paul actually did extraordinarily well in New Hampshire; 8% is far more than anybody with any political experience thought he'd get even a few months ago. The problem was that the Paulbots had done such a terrific job of spamming internet polls that they actually began to believe that he was electable. Here's a good recap of what went wrong with the "freedom movement" (from a sane supporter).