As Zandar noted yesterday, Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) was shocked to find that David Duke was a neo-Nazi white supremacist after the fact that he spoke at one of Duke’s all-white rallies surfaced. But let’s not forget who else pals around with neo-Nazis.
[…][I]n the right atmosphere, the neo-Nazi vibe is downright presidential. For instance, here’s a picture of Ron Paul with Don Black, the founder of America’s #1 White Supremacy website, Stormfront, in 2007. (Black co-founded the site with the ex-wife of David Duke. Gosh, it’s nice at parties when everyone already knows each other.) Paul refused to divest himself of funds raised through Stormfront ortheir activist support, and they joined in on his money bombs well into 2008. And none of it became buzzworthy or even an ear worm with any of his constituencies: not when Jamie Kirchick summarized Paul’s eliminationist newsletters and included a link to archived scans of them in 2008; not when the Washington Post reported that Paul was deeply involved in production and proofing of his newsletters to create a paleo-libertarian movement; hell, not even when one of his Michigan campaign coordinators turned out to be a neo-Nazi.
None of that would matter in 2014, of course, except that Ron Paul gifted his entire fundraising and grassroots apparatus to his son Rand (including Stormfront moneybombs), who hopes to be elected president in 2016. Rand even added some of his own neoconfederate flavor, with a neoconfederate aide and a spokesperson who publicly posted an image of a lynching. Besides, what’s passing a legacy between father and son? That’s not hate; that’s heritage.
What are the odds of any candidate in the Republican primary even mentioning this? There’s no upside with the current batch of Republican primary voters, and some obvious downside.