I read Mona Charen’s column on Friday and I had to clear a few things up. Outside of the name-calling (“kook,” as I’m sure you remember, was the attack word of choice used by critics of Barry Goldwater), Charen was way off base.
Methinks the neocons are getting nervous. Just dismissing Dr. Paul as "unelectable" and "fringe" aren't working. In the last New Hampshire poll, Dr. Paul had twice as many votes as the GOP's celebrity darling, Fred Thompson. They have started to mount a campaign to paste Dr. Paul with as many unsavory associations as they can find. What few people take the time to mention, though, is that Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater both had many of the same associations foisted on them.
Charen's article is worth reading for the entertainment value alone. There is nothing substantive in it. It contains enough weasel-wording and evasion to make Hillary blush with envy. It also shows that the so-called right wing media is no better or much different than their leftie counterparts. They are subject to as much lying and parsing as you will find in a Molly Ivins or Susan Estrich column.
I suspect what Charen and the rest of her buddies at NRO are really afraid of is that Dr. Paul will force the issue of the war with other GOP candidates. The bevy of noeocons over there are terrified that one or more of the more "acceptable" candidates will break and go anti-war. Thompson has already made noises in that direction. Imagine the chagrin of the poor fools at NRO when they have to start beating Thompson up, calling him a kook, and associating him with the Klan.