Dave Weigel, at Slate, reports that Ron Paul will announce his presidential exploratory committee tomorrow in Des Moines.
John H. Richardson, at Esquire‘s Political Blog, goes there, full eeyore:
There is something that currently plagues our nation: a kind of irritable grasping after conclusions, the kind that made me stopped blogging regularly for a while, as I fought in myself that lonely battle of the last five or six people in America who still think that life is way too complicated for any summing up that doesn’t involve math. But if someone held a gun to my head and asked me to say what I think about Ron Paul, after interviewing him and following him around for my new profile in the May issue, this is what I would say:
Ron Paul is, or seems to be, a very sweet and shockingly naïve man who wants very much to do right by America. But his uncompromising vision of freedom would destroy America, really, by turbo-charging the powerful and the rich, who have shown throughout history that they have (with a few exceptions) zero social conscience and very little concern for the country. Already they’ve grasped most of the wealth and property in the country. Those in the top percentile are perfectly happy to throw Americans out of work and create jobs in China or Mexico if it means more profits, which they then bank overseas to avoid paying the taxes that create the relatively uncorrupted government under which they thrive. Given the nearly unlimited freedom from regulations and taxes that Republicans like Paul dream of, they’d be completely unrestrained. Eventually the desperate peasantry would realize, as they just realized throughout the Middle East, that the system was completely gamed against them. The result would be bloody revolution…
Seriously: Go read the whole post, at least, and if you’ve got the time the earlier posts & the interview excerpt are also worth perusing. Further recommendation, Richardson is the man responsible for last year’s excoriating Newt Gingrich profile. Paul’s not so entertaining (or terrifying) a subject as Gingrich, but that’s the difference between monomania and sociopathy for you.