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Ron Paul’s primary contribution to the January 5th Republican debate at St. Anselm College was to provide comic relief. Nowhere was that more evident than in his answer to Charlie Gibson’s tendentious question about “why we can’t afford medical insurance for everybody”:
How can we afford a trillion-dollar war and we can’t afford health care? Well, that’s the reason. The resources are going overseas. We’re fighting a trillion- dollar war, and we shouldn’t be doing it. Those resources should be spent back here at home.
This is, as Saddam Hussein might have phrased it, the mother of all false dichotomies. It’s one thing for the nutroots to make wacky statements like this, but this guy is a member of Congress.
Members of the Ron Paul cult imbibe some very powerful Kool-Aid, so the nuttier he gets the more loyal they are. Fortunately, his association with the “Truthers” and the extremist newsletters reported by TNR will probably destroy his campaign.