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Thoughts on "Hard to Handle"

I think TPM Reader RC is imputing naiveté where what I was expressing was more a matter cognitive dissonance on latter-day Ron Paul and his role as - no other way to say it - prominent figure in far-right white nationalist politics. But powerful personal account from RC ...

I must take issue with you on this comment, although I certainly understand it:

"Personally, I have to say that it's always been difficult for me to square this history with the kindly old guy many of us got to know in recent years."

This is in fact a summation of the entire conservative view that "nice" people can't be racists, or that only outwardly vicious people can be called such. It's problematic and it's more than a little naïve.

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Comments Tomorrow (Most Likely)

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Hard to Handle

We've gotten a rather ferocious response to my noting last night that when we interviewed accused Kansas City Jewish Center Shooter Glenn Miller two years ago his two big questions for our reporter Ryan Reilly was whether Ryan was Jewish and whether Ryan thought Ron Paul was being mistreated by the mainstream media.

Now, obviously people can't be responsible for the bad acts of people who might happen to like them. And more specifically to this case, Paul has never been a mainstream Republican. Mainstream Republicans have frequently tried to marginalize him - mainly because of his heterodox foreign policy views but also because of his obscurantist anti-Fed beliefs on monetary. But not least of which has been the reality, not lost on mainstream Republicans, that Paul has a pretty well-documented history as a leading figure among white nationalists and pretty clear ties to open anti-Semites.

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Smarter Than It Seemed?

TPM Reader JG says the federal stand-down outside the Bundy Ranch over the weekend may have been shrewder than it seemed ... (Also note that the local 'militia' reportedly planned to use women as human shields.)

I grew up in southern Utah, not far from the Bundy ranch standoff -- and the stuff going on there turns my stomach. I share Josh's concern about letting the camo crowd scare off the BLM, though it's probably wise in the short term. Here's why:

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