Ron Paul: the brothel candidate

Well, politics is often compared to the world’s oldest profession. Paul is just taking that to the proverbial next level.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, an underdog Texas congressman with a libertarian streak, has picked up an endorsement from a Nevada brothel owner.

Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch near Carson City, said he was so impressed after hearing Paul at a campaign stop in Reno last week that he decided to raise money for him.

“I’ll get all the (working girls) together, and we can raise him some money,” Hof told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “I’ll put up a collection box outside the door. They can drop in $1, $5 contributions.”

Hof and two of his prostitutes, Brooke Taylor and a woman who goes by Air Force Amy, attended a Paul news conference.

Because of this and several other factors, I don’t share Patrick Ruffini’s optimistic take on the Rise of Ron. Paul is mainly drawing his support from the left and from libertines like the brothel owner here, as well as fringe miscreants like Stormfront. We don’t need them attached to the GOP, but here’s what’s likely to come of Ron’s run. The leftists and Truther types who support him aren’t going to become part of the Republican fold, so their move to Paul is a one-off and doesn’t help the GOP and certainly doesn’t help the country win the war. It’s also not libertarian, by the way — these leftists are mostly statists who ironically spout paranoia about government conspiracies even while they tout government takeovers of whole industries like health care. The other thing that will probably happen is Paul’s lack of any effort to distance himself from the Stormfront types who are openly supporting him may drag them into the GOP at least by association. And that’s in spite of loads of nuance: Paul is actually a big-L Libertarian and has run for president on that ticket prior to this run, and the main thing that the Stormfront people like about him is his very strange take on foreign policy. They’re not coming through Paul to genuine conservative politics, but that won’t stop the MSM and the left from portraying the GOP as tolerating them because Paul, a nominal Republican, does.

By the way, read to the end of the linked article to see who we have to thank for bringing the brothel owner to Paul’s side.