Treating Sunk Costs As Sunk
To my mind, the people who are trying to salvage something of Paul’s reputation are just making themselves look bad. No matter how much money, time, and devotion you’ve given to someone, sometimes the only right thing to do is spit on the ground and walk away, hurting. If it wasn’t before, it is now clear that this just isn’t a man who deserves decent people’s support.
I had hoped Paul would do more good than harm for libertarianism, inspiring lots of college kids to get interested in the ideas of liberty. But now I’m pretty certain that he’s done a lot of harm, causing many people to associate libertarianism with racist cranks. I think it’s pretty important then to publicize the fact that there are genuinely liberal versions of libertarianism out there. The young people who got interested in libertarian ideas through Paul need to be able to find Cato, Reason, the IHS, and other places where one can learn about classical liberalism, which isn’t about keeping the Mexicans out, deploring the abolition of slavery, or hoarding gold.
Hate to say "I told you so" to all the Ron Paul supporters... actually, that's a blatant lie, I love saying it. It's time to pull the plug on the Ron Paul "Revolution" nonsense and mercifully deliver it a much needed late-term abortion. Big ups to the Beltway, major hate to the Paleos.
Update: Well, you can't get a much bigger Beltway name than the Boaz-man himself, second to perhaps only the Kochtopus (well, maybe third after the Kochtopus and Palmer) on the Paleo shit-list. Oh, what a glorious day. Perhaps this will be the final straw for all the remaining decent people to cut their ties with the Paleos? Probably not, but one can hope.
If you haven't read Boaz's piece yet, go do so. In a word: Pwned.
Update II: For the record, I still think Paul is a decent person, who simply didn't, doesn't, but will soon enough understand how poisonous association with racism can be politically (perhaps because he knows more about Texas politics than national politics?), and didn't understand that it is far more politically poisonous to be aligned with racists than to admit to a lack of oversight over ghostwriters. Not that innocent naiveté and lack of oversight are especially admirable qualities for a man running for leader of the free world.
Remember what Nietzsche said about fighting monsters and gazing into the abyss? That playing the political game tends to make you dirty is one of the best reasons not to play the political game in the first place. As a great libertarian theorist once said, "Screw you guys, I'm going home."