Yesterday GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul drew 1,800 mall walkers to his Mall of America (MOA) speech. It’s tempting to characterize this public outpouring as a sign of political viability. But drawing 1,800 drive-by gawkers at MOA is not especially difficult, as the agent of many a fading boy band star could tell you. Moreover, Paul’s winless performance in the first several GOP contests would have driven any reality-based candidates from the race by now.
But still, it’s kind of amazing that the libertarian leprechaun is still drawing anybody, much less twenty-something hipsters. But he is.
Robert California, James Spader’s character on the NBC TV comedy The Office, said this about another celebrity popular with Generation Whatever We’re Calling This One:
I’m so tired of the Black Eyed Peas. It’s rock and roll for people who don’t like rock and roll. It’s rap for people who don’t like rap. It’s pop for people who don’t like pop.
That, my friends, is Ronald Ernest Paul.
To the Black Eyed Peas (BEP) generation, Ron Paul is a conservative for people who don’t like conservatives. Like a good conservative, he promises to strip your obligation to help pay for Grandma’s meds. BUT he doesn’t want to criminalize sex and drugs, as other conservatives do.
And he’s a liberal for people who don’t like liberals. Like a good liberal, Ron Paul promises to end America’s costly wars on drugs and phantom WMD. BUT he doesn’t want spend the savings on rebuilding our infrastructure, as other liberals do.
The Paul platform leaves less in taxes for us to pay, and consequently more money in our pockets to spend on newly legalized sex and drugs. Nice.
In this manner, Ron Paul wins the support of Snoop Dogg. And Barry Goldwater, Jr. Can the fergalicious lead singer of BEP be far behind?