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  • 2012: The Exit Interview

    Hello and welcome to our very last post of 2012. Thanks for reading, commenting, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Tumblr. What better way to review the year that's almost past than with an exclusive interview?

    Indecision: Hi, 2012. Thanks for talking with us.

    2012: [stares, dazedly]

    Indecision: It's okay. You've been through a lot.

    2012: I'm so tired. I'm just so tired.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Hillary Clinton, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, Primaries, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Sex, Twitter
  • Ron Paul Blasts NRA for Ron Paul-ish Reasons

    During last week's press conference, the NRA's executive vice president Wayne LaPierre suggested that government-provisioned armed guards in school were the only reasonable way of protecting children from gun violence. It all came off a little unhinged; just about the only organization of mostly adult men that's more dedicated to being around your children also starts with an N but ends in -AMBLA. It's disconcerting.

    Nevertheless, if a dangerous idea was going to find support, it may as well be found with our national oracle of crank ideas, retiring congressman Ron Paul…

     "While I certainly agree that more guns equals less crime and that private gun ownership prevents many shootings, I don't agree that conservatives and libertarians should view government legislation, especially at the federal level, as the solution to violence. Real change can happen only when we commit ourselves to rebuilding civil society in America, meaning a society based on family, religion, civic and social institutions, and peaceful cooperation through markets. We cannot reverse decades of moral and intellectual decline by snapping our fingers and passing laws."

    Even Paul hates the NRA's idea! But of course, he announced his opposition in the most classically Paulite manner: it's principled and insightful and — unless you happen to already agree with him — a touch crazy.

    He's right about one thing: the NRA cares more about the fate of gun manufacturers than it does about libertarian ideals, otherwise it wouldn't be so keen to put more guns in the hands of government agents. As for everything else? It's about what you'd expect muskets constitutionalist who came of age when front-loading muskets were the arms being sanctioned by the 2nd Amendment.

    Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Guns, NRA, Ron Paul
  • Miss U Already: Ron Paul

    Ron Paul

    In which we take a look back at the departing federal lawmakers we'll miss most in 2013.

    Name: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

    Age: 77

    Terms: 8

    Leaving Congress Because: Retiring

    Best Known For: Delivering thousands of babies, teaching thousands of Americans the correct pronunciation of 'Ayn Rand'

    Memorable Quote: "When the New Money is imposed, every American family must have a Survival Kit of highly liquid, small-denomination silver and gold coins for hand-to-hand use. The Ron Paul Survival Kit – now an industry standard – comes in an official World War II US Army ammo holder." -Ad for The Original Famous Ron Paul Survival Kit

    Greatest Accomplishment: Being spectacularly proud of being spectacularly bad at getting pieces of legislation signed into law. Also, missing 79% of House roll call votes in 2012.

    Why We'll Miss Him: Because we don't know what will fill the void of his fans' YouTube comments.

    What He's Doing Next: Going on the speaking circuit and charging $50,000 per gig, or about 500 gold teeth.

    What the Future Holds for Him: Working with Dennis Kucinich to oppose the use of unmanned military aircraft in The Elves of the Hill vs. The Attack of The Drones. Generating weird search traffic to websites. Maybe taking a nap. Ron Paul could probably use a nap.

    Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Previously
    What's Next for Ron Paul?


    Tags: House of Representatives, Republicans, Ron Paul, Texas
  • Paul Ryan Defeats Ron Paul in Google War

    As my colleague Lisa Beth Johnson reported yesterday, Mitt Romney won 2012's Twitter battle, easily besting Barack Obama as the year's highest trending political figure. If only RTs really were endorsements, President Romney and Vice President #tcot would be leading their transition teams right now.

    Not to be outdone by the top of the GOP ticket, Paul Ryan was declared by Google to be the highest trending politician of 2012, besting Ron Paul, Obama, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Gary Johnson, Todd Akin, Joe Biden and Rick Perry, respectively.

    The Romney-Ryan presidential campaign/world's greatest SEO team also took the top four spots in the category of most searched for political gaffes with Big bird, 47 percent, binders full of women and airplane windows all beating out Akin's musing about legitimate rape.

    As expected, all these new media conquests have left conservatives positively giddy.

    Now, if only there was some process for determining which side's political ideas were really more popular with the American public.

    Previously
    Todd Akin Opposes Abortion in Cases of Non-Pregnancy
    Paul Ryan's New Dance Craze
    Take These Polls Out of Your Asses, America

    Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Google, Internet, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Ron Paul, Twitter
  • Sorry Revolution PAC Wasted Your Money, Ron Paul Fans

    Ron Paul ran one of the more transparent and fiscally responsible presidential campaigns, carefully reporting expenditures and focusing his spending on insane TV ads instead of wasting it on consultants. The same can't be said for some of his Super PAC "supporters."  The first warning sign should have been when not a single solicitation asked for the donations to be made in gold…

    Revolution PAC raised $1.2 million by pitching itself as a booster for Texas Representative Ron Paul's run for president. Under the direction of Gary Franchi, the group spent $1 million, 83 percent of its cash, on administrative expenses, including about $153,000 for himself and his companies. A $1,766 monthly fee for "office rent" went to a Franchi company whose address is a mailbox at a Northbrook, Illinois, UPS Store. Franchi said in an interview there is a physical location for the companies, declining to give its address "for privacy reasons."

    This is part of a broader phenomenon: the behavior of the Super PAC reflects the personality of its founders. The "We are the 99% Movement" Super PAC? Their last FEC report showed them $10,000 in debt, appropriate in so many ways. Sheldon Adelson-funded PACs? Ignored the odds, bet everything on red and wasted millions.

    Trust a PAC run by an especially conspiratorial libertarian who also happens to be a 9/11 Truther? Don't be surprised if Randian ethical egoism inspires him to steal all your money.

    Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Money, Ron Paul, Super PACs