Ron Paul: First the Media Ignore You, Then They Ruin Your Event, Then They Don't Let You Leave


By the time I got to this morning's planned Ron Paul meet and greet with the diners at MoeJoe's restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, the candidate and his team has already cut the event short–his time in the restaurant lasted mere mere minutes, I was told–and were trapped by many dozens of reporters and cameras mobbed around his escape vehicle.

Paul's political director Jesse Benton told me later that the press scrum inside had been so intense, making even moving through the restaurant much less having any meaningful voter interactions so impossible, they decided for the peace and safety of all concerned to regretfully bow out. (Paul's wife Carol had herself been shoved by a reporter, according to a campaign press release on the matter today.)

The press surrounded one upset woman who had brought her 90-year-old mother to see Paul and was now bereft. She seemed to feel the whole thing was Paul's fault. Six or more cameras and mics picked up her sad tale, and Democratic presidential hopeful Vermin Supreme (who kind of looks like a wizard, a wizard with a boot on his head) was shouting through his megaphone at the trapped van: "Ron Paul, we are the media. We have you completely surrounded. You will answer all our questions."

One version of the woman's sad tale:

Tyler Clark, a Young Americans for Liberty activist, had brought his grandmother Virginia Clark to see Paul. Despite her grandson's efforts, she expected to give her vote tomorrow to Jon Huntsman, because she wants to boost him to South Carolina. She thinks he hasn't had the chance to get the exposure he deserves. (Every voter is a political strategist here in New Hampshire.)

Virginia has liked Huntsman for a month, but seeing him get more attention has made her more inclined to actually vote for him. She appreciates both his foreign policy and his gubernatorial experience. She met a personal friend of both Huntsman and Romney, she says, who "didn't have much good to say about his friend Mitt Romney." Tyler adds that this friend of Mitt's reported that Mitt in private is exactly like Mitt in public–"a stickler and an elitist." Tyler adds, "He can't connect to all of us because his heart has been ripped out and replaced with $400,000 from Goldman Sachs."

Tyler has seen every candidate but Perry, who he is angry with over his anti-gays-in-the-military ad. He says Santorum's crowds tend to skew toward older, and to media.

After about 20 minutes of the weird media standoff, they backed off enough to allow Paul's van to take him on to his next appearance, an invite-only meeting of largely homeschooling families in Hollis, New Hampshire, more on which later.

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  1. Brian, you should promote your forthcoming book at the end of each blog post.

    No seriously, please stop promoting at Reason. Go post at the DailyPaul. You’ll actually develop a larger audience for your book.

    1. He probably did that every day until they banned him. Reason authors do have a tendency to overadvertise (remember the Declaration of Independents?).

      1. They advertised a book called The Declaration of Independents here?

        Who the fuck knew?

    2. This could be a reader’s first reason article. So it’s important to remind about the book.

      1. *it could be one of the MANY new reason readers’ first article

    3. dixie, STFU. I look forward to Brians posts. Yours? Notsomuch.

  2. How ya doin?

    1. Fine thanks.

  3. Dixie—Perhaps you might be interested in my forthcoming book?…..magazineA/
    Get used to it, buddy. It isn’t even out for four months.

    1. But how am I supposed to judge this book if I can’t see its cover??

    2. Those who can do.

      Those that can’t, teach.

      Those that can’t do or teach write boring unreadable books.

      1. Maxx, love your little maxims. They are an improvement on the poo you usually throw on the walls.

    3. Then get used to the rest of us making fun of you for shilling your book. :-p

  4. I’ve seen some pictures of Paul inside the diner. Considering the congestion, it’s not surprising he couldn’t move around. I think the fire marshal would have taken a dim view of all those cameramen piling in there.

  5. That lady who was so upset is getting a private sit down with Dr Paul. Ron Paul is showing some good character.

    1. Or good damage control.

      1. most non-damaging one-liner ever

  6. to any canidate who supports war on iran:

    how do you plan to fund the war?

    1. The other GOP Candidates:
      With your money, of course.

      What, did you really think we meant it when we assured everybody we’re fiscal conservatives?

      (Maybe fecal conservatives – they sure conserve their bullshit for the best times.)

      1. Well, it’s not technically your money. It’s money that’s just printed, and then it makes the money you have worth even less in the market. Oh and it is your money too they tax like 50% of it away with all combined taxes out there, I forgot about that part. Yeah we pay for it!

    2. Selling bonds to the Fed, I guess.

  7. When ever I open an article on Ron Paul I expected to be a hit piece. When it isn’t I’m pleasantly suprised.

    This outlet consistently meets my expectations. When push comes to shove and a man who has proven his intent and will to carry out the things they profess to believe in and desire.. they prove their mettle.

    1. You must have posted this in the wrong thread, or web site.

      1. ultra-reverse-spoof-a-trollery is my guess.

  8. It’s getting pretty crazy out there.

    How crazy will it get if the proportional delegate math starts to make it look like Mitt can’t guarantee a first ballot nomination win unless everybody else drops out?

  9. Do yinz New England people realize you talk funny?

    1. No deyz don’t.

    2. Arn Shitty aint Newzenglindz. Rrrn Pl shuld know.

    3. What the fuck is a “yinz”?

      1. It’s how they say “y’all” in Pittsburgh.

        1. So, in Pittsburgh, I guess yinz got Tebowed?

        2. Yuh, it’s wickid retahded.

  10. ou wanted to know what the OCCUPY WALL ST PEOPLE have to say … look at this:

    If anyone asks yet again, why the OCCUPIERS all over the United States are protesting. Listen up!”
    You control our world.
    You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat.
    We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you.
    You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed.
    We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants… to your decadence.
    You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic human rights as human beings.
    You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions.
    You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living(while lowering our wages).
    You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame.
    We are hit…we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed.
    We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!


    1. That’s right, I did it. I poisoned your air and water, made you, stripped away your education, took your property, shipped away yer jobs, shredded your onions, profted fromdisaster, destabilized your currency, raised your cost of living(whilelowering your wages, made your women my slaves, destroyed your middling class,copyrighted your food. And I’m glad I tell you! Glad glad! Yes glad!

      1. because deep down inside, you wanted me to poison air and water/strip away education/take property/ship out jobs; you NEEDED me to do those things. We use words like liquidate, destroy, and assassinate as part of a code that means something; you use them as a punchline hoping to score with some know-nothing doe-eyed co-ed in your local tent city.

        1. Funny…you’ve never seen war. I have. The only funny thing in a war is watching smart mouthed geeks like you piss your pants right before you get cut open from crotch to chest. I want you to tear the fabric of this lie apart. Once you’ve done that, it’s my turn – you’ll be my bottom bitch then prep boy and you’re girl will laugh while I make you lick my s^^thole

          1. Watch me flash these pecs, sweet cheeks. I’m internet tuf gai! Bitched stone wash their linen on my stomach. I’m internet tuf gai!

          2. I’ve never seen war, but you know what I have seen? I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end. I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend. But I always thought that I’d see you again

            That’s right, James Taylor live in concert, bitches.

      2. I peed in Alice’s coffee. So I guess I technically did pollute her water.

    2. So…we’re going to stop the government giving handouts and special priveleges to private companies by giving the government more power? Got it!

    3. Out of curiosity, where did you get this asylum transcript, or did you write this yourself? And, have you heard of going Galt? Ayn might disagree with you about some of these points, but certainly was no fan of corporatism.

      And really, do you believe that Teh Riche!!!111!!!1!111 have really done all this, and if so, what do you think prancing around in the park is going to accomplish? Even Occupy Oakland would be old news if the authorities had gotten their act together and cleared out the rioters for their egregious obstruction of property.

      Futhermore, to what do you accredit the substantial increases in standard of living over the last century? It certainly wasn’t the New Deal. And anyone who can read a graph knows the War on Poverty made the poverty numbers, which had been dropping, stagnate.

      Crony capitalism is to blame for the real problems you mention. Free Market Capitalism will rectify them; socialism or communism will institutionalize them. If you’re really that worried, vote libertarian.

    4. Re: Alice Bowie,

      You own our property,

      CRA 1964 saz “yes, WE (government) own your property.”

      shipped away our jobs,

      Jobs cannot be shipped away, they’re not things. Learn English, Alice.

      and shredded our unions.

      I shred my shredded wheats.

      1. I’d say libertarians (at least this one) have no problem with unions existing, but don’t believe they get special priveleges. A company can refuse to hire union members, and union members may choose to strike if they don’t like working conditions (though they mustn’t interrupt the company’s workings in doing so, or use their group strength to threaten scabs). Companies may choose to fire striking union members, and hire non-union workers.

        A voluntaryist belief in employment as a contract goes a long way.

        1. No you can’t fire striking union workes that’s stupid
          Unions are key to getting a dis deal for workers

          Look at the conditions of those who built the Hoover dam, if they were unionised they would’ve been treated better and not like slaves

          1. yeah those evil New Deal bureaucrats pillaged small towns and hauled away the men in carts to that damn.. to slave away doing precise engineering for the rest of their lives..

          2. “No you can’t fire striking union workes that’s stupid”

            Well, legally, no, but morally, sure. The union’s leverage in a free market situation is the inherent disruption in firing so many workers and having to hire and retrain new workers, not to mention the terrible PR.

        2. What you propose is simply getting rid of the unions.

          It is the UNION of people working at a place striking that influences management to address complaints from the workers.

          In fact, I’ll take it further. Libertarians may believe in FREE MARKETS. However, CORPORATIONS DON’T.

          In a free market, people can choice to work for a company and can quit to go work for another company. A company is free to hire and fire anyone.

          This would make for a Healthy free market.

          That is:

          – if the company can find people to work for less, they can fire the people that make more.

          – if workers can find a company that pays more, they can quit the company that pays less


          When workers spoke to each other, united, and agreed to strike to demand more of the pie, the companies searched for workers and facilities OUTSIDE the UNITED STATES. Specifically, in countries with NO FREE Market.

          If we simply blocked companies from doing business in the USA that exported jobs, these companies would be subjected to doing business with the workers here. And, if they pulled the atlas shrugged crap, other companies (acting as company-scrubs) could take over those businesses, hire the workers at the desired salaries/conditions, take less of a profit, and run the assholes out.

          1. If we simply blocked companies from doing business in the USA that exported jobs, these companies would be subjected to doing business with the workers here.

            It doesn’t take long for a labor socialist to show his/her true racist colors. (pun intended)

            1. Call me whatever you like.

              The truth is, a free market has difficult time operating in a healthy matter if a significant amount of goods/services come from NON-FREE Markets.

              1. How would people be purchasing imported goods while unemployed in a free market?

          2. Re: Alice Bowie,

            What you propose is simply getting rid of the unions.

            Only starve them, A. If they can get by with totally voluntary donations, then fine. Otherwise, they deserve a painful and slow death.

          3. Ad a non-American in a poor country who often fantasizes about working in America, it is heartening to know how well you think of the rights of people like me to work where we want.

    5. My God… OWS is full of pussies.

      1. And stupid cunts like Alice Bowie.

    6. Woh! Who was that guy?

    7. I think Alice wants More Pie

  11. The media was never ignoring Paul

    1. Except for all of those times they went out of their way not to mention his standing in the poll results.

      1. Hell, after the Ames Straw Poll, they didn’t even mention him in some articles. That would be like ignoring Santorum after last Tuesday. Of the Big 8 (no 7, wait, is it five now?) he was the only one getting that treatment back then.

      2. If you want an real example of the media ignoring a candidate, Google Gary Johnson. No, seriously. Then come back and tell me how abused Ron Paul is.

    2. Re: Brandybuck,

      The media was never ignoring Paul

      U were sayin’?

  12. MSM despicable and rude.

    1. You want rude? Take a look at this:

      Notice how Soledad O’Brien becomes like this bitchy aunt arguing about who was supposed to inherit momma’s hope chest.

      1. The fuck? Bitch didn’t even see it fit to say the word “Poutine“.

      2. I’ve got to give her a break though. This is the first I’ve seen her in likely ten years and she is still seriously cute.

    2. There was an editorial in the WSJ breaking down the evangelical vote in Iowa. 32% Santorum; Gingrich,Romney and Perry tied at 14% each and the remainder to Paul (18%) and Bachman (6%). Wait a minute…… don’t those numbers mean Paul was second ?

  13. I look forward to traveling to Washington DC for Presidents’ Day to support our veterans supporting Ron Paul:

  14. So, should we discuss this so-called national championship?

  15. Rick Santorum is trying to steal the Money Bomb. And now he’s advertising on Reason. This is unacceptable!

    I liked Santorum better when I didn’t know who he was.

    1. Or what it was…

      1. Smearing is easy, Tulpa.

        Making an argument is hard.

        1. Frothiness definitely gets in the way of smearing.

  16. Things that will never get old:

    1. Redheaded lesbians
    2. Free whisky.
    3. TEAM RED acolytes justifying to themselves why Mitt Romney is the conservative choice in 2012.

  17. And then Dana Bash tries to badger Paul about how come he didn’t meet with voters in the diner.

    Note: The NYT and Politico both post this video with the schmuckish headline “Ron Paul storms out, again”.

    1. Wasn’t she the same one who let slip that she was afraid of Ron Paul doing well in the early primaries. Something like “Republican insiders are afraid, like I am, that Ron Paul could do well…”

      1. Yep. The same. And she is the CNN reporter assigned to cover the Paul campaign (!!!)

  18. Rick Santorum on Reason… how astonishingly delicious! Maybe Paul should advertise on ‘Hate Speech’ to take Santorum’s followers. Scrap that – I’ve heard they’ll both be busy that day.

  19. The rapper/producer will close the 2012 edition of the festival, to be held for the first time over two consecutive weeks in mid-April.

  20. If Gary Johnson or Ron Paul aren’t on the ballot, I think I’ll definitely write in Vermin Supreme. He’s the right kind of fascist, and dental hygiene really is a timely issue.

    Also, Cthulu’s from the South Pacific anyways, so he can’t constitutionally be president.


  21. Oh, I’m so voting for Vermin Supreme now.

    “Gingivitis… has been eroding Americas’ gumlines for far too long now… and must be stopped. We have been suffering a moral, and oral decay…in spirit, and incisors”

    Regarding his plan to give every American a pony =

    “Is this the only entitlement plan you support?

    “I should think that would be more than enough…”

    1. Does he perchance have a newsletter?

  22. So I guess he should have stayed and allow some high school students to be trampled to death by the press corp.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  23. Not really related to this specific article, but Ron Paul lost a little credibility with me when he called that soldier up on stage to address the crowd. As a congressman, not to mention a veteran, Paul knows full and well that the spotlight like that would put the soldier in hot water with the Army – he put the soldier’s career at risk for his own notoriety.

    Granted, that only brings him down to the level of the average politician who would have never blinked an eye in doing that, so he’s still on my short list of who I’ll be voting for when my turn comes. I was just disappointed in him.

  24. reason post this shit why?
    This stupid story was the only thing I heard about Ron Paul yesterday in a organized media blitz that
    included NPR as well as the other war cheerleading networks.

    Why no story here about how CNN lost that “connection”?

    Good job Reason! You are following orders well.

  25. I predict a miraculous Huntsman victory tonight in districts without publicly watched ballot counts?just enough to beat out Ron Paul.

  26. “As someone who has written and commented widely and generally sympathetically about Ron Paul, I’ve got to say that The New Republic article detailing tons of racist and homophobic comments from Paul newsletters is really stunning. As former reason intern Dan Koffler documents here, there is no shortage of truly odious material that is simply jaw-dropping.
    I don’t think that Ron Paul wrote this stuff but that really doesn’t matter–the newsletters carried his name after all–and his non-response to Dave Weigel below is unsatisfying on about a thousand different levels. It is hugely disappointing that he produced a cache of such garbage.”– Nick Gillespie

  27. “If Paul didn’t write those articles, who did? If he didn’t know what had appeared in his newsletter, when did he find out and how did he deal with it? If the candidate is vague on these points, it will only fuel suspicions that he held those beliefs after all (or that he was willing to stay silent despite his disagreements because the newsletters brought in some cash).”–Jesse Walker

    1. He didn’t know how Ron Paul dealt with it?

      Why, how remarkably disingenuous of Mr. Walker. Ron Paul has been denouncing those randomly interjected bigoted comments in the newsletter he published for going on 22 years now.

      Hint: If you keep flinging the same piece of shit it will eventually crumble in your hands.

  28. As someone else observed, the people taking Ron Paul to task for missing about 12 lines of text out of hundreds of pages of newsletters have little or no problem with politicians who vote on/sign 2,000 page bills without bothering to read them at all.

  29. Racist: Black teens run fast.

    Non-racist: Lock up tens of thousands of black pot smokers for years.


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