Well, this isn’t unexpected, but it does put a sad punctuation on the Ron Paul phenomenon.
And yes, you read the title correctly. The man who demanded to be included in any and all debates even though he was only consistently garnering support in the single digits, is now refusing to debate his opponent for his congressional seat.
Watch the response to the question of why he won’t debate Chris Peden…
“He needs to debate with himself…” Jeezus…
Peden has a lot more credibility in this race than Paul had in the presidential campaign. If Paul and his supporters almost literally made a federal case out of ensuring that Paul had a chance to engage with constituents and with the other candidates in the race, what possible justification can they have for rejected a debate with Peden?
Well, there is no justification, but don’t expect Paul to debate him. See, I’ve discovered that Paul isn’t anywhere close to being as principled as he’d have his supporters believe, and yet I’d still bet that a large swath of them will blindly go along with Paul’s fractured “he needs to debate himself” logic. I certainly hope that’s not the case, but from the comments they’ve left on this blog over the past year, I can’t help but think that’ll be the case.
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