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Hypocrites: Ron Paul's 'alliance' with Mitt Romney, and the right's double standard on Gingrich and adultery

Let me first retract my comment about Rick Perry suggesting he had some deal with Mitt Romney to stay in the race. Now I would ask supporters of Ron Paul to explain his refusal to criticize Mitt Romney while he attacks more conservative candidates whose views are far closer his. And isn't it amazing that Newt Gingrich's adultery seems to be a big plus with many conservatives, so long as he attacks CNN? Hypocrites! If a liberal Democrat behaved like Gingrich, they would call for his eternal damnation.

Regarding Paul: His reluctance to criticize Romney is the behavior of a conventional politician pursuing a conventional agenda, not the conviction of a principled leader (unless Paul actually admires Romney's vulture capitalism, legal tax avoidance, big money super-PAC, Massachusetts mandate, and timeless flip-flopping on a variety of issues too long to list here).

Paul increasingly disappointments. He criticizes greed but advocates policies that reward greed. He practices a brand of libertarianism that falls short on personal responsibility. His words ring true, but his policies often contradict his words. He fails to challenge special interests by advocating policies that let special interests buy our democracy.

Could it be that the version of capitalism practiced by Romney is the embodiment of the version of libertarianism practiced by Paul? How sad. In the great battle for true reform on behalf of the 99 percent, Paul has become a voice for the policies that benefit the 1 percent. Even regarding his many newsletters that included repulsive content, the Texas Republican had to be dragged kicking and screaming into taking any personal responsibility.

Next, Newt. I have no use for CNN making the adultery and open marriage issues No. 1 in the Republican debate. I disagree with this, strongly. CNN was wrong doing this.

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I also think the shabby treatment of Paul by CNN in the Thursday night debate was also completely wrong. I support Ron about this. He tries to deal with serious issues and is (again) stuck in the back of the media bus. Shame on the media for the treatment of Paul last night, and for much too long.

Yet aren't many conservatives hypocrites for hating CNN more than they are willing to criticize adultery by Newt? Imagine if Barack Obama was found to be committing adultery and proposing an open marriage. Some — not all — on the right are phonies. They are political haters and moral hypocrites who would attack and condemn behavior by liberals or Democrats that they excuse or ignore by conservatives or Republicans.

Regarding Perry, I stand by most of the criticisms I have leveled in his direction, but I retract my suggestion that Perry was in any way influenced by Romney to stay in the race. For this suggestion, I apologize to the governor. It was clearly wrong. I believe it would be healthy for the media for those who take public positions, as I do, to set the record straight and when appropriate directly apologize.

Brent Budowsky

In the end, Perry did what was right for conservatives, no matter how much I may disagree with him, or them. I give Perry much more credit for dropping out and supporting a conservative, no matter what I think of Gingrich, than I give Paul for his old-style political maneuvers with his strange refusal to criticize Romney.

This race stays alive until Super Tuesday at the earliest, a point I have emphasized for months, and repeat today.

Brent Budowsky
The Hill