I hope I’m not telling tales out of school or anything (and Greta Van Susteren’s Gretawire blog, which is an entertaining behind-the-scenes read, btw, suggests that I’m not) to note that on Monday, after Michelle and I interviewed Sen. James Inhofe, we went over to Fox so she could appear on O’Reilly. She goes off to the makeup room and in walks a gangly congressman and his press guy. It was Rep. Ron Paul.
As I sat across from him while he fiddled with his Blackberry, I was tempted to say all kinds of things, believe me, but I held my tongue. “Why do you give Truthers the time of day?” “Do you really think that we had 9-11 coming?” Etc. The truth is, if it weren’t for his orneriness on the war, I’d put more stock in Paul’s staunch libertarian/small government ethic. I’m very sympathetic to all of that. But when it comes to the war and related security issues, Paul is just unreasonable, and if enacted his ideas would get more people killed, which would lead to even more of a security-heavy environment, not greater libertarian freedom. Why can’t he see that? Because he’s a crank who evidently thinks that mall security guards are better at their jobs than the US Marines. That’s pretty much what he said on John Ziegler’s show the other night. Click to play.