Monday, January 7, 2008

Is It Really That Hard?

Ugh. I know this is just a handful of idiots, and the relatively intelligent portion of the Paul grassroots outnumber people like this significantly, but it would be really nice if they would realize just how foolish they make themselves and, more importantly, their candidate look:

Across the street, a few Paul supporters shouted [former President Clinton's] name.
Eventually, Clinton stopped outside a bakery, offered some remarks, and took questions. As he was answering one on Iraq, one of the Paul backers interrupted and shouted that the Sept. 11 attacks were an inside job, and that the U.S. didn’t need to be in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he dropped an F-bomb, the crowd booed.

First off- at what point does this subgroup realize that they are representing their candidate when they're wearing Paul t-shirts and carrying Paul signs? As much as they like to claim that Paul isn't one of them, they do a pretty good job making sure that people think he is.

Secondly- what the hell are they doing shadowing President Clinton? Last I checked, Hillary was running in the Democratic primary; for some reason, I doubt that pro-Hillary events are going to be a fertile ground for recruiting new Paul voters.

Thirdly- in the process, they probably gave Hillary a little bit of a boost from people who heard about the story, especially seeing as President Clinton gave this outstanding response (not a difficult thing to do with this group, I might add) after trying to engage the guy in conversation (a very difficult thing to do):

"You wanna know what I think?” Clinton said. “You guys who think 9/11 was an inside job are crazy as hell. My wife was the senator from New York when that happened. I was down at Ground Zero. I saw the victims' families. You're nuts."

Crap like this really undercuts the positive things a good chunk of the Paul campaign has been doing.