Ron Paul is the Charlie Brown of the Republican presidential primary. All of his fellow candidates are suddenly picking on him. Only a couple of months ago, Rick Perry tried to steal from Paul by saying that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke should be tried for treason — and then tried to one-up the congressional lawmaker by hinting that the 58-year-old bureaucrat might get beat up if he showed his face in Texas. But on Wednesday, Perry was taking shots at Paul, telling Iowa voters, "You don't have to vote for a candidate who will allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, because America will be next," Politico's Maggie Haberman reports. Mitt Romney said, "Actually, one of the people running for president thinks it's OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. I don't." Rick Santorum called Paul's foreign policy "scary." But Newt Gingrich's blow was the lowest: He told CNN he wouldn't vote for Paul over President Obama.
When CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Gingrich about the attack ads Paul was airing in Iowa about him, Gingrich responded:
"Well, first of all, as people get to know more about Ron Paul, who disowns 10 years of his own newsletter, says he didn't really realize what was in it, had no idea what he was making money on, had no idea that it was racist, anti-Semitic, called for the destruction of Israel, talked about a race war, all this is a sudden shock to Ron Paul? There will come a morning people won't take him as a serious person."
What did Paul do to deserve this? All he did was make a million dollars by letting racists think he was one of them. Even the world-weary white supremacist founder of Stormfront was fooled! (That and Paul beat everyone in Iowa polls.)
But Paul is fighting back! His campaign released another ad to air in Iowa that flashes words like "serial hypocrisy" and "flip-flopper" over photos of his rivals before the narrator says, "One man stands alone ... consistent, incorruptible, guided by faith and principle. Ron Paul: the one you've been waiting for."