Tea Partiers Attack... Ron Paul?
Texas congressman draws three primary challengers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2010 7:38 AM CST
Ron Paul takes part in a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Ron Paul is facing a whopping three primary challengers this year, all from the so-called Tea Party movement many credit him with starting. Two say they were inspired to run by the anti-tax protests, and have helped organize local rallies, while a third has attended several of the protests. But their criticisms of Paul sound a lot like the standard complaints Republicans have lodged in the past, the Dallas Morning News reports.

They complain, for example, that Paul’s views are too extreme, that he opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that he votes “no” on everything, including some federal spending in his district. “The word I keep hearing is ‘ineffective,’” says one opponent. “The criticism is, to say the least, ironic,” points out David Weigel in the Washington Independent. None of Paul's positions run afoul of the Tea Party’s stated libertarian-esque goals. “But some of it does cut against the priorities of national security conservatives and partisan Republicans.”

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Circusdog
Feb 11, 2010 5:45 AM CST
You're a big fat stinkin' liar.
JoeQ
Feb 10, 2010 12:09 PM CST
Ron Paul, like Ross Perot before him, has some very valid ideas and it would have been nice to see them get some airing in the court of public opinion, but that is not to be. The tea partiers on the other hand, are a bunch of semi-literate folk largely fueled by nothing but incoherent rage. They are doomed already, simply because you cannot found a movement based upon a fundamental hatred of intellect and at the very same time behave smartly and strategically. It is going to be futile but fun to watch. Apparently Sarah Palin has already been appointed their unofficial Cretin In Chief.
thekeepitrealman
Feb 10, 2010 12:04 PM CST
They've made their pick and its sara palin. Paul be given some credit for starting the movement, but palin is its star. He doesn't get media attention and the media drools for her. Style almost always trumps substance with the media.